Orion2 ECU/TCU/TxW

R2230R4095

Description

The Orion2 is our Economy management which can be used for either engine or transmission by simply loading firmware for each application. This versatile Automotive Controller is designed to be a low cost durable effective replacement for high tech Vehicle Electronic Units.

It uses unique and easy features which are easy to install and tune. It is designed with the novice and professional installer in mind. It can be used for many applications such as racing engines, vehicle conversions, custom built vehicles, replacement parts for production vehicles etc. It is a compact reliable system which is easy to mount in the driver’s compartment  can also on request be epoxy filled to make it a more rugged and water tight controller for harsher environments.

This product can be reprogrammed remotely by a software bootloader and is also sold in different classes which makes it viable to use for smaller applications.

Check out the technical data in the Overview / Features / Specifications / Product Comparison Chart below or download the PDF version to check out the Orion2 Product Information for guidelines on putting the right firmware, product and drawings together.

Download the ECU Compiling PDF.

Getting started with Orion2 and Hyperspace

Orion2 ECU Quick Links Manual

Orion2 Drawings Manual

Orion2 ECU Standard Class – (Simple Trigger – Distributor)

Orion2 ECU Intermediate Class – (Complex Trigger – Distributor)

Orion2 ECU Advance Class – (Advance Features – Multi Coil)

Orion2 ECU Ultimate Class  – (Racing Features – Multi Coil)

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Additional information

Management Type

Engine, Transmission, Throttle by Wire

TCU Description

The Orion2 is our Economy management which can be used for either engine or transmission by simply loading firmware for each application. This versatile Automotive Controller is designed to be a low cost durable effective replacement for high tech Vehicle Electronic Units.

It uses unique and easy features which are easy to install and tune. It is designed with the novice and professional installer in mind. It can be used for many applications such as racing engines, vehicle conversions, custom built vehicles, replacement parts for production vehicles etc. It is a compact reliable system which is easy to mount in the driver’s compartment  can also on request be epoxy filled to make it a more rugged and water tight controller for harsher environments.

This product can be reprogrammed remotely by a software bootloader and is also sold in different classes which makes it viable to use for smaller applications.

Check out the technical data in the Overview / Features / Specifications / Product Comparison Chart below or download the PDF version to check out the Orion2 Product Information for guidelines on putting the right firmware, product and drawings together.

Note: Documentation for TCU Compiling PDF is still in process,  however the products in this compiling tool are quite similar so please ensure to read the supplied description documentation suppled in the various products listed. Download the ECU Compiling PDF.

Transmission Model Drawings

Getting started with Orion2 and Hyperspace

Orion2 TCU Standard Class – (Basic Functions)

Orion2 TCU Intermediate Class – (Basic Functions + Speedometer Calibration)

Orion2 TCU Advance Class – (Advance Features – Speedometer Calibration, 2nd Pull off, Drive-Overdrive select, 4×4 etc.)

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TxW Description

The Mercury2 or Orion2 can be used as a Stand-alone throttle by wire controller. It can be used for single acting throttles or dual acting throttles. Dual acting throttles require positive and negative drivers to form an H-bridge. This will allow current to change direction to open or close the butterfly. Dual throttles have a rest position that is partially open to act as limp mode power during electronic failure.

This product is in prototype status and use the Hyperspace ECU Ver 3.6 software for now. (Dedicated TxW software will follow soon).
These units are standalone units and can operate without the engine running. It may also be used with other management systems. There are protection diodes and resistors wired into the harness and it also has its own relay to power the throttle. These modifications is to ensure lockout of the power to the throttle during malfunction of the sensors, harness or electronics. Do not power the unit via another source by bypassing the relay etc.

Download the PDF Throttle by Wire Manual for guidelines.

Download the Throttle by Wire Compiling PDF.

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Orion2 TxW Drawings

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Overview

The Orion2 is a versatile Automotive Controller that can be used as a Engine/ Transmission Control Unit (ECU or TCU). Designed to be a low cost durable effective replacement for high tech Vehicle Electronic Units which can be used on most engines, transmissions and other products in the motor vehicle industry. The Orion2 uses unique and easy features which are easy to install and tune. It is designed with the novice and professional installer in mind.

