· Greg Gaub
The SCP 2.4 GHz (actually, SCP 3) was shown in Germany at the Toy Fair, where the veil was lifted also on the type 'C' chip which required much more work than we expected (ah the beauty of the undocumented IC bugs).
I've included some preliminary information in the revised oXigen base manual,
You may note that the name SCP3 is a sticker covering the old SCP2 name, but the hardware is real and is working well.
For the lazy or for those who want to save a download
The SCP-3 is natively compatible with oXigen. There is no need to add any cartridges to it, to use it in an oXigen system.It's also compatible with all SCP cartridges.
In its basic form it sends and receives data on the 2.4GHz frequency channels with enough power to cover normal home conditions and distances. However, it can also be upgraded with a high power module if really long distances must be reached. Further, when the high power module is fitted, the original transmitter becomes a Bluetooth device, which can be paired to smart phones to save racing data and other information. Firmware is updated through a dedicated app, from any mobile phone.
It operates like any other SCP controller, but comes with two LED displays for better ease of use, so that for example IDs are displayed as two digit numbers. For the rest, refer to the following "SCP2 and SCP1" paragraph.
Type 'C' chip
The type 'C' chip is the most compact, powerful, compatible chip of its kind.
It's a truly universal device: natively compatible with oXigen, Scalextric SSD, and Carrera digital.
Its shape is such that it fits on a Scalextric digital latch, in which case its double LEDs match the proper position for all of the above said systems, but may also be installed rotated 90°
Like its predecessors, it can either be run in 'universal AC or DC' mode, or DC only. Switching between the two is done by changing a small screw's position on the PCB: no soldering is required.
Firmware can easily be updated from any mobile phones.
Ok, that NEEDS to be a new/NEWS post. Pretty sure the doors have just been blown off of the digital world.
To be clear, when you say the Type C chip is "natively compatible with oXigen, Scalextric SSD, and Carrera digital." does that mean that I can put that chip in a car, place it on an SSD track and control it with a Scalextric Digital controller... then place the car on a Carrera Digital track and control the car with a Carrera digital controller? Or, will it simply work on those tracks but still need control by an oXigen compatible controller?
One last question before I faint...Yes I mean that you can drive the model with the original controllers.
What happens if I put that car on an analog track? Can it be driven by an analog controller, or will it wait for digital control signals from one of the three supported systems?