Ignition Development System (IDS)
Computer Programmed Precision Performance for 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 & 8
ECP (Edge Card Programmer)
cable length is about 5 feet
Download PDF version of manual here
ECP (Edge Card Programmer) is used to program all new IDS ignitions
with the edge card programmer connection. The adapter has an integrated USB to
serial converter and a LED light which indicates whether or not power
is applied to the ignition. The adapter has a standard USB connector on one
end and a SATA cable connector on the other end (do not plug the SATA
connector into a computer). The SATA or edge connector plugs into
the the updated versions of the CD, CD-L, C (discontinued) and D (discontinued)
Before an ignition can be
programmed the IDS application must be installed. Download the appropriate version
of the IDS setup
file hereand install the IDS application.
When prompted make sure to install the USB to serial driver software
for the ECP adapter. You can now plug the USB cable into the ECP and
the computer. Wait until the ECP USB serial adapter is recognized
by the computer before starting the IDS application.
Important: Run the application as administrator or you might not
be able to program the ignition.
Now go to the
Config menu and
choose Configure Serial Port. Press the Detect Ports button and
pick the serial port that corresponds to the ECP adapter. This
will typically be COM3. The ECP driver software defaults to COM3
unless some other device has already taken this port. If there
are multiple COM ports the highest port in the list is likely the ECP
adapter. You may have to use trial and error or go to the Windows
Device Manager - Ports (COM & LPT). The ECP adapter should show up
as an USB Serial Port with the COM port number listed. If no serial
ports are detected make sure the ECP adapter is plugged into a USB port
in the computer and that the device drivers have been installed.
Next go to the help menu and pick About and then Power Arc IDS. You must have the ECP hooked to the computer and the
ignition. The edge card connector can only be
plugged one way into the ECP and ignition module. Power
must be supplied to the ignition during this operation. If the ignition
module is installed in a vehicle turn the ignition key/switch on. You
may also use an AC to DC 12V wall adapter if it was purchased with the
ECP. Do not use a battery charger to power the ECP adapter or the
ignition module. If the ECP LED light is not on you do not have power
to the ignition. Once power has been verified
click on the Read button.
If the the values in the About dialog box
load then you are ready to program the ignition. If you get an
error message :
Run the application as administrator.
Re-configure the serial port. Try
a different COM port if multiple ports showed up during detection. It
may be necessary to restart the IDS application after you re-configure
Make sure the ECP adapter is plugged into a
The edge connector must be plugged into the
ECP and ignition.
Make sure power is applied to the ignition.
The red LED light on the ECP must be on when programming an ignition.
Cycle ignition power. Turn the power off
to ignition and then back on. ECP adapter LED should turn off then on.
ECP adapter should have been recognized when plugged into the computer.
Verify version 3 or above of the IDS software was installed.
the driver software if USB device was not recognized. Go to
powerarc.com downloads section and install the latest USB to serial
To program the ignition simply open/create
the desired ignition map (curve file *.crv) and press the program
button. Make sure the ECP is connected to the USB port of the
computer. The edge card connector must be plugged into the ECP and the
ignition. The ignition must have power supplied to it when programming
as indicated by the red LED of the ECP. When finished programming the
ignition remove the program cable. The ignition will not operate
with the program cable inserted. A detailed
explanation of how to create a timing map can be found in the help
section of the IDS application once it has been installed. Contact Power Arc if you are interested in
programming ignitions with the ECP adapter.