Here is the CORRECT History about how this came into being, all the way to the end of Simucube 1.
Older Bruteforce threads based on Argon and then IONICube hardware
- Argon -> http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3293316.page
- Bruteforce 2 (IoniCube) -> http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3312320.page
I had a first go at DIY DD FFB when a friend posted a link to what Bernhard Berger was doing in Germany, with the Argon drive. At that time I was playing around with his API, and shortly thereafter, MMoS came onboard and released a FW to be used on the STM32F4 Discovery evaluation board.
It was around that time I hosted the Argon build log here, the original Bruteforce, and quite a few guys jumped onboard to experience the joys of DD FFB.[color=blue] I will forever be thankful for the efforts of Bernhard Berger and Michael Moszkowics (MMoS), whose individual inspirations got me started me on this journey.[/color]
Around Q3 2014, Tero informed me they will do a new small compact drive controller, the IONI, aimed at the printer market. Well, I had some thoughts about this, and met with Tero and Aki late 2014, to discuss a few ideas over beers. I requested Tero to investigate if he could improve on the current 5-7A design spec of his original IONI ideas, and the new IONI, based in the 8x PCI-Express form factor was born.
The original design was based on the 4X PCI-Express form-factor size. We saw the first IONI’s with relative conservative Current (A) numbers, but today, there are several versions, and the ones we are interested in is the IONI Pro and IONI Pro HC. The former can do around 18A Peak-of-Sine, the latter, 25A, and very soon perhaps, we may even see 30A versions, if there proves to be a need.
One day though, I am hoping we might see a new (and open-source FW backwards compatible) all-in-one solution, similar to the old Argon, but based upon the STM32F407 processor that will contain our user open-source fw, and then the reliable and rugged IONI. All on one board, with an embedded PSU. Small, compact, powerful, self-contained, backwards compatible. Let’s see what the future holds
History - SimuCUBE
Whilst both Argon and IONI projects made for a fun DIY DD FFB project, it was a laborious task, not easy for the average Joe to implement. Shortly after IONI was born, I started to think of ways to make the process simpler and easier, as well as improve on communications and efficiencies, et al.
In my mind, the best way to go forward was to have a simple motherboard, with an interface that can accept the IONI, and host all other functions onboard. It would require a single psu, have an advanced microcontroller onboard, reduced latencies and a host of other future features.
Key was that it had to (initially) support the current MMoS FW, but later allow for open-source fw development, and also support direct API control interface, if required.
Almost exactly 1 year after meeting with Tero and Aki of Granite Devices, we met over beers again.
I discussed my idea with them, and we brainstormed the features that I would like to see. I also ensured Tero it is a viable product for the DIY market, and as such, we moved from my concept idea, to a block diagram in the space of a few weeks.
Aki shared this and we discussed a few additions, to make the motherboard bullet proof, and Aki then went on to finalise the pcb design.
At the next meeting in Finland, and over sauna, beers and pizza, I was presented with a prototype, which I have since thoroughly tested. The Indiegogo campaign was kicked off, to big success for Tero and his team, whilst allowing is FYI types to get our fix.
[b]I would like to give a special thank you to Tero, Timo, Aki and Esa, for listening to my crazy ideas, and bringing this product to the market. We, the community, owe you a big thank you.
A big shout-out to Mika Takala who later joined and is now the main brain behind the open-source FW initiative[/b]
[color=blue]Edit: Check out Bogeyman built based on the SimuCUBE and IONI Pro HC hardware - the latest in my DIY endeavours… [/color]
With that said, below a basic work log with steps on how to DIY your own.
The original concept idea:
From that, it quickly moved to reality: