FrSky X12D and X16D

January 28, 2013 22:06 | By | Add a Comment

Dying for a transmitter with a bigger screen? FrSky is here to quench that particular thirst, with several new models that obviously expand on the theme of larger color screens on transmitters. More technical info after the break.

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Right now there’s not much info to go by, but FrSky announced two high-end transmitter models, the X12D and the X16D respectively, to be released mid-end of 2013:

X12D

– Number of channels: 12
– ARM M4 core processor
– One LED back-lighted monochrome LCD display located on bottom part of transmitter, one monochrome OLED screen on top.
– Multiswitch Scroll wheel as rotating encoder (Dial button)
– Ball-bearing gimbals (disregard gimbals installed in X9DA prototype)
– Mini-USB connector
– Audio earphone output
– Model Match: at least 32 native model memories + SD card (data logger + extended memories)
– Free RTOS operation system/Fr GUI self-developed by FrSky

 

X16D

– Number of channels: 16
– ARM M4 core processor
– One Large color OLED screen on top.
– Ball-bearing gimbals (disregard gimbals installed in X9DA prototype)
– Mini-USB connector
– Audio earphone output
– Model Match: at least 32 native model memories + SD card (data logger + extended memories)
– Free RTOS operation system/Fr GUI self-developed by FrSky

 

Both transmitters comes with a module slot for your favorite FASST/Spektrum/Jeti/Multiplex/HOTT system, as well as an integrated FrSky transmitter. They will support the new PXX telemetry-enabled protocol as well as retain backwards compatibility with FrSky ACCST Duplex and V8R*-II receivers. The internal antenna placement is definitely a positive move too, here’s hoping that 2013 marks the end of the unneccessary external dangly bits.

Best of all, FrSky opens up their protocol to everyone. “Qualified developers” can even get access to the transmitter sourcecode. It’s not exactly open source, but it’s better than being stuck with no feature upgrades after a year or two. Yes we’re talking about you, Futaba…

 

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