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I have an open Skyport receiver

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:14 pm
by Bluphoto7
Guys,
If anyone's interested, I opened my Skyport receiver last night to find out what device was doing the trigger switching (it's a Triac).

The case was glued shut, but it came apart not too bad. If anyone wants me to do anything with it or check anything out before I glue it back together now's the time to ask. I don't want to leave it open long and I'd like to have it glued shut again by the time I take it out on another shoot.

I don't really want to open up my transmitter, sorry.

cheers,
Guy

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:21 pm
by Elv000
Thanks mate! I sent Jon a PM

Is a Triac a micro processor by any chance?!

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:29 pm
by Bluphoto7
No, A triac is basically an electronic switch - amost like a relay - with no moving parts.

There IS a microprocessor in there - or maybe more acurately a microcontroller.

I think this thing is far more complicated than it needs to be, but maybe that's how they get the improved reliability over the cheap units.

cheers,
Guy

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:45 pm
by MQ
Can you shoot a picture from the interior and upload it to
somewhere with a link in this forum?

Try to shoot in the best possible rez and maybe all sides
that show extra insight.

Somebody here will draw knowledge from that, I'm sure.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 3:31 pm
by strogg
Photos! Lots of 'em! as many angles as you can get! hehe

And thanks for taking the risk and looking inside. :)

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:12 pm
by JonSenior
Bluphoto7 wrote:There IS a microprocessor in there - or maybe more acurately a microcontroller.


You're a star! This is interesting though, as it implies that either Elinchrom are licencing the patented technology, or that LPA are not enforcing it.

Jon

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:14 am
by sesh
I second that a high resolution image uploaded to Flickr (so we can add notes to label parts) would be great.

Second to that, I think a lot of people here could benefit from a list of parts inside the damn thing - anything with a number basically.

Most people I assume have already seen the insides of the PW's:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9277718@N08/1232102429/

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:32 am
by Bluphoto7

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:54 pm
by JonSenior
Bluphoto7 wrote:Okay guys,
here's the photo - I figured one or two would be plenty.


Thanks again. That's superb. That also nicely answers the question of whether or not Elinchrom are infringing the LPA patent. Now I just need to find out whether they are doing so with permission or not!

Jon

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:30 am
by matt_e
To the left of the PIC MCU - the biggest chip here, is a nordic semiconductor 2.4Ghz radio transceiver - part number NRF2401AG

Interesting that they use 2.4Ghz...