This universal South African made product can easily be customized for various engines, transmissions etc. It can be used for many applications such as racing engines, vehicle conversions, custom built vehicles, aftermarket replacement Unit for production vehicles etc. It is a compact reliable system which can be epoxy filled to make it rugged and water tight for harsh environments and is easy to mount in the driver’s compartment.
The Orion2 can be reprogrammed remotely by a software bootloader. No need for expensive equipment like programmers or separate cables. This will allow a dealer to have less inventory on his floor and customize this product on demand. This product is also sold in different classes which makes it more viable to use for smaller applications. It may also be bought at reduced prices in un-activated status. This will allow the dealer to have better control over his cash flow management in his business. Activations of features can be done over the internet making the unit viable to keep in stock at dealers. Activation will then require the rest of the unpaid amount.

The Orion2 unit is designed to connect directly to most sensors and drive units that is found on engines, transmissions and other products. No need to modify them. It consists of the latest in high speed micro controllers with surface mount technology. These units are machine soldered to minimize human error.
The Orion2 cover features like Lambda control, idle control, launch control, Anti-Lag Control, Flat Shift control, Rapid Fire Exhaust Control, cam control, stepper motor control, throttle by wire control, boost control, line pressure control, tiptronic and lots more. It can drive basic coils, smart coils, injectors, solenoids, throttle by wire motors etc. directly. Due to the versatility some devices may require external resistors or diodes which is supplied with the Orion2. It can read signals from sensors like water & air temperature, throttle position, manifold pressure, crank angles, cam angles, lambda, fuel pressure etc. directly.

The Hyperspace tuning software is user-friendly and makes all the above features customizable by the tuner. This makes the Orion2 adaptable for most applications on site.

To learn more about this amazing package browse through the features and specifications in the sub folders.

Features

Note that some features are in the process to be developed in the future. The hardware has the capability for it. Also note that not all of the features may be included on the same ECU as there is limited amount of drivers available. Some of the hardware classes may not include certain features due to the price range. See the selection chart for the ability of the different classes.

Fuel Delivery

  • Accurate fuel amount and injection timing gives better performance and fuel consumption due to constant atomization on each cylinder.
  • Injection methods such as Batch, Split Batch, Split Sequential and Full Sequential are offered with the Orion2. Full Sequential can only be done for 4 Cylinder.
  • Different Tuning options such as graph or matrix can be selected.
  • All graphs or matrix data are interpolated to smooth fuel calculation accuracy for the best performance though the operating ranges.
  • Fuel is calculated with MAP or TPS sensor signals versus RPM or a combination of the two. This will accommodate most engines ranging from street to racing and from economy to performance.
  • Other sensors that are used to alter the fuel mixture are Water, Air, Altitude, Lambda, Battery Volts and throttle response from the driver.
  • Fuel injection timing is adjustable on gear type crank angle sensors as low as 12 pulses per revolution. This will result in a 30° angle resolution or smaller.
  • Adjustable MAP sensor, reading angle for multiple throttle body systems.
  • Dual injectors can be used in two methods. Staged injectors namely Ratio adjust or Graph Fazed method.
  • Injector trimming up to 4 injectors can be used for Full Sequential Injection. Full Sequential can only be done for 4 Cylinder.
  • Fuel enrichment can be adjusted during Launch, RapidFire or retard functions.

Ignition Spark & Timing

  • The Orion2 can manage Distributors, Wasted Spark coil packs, Wasted Spark COP coils or Full Sequential spark systems. Full Sequential can only be done for 4 Cylinder.
  • Orion2 uses standard automotive coil packs found on engines. No need to change them.
  • Most Smart Coils with built in drivers and Basic Coils without drivers can be connected directly. Orion2 has up to 6 HV coil drivers built in.
  • Orion2 can also use the Mercury Coil drivers to free up internal drivers. Coil drivers can be stacked to accommodate V8 systems and V8 Dual Coil engines. The latter have 16 coils.
  • Orion2 has very accurate ignition timing especially with the gear type triggers.
  • Timing is calculated with MAP or TPS sensor signals versus RPM or a combination of the two. This will accommodate most engines ranging from street to racing.
  • Other sensors that is used to alter the Ignition Timing is Water, Air and Altitude.
  • Battery Volts is used to compensate for coil charge time.

Sensors

  • Orion2 can use most standard sensors on the engine – No need to do modifications on distributors or converter boards.
  • Custom Bolt-On Timing Gears may be used for older engines that run carburetors or engines with incorrect setups. Gear type triggers do make timing more accurate and responsive during blip conditions. This is the preferred method for racing applications.
  • Sensors can be calibrated to accommodate the different types found on the engines.

Idle Control & Cold Start – This functions will ease with starting a cold engine and keep the RPM’s constant when air conditioners or automatic transmissions draw power from the engine. Idle control is included on board for one and two wire idle valves. The Spitronics stepper control units can be connected to control quad and bipolar stepper motors.

