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Hardware requirements

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Speeduino uses the Arduino Mega 2560 R3 as the controller. All official and most clone boards appear to work fine. Note that there are minor differences with the Mega R2 board that can cause some small issues, however as it is nearly impossible to find an R2 board currently (R3 has been the available version for a long time) this should not be an issue for most people.

Update: While the connection issues with some clone boards appear to have been resolved, an alternative solution is to use Bluetooth for wireless tuning of any Mega version, as the Bluetooth option bypasses the on-board UART (serial) chip.


Crank sensor

This is arguably the most important sensor for Speeduino to function correctly. The signal going to the Arduino must be a 0v-5v square wave series of pulses representing teeth on a wheel running at crank (or cam) speed. Many Hall and 'opto' sensors meet this spec. If only a crankshaft trigger wheel is used (no cam signal), the crank wheel must have a 'missing' tooth in order to provide position information as well as the engine RPM. Tested missing-tooth wheels currently are 4-1, 12-1, 36-1 and 60-2.

Alternatively (and necessary for full-sequential injection) an added cam signal with or without crank wheel missing teeth. These setups are indicated by the added "/x", such as 60-2/1, for a 60-tooth crank wheel, with 2 missing teeth, and a 1-tooth cam signal per cycle.

VR (variable reluctance) sensors can also be used, however as the board does not contain any sort of signal conditioner, an additional module will be required. An 8-pin DIP socket is located on v0.3.x and v0.4.x series official boards for this purpose as IC3. The MAX9926 chip has been tested to work with virtually any type of input, and is available from the Speeduino Store, however any similar module that outputs a 0v-5v square wave (LM1815, LM358 modules, etc.) should also work fine with VR sensor signals.


TPS sensor must be of the 3 wire potentiometer type, rather than the 2 wire on/off switches found on some throttles. If your TPS is a 3 wire sensor then it will almost certainly work, but remember to calibrate it within Tuner Studio when you first plug it in.

The TPS functions by sending an analog variable voltage signal to Speeduino in order to report the current position of the throttle. It is typically supplied with V+ of 5V and ground (GND), routing through an internal potentiometer to output a low voltage at low throttle opening, and a rising voltage with greater throttle opening.

If using a TPS with unknown connections; it is recommended to test the TPS with an ohm meter in order to determine the connection of each pin without risking damage by applying sensor power randomly. This can be accomplished on the bench or with the engine off and TPS disconnected:

  • Assign a letter to each pin.
  • Attach the ohm meter to two pins, and operate the throttle from closed (idle) to wide-open (WOT), recording the results.
  • Find the pair of pins where the resistance does not change significantly from idle to WOT. These are your two power pins.
  • The remaining pin is your Signal pin.
  • In order to determine which power pin is V+ and which is GND, test ohms between the Signal pin and one power pin.
  • In idle position; if ohms are low that power pin is GND. If ohms are high that power pin is V+.

Most usable TPS sensors have 3 pins. If your TPS has a different number of pins, referring to the original engine wiring diagram may show the function, and whether it is usable or which pins to use for Speeduino. For TP sensors that work 'backwards', and wiring cannot be changed, a simple code modification is available on the Forums to make use of this type of TPS.

MAP (Manifold Pressure)

Recommended MAP sensor is the MPX4250 from Freescale, however many MAP sensors are supported. If you want to use one that is not included in the list (Under Tools->Map Calibration in TunerStudio) then please make a new thread in the forum requesting this. Other sensors can and will work just fine, but you will need to calibrate these within TunerStudio against a different set of values.

Temperature Sensors (CLT and IAT)

Any standard 2-wire thermistor sensor can be used for these temperature functions. Calibration of these sensors can be performed through the Tools menu in TunerStudio. The default bias resistor value is 2490 Ohms.

Exhaust Gas Oxygen Sensors (O2 and WBO2)

The type of O2 sensor (narrow or wide-band) must be selected in TunerStudio under Tools > Calibrate AFR Table.


NBO2 sensor signals are read directly by Speeduino. TunerStudio applies the standard non-linear 0-volt to 1-volt values for all standard NBO2 sensors automatically under calibration. Once set in calibration, Speeduino will use the designated NBO2 to adjust fueling according to the entries you make in the AFR table (Tuning > AFR Table), and the sensor is selected for type and parameters (or disabled) under Tuning > AFR/O2. Note that narrow-band sensors were originally designed to target stoichiometric AFR (Lambda 1.0) for efficient catalytic emissions control, and are generally not sufficiently accurate or suitable for tuning efficient lean economy or rich power fueling. While not recommended; involved tuning methods are available to allow limited and approximate tuning for lean and rich AFRs using a NBO2 sensor.


