HDDG22: Talk ECUs and Their Sensors

Chris Gammell asked me to give a presentation at his Hardware Developers Didactic Galactic meetup in San Francisco. I enjoy talking about things I work on so I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I’m pretty sure he was expecting me to talk about Google’s Zaius server, an open-hardware POWER9 server design, that I brought to a previous meetup. Giving presentations about my day job takes some review and approvals, even for open designs. Instead, I offered to talk about engine control, a subject I’m spending many nights on recently.

MoTeC M48 Teardown

After working out the serial port pinout on my MoTeC M48 (see MoTeC PCI Cable for $20), I was left with one unidentified pin. As the same DB9 is used with both a PCI cable and a SUU, I suspect this extra pin is how the ECU distinguishes between the two. My M48 is already running the latest firmware so figuring out how to emulate an SUU isn’t a critical but not knowing how it works bothers me.

MoTeC PCI Cable for $20

After getting the MoTeC M48 EMP software installed in Dosbox as described previously, I naively assumed the M48 just connected with normal RS232 serial. I mean, there’s a DB9 hanging under the dash and the EMP software is looking for a serial port. Of course it couldn’t be that simple.

Drag Race Cobra and MoTeC M48 ECU

A few month ago, a coworker decided to buy a built drag racing car and was looking for someone to help crew. I emphatically offered my services and we started working out what exactly he had bought.

A Hash Mismatch Made in BitBake

A reader is perplexed by the vardeps and vardepsexclude variables. Understanding them is key to resolving the dreaded “Taskhash Mismatch” error.

Where Do I Get Advice on Yocto?

Over the past three years, I’ve worked on a variety of projects that use embedded Linux distros built using Yocto Project. While I quickly realized the versatility of Yocto during the first project, learning the ins and outs of recipes, distros, and machines became a regular frustration that followed through each project. Not only is Yocto huge, the design patterns and tools change almost daily.