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NEW - iX12 12-Channel DSMX Transmitter and RCG Video Product Interview

Spektrum has a new radio and it's pretty awesome! Not only do we have info on this new transmitter we also did a video interview with Spektrum's Sr. Brand manager.

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The iX12 is Here!

I have always joked that "this transmitter can do everything except check your email." When I spoke with Steve Petrotto, Spektrum's Sr. brand manager I found out that the new iX12 can do that and much more! I didn't think you would be able to talk me out of my DX9 but I think my trusty TX has a new partner to ride around WITH in the transmitter case!

The street price for the TX only should be around $599. For the TX/RX combo the price is $699

RCGroups Video Interview

RCGroups Hangout - Check Out the iX12 Spektrum TX!! (43 min 25 sec)

From Spektrum

The Spektrum iX12 is the fruit of years of engineering and development. Fueled by customer feedback and a powerful drive to innovate, we have created the first truly Intelligent Radio. The Spektrum iX12 radio is a 12-channel transmitter matched with a powerful combination of features and next-level connectivity. Groundbreaking yet comfortably familiar, RC pilots of all aircraft types will use the all-new iX12 to out fly everything in its class. Powered by an Intel Quad Core processor, Pilots now have the power of Android right at their fingertips. The iX12 provides access to the internet, helpful apps, and connectivity never before seen in an RC transmitter.

The Spektrum iX12 features our newest Spektrum Airware Programming interface that controls the dedicated DSMX/2 channel processor. It is more intuitive, user friendly and feature packed than ever. With the iX12 everything a RC pilot needs is there as well as capabilities that they never thought they needed.

All this is displayed clearly with a high resolution full color, 4 inch display. Navigation is simple and familiar with the state of the art multi touch display. But we did not sink it all into electronics. The iX12 features our latest gimbal design. Built on the popular quad bearing gimbal pilots have come to love, but now more accessible and adjustable than ever. All this is precisely incorporated into a clean, comfortable, and ergonomically pleasing case.

  • 12 fully proportional channels at 2048 resolution
  • 4-inch color screen with Multi-Touch technology
  • Android interface with a dedicated quad-core processor
  • Intuitive Spektrum™ AirWare Touch programming app
  • Compatible with Spektrum AirWare firmware G2 model setups
  • Industry-leading Spektrum DSMX® 2.4GHz technology
  • Plug and play TBS Crossfire CRSF long-range technology compatible
  • WiFi connectivity and convenience
  • Easy access to updates, apps and the Internet
  • Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices
  • Customizable audio events with WAV and MP3 support
  • Programmable text-to-speech voice alerts
  • Voice alerts over speaker, headphones or Bluetooth
  • Integrated telemetry support delivers critical real-time data
  • Wireless trainer link for instruction and flight simulation
  • Built-in 2.4GHz diversity antennas for the most robust signal link possible
  • Fast 11ms frame rate with compatible receivers
  • Superb ergonomics based on user feedback
  • Smooth quad-bearing gimbals with front-access adjustments
  • 250-model internal memory, plus SD card expansion
  • Rechargeable 6,000mAh Li-Ion transmitter battery pack
  • Convenient Micro-USB charging and connectivity

Specifications:

  • Channels: 12
  • Modulation: DSM2/DSMX
  • Band: 2.4GHz
  • Model Memory: 250
  • Modes: User Selectable Mode 1-4
  • Transmitter (Tx) Battery Type: 3.7V 1S 6000 mAh Lithium Ion Battery
  • Switch:3 POS
  • Experience Level: Advanced

iX12 12-Channel DSMX Android-Powered Intelligent Transmitter (5 min 16 sec)

Features In-Depth

SIMPLY "TAP" INTO IT

The Spektrum™ iX12 radio is an intelligent 12-channel transmitter matched with a powerful combination of features and next-level connectivity. Groundbreaking yet comfortably familiar, RC pilots of all aircraft types can use the iX12 to out fly everything in its class.

TOUCHSCREEN WITH ANDROID-POWERED INTERFACE

Literally "tap" into the iX12's programming. Its 4-inch, full-color, easy-to-read monitor delivers crisp, clear detail that includes state-of-the-art touchscreen technology so that navigation is simple. And, because the interface is a fully functional Android system with a dedicated quad-core processor, it will work with an evolving list of apps from the Google Play store.

WI-FI CONNECTIVITY

When connected to Wi-Fi, the iX12 gets even smarter. Spektrum AirWare™ Touch app update-alerts are automatic, plus you can download model setups and add third-party apps. Listen to music on Spotify or Pandora directly from your radio or even update your Facebook status just before you fly.

BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY

The iX12 can connect with just about any Bluetooth device. Use wireless earbuds to hear voice alerts privately, or pare a set of speakers and listen to music. A wide range of other devise uses are possible including file sharing, photo sharing and more.

