Copyright 2000 Martin Ingold
EPIC (Extended Programmable Interface Card) is the best thing you can buy
when you want to build a cockpit. It's basically a Joystick Card, but it
has a lot more possibilities. EPIC consists of a basic card that needs
to be plugged into a ISA slot on your Motherboard. Together with the EPIC
card you'll need to buy an expansion module. This module connects to the
base card thru a 37-pin wire. Then you can add several other modules and
connect them via the expansion bus found on the expansion module. That
way you can daisy-chain all the modules in a neat and handy way. Here are
the modules you currently can add:
connectors for FLCS, RCS, standard
joysticks, and EPIC expansion bus; provides access to analogs 0-15, 304
buttons, and EPIC expansion bus (required for additional modules).
point output module
32 single-bit outputs for controlling
LED's, lights, buzzers, etc.
digital display controller
This module allows you to controll
32 7 segment displays. You can daisy-chain 4 of these controllers. Documentation
Supports 20 rotarys (2 phase mechanical,
2 phase optical, ALPS CW/CWW switches) and 4 optical 16 bit joysticks.
& Meter module
Supports air core milliamp movement
meters. For air speed, fuel levels, oil pressure...Requires sim program
to communicate with EPIC. PDF
file and Documentation
EPIC Modular Distribution Architecture.
Manufactured by CSI
Cockpit Simulations. Keep your wiring neat and easy.
I know that this card isn't
the cheapest one you can find. But when you consider the possibilities
you have with it, it's really worth it's price. EPIC also has it's own
programming language called EPL. With this language you have a very powerful
tool to control the action each button will do when you press or release
it. Click here to see a small part of my EPL file
for the F-22/TQS combo.