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.


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.