Friday, 4 February 2011

Some thoughts on the latest Multiplex releases

Those clever chaps at Multiplex must have been working pretty hard recently, judging by the number of M-LINK 2.4 GHz products launched at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Some interesting/curious/cool things which caught me eye:

  • A trainer/pupil lead. Except, it's actually wireless, using M-LINK dongles instead of a cable. Now, how cool is that!
  • Compact telemetry capable receivers (RX-5 and RX-7 M-LINK). These only employ a single receiver circuit and antenna (hence lack of 'DR' moniker). Voltage and LQI telemetry are built-in however.
  • Telemetry-capable RF modules and telemetry displays for Multiplex mc 4000 and JR transmitters.
  • Telemetry-enabled speed controllers.
  • Cockpit SX available in different colours (I want the yellow one!)
  • GPS telemetry sensor. Outputs speed, altitude and distance.
  • Latest v 3.04 firmware for Cockpit SX provides 18 memories and 8 telemetry lines.
  • High voltage servos. At last, a basic airborne system can be driven directly by a single 2S lipo.
  • SRXL data available at B/D socket for compatibility with Microbeast and SM Powerbox products.
Just taking a step back, what really strikes me is how well thought out and integrated the M-LINK telemetry is. Of course all this would not matter a jot if the basic link wasn't robust, but as far as I'm aware there haven't been any reports of  issues, and I have looked pretty hard.

Things are looking up for Multiplex! Read more in their 2011 catalogue.

2 comments:

Craig said...

What they didn't think about was putting an earphone jack in the transmitter so that other pilots don't get annoyed by vario sensor beeps.

RC Soar said...

I believe the forthcoming discrete telemetry panels will have this.