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Previous Generation : Suggested Alternative : MC405

Not recommended for new projects!

The MC206X Motion Coordinator is based on Trio’s high-performance 32-bit DSP technology, providing unprecedented computational speed, flexibility, and connectivity.



  • Compact 107mm(H) x 182mm(W) x 53mm(D)
  • Compact DIN-rail mounting box
  • Pre-emptive multi-tasking TrioBASIC, maximum of 7 tasks
  • Motion Perfect Application Development Software
  • CAN Networking
  • Multifunction Status LEDs
  • UL Listed and CE Approved


Advanced FPGA techniques enable 4 axes of stepper and servo circuitry plus a master encoder input to be enclosed in a compact DIN-rail mounted package


The MC206X has 16 opto-isolated digital I/O (8 in, 8 bi-directional). High speed hardware registration inputs are available for each axis where highly accurate control is required for applications such as print and packaging lines. The I/O count can be expanded using Trio CANbus digital and analogue modules.


Trio’s MC206X offers wide communications capability with 2 RS-232 serial ports, 1 RS-485 port, 1 TTL serial port, 1 USB port and 1 CAN channel as standard.

Product P136
Description 1-5 Axis motion coordinator
Name MC206x
PCode P136
Status Maintained
Configuration P136
Axis 0
Axis 1
Axis 2
Axis 3
Axis 4
Axis 5
Axis 6
Axis 7
Axes P136
Max axes 5
Max networked axes 0
Max virtual axes 1
Max discrete wired axes 4
Performance P136
Cores 1
Processor DSP
Clock frequency 120 MHz
Maths precision IEEE 457 Single
Position register precision 32 bit
Execution benchmark 0 lines/ms
Real-time clock No
Flash memory 32000 values
User memory 1 MB
Table memory 32000 values
Min expected flash memory life (normal use) 0 years
Maximum VR variables 1024
Maximum servo period 2000 µs
Minimum servo period 125 µs
Maximum encoder input frequency 6.000 MHz
Maximum stepper output frequency 2.000 MHz
Drive interfaces P136
Auxilliary axis Option
EtherCAT No
Hydraulic Option
Piezo Option
Panasonic RTEX No
Servo Option
SLM Option
Step & direction Yes
Communications P136
Anybus No
Bluetooth No
CANopen Yes
CC-Link No
DeviceNet Yes
Ethernet Option
EthernetIP Yes
Hostlink Yes
Profibus Option
ProfiNet No
RS232/RS485 Yes
USB 1.1 Yes
Encoder ports P136
Feedback input No
Incremental (A+B) output Yes
Pulse & direction output Yes
Reference input Yes
SSI Absolute Input No
EnDat Absolute Input No
Tamagawa Absolute Input No
BiSS Absolute Input No
Internal I/O P136
+/-10V analogue outputs 4
Analogue output precision 12 bits
Analogue Inputs (0-10V) 2
Analog input precision 12 bits
Digital Bidirectional I/O (24V) 4
Digital Inputs (24Vdc) 8
Digital outputs (24Vdc) 0
Registration inputs 4
Registration speed 20 µs
Watchdogs 1
Watchdog rating 29V, 100mA max
External I/O P136
+/-10V analogue outputs 16
Analogue output precision 16 bits
+/-10V analogue inputs 32
Analogue input precision 12 bits
Digital I/O points 256
Programming P136
Trio BASIC Yes
DXF in Yes
G-Code Yes
IEC61131 No
Kinematic No
Maximum programs 7
Maximum tasks 7
Software P136
Motion Perfect version 3
Expansion P136
Expansion module type Series2
Maximum modules 1
Memory card None
Physical P136
Maximum operating temperature 45 °C
Minimum operating temperature 0 °C
Mount DIN/Panel
Depth 53.0 mm
Height 107.0 mm
Width 182.0 mm
Weight 325 g
Power P136
Supply current 350 mA
Supply tolerance
Supply voltage 24 V
Certification P136
CE Yes
RoSH Yes
UL Yes
Products - Expansion
Daughter Board Adaptor (P399) P399
Required to fit any daughter board to the MC206X. UL Approved.
Micro SD Card Adaptor  P170
Allows the controller to read and write files as a Flash drive using the FAT32 compatible file system.
The memory adaptor is compatible with a wide range of Micro SD cards up to 2Gbytes.
RS232 serial Cable (P350)  P350
Provides 4 +/-10V, 16 Bit outputs.  Includes 4 x 0-10V analogue inputs 12 Bit.
Serial to Fibre Optic Adaptor (P435)  P435
Fibre optic adaptor to convert TTL port on MC224, MC206X and Euro205x series Motion Coordinators to Trio fibre optic network.
All Daughter Boards P296
Daughter Board System to allow for extended interfacing. Please call Trio for availibility.
Products - CAN I/O Modules
CAN 16-Out I/O Module (P317)CAN
