2015 Control System and Kit of Parts Survey

Blog Date: 
Friday, May 9, 2014 - 12:42

Please see the blog post below for important information from our Kit of Parts team, Kate & Collin:

2015 FRC Control System

One of the exciting parts of the 2014 FIRST Championship was the ability to show off the new hardware components that will make up the 2015 FRC Control System. Members of the CS Team from FIRST, National Instruments, Cross the Road Electronics, and WPI also had the opportunity to take questions from the audience at two 2015 Control System presentations.

2015 CS Layout

2015 FRC Control System Layout

This graphic shows the basic layout of the 2015 FRC Control System. The roboRIO from NI replaces the cRIO, Analog Breakout, and Digital Sidecar. More specs on it can be found here. The Power Distribution Panel (PDP) is from Cross the Road Electronics and replaces the Power Distribution Board used from 2009-2014. The Pneumatic Control Module (PCM) is also from CTRE and replaces the Solenoid Breakout and Spike Relay required to drive the compressor. The PCM connects to the PDP via CAN. The PDP can connect to the roboRIO via CAN to allow current monitoring on each channel. The final new component is the Voltage Regulator Module (VRM), also from CTRE. This component allows access to different voltages to supply power to custom circuits, cameras, sensors, etc.

A chart comparing the 2014 and 2015 FRC Control Systems can be found here.

We’re looking for a wide variety of teams to help us test and develop, and test and develop, and test and develop the 2015 CS. Beta testing will run July through November 2014. Each beta test team will be loaned 2015 hardware to complete the testing. To apply to be a beta test team, please fill out the survey here. The deadline for filling out the application is May 30.

2014 KOP Survey

We’re interested in your feedback on the 2014 FRC Kit of Parts. This feedback is instrumental in pointing us in the direction of new parts for potential inclusion in the 2015 KOP. Last year, more than 1400 people filled out the KOP Survey. This feedback is sent to Suppliers to help them make the best use of their donation. Please have one student and one mentor fill out the 2014 KOP Survey here.


Is it possible to get a larger version of the photo above?

In Chrome, I right-clicked and open the image in new tab. It's larger. I'd link directly to it but this forum triggered it as spam.

The flyer handed out at the championship said that Beta applications would be accepted through May 30.

Is this an indication that the Victor 888s will be replaced with Talons in the 2015 KOP?

hopefully we all get talons haha gotta hate the jags

I'm a mentor for team 3812, Longview, Wa. We want to sign up to beta test the roboRio.

Hi Richard - 

You can apply to be a Beta Test team via the survey link in the blog.


FRC Team 3357 would like to participate in the beta testing on the new controller. We are willing to test either LabView or Java. Whatever you need.

Thanks - Linda

I filled out the KOP survey but did not see anything about beta testing. How can I get out team to be part of beta testing?


Linda - here's the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JLTYSGS 

Thank you!

Will HTML 5 be an available coding language?

Team 4590 from Israel would like to participate in beta testing. Can teams from outside the US participate, and if so, will we get to use the components we recieve on next year's 2015 season?

Team 1290 would like to beta test in Java.

Now that we're past the deadline for the beta test submissions, can you tell us when we will be notified as to whether our team has been accepted or not as a beta test site?

Bruce - We're reviewing the applications now and expect to make a decision by the end of June.

When can the teams expect to be notified if they will or will not participate in the Beta Test? (Deadline was May 30). Thanks.

Peter - We're reviewing the applications now and expect to make a decision by the end of June.

There are only a few hours of June left.
Our team is in a holding-pattern for Summer training classes
(Java & LabVIEW programming as well as electronics/control-systems)
and we would like to know IF we made the cut.

Has the decision been made and we were not notified?
Or is there a new time-frame for notifications?
Where will the list of selected teams be posted?

Paul - apologies for the delay. here's the list of teams: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/2015-FRC-Control-System-Beta-Test-Teams

Thank you!

I can't find documentation on whether 24V pneumatics solenoids can be controlled from the standard setup. All our pneumatics solenoids are 24V so we definitely would want that capability.

Not sure if you've found an answer yet, but the PCM has a jumper to select for 12 and 24 volt solenoids.

Is everything shown above going to be in every team's Kit of Parts, or are the items above going to cost extra for teams to get?

~Team member of 4051

Hi Aidan,

Generally, the contents of the Kit of Parts is remain confidential until Kickoff - that being said, we do think we'll be making an announcement to teams later in the fall regarding control system components that will and will not be distributed to teams via the Kickoff Kit. Items available in FIRST Choice will be visible to teams before the site goes live for ordering. Stay tuned to this blog for that detail as it's published. 

It was said that the information regarding control system components will be announced later in fall. Is there any further information about distribution of things that are shown above with KoP?

Team member of 3646-Integra-Turkey

The items each team will be getting in the Kickoff Kit was disclosed in this blog

Since the software has already been given to some 90+ teams, wouldn't it be fair to release that software to the rest of the teams so that we can begin learning/training?

Thanks for your inquiry. Our goal is to publish one version of the FRC specific components to the community for the season so not to cause confusion (support, events) with down-revved software (if add'l versions are needed because of fixes we can’t/shouldn’t avoid, so be it!). The release is not yet ready (we're still fixing final bugs). NI did post software setup tools and a guide (https://decibel.ni.com/content/docs/DOC-34731) to help teams get started. Beta teams are obliged to share what they're learning with the rest of the community. Stay tuned for a blog post with more information!

On my power distributor, the button on it has stopped pushing. I was wondering if it is fixable or do we need to get a new power distributor.

Please contact support@crosstheroadelectronics for help and information about warranty support.

I am unable to find the latest firmware version that required on the inspection checklist for the Pneumatic Control Module(PCM). Does anyone where to find version 1.67?


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