Wide-band oxygen (WBO2) sensors can detect and report a wider range of lambda (ƛ) or AFRs than narrow-band, and with greater accuracy, from approximately 10:1 to 20:1 (about 0.7 to 1.3 lambda), depending on specific sensor version and controller. Speeduino cannot use WBO2 sensors directly, requiring an external controller to process the signal and to apply sensor heating control. Enter the controller brand and model from the list displayed. If the controller signal is generic linear or custom, select and enter the required information, or an option to install a custom INC file is available in the menu list.

Once set in Tools > Calibrate AFR Sensor, Speeduino can use the designated WBO2 to report lambda/AFR to TunerStudio for gauge display. After the sensor is selected for type and parameters under Tuning > AFR/O2 it can adjust corrective fueling on-the-fly according to the entries you make in the AFR table (Tuning > AFR Table), and for auto-tuning in TunerStudio, or MegaLogViewer in real-time or from logs. Settings also include the option to disable. Although Speeduino can use the WBO2 information to correct fueling; it is strongly suggested it not be used to compensate for poor tuning.

Application-Specific Inputs

Circuits and techniques Speeduino users have found useful for adapting or implementing certain inputs or functions.

Flex Fuel Sensor


Oil Pressure


12V Input Signal

Some position sensors output a 12v signal. To correct this, and avoid damaging the Arduino, a circuit like the one in the diagram can be constructed. The resistor R1 is not always required, but will make sure that any output that is not high is pulled low. Along with this circuit use the pull-up jumper on the Speeduino. This will effectively change a 0v/12v into a 0v/5v signal.


Many thanks to PSIG for the info and diagram.

GM 7 / 8 pin Distributor Module

The GM 7 /8 pin modules have been used in a wide variety of GM engines from 4 cylinder to V8s (small and big block). The 8 pin distributor was also widely used in marine applications by Indmar, Mercruiser, and others.

GM 7-Pin Module

GM 8-Pin Ignition Module

These modules are functionally equivalent. The 7 pin is used in the large coil-in-cap distributors while the 8 pin is used in the small cap distributors with remote mounted coils. The 8 pin has one additional terminal that provides a sensor ground. Both modules provide coil ground via the metal grommets used to secure them to the distributor.

These modules provide an excellent means for computer controlled timing while retaining the distributor. They were designed to be used with throttle body injection and port injection motors. They provide automatic coil current limiting (7.5 amps was the GM specification) and automatic dwell control. The can be adapted to other distributor applications that use either variable reluctor or hall type sensors.

Pin Descriptions and connections

• "+" : Battery voltage from a switched ignition source. Provides the power to operate the module.

• "C-" : Ignition coil negative connection.

• "P & N" : Positive and Negative of the distributor reluctor. Polarity is important. GM distributor connectors can only be connected one way. For use with other distributors, verify polarity of the reluctor leads.

• "B" : Ignition bypass. When cranking, grounding this line bypasses computer control of timing. The timing iscontrolled by the module only. This can be done using the Speeduino Cranking Bypass pin function (see below).

• "R" : Reference or tach signal. This outputs a 5 volt square wave that serves as the RPM1 input for the Speeduino. To use this, connect it to RPM1 and set JP2 to Hall and JP4 connected (ie, 5 volt pull up).

• "E" : Timing control signal. When pin B has 5 volts on it, the module allows Speeduino to control the timing using this pin. The output of Ign1 should be connected to this pin.

• "G": (8 pin only) Signal ground. Should be connected to the Speeduino sensor ground. (Module ground is provided through the metal mounting grommets)

A timing bypass circuit must be constructed to utilize the Speeduino ignition timing control. The small circuit below should be built in the proto area.

In addition, the cranking bypass should be turned on and the bypass pin should be set to pin 3 in the Cranking Settings dialog (under Starting / Idle in TunerStudio):

Trigger settings (under Starting / Trigger Setup in TunerStudio) should be as shown below. You will need to adjust the trigger angle to get correct timing. Instructions for this are in the wiki.

