New from ZIMO, should be in the shops this week:
QUOTE A new arrival in the ZIMO world!:
MX31ZL is beeing distributed now !
Supply of the new self contained hand-held MX31ZL "system deskâ€ began on 23 October 2007.
The name "system desk" was selected for the MX31ZL to mark a clear distinction between the various types already produced by Zimo; the standard cab MX31 and radio cab MX31FU.
The MX31ZL is in principle a "normal" ZIMO cab, which additionally contains the miniaturised components of a DCC system central control station, providing everything one requires in a handy package.
Naturally power output and storage capacity are lower than the proven ZIMO MX1 base station, but offers many features in a compact, powerful handheld:
Completely self contained.
Handy and easily to carry (170 g)
Innovatively equipped (see below)
Comparatively low in price.
+ Rail voltage (adjustable, stabilised, short-circuit-protected). 10 to 22 V (19V with supplied power supply unit).
+ Power output: (adjustable starting from 1 to 3 A when internally stabilised) up to 4 A (when stabilization by the power supply unit, at 19 V in the case of the supplied power supply unit). Brief overload capacity (5 seconds) to 5.5 A
+ Adjustable over current trip time adjustable from 0.01 seconds to 10 seconds.
+ Rail output alternatively usable for main track, as programming track, or as update track (MX31ZL can also update decoders without additional equipment).
+ Actual value measurement and display of the rail power and voltage.
+ The MX31ZL can supply power for additional cabs, which are attached over the CAN bus of 400 mA (Apx.. 5 MX31driving desks or 1 MX31FU radio cab).
+ Bi-functional USB interface operates as both USB client & USB host", i.e. on the one hand, connection to computers for software updates of the MX31ZL and attached driving desks, as well as for decoder updates, both with the help of the "ZIMO service Tool" ZST; and on the other hand, the unique ability to plug in USB 'key drives' particularly for the easy update of software without computers N.B. Decoder update function in initial delivery SW version (October 2007) not yet functional.
More at http://www.zimo.at/web2007/index2E.htm
All for about £280. Will be interesting to see how popular this proves to be, as many believe that the zimo handheld is the best there is.