The UCC is an electronic box that gives live to you homemade simulator
cockpit. It's able to drive multiple cockpit components such as LCD
screens, lights, leds, 7 segments displays, magnetic switches, ...
The UCC is able to drive more than 100 lights/leds outputs, 4 seven
segments displays, 3 Lcds (DED-PFD-RWR) and the CMDS display.
At this time, the UCC is
fully developped to interact with the Falcon 4.0 family flight simulators.
As a consequence it is mainly oriented towards the F-16 cockpit MLU
and Block 50.
1. Lights output:
The UCC is able to drive 136 lights output with 4light boards featuring
the MM5450 chip. (140 when using MM5451) Those lights can vary from
the master caution light, indexer lights, any light of the caution panel
or any light that is implemented in the Falcon shared memory. The UCC
design allows the user to choose to use regulare 5v leds to any incandescent
lights up to 40v. That feature is especially interesting when interfacing
real cockpit component such as a caution panel where incandescent lights
are 28v. Please note that the multivoltage opportunity can be used within
the same lightboard. This multivoltage application also allow us to
interface magnetic switches in the cockpit, using any of the light outputs
to drive the coil of the switch.
The final "pro"
build lightboard PCB with a MM5451. Each PCB is identified with
dipswitches. They are daisy chained thoughout the cockpit to allow
custom placement. The top row connectors are where the lights/led
|Here's a picture of some
lights interfaced with a lightboard: 3 transit gear lights (3 red
leds) Green leds for the gear lights and 4 leds placed into the
TWA panel. There is also a magnetic switch implemented here, the
parking brake switch.
2. LCDs output:
There are three outputs for LCDs screens: DED (data entry display -
right of the ICP), PFD (pilot fault display - right aux console of the
Block50 model and not featured in the MLU cockpit) and the well known
3. Displays (7segments & OSRAM) output.
Lightboard #3 can be replaced with a special board to interface a real
speedbrake indicator and the chaff and flare counters with 7 segments
displays. There are two options here. the regular Chaff&flare counters
or the fully implemented CMDS panel featuring OSRAM displays quite close
to the real deal. Please note that when using any of the Chaff&flares
displays, you loose 34(35) lights outputs but don't worry, you have
more than enough with three lightboards to cover all the cockpits lights
and even more.
The Lightboard #3 is also able to drive the realspeedbrake indicator
when using 28v or the user has the choice to impelment it with leds.
4 leds can then gives the opening of the speedbrakes.
The chaff and flare
counter can be implemented with 4 7 segments displays. Although
this solution is quite cheaper than the next one, you won't be
able to display the counter when you have more than 99 chaff or
|If you want the ice on
the cake, you will want to go to the full CMDS panel. This panel
is offered complete (Kabar's CMDS panel + board + osram + connectors.
It will feature a perfect CMDS panel of the block 50/52. Please
note, OSRAMS are able to increment counter up to 999 units.
4. I2C output:
The UCC also features a I2C (Inter Integrated Circuit) output but
it is not implemented yet. It was implemented to allow the user to play
with switches but since other component do the job already perfectly
(Xkeys, gammaray, ...) Although we plan to put that option to good use
in the future to implement the UHF panel and allow easy (and graphical)
switching of the frequencies (Teamspeak - in game frequency control,
RogerWilco or whatever...)