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The Open Source ECU project

Have you always wanted to design your own ECU but don’t know where to start?
Do you know the basics of engine control systems but find too hard starting from scratch?
Do you want to implement your control functions but don’t have a clue about C and VHDL?



We have the solution for you! It is the open source ECU by Alma Automotive.







The open source ECU is a fully programmable control prototyping system based on the latest National Instruments System On Module (SOM) sbRIO-9651.The Xilinx Zynq™, with its Dual Core ARM® Processor, Artix-7 FPGA on top and 512MB RAM, provides outstanding flexibility, efficiency and accuracy, enabling complex control algorithms and signal processing to be performed. Such top-notch features provided by the National Instruments hardware are then expanded with our in-house designed hardware; the resulting product is an integrated engine and vehicle management system capable to meet the needs of any motorsport application.


Main features

A ready-to-use and fully accessible ECU will be provided, containing every single control strategy that has already been developed and successfully implemented both on the UniBo Formula SAE car or on other motorsport applications. The ECU software, both Real-Time and FPGA, will be completely accessible and open, so that you can read, edit or even replace everything you want.
Gasoline (both GDI or PFI) and diesel common rail engines up to 8 cylinders can be controlled. Besides basic control functionalities, it features torque structure based control, electronic throttle control, lambda control, speed limiter, gear cut for sequential gear box, fuel cut off, traction control, launch control, turbo boost control, knock control.
Measurement and Calibration will be possible thanks to its compatibility with any commercial calibration tool (ETAS INCA®, Vector CANape®, ATI Vision®, etc.)* via XCP on CAN and XCP on Ethernet.







Hardware description






SPARK 11'666 € ex. vat


The wiring harness is not included in the price. Alma Automotive can provide Breakout boxes or custom cabling based on customer specifications.


For consulting on your application and further information, don't hesitate to contact us.



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Unibo Motorsport


NIDays 2013

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