TE-5301 Wideband Display

This is the construction guide for the 5301 wideband fuel mixture display kit. The 5301 is the Tech Edge version (rather than the Jaycar version) of the modified Silicon Chip FMD design, and it features, compared to the original kit, double sided PCBs a new front panel design, in-built RS232 output and superbright GaAlAs 7 segment LEDs The 5301 uses the same version 1.1 software as the 5300 and, unless noted otherwise, is known elsewhere on this web site as the 5300 unit or the modified FMD display.

Order a 5301 display kit from us at Tech Edge.

The rest of this article deals with constructing the unit. Information on how to use the 5300/5301 is available here.

5301 - Construction

Note: Current 5301 kits are not shipped with the optional DB9 connector and backshell that is required for the optional RS232 output.

5301 display

Status / Errata - 19 March 2003

We are now supplying a new style socket and pin system to interconnect the top and bottom PCBs. This makes their interconnection much more robust. See the sections below for more information.

A small number of units have experienced problems until they have warmed. There is a Cold fix update if this is your problem.

5301 Schematic

5301 schematic - click for enlargement

Click on the image of the schematic to see an enlarged version that you can save, and print.

The 5301 display is based on the Silicon Chip FMD described here. We modified the sensor input circuitry to provide an 8 bit resolution A/D converter between the 1.4 and 3.1 volts limits produced by the DIY-WB. We also added the RS232 option for data logging to a Palm or PC.

Note that the LM336-2.5 in the 5300 has been replaced in the 5301 version with an LM431. We also changed the 10 k resistor connected to K (cathode) of the LM336-2.5 with a 4.7 k resistor for the LM431.

CPU (lower) Board Construction

Here's an image of the lower (CPU) showing the PCB's component side. The ribs in the case must be removed with a side cutter (and can be most easily cleaned up with a chisel). A dremel can also be used but will take considerably longer for the same effect.

Note carefully all the necessary changes specified in the printed guide supplied with the kit. In particular, note the new mounting details for the LM431, the 1 k resistor, the unused 0.1 uF capacitor, and note that the left most transistor is a BC337 (the three beside it are type BC327).

The seven 150 ohm resistors are mounted at about 60 degrees rather than vertically so they don't foul the upper display board when everything is assembled.

5301 bottom board - click for enlargement

Location guide - click for enlargement

Take special note of the items marked with a red asterisk. Click on the image for an enlarged version.

We now supply a 10 and 14 pin (or some other combination to give two 7 and one 6 pin) header sockets -- the following information (italics) is if you have an older kit.

Note that the two 14 pin (dual wipe) IC sockets supplied in the kit must each be cut in half at both ends and then soldered with their smooth side on the outside (the connecting part between each half is removed as much as possible).

Updated header pin and socket Insertion Information

Top Pins

The image at left shows how the display PCB pins are inserted "the wrong way" for soldering. This ensures the pin length will be about perfect at 6.0 mm (do not adjust the pins before inserting). Take note that the black plastic is removed while the pins are still hot, and it will simply slide off - when cold this can be quite difficult.

Note : Incorrect placement or length of the header pins can cause lots of later problems - ensure you get this step 100% right. To re-iterate - the pins are soldered on the COMPONENT side (ie the "wrong side") of the PCB and the "wrong end" of the pins is soldered.

The image at right shows the corresponding header sockets on the lower PCB (these were double wipe IC sockets on older kits). There are no special insertion instructions except to ensure the header is perpendicular to the PCB - check after soldering a single centre pin.

When inserted correctly, the pins and the header will mate at the perfect PCB spacing for the two boards (~9.0 mm). See further information below before completing this task.

Bottom Header
5301 bottom board solder side

Here's the solder side of the lower (CPU) board. Note the use of the cable tie to anchor the two cables. Top cable is power, GND and Vout (in) Bottom cable is RS232 out and GND.

The solder mask is removed from the two cable grounding points. Take special care not to short each cable's braid, to a PCB trace, by using the absolute minimum of exposed braid necessary to solder to the closest ground point.

