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Jacksonville State University’s Winning Robot

The Student Robotics Challenge saw a wealth of innovative designs, including fuel cells, solar panel arrays and power cell capacitors. JSU stood above the rest with their seamless integration of LM298H motor drives and PIC16F690 microcontrollers. The motor drives interfaced their microcontrollers with their output motors. Programming the PIC16F690’s was accomplished with MPLAB IDE v8.76 software from Microchip. These microcontrollers were also responsible for carrying out autonomous control and decoding pulse inputs from a Spektrum DX7 transmitter/receiver for manual control. Below is a spec sheet of this winning robot.

Item Part # Description QTY Price TOTAL
LM317  276-1778 Voltage Regulator 2 $2.99 $5.98
PIC16F690  PIC16F690 20 pin DIP Microcontroller 6 $2.00 $12.00
LM298H  LM298H Dual H bridge 8 $2.90 $23.20
Cat 5 Cable  CAB-08916 Ethernet 4 $0.59 $2.36
Toggle Switch  MPQ3293 SPST 2 $4.55 $9.10
Full Color LED 4505489 Full Color LED 2 $3.19 $6.38
Transmitter/Receiver  SPM7800 Wireless 1 $299.99 $299.99
Tires  SPM3446956202 10″ Tires 4 $34.05 $136.20
Gear Box  NA 4 to 1 Ratio 5 $19.99 $99.95
Copper Clad 276-1499 Double Side Copper Clad 3 $4.00 $12.00
Capacitor  272-1051 1 uF 1 $1.75 $1.75
Capacitor  272-1053 .1 uF 1 $1.69 $1.69
Battery  12V 12v with charger 1 $49.99 $49.99
Resistor  271-1313 220? (5 pack) 2 $1.19 $2.38
Resistor  271-1335 10K? (5 pack) 1 $1.19 $1.19
DC Motor  NA Electric Motor 6 $29.99 $179.94
DC Motor  NA Window Motor 1 $69.99 $69.99
Diode  276-1102 Diode 12 $1.19 $14.28
NXT Brick 9841 Brain 1 $147.99 $147.99
NXT Motor  W979842 Motor with Encoder 2 $19.95 $39.90
Color Sensor  NC01038 HiTechnic V2 1 $54.95 $54.95
Light Sensor  NA IR Sensor 1 $20.99 $20.99
Aluminum Sheeting  6061TS Metal (.025″ x 24″ x 24″) 4 $13.55 $54.20
Aluminum Sheeting  5052H32 Metal (.25″ x 4″ x 120″) 1 $76.80 $76.80
Angle Bar  6061 TS Metal (15″) 2 $4.08 $8.16
Total $1,331.36