DC1 Dyno Controller


DC1 all in one dyno computer / controller

DC1 Dyno Controller is a versatile solution designed to control multiple types of dynamometers.

It’s compatible with inertial and absorption dynamometers. Among supported dynos there are:

  • engine dyno
  • 4×4 chassis dynos
  • hub dyno

The controller is compatible with multiple types of dyno absorbers. It’s an all in one device, that combines PC type computer with operating system and dedicated software, and microcontroller system to control dyno and acquire data in real time. There is no need for additional computer.

Software with lifetime free updates included

Tasks performed by the controller:

  • Readout of dyno parameters and signals from additional sensors
  • Generation of absorber control signal
  • Control of auxiliary dyno devices such as fans etc.
  • Saving of all the data and later analysis
  • Option to extend controller capabilities with CAN-Bus connected devices.


Included in package:

  • DC1 controller
  • micro HDMI to HDMI adapter
  • full signal connector set


Power supply 100-240 VAC, 50-60Hz, 1.5A, IEC C14 socket
Ambient temperature −20°C – 50°C
Ambient humidity 0%-95% non condensing
Base computer 4-core Cortex A72 1,5GHz
4GB RAM LPDDR4Data memory 32GB 100MB/s
Microcontroller 32-bit RISC 64MHz
Dimensions 25cm x 12cm x 4.5cm
Mass 607g


Inputs / outputs

  • WiFi IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac (2,4/5 GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.0 (Low Energy (BLE))
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x micro HDMI
  • Audio mini jack
  • Ambient conditions sensor (temperature, pressure, humidity)
  • 2 x CAN-BUS 2.0B
  • Power outputs 24V, 12V, 5V(2A) with total capacity of 20W
  • 2 analog outputs 0-10V
  • 4 low side PWM outputs 3A 40V
  • 4 additional low side outputs 3A 40V
  • 4 two-terminal relay outputs 250V 16A
  • 2 hall sensor roller speed inputs up to 15kHz
  • Engine speed input for hall, VR, inductive or capacitive clamp sensors up to 15kHz
  • 4 load cell analog inputs 0-5V (for amplified signal)
  • 6 general purpose analog inputs 0-5V
  • 8 thermocouple inputs
  • 4 physical switch inputs

PC typical interfaces

The controller is equipped with typical interfaces, found in PC type computers, such as USB, Ethernet, micro HDMI. These allow to connect standard input / output devices such as mouse, keyboard, printer, display and internet connection. Wireless interfaces such as WiFi and Bluetooth are also available.

Bluetooth enables wireless connection with vehicle OBD system, for readout of engine parameters, with use of optional interface.

Ambient sensor

Built in ambient sensor is used to measure temperature, pressure and humidity which can be used to calculate corrected engine power according to SAE J1349 standard.

CAN-Bus interface

The controller is equipped with 2 independent CAN-Bus 2.0B interfaces, with transmission speed up to 1Mbps, compatible with ISO-11898-2 and ISO-11898-5.

Interfaces are equipped with software controlled 120Ohm terminating resistor.

CAN-Bus is routed with one twisted pair of wires and allows to connect many devices in parallel on one bus.

Example devices that can connected to the controller via CAN-Bus:

  • Additional actuator drivers, H-bridges for servo motor control
  • Additional input extenders – wide-band oxygen sensor controller
  • Automotive displays such as Ecumaster ADU
  • Engine control units such as Ecumaster EMU Black, which can be used to read engine operation parameters or to control throttle opening

Power supply outputs

  • 3 power supply outputs: 24V, 12V, 5V (2A), capable of total 20W power, enable to connect external modules with low power requirements.
  • Power outputs can be used to supply external relays and control them with low side outputs.

Analog outputs

  • 2 analog outputs with 0-10V range are intended to control auxiliary dyno devices requiring analog signal.
  • Can be used to control dyno absorber in retrofit applications.
  • Output impedance: 1kOhm
  • Resolution: 12bit

Low side and relay outputs

The controller is equipped with 8 low side outputs, capable of connecting terminal to ground.

  • Maximum switched voltage: 40V
  • Maximum current: 3A continuous, 12A peak
  • Maximum inductive load switching energy: 50mJ
  • Built in 10kOhm pull-up resistor to +12V intended for digital signal generation
  • Short circuit and overload protected

4 of these outputs have hardware PWM generation functionality and can generate PWM signal with frequency from 0.06Hz to 50kHz and resolution of 20bit. PWM outputs are capable of controlling:

  • eddy current brakes (with use of external BD1 brake power supply)
  • solenoid valves
  • servo motors compatible with RC pulse signal
  • power modulation of devices such as cooling fans etc.

Remaining 4 low side outputs and 4 relay outputs are controlled with programmable logic and allow to power auxiliary devices according to operating conditions or user input. Example use cases are:

  • automatic fan turn on above preset engine speed
  • starter motor control from dyno keyboard

Relay output capacity is 250V 16A.

Frequency inputs

The controller is equipped with 3 frequency inputs capable of reading frequency up to 15kHz.

2 inputs are intended for hall type sensors to measure chassis dyno roller rotational speed or for engine dyno to measure dyno main shaft rotational speed.

  • Maximum input signal voltage: 15V
  • Signal threshold voltage: 2.5V
  • Hysteresis: 0.6 – 1.2V

The third input allows to read signal from Hall, VR, inductive or capacitive clamp sensors. It can be used to read engine speed in cases where the speed is not in constant relation with dyno roller or shaft speed.

  • Input voltage up to 50VAC sine, 250V peak
  • Differential input
  • Adaptive signal arming threshold

Analog inputs

The device has 10 analog inputs with 0-5V range. 4 of those inputs are reserved for amplified load cell signal. Other 6 inputs can be used to connect any additional sensor.

  • Maximum input voltage: 30V
  • Resolution: 12bit
  • Sampling frequency: 500Hz

Load cell cannot be directly connected to analog input. Load cell signal must be amplified. It can be done with amplifier build in BD1 brake power supply.

High precision analog inputs

The device has 4 differential pairs or high precision analog inputs. These inputs can be used for direct thermocouple connection or for connection of any sensor giving signal in 0-5V range. Every pair allows to measure signal in differential or single-ended mode. The single-ended mode allow connection of 8 sensors total.

  • Resolution: 16bit
  • Sampling frequency: 10Hz
  • Voltage ranges: 0-256mV to 0-5V

Switch inputs

The device has 4 inputs for switch connection. Switch can be used to activate software functions or controller outputs.


DC1 Dyno Controller Series – full specification

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