CORTEX EBC

GEAR • RPM • SPEED • THROTTLE
BASED BOOST CONTROL

Cortex EBC Electronic Boost Controller

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.

ON SALE NOW FROM: $425 $325

BOOST CONTROL CAPABILITIES

OPEN/CLOSED LOOP BOOST CONTROL OVERVIEW

  • Set target boost and duty cycle based on:
    • Gear
    • RPM by Gear
    • RPM + TPS by Gear
    • Vehicle Speed by Gear
  • Set 3 independent PID based feedback gain levels.
  • Set spool specific settings to  help reduce turbo lag.
  • Set launch specific settings to improve standing start acceleration and consistency.

AVAILABLE CONTROL STRATEGIES

  • BASIC
    • 1 target boost setting per gear.
    • 1 duty cycle setting per gear.
    • 1 set of gain levels shared by all gears.
  • RPM x 16
    • 16 RPM based target boost settings per gear.
    • 16 RPM based duty cycle settings per gear.
    • Resolution: 500 RPM
    • Range: 1,000 – 8,500 RPM
    • 1 set of feedback gain levels per gear.
  • RPM x 64
    • 64 RPM based target boost settings per gear.
    • 64 RPM based duty cycle settings per gear.
    • Resolution: 150 RPM
    • Range: 1,000 – 10,450 RPM
    • 1 set of feedback gain levels per gear.
  • RPM + TPS
    • 64 RPM/TPS based target boost settings per gear.
    • 64 RPM/TPS based duty cycle settings per gear.
    • RPM Resolution: 500 RPM
    • TPS Resolution: 20 %
    • RPM Range: 1,000 – 8,500 RPM
    • TPS Range: 20 – 80 %
    • 1 set of feedback gain levels per gear.
  • MPH x 64
    • 64 vehicle speed based target boost settings per gear.
    • 64 vehicle speed based duty cycle settings per gear.
    • Resolution: 2.5 MPH
    • Range: 0.0 – 147.5 MPH
    • 1 set of feedback gain levels per gear.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Available with 36.0 PSI or 100.0 PSI gauge type pressure sensor.
  • Multiple overboost protection options.
  • Single analog voltage input can be used to provide one of the following:
    • Throttle position based boost control and output activation parameters
    • WBO2 AFR Fail-Safe functionality
  • Onboard memory storage for 6 unique boost control profiles.
  • Display gauge value can be selected from over 10 different control and vehicle parameters.
  • Upgradeable firmware allows new features to be immediately accessed as they are released.

BOOST CONTROL SOLENOID (BCS) OPTIONS

Cortex EBC 4-Port Boost Control Solenoid

3-PORT BOOST CONTROL SOLENOID

  • Compatible with internal and external wastegates.
  • Used to control pressure application to a single wastegate port.
  • Provides better control accuracy and resolution than 4-Port BCS.
  • Capable of producing boost levels at least 2 times greater than wastegate spring pressure on most applications.
  • Limited ability to counteract boost taper caused by exhaust manifold back pressure without the use of CO2 or compressed air.

4-PORT BOOST CONTROL SOLENOID

  • Compatible with external wastegates only.
  • Used to alternate pressure application between two wastegate ports.
  • Has reduced control accuracy and resolution compared to 3-Port BCS.
  • Capable of producing boost levels at least 4 times greater than wastegate spring pressure on most applications.
  • Extremely effective at counteracting boost taper caused by exhaust manifold back pressure without the use of CO2 or compressed air.

PC SOFTWARE

Cortex EBC Data Logger Screenshot

CORTEX NEXUS CONFIGURATION AND DATA LOGGING SOFTWARE

The Cortex Nexus software runs on any Windows based computer and provides a user-friendly interface for configuring the various settings utilized by the Cortex EBC.  To help make the tuning process as easy as possible, the software includes powerful data logging capabilities that enable boost control and vehicle sensor data to be collected from your Cortex EBC device in real time. The built in Road Dyno Power Calculator algorithm even estimates horsepower/torque, allowing you to see how your boost control settings affect your vehicle’s performance!

Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10

PROGRAMMABLE OUTPUTS

The programmable outputs available on the Cortex EBC can be individually configured to take precision control of a variety of electronic devices based on gear, boost, RPM, vehicle speed, and/or TPS.  Possible applications include water/methanol injection, nitrous injection, intercooler sprayers, and shift lights.  Most applications will require the use of one or more Cortex EBC Solenoid/Pump Drivers.

  • Independent activation windows can be set for boost, RPM, vehicle speed and/or throttle angle.
  • Basic PWM control allows output duty cycle to be ramped up or down based on boost, RPM, vehicle speed or time.
  • Advanced PWM control allows output duty cycle to be arbitrarily mapped against boost at up to 24 points.

REQUIREMENTS & SPECS

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

The Cortex EBC was developed for universal applications, and is compatible with just about any automotive make/model.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GEAR BASED CONTROL

  • Frequency Based Engine Speed Signal
    • A/T applications can alternatively use transmission input shaft speed signal to eliminate effects of torque converter.
  • 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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THROTTLE BASED CONTROL

  • Analog (Voltage) Based Throttle Position Signal

REQUIREMENTS FOR AFR FAIL-SAFE CONTROL

  • Wideband Oxygen Controller With Analog (Voltage) Based Wideband Output
    • Works with most wideband controllers including Innovate, AEM, PLX, and Zeitronix units.

COMPATIBLE FREQUENCY BASED SIGNALS

  • Digital ECU Output
    • Tach, Speed, Fuel Injector Trigger, Coil Trigger
  • Hall Effect Sensors
  • Reed Switches
  • 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 Analog (Voltage) Inputs1
Available PWM Outputs2
Pressure Sensor TypeGauge (Boost Only)
Pressure Sensor Range36.0 PSI or 100.0 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 Based
Arbitrary Ramp Resolution24 Points
+ REQUIREMENTS

VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

The Cortex EBC was developed for universal applications, and is compatible with just about any automotive make/model.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GEAR BASED CONTROL

  • Frequency Based Engine Speed Signal
    • A/T applications can alternatively use transmission input shaft speed signal to eliminate effects of torque converter.
  • 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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THROTTLE BASED CONTROL

  • Analog (Voltage) Based Throttle Position Signal

REQUIREMENTS FOR AFR FAIL-SAFE CONTROL

  • Wideband Oxygen Controller With Analog (Voltage) Based Wideband Output
    • Works with most wideband controllers including Innovate, AEM, PLX, and Zeitronix units.

COMPATIBLE FREQUENCY BASED SIGNALS

  • Digital ECU Output
    • Tach, Speed, Fuel Injector Trigger, Coil Trigger
  • Hall Effect Sensors
  • Reed Switches
  • 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 Analog (Voltage) Inputs1
Available PWM Outputs2
Pressure Sensor TypeGauge (Boost Only)
Pressure Sensor Range36.0 PSI or 100.0 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 Based
Arbitrary Ramp Resolution24 Points

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