CORTEX EBC

AFFORDABLE GEAR BASED BOOST CONTROL

KEY FEATURES

  • Gear, RPM, and vehicle speed based boost control

    • Set boost at up to 64 points PER gear based on RPM, RPM + TPS, or vehicle speed
  • PID based feedback control algorithm optimized for boost control applications

  • Launch specific settings to improve standing start acceleration and consistency

  • Spool specific settings to minimize turbo lag

  • Overboost fail-safe settings to protect engines from potentially damaging boost levels

  • Memory storage for 6 completely unique boost control profiles that can be selected on the fly

  • Internal 50.0 PSI Pressure Sensor

  • 1 RPM input

  • 1 vehicle speed input

  • 1 general purpose input

    • Can be connected to TPS, flex-fuel, WBO2, water/meth flow sensors, or transbrake switches to provide additional boost control and fail-safe capabilities.
  • 2 fully programmable PWM outputs with 3D mapping

  • Software based configuration with high speed data logging

The Cortex EBC is the best bang for the buck electronic boost controller currently available.  An extremely flexible set of open/closed loop boost control parameters combined with powerful configuration and data logging PC software provide the Cortex EBC with the necessary tools to fine tune every aspect of your boost curve.  If you require gear, RPM, vehicle speed, or throttle position based boost control the Cortex EBC is your solution.  In addition, the Cortex EBC has been equipped with two programmable outputs that can be used to add precision PWM control to your water/methanol injection, nitrous, or intercooler sprayer systems based on boost, RPM, vehicle speed, and throttle position.

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  • TRUE GEAR BASED BOOST CONTROL

    With the ability to adjust 100+ control parameters on a gear by gear basis the Cortex EBC is able to provide the most advanced gear based control available.  While some controllers only offer a single global boost control offset for each gear, every boost control parameter available on the Cortex EBC can be adjusted independently from gear to gear.

    Because effective gear based boost control requires effective gear detection the Cortex EBC does not rely on an external switch to trigger gear changes, allowing for precise gear based control in street, drag race, and/or road race applications.  By constantly analyzing the relationship between engine speed and vehicle speed the controller is able to quickly and accurately detect any gear changes.  Whether you up-shift, down-shift, or skip a few gears the Cortex EBC will always apply the correct boost control based on the gear you select.

    • Supports up to 8 individual gears.
    • Gear changes can be detected in as few as 75 milliseconds.
    • Compatible with manual and automatic transmissions.
  • CHANGE BOOST ON THE FLY

    Internal memory storage for 6 individual boost control profiles allows boost to be changed on the fly with the buttons on the front of the device.  Each control profile contains a completely unique set parameters allowing you to quickly change boost levels to match tire type/size, fuel type, driving conditions, etc.  Once a profile has been setup with the PC configuration software it can be selected with the device controls at any time in a matter of seconds.

  • 5 BOOST CONTROL STRATEGIES

    Choose from 5 different boost control strategies to match your tuning abilities and application requirements.  Depending on the control strategy selected boost can be set at up to 64 points PER gear based on RPM, vehicle speed, and throttle position.

    • BASIC CONTROL STRATEGY: The basic control strategy allows for simple boost manipulation on a gear by gear basis.  This strategy is ideally suited to individuals looking for an effective and easy to use gear based boost control solution that can be setup in a matter of minutes.
    • RPM x 16 CONTROL STRATEGY:  The RPM x 16 control strategy allows boost to be manipulated at up to 16 RPM based control points per gear.  This strategy is a great choice for those needing to offset boost creep or taper, or those looking to improve traction by adjusting boost at specific engine speeds.
      • Control range: 1,000-8,500 RPM
      • Control resolution: 500 RPM
    • RPM x 64 CONTROL STRATEGY:  The RPM x 64 control strategy provides high resolution boost manipulation at up to 64 RPM based control points per gear.  It is intended for those requiring the most precise gear and RPM based boost control possible, and is a great choice for applications revving past 8,500 RPM or with extremely tall gears.
      • Control range: 1,000-10,450 RPM
      • Control resolution: 150 RPM
    • RPM + TPS CONTROL STRATEGY:  The RPM + TPS control strategy allows for 3D boost manipulation at up to 64 control points per gear with mapping based on RPM and throttle position.  This control strategy is best suited for road race applications or those looking to optimize the driveability of their street car.
      • RPM control range: 1,000-8,500 RPM
      • RPM control resolution: 500 RPM
      • TPS control range: 20-80% Open
      • TPS control resolution: 20%
    • MPH x 64 CONTROL STRATEGY:  The MPH x 64 control strategy provides high resolution vehicle speed based boost control at up to 64 points per gear.  This strategy is intended for drag race applications requiring a speed based boost control solution.  Use this strategy with an undriven speed signal to maximize traction and improve consistency between passes.
      • Control range: 0.0-157.5 MPH
      • Control resolution: 2.5 MPH

     

  • CLOSED LOOP BOOST CONTROL

    Closed loop boost control algorithms can be used to increase controller performance and consistency.  An optional PID based closed loop feedback algorithm is available on the Cortex EBC that allows the controller to make additional duty cycle adjustments to keep boost as close as possible to a target boost level.

