For Father's Day, I would like a Flex 6000 that includes a screen (at least 14inches), mouse, and a Flex Control. No Computer Required it is part of the radio. You could call it The Flex 6000(NCR).
PLUG-AND-PLAY CONTROL CONSOLE FOR THE FLEX-6000 SERIES
MaestroTM - an intuitive, plug-and-play control console that directs operation of any FLEX-6000 Signature Series transceiver without need of a traditional PC. Connect Maestro directly or through your local area network (LAN) to any FLEX-6300, FLEX-6500 or FLEX-6700 transceiver and you are ready to operate.
"an electronic machine that can store and work with large amounts of information."
Pretty much every tranceiver made in the last twenty years has at least one circuit that meets this definition and almost all of them require a "PC" to run most of the digital modes or for logging. So will a Maestro as it is currently being presented by Flex.
Maybe what is actually being expressed here is a desire for "No PC Required", especially a Windows PC, although I find them to be wonderful & mostly trouble free.
I was expressly told by Flex management at Dayton that Maestro was running on embedded Linnux. This would be just like all of the 6000 series radios, many cash registers, data terminals & millions of other dedicated devices.
There is NO radio in the Maestro. It is just a very adanced control head. Despite its obvious power and capabilities, its fundimental structure is not a lot different than the control head for an Icom IC-7100 or for that matter an IC-706.
From everything I have been told & read, the Maestro will run a Flex 6000 series radio without need of a PC unless you want to do logging, run a mode that isn't in the radio such as digital modes. Flex just added FreeDV as a mode in the radio so I suspect others will follow such as RTTY and PSK-31. And just think, it's only software, no new radio purchase required.
In the first instance it is intended to replace the client computer running SSDR under windows and add knobs
In a future instance it is planned to run in parallel as a second client on SSDR
The QST diagram is not totally accurate as the remote audio is not DAX
Your input is appreciated. Can you direct me to a correct block diagram I could study? I'd like to get beyond the "he said, she said" information I currently have as some of it, although from seemingly credible sources, is in conflict.
The reason that I'm trying to pin this down follows:
I run SSDR under Windows on three different tablets with varying degrees of success. Two are very sluggish & one is OK but runs at the margin. All three use different Bay Trail processors. The two poor performers use a Z3735 & a Z3740 CPU. The one that runs OK but at the margin is a Z3775. Of course, I have ended as many unneeded Windows services as I've been able to identify.
At Dayton, a Flex engineer told me that Maestro will run a Bay Trail CPU. When I expressed my experience running SSDR under Windows with Bay Trail, he suggested that I not worry since Maestro would run Linux.
Of course I agree that Maestro is a computer just as I believe the microprocessor coupled with memory & I/O in an Icom control panel is a computer, just not a PC.
Thanks for any additional documentation you might suggest I look at.
I have limited access to docs until I get back to the USA in July. I have already stated the known facts about Maestro above. There is no conflicting information. It is not a dumb box with dedicated hardware/firmware such as the various favors of Icom control head but a dedicated computer running embedded windows and SSDR.
Frankly Flex is still designing and debugging the product so some things will change. it would be premature for you to be asking your questions until everything is finalized by Flex and they publish Official Documentation
If you need more information I suggest that you study FlexLib so you can get a better idea as to what SSDR does.
The only information conflict is what you & Walt have stated in no uncertain terms, without backup, versus what I was told by a Flex Maestro designer. Who has is right? Either you are or the Flex guy has it right. As you suggest, it could change. It appears that there is no way for me to know right now.
Maybe I won't know anything until I get my Maestro. I'm kind of sorry I asked the question as I'm used to getting information with some references or sources, not just statements presented as fact. I'm sorry I can't be more definitive as to my source. I can't remember his name. Maybe that will come back to me. If it does I will let you know.
When you get back & have your docs at hand, I would appreciate hearing what you have. Until then, best regards.
73, W4SG Dennis