MICRO USB CONNECTIVITY

Hook up to your flight-control board and use their apps to adjust settings directly from the iX12—no laptop required. The integrated micro USB port conveniently allows you to charge its internal Li-Ion battery with a common Micro USB cable and power source. Other accessory devices can be recognized too, including your PC or laptop

INTUITIVE PROGRAMMING

Long-time Spektrum users will feel right at home the first time they pick up the iX12. That’s because it’s Spektrum AirWare™ Touch app is derived from the familiar Spektrum AirWare firmware used today. The big, color touchscreen features an Android interface that simply makes menu navigation and model setup even easier than before.

LONG RANGE RF MODULE SUPPORT

Go further with the iX12 when you explore what the integrated auxiliary serial port has to offer. It’s a next-level link that lets you accessorize the iX12 transmitter with a compatible long range RF system (adapter, SPMA3090 required) such as Team Black Sheep Crossfire protocol technology (sold separately) that gives you low latency performance and secondary frequency convenience.

PROGRAMMABLE VOICE AND AUDIO ALERTS

Keep tabs on important information without ever taking your eyes off what you are flying. The iX12 programmable voice alert system can call out what flight mode you have chosen or report telemetry info on demand. If an alarm goes off, you won't have to look at the display to see what's happening. The iX12 can tell you.

Text-to-speech means that you can create any voice alert by just typing in the words, it can even take *.WAV files so you can have virtually any sound imaginable. In addition to a built-in speaker, the iX12 has a headphone jack that allows you to monitor voice alerts, and/or listen to your favorite song during flight, using earbuds so you don't bother other pilots. You can also use its Bluetooth support to connect with wireless earbuds or your phone.

SUPERB ERGONOMICS

Based on popular team-pilot recommendations and customer feedback, the iX12 has been persistently engineered to have the most optimized feel possible. The weight distribution and ergonomics of the iX12 have been optimized to fit a wide range of pilot needs. The result is a sense of balance, comfort and functionality that perfectly complement the speed and precision of DSMX® technology.

KEY iX12 ERGONOMIC FEATURES:

  • Comfortable, non-slip rubber grips
  • Smooth, quad-bearing gimbals with front-access adjustments
  • Adjustable stick length and travel range
  • User-adjustable mode configurations (1, 2, 3 or 4)
  • User-adjustable switch assignments and pushbutton power on/off

WIRELESS TRAINER LINK

The exclusive functionality of the Spektrum wireless trainer link gives iX12 users the ability to wirelessly link up with other Spektrum transmitters and specially-equipped Spektrum FPV headsets. It’s hassle-free. Once bound to another transmitter or component, ModelMatch™ technology will allow the iX12 to re-link without having to go through the bind process again.

WITH WIRELESS TRAINER LINK, YOU CAN:

  • Wirelessly 'buddy box' with another DSMX®/DSM2® transmitter when teaching someone to fly
  • Assign gimbal functions to a second 'camera' transmitter when flying a camera drone so you can focus on avoiding obstacles and maintaining visual contact while someone else lines up the shot
  • Link with specially-equipped Spektrum FPV headsets to wirelessly control head tracking and remotely change camera video frequencies
  • Link to the Spektrum Wireless Simulator Dongle (SPMWS1000) and practice flying with your favorite simulators

ADJUSTABLE GIMBALS

Access to tension, ratchet and travel adjustments for each gimbal is conveniently through the front - no disassembly required. There’s nothing to it. Even mode conversion adjustments are accessible. To create the perfect feel, just lift off the rubber access cover and make a simple adjustment.

Gimbal Access Points:

  • Up/Down Travel Limiter
  • Left/Right Gimbal Stick Tension
  • Up/Down Resistance
  • Up/Down Ratchet
  • Up/Down Gimbal Stick Tension
  • Gimbal Centering Screw

Built-In Telemetry

Not only is the iX12 the ultimate in control, it’s the ultimate tool you can use to make sure your prized aircraft is in perfect condition. Built-in telemetry can give you real-time data on critical information like your model's battery voltage, signal quality, motor temperature and more.* Using the voice alert system, you can program the iX12 to tell you when specific telemetry values reach or exceed limits you define. You can also have it call out a sequence of telemetry values on demand with the flip of a switch.

Model must be equipped with a telemetry enabled receiver like the included AR9030T and any required sensors.

Go to the Spektrum Site to Learn More!

Check out the official site for more info and availability.

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Dec 07, 2017, 04:27 PM
DFS#000178
Rampage's Avatar
It looks like a nice transmitter, and the price looks good for the feature set.

I'm actually interested to see if they'll do any of their own RF modules for it.
Dec 07, 2017, 04:53 PM
EIEIEIO Classic is dway ta go!
flyinwalenda's Avatar
I was wondering when Spektrum would release a modular transmitter again. This looks very nice !
Take that Taranis !
Dec 07, 2017, 05:04 PM
Registered User
different price point to the Taranis, $999 (in Aus), compared to $250 for a Taranis.
Dec 07, 2017, 05:09 PM
Registered User
Or more likely will the protocol be open so that instead of long range module, some-one could make a Hitec Red, or Futaba or .... module.