LED (upper) Board Construction

5301 upper board

All 5301 kits are now shipped with superbright LEDs with black faces (rather than white as shown in the image here) for higher contrast.

Here's the component side of the upper (LED) board. Note the additional 1 k ohm resistor not found on the silk screen. the transistor is a BC327. The resistors R1, R2 & R3 are optional 1.8 k ohm. R2 is the calibration mode resistor. Note the star washers under the two bolts on the component side. The LDR (light Dependant Resistor) is rotated 90 degrees and stands off from the PCB - it is mounted so it can be fitted through the small hole in the lid and should then be flush with the front panel. It is better to leave it longer and trim (or bend) the legs later.

Note very carefully how the 20 pin strip is cut into two 7 and one 6 pin strips. The 6 pin strip is used in the rightmost holes closest to the copyright notice. The following section (in italics) has been superseded. See the previous information if you have the header pins rather than the IC sockets. All the pins on the three strips must be pushed through as shown in the image(s) below, this ensures the unit's two PCBs can later be successfully mated for the unit to work and still fit into the supplied case.

The pins in the top board must first be pushed down so they don't protrude beyond the black plastic retainer. The pins are then soldered from "the wrong side" or the solder side. The image also clearly shows the star washer and the thicker spring washer used to correctly space the two boards. The spacer at the rear of the image is the longer 9 mm nylon unit and doesn't use the spring washer.

Interboard Pins
Location guide - click for enlargement

Take special note of the items marked with a red asterisk. Click on the image for an enlarged version. Note that two IC sockets and a TO-220 regulator position are provided for your own future prototype purposes - they are not used in the current design.

See the special note below regarding mounting of the LED modules to minimise height of the PCB assembly. The trimpot and transistor should not extend past the height of the LEDs,.

Special Notes

a. Minimising Total Height of LED & PCB assembly

Header Pin Mounting : The total height of the two PCBs with components must be minimised to ensure it all goes into the case and the two boards are not stressed or bent. The length of the pins connecting the two PCBs is minimised by pushing the pins away from their retaining black plastic block, and soldering them so the plastic block is on the component side of the top PCB. This technique is shown in the images above.

Bar Graph LED Module : It has stand-off legs at each corner that should be removed with sharp side cutters before soldering. This should now make the bar unit as high as the 3 seven segment units (no taller than 7 mm). Extra note : The bar unit has a bevel (or chamfered) edge to indicate the pin one position. This edge can be difficult to distinguish, but one edge will be different.

Seven Segment LED Modules : Some models of seven segment LED modules (in particular the Agilent HDSP-5501 parts) have stand-offs along part of their long edge. These standoffs must be removed to make them the same height as the bar graph modules mentioned above Extra note : The seven segment displays should be mounted so that their decimal point is facing the center of the PCB (see above diagrams).

b. Adjustment and Calibration

The SPAN, OFFSET and DIM controls are adjusted as shown below. Locating the controls is easy as the two PCBs have etched labels for each control.

The display PCB is wired temporarily with R2 = 1.8 k ohm (supplied in the kit), do this simply by inserting (not soldering) the resistor no more than 1 mm through the holes from the component side of the PCB. After switching OFF, then back ON, the display will now show the SENSOR INPUT voltage in volts x 10, or alternatively, an out of range condition. You'll see either Lo, a value between 14.0 and 30.8 (representing 1.400 through 3.088 Volts), or Hi.

The calibration mode display actually shows 3 1/2 digits, the 1/2 digit is the dot/bar display, and is interpreted using the image at right (note that 0 is blank). However, as the firmware A/D converter is accurate to only 8 mVolts, the dot/bar display will give the appearance of "jumping all over the place" as it displays (say) 14.00 -> 14.08 -> 14.16, etc. - the dot/bar will jump from [blank] -> 8 -> 6, etc.