Timing control is set in the Spark / Spark Settings dialog:

The module works well, however, some applications result in a noisy trigger signal. This shows as an unstable RPM (either at idle, or more frequently, at higher speeds). Trigger filtering may help, but a modification may be necessary to clean up the signal. The circuit below effectively cleans/filters the signal, allowing use with no trigger filtering by the Speeduino. It has been tested with single and 8-pole reluctors and modules from GM, Transpo and a no-name generic.

Many thanks to apollard for this outline information.



Speeduino injector drivers use on/off (not PWM) control and are designed to work with "High-Z" injectors. This type of injectors are also known as "saturated" or "high-impedance" that use full battery voltage to control the injector open cycle, and generally the impedance is greater than about 8 Ohms. If you are running "Low-Z" ("peak and hold" or PWM-controlled) injectors that are lower impedance, you will need to install series resistors on these to avoid damaging the board with excessive current. The resistor ohms and watt rating can be calculated by Ohm's Law, or use an Internet calculator page such as the Speeduino Injector Resistor Calculator.

Speeduino can drive up to 2 High-Z injectors per output channel.


Current versions of the Speeduino use low-power output signals, designed to work with external small-signal ignition coil drivers, whether a separate type (module or ICM, igniter, IGBT, etc.), or built into the coil assembly ('smart' coils). This method permits Speeduino to have great flexibility to control most types of ignition systems. Attaching the Speeduino outputs directly to a traditional high current ("dumb" or 2-pin) ignition coil without an ignition coil driver WILL cause damage to your Arduino.

How Speeduino controls ignition circuit power In prior history, the coil driver was a set of mechanical contact points ("points"), simply replaced today by an electronic version. The added coil driver can be anywhere from inside the Speeduino to inside the coil assembly; though near or in the coil reduces electrical noise:

The wasted-spark version is below to show how it is identical in operation, but with the high-voltage spark returning through the second spark plug to complete the circuit:

A good run down of 'smart' coil types can be found at: http://www.megamanual.com/seq/coils.htm. There are many ignition modules available that Speeduino can use to control standard coils, or for smart coils you can generally use 4 or 5-pin types as these will always be logic level, although some 3-pin coils are also of this variety. GM LS1/2 coils are an example of powerful smart coils that are commonly used and can usually be obtained easily and cheaply.

(Note: In the past, some ignition control modules with current limiting or dwell control features (e.g., 1970s GM HEI, Bosch '024' types, and Ford DS1) were referred-to as "smart" modules. While still true, common terminology of individual ignition coils with at least a driver integrated, or newer technology with greater controls (e.g., controlled spark duration or multi-spark) are all considered "smart" coils. You must know the control requirements of the specific drivers, control modules, or coils you intend to use in order to operate them properly with Speeduino.)

Aux Outputs

Low Current

Some Speeduino versions include an 8-channel ULN2803A Darlington transistor array IC that is capable of switching up to 1/2 amp per channel. These auxiliary outputs are sufficient to switch small devices directly, or to switch power-handling devices, such as power MOSFETs and solid-state or electro-mechanical automotive relays. Configuration and settings of these outputs is described in the Configuration / Tuning section.

Medium Current

v0.3x and later boards include medium-power MOSFET auxiliary outputs to switch up to 3 amps directly. These outputs are commonly used to operate idle valves, boost-control valves, VVT solenoids, etc., or to control relays for handling much larger loads, such as electric radiator fans. Configuration and settings of these outputs is described in the Configuration / Tuning section.

Auxilary IO

On Arduino Mega2560 based Speeduino boards (official or just running current firmware) git commit 13f80e7 support is available for the external connection of 8 16bit analog inputs via Serial3


As the Arduino mega2560 has no CanBus interface a seperate "co-processor" interface has been designed. More information about this unit can be found here https://github.com/Autohome2/Speeduino-can-interface. This uses the functionality provided by the Serial3 port and connects via that port.

On the upcoming Teensy3.5 variant of Speeduino the CanBus code will be incorporated into the main system firmware as the Teensy3.5 has integrated CanBus and only requires a transceiver module added.

Third Party Addon's

In This section you will find information about third party designed hardware designed to be used in conjunction with the Speeduino ECU

GPIO for Speeduino

There are several variants of the GPIO , The firmware can be downloaded here https://github.com/Autohome2/Speeduino-GPIO

More information GPIO_for_Speeduino