EMS/Powertrain review thoughts

For 10yrs I been reviewing the best viable Engine Management Systems (EMS) for customers and their projects.

Customers tend to invest heavily in modifications, spending in excess of $3000USD in mods, while thinking less about EMS’ and their capabilities. Once such reason is due to the complexities of such key devices and how important there are.

Below are my thoughts on EMS determination:

  1. Ability to at an advance level, turn the knobs to effect critical engine operations
  2. Ability to accurately and precisely determine the next engine operation. The need for FPGA’s and possibly RISC processors for that, including precise coding for efficient software processing. The software that drives it all should be optimised for all of the hardware and the hardware optimised to work together efficiently and effectively; in a harmonious way.
    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field-programmable_gate_array
    2. https://www.design-reuse.com/news/6629/actel-fpgas-development-multiple-race-car-engine-control-units.html
    3. https://www.xilinx.com/video/hardware/what-is-the-difference-between-an-fpga-and-an-asic.html
  3. Strategies and analysis on Engine operations and management
  4. Support into known and hidden features to support the operations and management of engines and Powertrains. That is the ability to get customised firmware of software updates to you in the field. That implies the ability of the manufacture to execute change.
  5. Selective Scoping and high logging rate to capture events and operations

All of the above is achieve when manufactures are part of Engine Development like Life Racing/Syvecs, Motec, Pectel, Bosch and a few other top Powertrain manufactures.

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