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TLCDCEmu - Hardware

Quick links. 1. Introduction. 2. Head unit connector. 1. Where to get it ? 2. Pinout 1. Tuner list 2. Update list

Multiple hardware adapters have been built and tested. The proposed adapters currently only concern the level conversion for protocol emulation and not the analog/SPDIF conversion, so please check first that you have a SPDIF output on your PC or soundcard.

The emulator is plugged into the CD changer connector, a 8-pin blue "mini-iso" connector at the back of the head unit.

3. Sample circuits. 1. Original MAX3232-based version 2. Opto-isolated version

Where to get it ?

3. Simplest version 4. Full version

This connector can be found in multiple places but make sure that metallic contacts are provided (either pre-wired or to solder), because the connector is sometimes proposed as an empty shell. Car hi-fi stores are good sources but are sometimes expensive. eBay is another alternative and I personally bought one from Adaptershop (search on "blau"). If you have an actual CD Changer and you're looking for a female connector to insert your adapter (with relay switching) between the CDC and HU, the cheapest way I could find is to dismantle a 1.3 m extender by Blaupunkt , ref 7 607 621 154.

Here's a diagram of the head unit pinout. The connector we're interested in here is the blue one: C3. Warning : This pinout is for Philips/VDO/Dayton "Tuner List" and "Update List" head units only. Other models (i.e. Blaupunkt) are known to use the same physical connectors but with a different pin assignment. Tuner list
A 1 2 n/c Power connector Speed Dependent Volume Control

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Rear Right + Front Right .Rear Left CCU(*) connector DTA CLK MIRQ n/c Radio ON GND AUX connector (**) n/c 8 n/c C2 9 n/c (**) 10 Audio Left 11 Audio Right 12 Audio GND CD Changer connector C3 13 Tx (from HU to CDC or PC) 14 Rx (from PC or CDC to HU) 2 of 11 3.sourceforge.12.html 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 B 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 C1 3 4 5 6 7 Phone mute (ground to activate) +12V (constant) + Aerial (12V when radio on) + Lights (12V when lights on) +ACC (12V when ACC on) GND Speaker connector + Rear Right .2013 20:07 .net/hardware.Hardware http://tlcdcemu.Front Right + Front Left .TLCDCEmu .Front Left +Rear Left .

19=Audio Left and 20=Audio Right. (**) Auxiliary input only available on Update List models. This is the way the HU receives stalk control commands and sends information to the dash display.sourceforge.html Update list 15 16 17 18 19 20 GND 12V (constant) HU ON (12V when HU is ON) SPDIF IN (***) SPDIF GND (***) (SPDIF GND) (***) (*) Central Communication Unit.2013 20:07 .Hardware http://tlcdcemu. In that case. The AUX input must be activated in the head unit's menu. the pinout is as follows: 18=Audio GND.TLCDCEmu . C2 doesn't exist at all on Tuner List models (***) Models before 2000 have an analog CD Changer audio input instead of 3 of 11 3.

. You might also run into ground loop noise.sourceforge. but you can probably easily combine different circuits if needed.optical isolation between PC and head-unit : Optional or mandatory. 4 of 11 3. Original MAX3232-based version For maximal RS232 compatibility.12. depends on your PC and HU .net/hardware. Please check if it's the case for you. . It has been built multiple times and works as long as the following condition is fulfilled : Warning : this version of the adapter assumes HU ground and PC ground are shared.TLCDCEmu .2013 20:07 . the first version used uses a MAX3232 to provide the correct levels to the PC.html Note that multiple functions can be provided by following circuits. which is frequently not the case with inverter-powered PCs.level adaptation in both directions : Mandatory.Hardware http://tlcdcemu.. .control of relays to switch back and forth between PC and actual CD Changer (if you have one) with the RTS signal : Optional (not done yet).propagation of "remote out" signal from the HU to the PC (this wire is at 12V once HU is on and triggers "booting" of actual CD changers) : Optional. Not all circuits provide all functions. These functions are : .

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Latest versions of the software emulators provided here take care of this. Please note that it relies on fixed levels provided on the RTS (+) and DTR (-) pins of the serial port.html Opto-isolated version For optical isolation between PC and HU.2013 20:07 . but note that latest software versions don't need it and determine if HU is on simply by checking they get reply to the requests.TLCDCEmu . HU_ON (aka HU_REMOTE) is transmitted to the http://tlcdcemu.12. 6 of 11 3. here is a version using optocouplers.

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2013 20:07 . It also features a relay switching and is particularly suited if you have an actual CD changer in your car : if the carPC is off or the emulator is not running. which is frequently not the case with inverter-powered PCs. here is a version without a single IC. the hardware emulator is disconnected and connection to the actual CDC is active. 8 of 11 3. Please check if it's the case for you. You might also run into ground loop noise. Warning : this version of the adapter assumes HU ground and PC ground are shared. providing among other things a smooth transition when booting or shutting down.12.Hardware http://tlcdcemu.sourceforge. Full version This version is inspired by the opto-coupled one above with slightly different parts.TLCDCEmu .net/hardware. It might or might not work depending on the thresholds of your PC's serial port. only 2 transistors and a few passive components.html For maximum simplicity.

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