    • Set target boost at up to 64 points per gear based on RPM, RPM + TPS, or vehicle speed.
    • Adjust gain level, activation limits, and duty cycle contribution limits for each control algorithm independently.

     

  • LAUNCH AND SPOOL CONTROL

    Optional launch and spool parameters allow the primary boost control algorithms to be overridden under specific conditions.  Launch control allows solenoid duty cycle to be locked at a specific value to help control the amount of boost that is created when staging for a launch, and spool control allows solenoid duty cycle to be locked at a specific value to help reduce the amount of time required to reach full boost after rolling onto the throttle.

     

  • BOOST CONTROL FAIL-SAFES

    Producing too much boost can result in catastrophic engine damage.  To help prevent boost related engine failures a set of optional overboost fail-safe parameters can be used to disable control if boost begins to reach a level that may cause engine damage.

    Depending on the sensor type connected to the general purpose input additional fail-safes can also be activated based on

    • Air/Fuel Ratio
    • Fuel Temperature and/or Ethanol Content
    • Water/Methanol Injection Flow.

     

  • 3D WATER/METH OR NITROUS CONTROL CAPABILITIES

    The Cortex EBC is equipped with two completely programmable PWM outputs that can be used to add unmatched control capabilities to your existing water/methanol or nitrous injection system.  Each output features a flexible set of activation window criteria with boost, RPM, vehicle speed, and gear based activation options.  When utilizing the available PWM control capabilities output duty cycle can be linearly ramped or set arbitrarily with a 16 x 24 cell 3D table.  With up to 384 individual control points you will be able to fine tune your injection system to provide the proper flow at any engine speed or boost level.

    If you are using your water/methanol system to push your engine to its limits an injection failure can quickly result in catastrophic engine failure.  Adding our optional WMI Flow Sensor to your system will allow you to disable boost control if your system is not injecting at the correct flow rate.

    NOTE: One or more Solenoid/Pump Drivers are required to control high amp devices such as water/methanol pumps and nitrous solenoids.

TRUE GEAR BASED BOOST CONTROL

With the ability to adjust 100+ control parameters on a gear by gear basis the Cortex EBC is able to provide the most advanced gear based control available.  While some controllers only offer a single global boost control offset for each gear, every boost control parameter available on the Cortex EBC can be adjusted independently from gear to gear.

Because effective gear based boost control requires effective gear detection the Cortex EBC does not rely on an external switch to trigger gear changes, allowing for precise gear based control in street, drag race, and/or road race applications.  By constantly analyzing the relationship between engine speed and vehicle speed the controller is able to quickly and accurately detect any gear changes.  Whether you up-shift, down-shift, or skip a few gears the Cortex EBC will always apply the correct boost control based on the gear you select.

  • Supports up to 8 individual gears.
  • Gear changes can be detected in as few as 75 milliseconds.
  • Compatible with manual and automatic transmissions.

CHANGE BOOST ON THE FLY

Internal memory storage for 6 individual boost control profiles allows boost to be changed on the fly with the buttons on the front of the device.  Each control profile contains a completely unique set parameters allowing you to quickly change boost levels to match tire type/size, fuel type, driving conditions, etc.  Once a profile has been setup with the PC configuration software it can be selected with the device controls at any time in a matter of seconds.

5 BOOST CONTROL STRATEGIES

Choose from 5 different boost control strategies to match your tuning abilities and application requirements.  Depending on the control strategy selected boost can be set at up to 64 points PER gear based on RPM, vehicle speed, and throttle position.

