Haltech IC7 Dash Firmware Update (FREE Upgrades)
Looking at the Haltech iC-7 dash, you may have asked yourself, “Why does it have all those buttons?” or “Why are there so many unused pins in the connector?” Well, the answer is this: The iC-7 is a great bit of gear, but when we very first designed it, we always intended it to be much more than it currently is. So we gave it hardware capable of doing great things! What it didn’t have though, was the firmware to do all the great things we wanted it to. It’s just like that scene in the movies when the wise old mentor tells the hero* that “The power was inside you all along!” and then there’s probably a montage and some epic music and the hero learns how to unlock that hidden power within. That’s what we’ve been doing for the past while: Montaging our way through the process of writing the firmware that will unlock the power hidden inside the iC-7. We’re currently alpha-testing that firmware and are almost ready to share it with you… can you hear the epic music?
Just like any good hero saga, this firmware release will come in phases. (Please note, these may change slightly depending on beta-testing, etc).
Phase One sets the foundation for all things to come. We’ll start by completely ditching the ICC software and starting fresh by bringing the iC-7 into NSP. Yes, you’ll be able to program your dash and your ECU from one single piece of software. This also brings a couple of nice user-experience upgrades with it:
- Live updates – No more making changes in the software and sending them to the dash. All changes will be updated on the dash in real-time.
- The virtual dash in NSP will display live channel data from the physical iC-7, just like an ECU does, so you can check your inputs, calibrate your fuel level, and so on, in real-time.
- Re-assignable inputs – You’ll now be free to use the iC-7’s inputs as you see fit, rather than being locked into pre-defined applications as they are currently. (Except for the tach, that one is fixed).
- The ability to use generic sensors so you can do custom calibrations, etc.
- We might even throw in some sweet new screens to please the eyeballs.
Phase One is due to drop towards the end of this year.
Phase Two comes hot on the heels of Phase One and this is where things really start to get interesting. During this phase, we intend to make your iC-7 smart! Not smart enough to turn all machines against mankind and bring on Judgement Day, but smart enough to essentially turn your iC-7 into an IO expansion unit with a built-in CAN keypad… with logging capabilities. That means:
- Datalogging – 512MB of it!
- CAN Bus Master Capabilities – Use your iC-7 to control a Haltech PD16, IO12, or CAN Keypad as a complete stand-alone unit without the need for an ECU.
- Dash to ECU communication – Wire a sensor to the iC-7 it will be able to share that info with your Haltech ECU, or use your iC-7 buttons as ECU switches.
- And maybe some more screens
All programmable via NSP (Remember Phase One?), and all free to anyone who already owns an iC-7.
Phase Two will likely be released a couple of months after Phase One. Phase Three? Yes, that is coming too, along with a Phase Four and possibly even a Phase Five – We’ve got a real Haltech Dash Universe planned here, but it would ruin the surprise if we let you in on all those secrets just now, so you’ll just have to be patient re-visit this page sometime in the future. That is your destiny.