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OptiShift Transmission Controller Competitive Feature Comparison *

Specification / Feature

OptiShift

Competitor A *

Competitor B, Original Product *

Competitor B, New Low-Cost Product *

Retail Price (turn-key system with complete wiring harness)

$590 - $610
(depending upon harness application)
$1095 $900 $549 (Introductory)

Enclosure Size

4.165" x 2.8" x 1.1" 4.5” x 3.75” x 2.25” 5.9” x 4.15” x 1.75” 5.3” x 4.2” x 1.5” (approximate)

Warranty

5 years 1 year 1 year 1 year

Year first transmission controller released by company / Year current product released

1997 / 2010 1997 / 1997 2003 / 2003 2003 / 2010

Tuning Interface

Two tuning interfaces are standard. Shiftware tuning software for Windows-based PCs and laptops allows advanced, yet easy to use tuning. The simplified, built-in tuning interface provides access to the most commonly-used tuning parameters without a PC or laptop. Tuning mode must be purposely entered, so that settings cannot be inadvertently changed. Two screw adjustments, one for shift speed and one for firmness, plus a pushbutton to calibrate TPS. Separate display/programming unit required for advanced tuning at an additional cost of $185. PC based tuning software is only interface available. Seven knobs on side of unit are used to change basic settings. No mechanism appears to exist to prevent inadvertent settings changes. Advanced tuning requires purchase of optional paddle shifter / display unit for $500 extra.

PC Connectivity

USB 2.0, 12MB/S data rate. Controller can also be powered directly from USB connector for programming outside of vehicle. None RS-232 (Legacy 9-pin serial port, USB adapter required for most laptops) None

On-Board Fault and Status Display

3 character LED display shows status, fluid temperature, sensor values, and alphanumeric fault codes Faults displayed by blinking LED lamp. Separate display / programming unit available for $185. None Faults and speed displayed by blinking LED lamp. Optional paddle shifter / display unit available for $500 extra.

Solenoid Output Capability

10 outputs with over-current protection and diagnostics provide support for nearly all domestic and European transmissions. Any 9 outputs can be simultaneously and independently PWM-controlled. 6 outputs with over-current protection and diagnostics. Outputs are PWM-controlled, as needed, for supported transmissions. 12 outputs with over-current protection and diagnostics. 9 outputs are PWM-controlled, while 3 are on/off only. High-side switching provided to support Asian transmissions. Unknown

Manual Shift Mode

Versatile Manutronic manual shift mode allows use of simple pushbuttons, paddle shifters, H-gate shifters, cruise control buttons, and many other devices for manual shifting. Many configurable options make this the most complete manual shift mode on the market. Single mode with fixed configuration similar to the Optishift 2-wire mode with “disengage with shifter” and “engage with any button” options. 2 different manual shift modes, with different wiring options, similar to Optishift, but without any additional options. Manual shift mode requires purchase of optional paddle shifter / display unit for $500 extra.

Multiple Program Selection

2 programs selectable externally or internally Not available 2 programs selectable via external input Unknown

Ease of Troubleshooting

Wiring harness is straightforward, modular, and logical. Connections are easily accessible for inspection and probing. Connector uses small pins that are difficult to inspect and probe. Pins are concealed by a connector hood that must be removed for troubleshooting. Connector uses small pins that are difficult to inspect and probe. Pins are concealed by a connector hood that must be removed for troubleshooting. Details not yet available.

* Data on competitive units obtained from manufacturer's web sites, and is subject to change. Specifications of
competitive units are correct to the best of our knowledge, but not guaranteed to be complete or up-to-date.
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