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Updates, Pans and Work in Progress

The latest Updates and changes

In this section our latest updates in the plugin, firmware, panel program or website are described.

August 2023:
Firmware update >> Support for the 2004 LCD, the encoders processing improvmentd, LCD bar-graph, 7-segm. display:
Plugin changes >> Last (current) version - SimVim Plugin v. 2.19:
Website: Config Tool >> LCD selection option is added (it will work after the plugin/firmware update in August 8/10 )
SimVimPanel >> The Dash 8-400 instrument panel

The previous Updates

Plugin changes >> July 2023 - version: 2.18
Website changes >> Last: July 2023
SimVimPanel >> July 2023 - SimVimPanel version 5.0 is relesed having many improvements:

Upcoming Updates / work in progress

Here you can see all the upcoming changes that will be implemented in the nearest updates.

Plugin updates >> New version is planned to release in November 2023 for the changes listed below
New Config Tool >>

Fully remade Config Tool - it should become much easier and understandable, It will include all possible options to configure:

Configuration file >> Multiple data config file support - Each plane may have its own config file loaded automatically
New planes converter >> Simplified conversion file format, separate conversion files for specific plane models.

Planned development in progress:

Below you can see a list of our planned or considered changes and improvements that may be implemented either in the near future or considered in a longer timeline.

Hardware: LEDs >> Developing new LED output system for multiple two brightness level LEDs:
Analog axis >> Consider to add a separate input board (slave) that will be used specially for analog inputs.
SimVimPanel >> Selectable instrument configurations:
Panels (B58) >> Baron 58 additional panel configurations:
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Below is the information provided up to 2022

  • RSC Firmware changes and improvement

    The master firmware has been updated for more optimized data processing and speed-up the connection protocol. Improved initial connection to SimVimX Plugin and start configuration. It's not so important, but you will notice the USB (and Ethernet) connection on the plane start became faster and all switch positions are synchronized momentary on reconnection.

    I have optimized the large number of inputs scanning algorithm, that allows you to have up to 50 multiplexer extension boards (this max number has been announced as supported before, but need to be optimized).

    Some issues have been resolved with the encoder steps consistency (for some types..). I'm improving the multiple encoder processing code, make it more reliable.

    Analog axis processing is reworked, taking in account all other multiple inputs processing (if you have analog inputs configured and they send state changes too often caused by electrical noise from the power lines, this could influence the encoders). Now, I hope to make it more stable, allowing to have more sensitive axis (providing you still have a good power supply for axis reference voltage, reliable wiring and low-noise electric environment.

  • Added the possibility to connect the LED drivers to any OUTPUT extension multiplexer board instead of using direct pins and LED driver outputs. This option allows you to use an output multiplexer assigned for 7-segment displays for LEDs, utilizing any of its pins for either 7-segment displays or LED drivers.

  • If you use the LCD slave board, you will need to update its LCD firmware too. The new version of the LCD slave board firmware has a reworked connection protocol for more reliable and fast connection. On board start (power connected) every connected LCD shows the "SimVimX-" message in the first line and the LCD:v05 (version) in the second line.

    This will let you know that the LCD is working and your wiring is correct. When connecting with the master board and SimVimX plugin the message "RSC-v40" (version of RSC firmware) appears for 1 second, and then incoming data is displayed.

  • The alternative servo output option will be added to the master firmware. As the WitMotion doesn't produce the 32-servo boards anymore, another 32-Servo controller will be supported, like this one:

    Stepper board firmware has also received some minor improvements, mostly related to the work of 28BYJ-48 steppers.

  • Circuit breaker parameters

    The generic circuit breakers will added to the database and to the configurator. They will be adding gradually, so just watch.

  • Planned changes, or in development

    • Image-map for the configurator

      More image-maps are going to be added, working on it...

    • SimVimX extensions, firmware for more additional "slave" boards

      I intend to make RealSimControl more "modular" separating it to several boards with firmware designed for specific set of output devices. All these board will be connected to 2-wire interface, that can be laid across all your cockpit

      Along with "RealSimControl LCD" firmware the same slave Uno/Nano board with "RealSimControl LED" firmware is planned to be added for connecting multiple 7-segment displays and LED drivers.

      Special slave Nano board for all "hardware" Power control (and maybe brightness) outputs

    • 2-boards version of RealSimControl Interface.

      Planned: The additional "sub-master" slave board ( mini Mega2560 ) is connected with a two-wire connection to the master board Mega2560.

    • Raspberry-Pi version of RealSimControl firmware

      Keeping a large number of inputs / outputs, and use minimum soldering but adding more performance and combine SimVimPanel with input/output controls. The input multiplexers connected to one Rpi board, slave controller boards (RealSimControl LCD, Stepper, etc), other extensions...

    Considering (not planned for now)

    • Support of the serial controller WS2812B for LEDs ( postponed)

      These LEDs are individually addressed, connected in serial chain, using just one output.

    • RealSimControl ESP32 (postponed!)

      - Porting RealSimControl on the ESP32 (Espressif), high performance, but very cheap platform
      - The first version has been made, tested, but it is doubtful that using this platform is worth it.
      - ...