A suitable voltage source for calibration can be obtained from an external 20 or 50 k ohm potentiometer wired across a couple of fresh 1.5 volt batteries (which should each show at least 1.55 Volts). An accurate DVM is used to measure the voltage input to the 5301 unit (note: leave the meter connected during calibration to ensure the test voltage is not influenced by the meter itself). If you have a multi turn pot, then setting the test voltage becomes easier, although this is not essential.

OFFSET Adjustment : The 5301 unit is calibrated first at a minimum input voltage of 1.400 Volts (1400 mV) by adjusting R3, which is the 5 k ohm potentiometer (VR3 = OFFSET) on the processor PCB (right side hole). The display should read 14.0 and the dot/bar should be blank. Ideally, the OFFSET pot should be set to almost display Lo as this will be closest to 1400 mV.

SPAN Adjustment : For the other end of the range, it is calibrated at a maximum input voltage of 3.000 Volts by adjusting the 200 k (or 250 k) ohm potentiometer (VR2 = SPAN) on the processor PCB (left side hole). The display should read 30.0 and the dot/bar should be blank. Ideally, the SPAN pot should be set to almost display 29.9 as this will be closest to 3000 mV.

This procedure should be repeated as each adjustment may slightly affect the other. A quick check at other points in the displayed range of 1.40 to 3.08 can be made, but remember the DVM you use may have some linearity errors as well as the FMD circuit. The two displayed voltages should track such that the rightmost FMD digit is never off by more than one from the DVM's corresponding displayed value.

DIM Adjustment : This is difficult to do other than at night and in the vehicle itself. An approximation can be made by slipping a black pen cover over the LDR (out of the case) and adjusting the DIM control to just blank the display, and then turning the control a fraction to just turn it back on.

c.5301 Display Interpretation

The display's three basic regions of operation are shown at left.

  • A normal operating value (of 14.7 in this case) is shown as three digits. The display's normal range covers from a rich of 10.0 through to stoic of 14.7 and to a lean of 24.9.
  • An over rich condition is shown as 10. followed by an equals or less than symbol (=<). Note that an AFR of lower than 10 can occurr momentarily when the accelerator is backed off rapidly and the injectors have built up a reserve of fuel (this is often followed by a very lean DFCO condition)
  • An excessivly lean condition is shown as 25. followed by a greater than or equals symbol (>=). This condition can occur normally on EFI vehicles when the ECM turns off the injectors to save fuel during deceleration (known as DFCO, or deceleration fuel cut-off)

5301 Parts List

ABS black plastic case (see note 0)

FMD 1.1 (16F84 processor, lower) PCB
MLD 1.0 (LED display, upper) PCB

16F84A-4/P (pre-programmed, -20/P may be supplied)
LM431 (see note 1)
7805 (or LM340T5)
BC327 x 4
BC337 x 2

HDSP-5501 x 3 seven segment LED (see note 2)
HDSP-4820 10 LED array (see note 2)
4 Mhz Xtal (a mini version may be supplied)

10R 1W 5% (note: R = ohms, W = Watts, k = 103)
150R x 8 (all 250 mW 5%, note : 4k7 = 4.7 k))
680R x 4
1k0 x 2 (see note 3)
1k8 x 2 (see note 5)
3k3 x 2
4k7 x 2 (see note 1)
22k x 2

5k trimpot (5 mm) note : marking = 502
200k or 250k trimpot (5 mm) note : marking = 204 or 254
500k trimpot (5 mm) note : marking = 504

15 pF x 2 NPO ceramic
0.1 x 4 block mono (deep blue colour)
0.1 x 2 polyester (yellow colour)
10 uF electro
47 uF electro

Header strip x 20 pin male (see note 4)
8 pin DIP socket (dual wipe)
6 + 7 + 7 header pins, (see note 6)
18 pin DIP socket (dual wipe)

Cable tie x 2
DB9S female DB9
DB9 shell and mounting parts
2 m two core shielded wire

M3 15 mm x 2 phillips head bolts
6.3 mm x 3 threaded nylon bush
9 mm threaded nylon bush
M3 star x 2 washers
M3 spring washer
M3 6 mm x 2 countersunk bolts

Last updated 19 March 2003 (header pins)

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