Development of distributed peripheral system for Eurobot contest

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Supervisor:
Dr. Tevesz Gábor
Department of Automation and Applied Informatics

The team delegated by the Department of Automation and Applied Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, has regularly participated in the Eurobot international robotics contest since 2007. Mainly teams from European countries apply for this event, where the main goal is to encourage undergraduate students in electrical engineering to practice robotics. Each team has to build an autonomous robot able to accomplish the various tasks specified for the current year.

The present team aims at renewing the previous rigid, sandwich-type hardware structure for the 2015 Eurobot contest. The processing unit responsible for low-level control has been already redesigned, but several task-specific peripheral cards are to be fabricated.

This document presents the constructing, implementing and testing phases of three types of peripheral cards. My thesis introduces the Gateway module first, which is responsible for connecting the different communication buses, followed by the Power Node which provides power supply for all the electronic devices used in the robot, and finally the Drive Node that controls and drives the DC motors of the system.

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