  • BASIC CONTROL STRATEGY: The basic control strategy allows for simple boost manipulation on a gear by gear basis.  This strategy is ideally suited to individuals looking for an effective and easy to use gear based boost control solution that can be setup in a matter of minutes.
  • RPM x 16 CONTROL STRATEGY:  The RPM x 16 control strategy allows boost to be manipulated at up to 16 RPM based control points per gear.  This strategy is a great choice for those needing to offset boost creep or taper, or those looking to improve traction by adjusting boost at specific engine speeds.
    • Control range: 1,000-8,500 RPM
    • Control resolution: 500 RPM
  • RPM x 64 CONTROL STRATEGY:  The RPM x 64 control strategy provides high resolution boost manipulation at up to 64 RPM based control points per gear.  It is intended for those requiring the most precise gear and RPM based boost control possible, and is a great choice for applications revving past 8,500 RPM or with extremely tall gears.
    • Control range: 1,000-10,450 RPM
    • Control resolution: 150 RPM
  • RPM + TPS CONTROL STRATEGY:  The RPM + TPS control strategy allows for 3D boost manipulation at up to 64 control points per gear with mapping based on RPM and throttle position.  This control strategy is best suited for road race applications or those looking to optimize the driveability of their street car.
    • RPM control range: 1,000-8,500 RPM
    • RPM control resolution: 500 RPM
    • TPS control range: 20-80% Open
    • TPS control resolution: 20%
  • MPH x 64 CONTROL STRATEGY:  The MPH x 64 control strategy provides high resolution vehicle speed based boost control at up to 64 points per gear.  This strategy is intended for drag race applications requiring a speed based boost control solution.  Use this strategy with an undriven speed signal to maximize traction and improve consistency between passes.
    • Control range: 0.0-157.5 MPH
    • Control resolution: 2.5 MPH

 

CLOSED LOOP BOOST CONTROL

Closed loop boost control algorithms can be used to increase controller performance and consistency.  An optional PID based closed loop feedback algorithm is available on the Cortex EBC that allows the controller to make additional duty cycle adjustments to keep boost as close as possible to a target boost level.

  • Set target boost at up to 64 points per gear based on RPM, RPM + TPS, or vehicle speed.
  • Adjust gain level, activation limits, and duty cycle contribution limits for each control algorithm independently.

 

LAUNCH AND SPOOL CONTROL

Optional launch and spool parameters allow the primary boost control algorithms to be overridden under specific conditions.  Launch control allows solenoid duty cycle to be locked at a specific value to help control the amount of boost that is created when staging for a launch, and spool control allows solenoid duty cycle to be locked at a specific value to help reduce the amount of time required to reach full boost after rolling onto the throttle.

 

BOOST CONTROL FAIL-SAFES

Producing too much boost can result in catastrophic engine damage.  To help prevent boost related engine failures a set of optional overboost fail-safe parameters can be used to disable control if boost begins to reach a level that may cause engine damage.

Depending on the sensor type connected to the general purpose input additional fail-safes can also be activated based on

  • Air/Fuel Ratio
  • Fuel Temperature and/or Ethanol Content
  • Water/Methanol Injection Flow.

 

3D WATER/METH OR NITROUS CONTROL CAPABILITIES

The Cortex EBC is equipped with two completely programmable PWM outputs that can be used to add unmatched control capabilities to your existing water/methanol or nitrous injection system.  Each output features a flexible set of activation window criteria with boost, RPM, vehicle speed, and gear based activation options.  When utilizing the available PWM control capabilities output duty cycle can be linearly ramped or set arbitrarily with a 16 x 24 cell 3D table.  With up to 384 individual control points you will be able to fine tune your injection system to provide the proper flow at any engine speed or boost level.

If you are using your water/methanol system to push your engine to its limits an injection failure can quickly result in catastrophic engine failure.  Adding our optional WMI Flow Sensor to your system will allow you to disable boost control if your system is not injecting at the correct flow rate.

NOTE: One or more Solenoid/Pump Drivers are required to control high amp devices such as water/methanol pumps and nitrous solenoids.

REQUIREMENTS & SPECS

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

The Cortex EBC was developed for universal applications, and is compatible with just about any automotive make/model (some applications may require additional electronic modules).  We have customers around the world using the Cortex EBC to control boost on single turbo 4 cylinder engines, twin turbo 10 cylinder engines, turbodiesels, and everything in-between.  If your car has electronic fuel injection and a speed sensor then there is a 99% chance it is compatible with the Cortex EBC.

Vehicle specific instructions for some applications are currently available on on this page.

If you are interested in using the Cortex EBC but are unsure if your vehicle is compatible with the device contact us at [email protected]

REQUIREMENTS FOR GEAR BASED CONTROL

  • Frequency Based Engine Speed Signal
  • Frequency Based Vehicle Speed Signal

REQUIREMENTS FOR RPM BASED CONTROL

  • Frequency Based Engine Speed Signal

REQUIREMENTS FOR VEHICLE SPEED BASED BOOST CONTROL

  • Frequency Based Vehicle Speed Signal

COMPATIBLE FREQUENCY BASED SIGNALS

  • Digital ECU Outputs
    • Tach, Vehicle Speed, Fuel Injector Trigger, Coil Trigger
  • 3-Wire Hall Effect Sensors
    • Cam/crank position or transmission shaft speed
  • Reed Switches
  • Optical Sensors
    • Cam/crank position
  • Variable Reluctance (VR)/Magnetic/Inductive Sensors

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

Configuring the Cortex EBC requires the use of a laptop computer.  The configuration software will run on any system that meets the following requirements:

