Now that we've totally trashed any semblance of an intelligent thread let's get back on subject. It looks like those decoders are specifically for Kato locomotives. What I have never really understood is why a Japanese company like Kato is so behind the times when it comes to DCC? In fact they have been left at the station so to speak.
The beauty of the Kato units is that, because they are specialised, this makes them properly plug'n'play. Being designed specifically for their own models makes conversion a relatively easy proposition - perhaps something of even greater value in N-Gauge than HO/OO.
It appears that Kato's parent company is actually an electronics company, Sekisui Kinzoku Co. Ltd, so the future could be interesting
The Japanese are probably working already on the next generation of wireless control with long life batteries that require no power OR control to come from the track, just a recharging section of track at the end of the siding where you park up your locos for the next operating session and which are compatible with existing DCC technology and a per loco price to install their system of around 8 quid a pop.
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