This new FB is improved in almost every way. Here are some highlights:
31 Digital Outputs: Each output can sink 500mA, and has a status LED to show state
15 Analogue Inputs: Each input is now a 3.3v 10bit sensor port. Giving accuracy of 0.0032v accuracy versus the current 0.0049v accuracy.
32bit Processor running at 80MHz (80 Million Instructions Per Second/MIPS): This is a brand new cream of the crop microcontroller. Internal CPU speed has increased by 500%. The current microcontroller's base was designed in 1975 whereas this new one was designed in 2007. It uses less power, is more accurate, is faster, and is jus plain awesome.
1.88in x 2.9in / 47.75mm x 73.5mm Form Factor: Less than 3mm wider, and 4mm longer than the Fusion Brain Version 4 gains us x2 the amount of outputs and 2 additional sensor ports.
Available Case: With the new design comes a new option! The availability of a case to put your shiny new Fusion Brain into. This makes it a complete design with an extra level of professionalism.
92% efficient Switched Mode Power Supply Design, < 1% accuracy: The current Fusion Brain, all Fusion Brain's before it, and all competitors use a linear regulator for power. It is cheap and easy, but the output varies with temperature and load, and will skew sensor readings depending on just how hot or how much stuff you have being powered. Not to mention that they are about 11% efficient on a good day, and get really hot. The new FBv6 uses a SMPS where the output will stay constant and accurate to less than 1% of nominal no matter the temperature or load. This will make all sensor readings more accurate, draw less power from the system, and it wont get nearly as hot.
Much improved signal routing: The new efficient layout is more professional and more tuned to avoid interference than previous versions. To handle the increased current needs of all those outputs, the layout has been extremely beefed up. You will notice a definate artwork quality about the layout if you look close enough!
Please note: This is a hobbyist grade product. As such, limited or no documentation is included with it and advanced technical skill may be required to use it. Help may be available on the mp3Car forums or by contacting technical support at our store. However, as manufacturers of hobbyist grade products usually create them in their spare time, response time to technical questions can sometimes take extended periods of time. By purchasing this product, you acknowledge these disclaimers.