  • Windows Operating System (Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10)
  • At Least One USB Port

 HARDWARE SPECS

Operating Voltage11.0 – 16.0 V
Device Size23mm H x 54mm W x 85mm L
Enclosure MaterialExtruded Aluminum with Plastic End Panels
Primary Processor32 MHz, 8-Bit Architecture with Direct Memory Access (DMA) Controller
Display Processor8 MHz, 8-Bit Architecture
Display Type3-Digit / 7-Segment / Red LED
Available Digital (Frequency) Inputs2
Available General Purpose (Frequency/Voltage) Inputs1
Available PWM Outputs2
Pressure Sensor TypeGauge (Boost Only)
Pressure Sensor Range50.0 PSI
Solenoid Type3-Port or 4-Port
Solenoid Cycle Frequency16 – 20 Hz (20 Hz Default)

 

SOFTWARE SPECS

Supported Operating SystemsWindows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Communication InterfaceUSB 2.0 Full Speed
Required For Device ConfigurationYes

 

OUTPUT SPECS

Operation TypeSwitch to Ground
Supported Load Types Resistive Only
Max Current200 mA without use of Solenoid/Pump Driver
PWM Frequency Range1 – 1000 Hz
Duty Cycle Range0 – 100 %
Activation LogicWindow Based
Available Activation CriteriaGear, Boost, RPM, Vehicle Speed, Throttle Angle
Linear Duty Cycle Ramp OptionsBoost Based, RPM Based, Vehicle Speed Based, Time Based
Arbitrary Ramp OptionsBoost + RPM Based
Arbitrary Ramp Resolution384 Points
REQUIREMENTS

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

The Cortex EBC was developed for universal applications, and is compatible with just about any automotive make/model (some applications may require additional electronic modules).  We have customers around the world using the Cortex EBC to control boost on single turbo 4 cylinder engines, twin turbo 10 cylinder engines, turbodiesels, and everything in-between.  If your car has electronic fuel injection and a speed sensor then there is a 99% chance it is compatible with the Cortex EBC.

Vehicle specific instructions for some applications are currently available on on this page.

If you are interested in using the Cortex EBC but are unsure if your vehicle is compatible with the device contact us at [email protected]

REQUIREMENTS FOR GEAR BASED CONTROL

  • Frequency Based Engine Speed Signal
  • Frequency Based Vehicle Speed Signal

REQUIREMENTS FOR RPM BASED CONTROL

  • Frequency Based Engine Speed Signal

REQUIREMENTS FOR VEHICLE SPEED BASED BOOST CONTROL

  • Frequency Based Vehicle Speed Signal

COMPATIBLE FREQUENCY BASED SIGNALS

  • Digital ECU Outputs
    • Tach, Vehicle Speed, Fuel Injector Trigger, Coil Trigger
  • 3-Wire Hall Effect Sensors
    • Cam/crank position or transmission shaft speed
  • Reed Switches
  • Optical Sensors
    • Cam/crank position
  • Variable Reluctance (VR)/Magnetic/Inductive Sensors

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

Configuring the Cortex EBC requires the use of a laptop computer.  The configuration software will run on any system that meets the following requirements:

  • Windows Operating System (Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10)
  • At Least One USB Port
TECH SPECS

 HARDWARE SPECS

Operating Voltage11.0 – 16.0 V
Device Size23mm H x 54mm W x 85mm L
Enclosure MaterialExtruded Aluminum with Plastic End Panels
Primary Processor32 MHz, 8-Bit Architecture with Direct Memory Access (DMA) Controller
Display Processor8 MHz, 8-Bit Architecture
Display Type3-Digit / 7-Segment / Red LED
Available Digital (Frequency) Inputs2
Available General Purpose (Frequency/Voltage) Inputs1
Available PWM Outputs2
Pressure Sensor TypeGauge (Boost Only)
Pressure Sensor Range50.0 PSI
Solenoid Type3-Port or 4-Port
Solenoid Cycle Frequency16 – 20 Hz (20 Hz Default)

 

SOFTWARE SPECS

Supported Operating SystemsWindows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Communication InterfaceUSB 2.0 Full Speed
Required For Device ConfigurationYes

 

OUTPUT SPECS

Operation TypeSwitch to Ground
Supported Load Types Resistive Only
Max Current200 mA without use of Solenoid/Pump Driver
PWM Frequency Range1 – 1000 Hz
Duty Cycle Range0 – 100 %
Activation LogicWindow Based
Available Activation CriteriaGear, Boost, RPM, Vehicle Speed, Throttle Angle
Linear Duty Cycle Ramp OptionsBoost Based, RPM Based, Vehicle Speed Based, Time Based
Arbitrary Ramp OptionsBoost + RPM Based
Arbitrary Ramp Resolution384 Points

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