The Trio CAN16 Output module provides 256 distributed output channels at 24Vdc level. All points are short-circuit proof and completely isolated from the CANbus. P317 modules may be mixed on the same bus, with other types in the Trio CAN I/O range.
CAN 16-In I/O Module (P318)CAN
The Trio CAN16 Input module provides 256 distributed input channels at 24Vdc level. All input points are high level (24V in = ON) and completely isolated from the CANbus.
CAN16 I/O Module (P319)CAN
The Trio CAN16 Input/Output module provides 256 distributed bi-directional input/output channels at 24Vdc level. All input points are high level, (24V = ON) all outputs are short-circuit proof and the I/O is completely isolated from the CANbus.
CAN 8-In / 4-Out I/O Module (P326)CAN
The CAN Analogue I/O module provides a compact DIN rail mounted analogue input/output capability for Trio Motion Coordinators. Each module provides 8 channels of 12-bit (+/-10V) analogue inputs and 4 channels of 12-bit (+/-10V) analogue outputs.
CAN 8-Relay Module (P327)CAN
The Trio CAN8 Relay module provides 128 distributed low power relay channels at up to 30Vdc or 49Vac. All output points are Volt-free contacts and are completely isolated from the CANbus. P327 modules may be mixed on the same bus, with other types in the Trio CAN I/O range.
Products - Generic
UNIPLAY HMI (7") (P843)bolt on expansion module
Trio’s unique UNIPLAY HMI system is a revolutionary way to make operator interfaces better, easier and more secure! The UNIPLAY series boasts a 7" and 10" colour display.
UNIPLAY HMI (10") (P844)bolt on expansion module
Trio’s unique UNIPLAY HMI system is a revolutionary way to make operator interfaces better, easier and more secure! The UNIPLAY series boasts a 10" colour display.
Firmware - MC206-X
Latest USER Release:
Size:174605 bytes
Look Ahead
Latest USER Release:
Size:179245 bytes
Software - Programming
Motion Perfect
Motion Perfect is designed to make setup, diagnostics, commissioning and using our range of Motion Coordinators as simple as possible. It provides the user with an easy to understand Windows based interface for rapid application development, controller configuration and monitoring of controller processes.
Software - Support Apps
The program allows the user to create motion paths in a CAD package such as AutoCAD and convert them into code executable by a Trio Motion Coordinator.
CamGen allows import of a set of points from Excel to build a smooth motion profile in a few minutes. CamGen is included in Motion Perfect v4.
A compact, self-contained package designed to allow simple distribution of projects written using Motion Perfect. Simply add the project to the Autoloader folder, edit a script file to provide control of the loading sequence and send to the customer.
Trio MCLoader
The Trio MC Loader is a Windows ActiveX control which can load projects (produced with Motion Perfect) and programs onto a Trio Motion Coordinator. Communication with the Motion Cordinator can be via serial link, USB, Ethernet or PCI depending on the Motion Coordinator.
Trio PCMotion
PCMotion is an ActiveX component allowing direct connection to the Trio Motion Coordinator from a custom user application. It can be used to control any of the Motion Coordinator functionality as well as send text files down to the controller.
Data Sheet  
Quick Start Guide Simple set up guide
The Technical Reference Manual can be downloaded in here.
EC Declaration  
UL Listing Please insert E238097 UL File Number in the search box.
Feature MC206X MC405
I/O Connectors 3.81 mm pitch 2-part screw terminals. 3.5 mm pitch 2-part screw terminals.
Max number of Servo Axes 4 4
Ref Encoder Axes 1 1
Max number of Stepper Axes 4 5
5th axis connector 3.81 mm pitch screw terminals 9-way D-type Socket
5V power output on 5th axis No Yes
Daughter board slots 1 0
Serial Ports 2 x RS232 and 1 x RS485 1 x RS232 1 x RS485
Command Line access Serial port 0 Ethernet port only
USB port Yes No
Ethernet port Optional with P296 Yes
Fibre-optic Keypad port Requires P435 Serial to Fibre-optic converter. Not supported
Analogue Inputs 1 x 10bit (0 to 10V) 2 x 12 bit (0 to 10V)
DAC power supply CAN 24V I/O 24V
Virtual axes 3 11
Multi-tasking processes 7 10
Equivalent processing speed 1x 7 x faster than 206X
System Software Trio Multi-tasking BASIC V1 Trio Multi-tasking BASIC V2