We are proud to introduce the latest generation in ECU race technology: the Antares 8 Series. Built upon the powerful CHP2 platform, the Antares 8 Series ECU brings huge logging capabilities, a dramatic increase in processor power and an open platform for the creation of custom code via our Auto Coding platform. In addition, improved Lambda measurement and control, extra outputs options (H-Bridge, LSD & TTL), an increase in the number of both Lambda inputs and CAN ports, 1GB Ethernet offload and EtherCAT™ expansion, establish the Antares 8 as our new flagship ECU.
Combining the updated MQ12Di processor with our CHP2 logging platform means that the Antares 8 Series has the capability of being a single box solution on any vehicle. The Antares 8 Series can process ECU control, ECU logging, chassis logging and chassis control all within a single box. LIN drivers (configurable LIN is available) and EtherCAT™ expansion via the SJU (Synchronous Junction Unit) allow the Antares to drive devices such as wipers, as well as vastly expanding I/O. As standard the Antares 8 includes advanced and highly developed strategies for gear control, fly-by-wire and traction control for a wide range of applications.
Utilising MATLAB and Simulink, the Auto Coding platform allows customers to rapidly create, simulate and deploy their own control strategies. The use of ‘Developer’ and ‘Customer’ tokens means that once digitally signed, Customer code releases can be rolled out across high volumes without needing high-level variants of the Antares 8 Series. This is ideal for customer-focused racing, with Customer level Auto-Coding capabilities as standard across the entire range at no additional cost. Developer tokens are available from the 830 onwards.
As with the MQ12Di, the Antares 8 features a high level of security and locking options. The security method of locking via dongle has been a proven success with implementation across multiple individual user cases, as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship (LMP2). Exactly what is locked/hidden at different levels can be customised to best fit the requirements for any given situation.