Launch Control – This feature will increase boost pressure during pull-off to eliminate Turbo Lag. Various methods are available to activate launch like buttons clutch switches TPS position etc. It can also do delayed launch recovery to improve traction.

Anti-Lag Control – This feature will increase boost pressure during racing to eliminate Turbo Lag on corners. Newer firmware has an output option to activate EGR valves to bypass turbo pressure to the exhaust. This will help with engine braking in corners and to keep boost pressure high for accelerating out of the corner.

Flat-shift Control – This feature will momentarily cut engine power during wide open throttle to assist in manual gear shifting.

RapidFire – This launch feature will make a machine gun sound in the exhaust which is desired by the drifting crowd. The frequency is adjustable and the amount of flames displayed at the outlet.

General Purpose Outputs – Up to 10 GP drivers can be used if there are enough available. They can be used for injectors, fan control, shift light, Aircon Cut-Out on Pull-Off or Up-Hill etc.

Standard Harness – No need to keep several harnesses in stock for different engines. Level 2 harnesses will include relays and fuses that will ease installation and save time. All the input wiring harnesses use screened cables for neatness of installation and to prevent electromagnetic interference which may cause erratic behavior of the ECU.

Compact Electronics – This will make the ECU easy to install under the dashboard as it takes very little space.

Complete Firmware for Most Engines.

Cost Effective – No need to buy expensive systems as all the necessary features are included with the ECU.

Rotary Systems – The 2 rotor engines are covered by this Orion2.

External Map Sensor – Easy to change between 1Bar, 2.5Bar, 3Bar 4Bar & custom configurations. External sensors are used to reduce the delay in the vacuum signal It makes the ECU more versatile to adapt to standard MAP sensors found on engines.

Altitude Compensation – This feature is important as the ECU will automatically compensate for differences in pressure.

Standard Tuning Software – All the products use the same software. The features that is not used or allowed in the firmware will be blanked out.

Easy DIY Instructions – Save money on installation if you are a person who is up to the challenge.

Start-Up Maps included – This will make for easy start-up & tuning with the help of a Lambda sensor.

User Friendly Tuning Software which is extensively explained in the manual.

Tuning map can be locked to prevent tampering. Useful for engine builders who gives guarantees.

No Dyno Required – Tune your own vehicle with the help of the data logger in the software and save money. Just following the instructions in the manual carefully.

(Note that the last five points are for the person who is handy with tools and understand wiring and operation of an engine. If you are not sure, download the software, Map, manual and drawing and experiment with it first. It’s free of charge!)

Specifications

Power Supply

12V Ignition power 200mA, filtered by reverse polarity Diode, 700mA Poly switch and 25V Tranzorb
2.5mm2 Earth Strap
12V Driver Power up to 14 amps depending on power used by items driven.

Fixed Inputs

2x Digital Inputs for Magnetic, Hall or Optic sensors. (Jumper selectable)
3x Analog Input 0-5V (May be used by firmware as digital)
1x Built in 3 Bar MAP Sensor input 0-5V (Optional. Sensor is sold Separately)
1x Water Temperature Input 2K NTC Resistance Sensor with 1K pull-up resistor Jumper selectable
1x Air Temperature Input 10K NTC Resistance Sensor with 7K5 pull-up resistor Jumper selectable
3Pin USB D-Bug Connection

Fixed Outputs

4x 18A 500V Ground / Floating output
4x 6A 36V +12V / Floating Overcurrent Protected
5x 19A 41V Ground / Floating
1x 19A 41V Ground / Floating, 1K pull-up resistor to 12V Jumper selectable
5V 600mA Power Output for TPS & Map Sensor and Magnetic Pickups

General Purpose I/O

These GP I/O can be used as one of the following features. Note that they are software selectable and requires Jumper settings on the board.

I/O 1

18A 500V Ground / Floating output
Digital Input to Ground
Analog 0 to 5V with 10K Pull-up to 5V
Serial Bus1

I/O 2

18A 500V Ground / Floating output
Digital Input to Ground
Analog 0 to 5V with 74K Pull-up to 5V
Serial Bus2

Communication

Software UART Connection via USB2 converter cable
Universal Serial Bus (Optional)
Bootloader installed for firmware programming via the USB cable

Dimensions

Size 144 x 68mm x 22mm
Weight 187g Non Resin filed *
5 x Connector Type Plastic Molex 12, 10, 8, 6, 4

* This unit can be resin filled. Weight will increase depending on the type of resin.