Then I could fly everything with just 1 TX, even if I did have to change modules.
Dec 07, 2017, 05:15 PM
Registered User
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Originally Posted by flyinwalenda
I was wondering when Spektrum would release a modular transmitter again. This looks very nice !
Take that Taranis !
How is this a "Take that Taranis!"? It's 3x the cost of a QX7S, and all it has over it is touchscreen and a few other features are convenient, but won't be used for much more than initial setup. FrkSky offers freedom of OpenTX, better gimbals, option to use Frsky, TBS, DSMX, protocols, and receivers are tiny and inexpensive (A DSMX sat is the same cost as a telemetry RX for FrSky).

Not saying this is a bad radio, looks great to me, but the way I see it, the features only help initial setup, and I'm sure many others barely go through menus or settings after they have their plane, quad, or heli flying the way they want. I'd rather see the cost justified it the areas that make a difference while flying, like channel assignment freedom, gimbal quality, reliablity, etc.
Dec 07, 2017, 05:23 PM
AMA LM CD
PropsnWings's Avatar
Join the discussion already in progress and learn even more ! https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...-Spektrum-iX12
Dec 07, 2017, 05:27 PM
DFS#000178
Rampage's Avatar
Honestly, the same about "initial setup" can be said about any radio. After I have a plane setup the way I want it I have no reason to go through menus anymore, for that aircraft. Doesn't matter if it's the ix12 or an OpenTX platform at that point.

Fact is, this being a fully-functional Android device ontop of being a 12-channel radio opens up all kinds of possibilities. Android is open source too, just like OpenTX. Except Android has a much, MUCH more mainstream following.
Dec 07, 2017, 05:42 PM
Sunday Flier
Nice looking radio. Not sure I'd use all the features all the time, but I'd have fun playing with them. High end spektrum build quality, ergonomics and gimbals are ususally pretty good.

With that serial port in the back it's hopefully only a matter of time before someone adapts the 4 in 1 multi module sold on banggood to work with it. Then you get the cool features, and can fly whatever receivers you want.

I fly a Taranis because it gives me that freedom. If this radio gave me the same including telemetry through the multi module, then it'd be on my list for sure. It's not cheap, but neither were the fat sharks. Still happy I bought those!
Dec 07, 2017, 05:49 PM
always learning
Obviously, with all these features, it will need memory.
How much memory does the radio have, can it be expanded?
Dec 07, 2017, 06:18 PM
Registered User
The main issue with these radios incorporating a complex operating system (OS) is there is more chance of failure in the software or even greater latency while the OS decides it needs to do some house keeping or what ever the software may decide to do in the back ground while your flying. In my opinion its ridiculous and just a way to get people to pay more for an over priced radio. I've no doubt Spektrum have thoroughly tested it but quite honestly give me a simple embedded Real time OS anytime. I'm not going to check my phone apps on an RC radio its absurd. Java is also an awful , buggy, interpreted programming language which is used to program Android and that alone is another reason to stay clear.
Dec 07, 2017, 06:29 PM
AMA LM CD
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If you have questions, Many of them are getting answered over at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...-Spektrum-iX12
Dec 07, 2017, 07:36 PM
DFS#000178
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Quote:
The main issue with these radios incorporating a complex operating system (OS) is there is more chance of failure in the software or even greater latency while the OS decides it needs to do some house keeping or what ever the software may decide to do in the back ground while your flying.
To deal with this, you give it massive overkill in the department of processing power. And they did. It's got a quad core CPU. This isn't going to be an issue. Especially with in-flight RF-related stuff.

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In my opinion its ridiculous and just a way to get people to pay more for an over priced radio.
It's only 25% more expensive than the current DX9. That's not massively more expensive than currently-available radios, for a lot more features.

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I've no doubt Spektrum have thoroughly tested it but quite honestly give me a simple embedded Real time OS anytime.
Nobody's going to take these away from you.

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I'm not going to check my phone apps on an RC radio its absurd.
Absurd to you. I think it's awesome. Even more awesome is the open source nature of Android, and the fact that it appears that the entire radio functions on an Android app, which means OpenTX-levels of customization. Or even better, given Android's enormous community.

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Java is also an awful , buggy, interpreted programming language which is used to program Android and that alone is another reason to stay clear.
And yet, despite being so terrible, Android makes up 85% of the market share when it comes to phone OSs. They must be doing something right.
Dec 07, 2017, 07:47 PM
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The Android system and RF system are totally separate... you could remove the Android system while flying and nothing would happen.. It would be just silly to have them interconnect and allow background services to effect RF functions negatively.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...&postcount=124
Dec 07, 2017, 07:50 PM
EIEIEIO Classic is dway ta go!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by thepiper92
How is this a "Take that Taranis!"? It's 3x the cost of a QX7S, and all it has over it is touchscreen .
LOL. Didn't take too long for the fans to arrive ! Almost like a HK thread !
The quality of a higher-end Spektrum radio and Horizon's excellent support is worth 3x the cost over the "tinker-toy" quality and online if your lucky support of the taranis........in my opinion of course, and I own a taranis. The open software and module will hopefully evolve into an opentx type of platform . Wait and see I guess. Still exciting to see this nonetheless .


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