Product Comparison Chart

ECU Selection

Note that the classes that are not used by the ECU firmware is not displayed to simplify the chart. If firmware is developed they will be added.

Orion2 Hardware STD INT ADV ULT  
           
Hardware Inputs          
External Map Sensor 1 1 1 1  
Built In Map Sensor (optional) 1 1 1 1  
TPS Sensor 1 1 1 1  
Water 2K NTC or Tap-In 1 1 1 1  
Air 10K NTC or Tap-In 1 1 1 1  
Lambda Narrow or Wide Band 1 1 1 1 Note 1
Battery Volts 1 1 1 1  
           
Crank Trigger Pulse 1 1 1 1  
TDC/Home Pulse   1 1 1  
           
UART Comms Port 1 1 1 1  
USB/Programmer 3Pin PCB Con 1 1 1 1  
Bootloader 1 1 1 1  
           
Hardware Outputs          
Low Volt Negative Drivers 2 4 4 6  
Low Volt Positive Drivers 1 1 4 4 Note 2
High Volt Negative Coil Drivers 1 1 4 6 Note 2
           
General Purpose Input / Output 10 10 10 10 Note 3
           
Features          
Graph Tuning MAP 1 1 1 1  
Matrix Tuning MAP or TPS 1 1 1 1  
Altitude Compensation 1 1 1 1 Note 4
Idle Control 1 1 1 1 Note 5
Dual Maps 1 1 1 1 Note 6
Full Sequential Injection (4Cyl)       1  
V-Tech /Vanos Cam Control 1 1 1 1  Note 7
VVTI Cam Control (Open Loop)   2 2 2  
Launch Control 0°       1  
Launch Recover Delay -30°       1  
RapidFire 1 1 1 1  
Anti-Lag control       1  
Flat-Shift control       1  
RPM Calibration 1 1 1 1  
Power Management 1 1 1 1  
           
Can be Epoxy filed 1 1 1 1  
Notes            
Note 1 – Wideband requires external electronics to provide 0-5V signal
Note 2 – These drivers share the same Micro driver and cannot be used separately
Note 3 –  All drivers that is not used by the firmware become GP outputs
Note 4 – Requires the optional on board MAP sensor
Note 5 – Stepper motors require the external Idle2 Controller
Note 6 – These drivers share features and may not be available
Note 7 – This feature operates in Open loop as there is no cam sensor inputs available
NB! Some of the firmware may still be under development. This is merely indicating the capabilities of the different classes. Make sure if such firmware are available before buying or quoting your customers

TCU Selection

Note that the classes that are not used by the TCU firmware is not displayed to simplify the chart. If firmware is developed they will be added.

Orion2 Hardware

STD

INT

ADV

Notes

 

 

 

 

 

Hardware

 

 

 

 

TPS Sensor

1

1

1

 

RPM Sensor

1

1

1

 

Speed Sensor

1

1

1

 

Oil Temp Sensor

 

 

1

 

Low Range Sensor

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shifter Selection Switch

1

1

1

 

Tuning Maps Selection Switch

1

1

1

 

Tiptronic Up Switch

1

1

1

 

Tiptronic Down Switch

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hardware Outputs

 

 

 

 

Low Volt Negative Drivers

6

6

6

 

Low Volt Positive Drivers

4

4

4

Note 1

High Volt Negative Coil Drivers

6

6

6

Note 1

GP Outputs

2

2

2

Note 2

 

 

 

 

 

Speedo Output

 

1

1

 

Electronic Relay Output

 

 

 

 

Relay Output

1

1

1

 

Battery Volts 

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Features

 

 

 

 

Tiptronic Function

1

1

1

 

Overdrive Function

 

 

1

 

2nd Start Function

 

 

1

 

4 Tuning Maps 

1

1

1

 

Individual Gear Shift Profiles

1

1

1

 

Duty Cycle Control

1

1

1

 

Speedo Calibration

 

1

1

 

Lockup Control

1

1

1

 

Lockup Selectable / Gear

1

1

1

 

Transfer Box Ratio Adjustments

 

 

1

 

Number of Gears Capable

10

10

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epoxy filed

 

 

 

 

Can be Epoxy filed

1

1

1

 

Notes                                                  

Note 1 – These drivers share the same Micro driver and cannot be used separately

Note 2 – * All drivers that is not used by the firmware become GP outputs

NB! Some of the firmware may still be under development. This is merely indicating the capabilities of the different classes. Make sure if such firmware is available before buying or quoting your customers

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