Just saw a release announcement about the latest ImmersionRC Rapidfire Receiver module on Facebook. I will get this new FPV goggles module to test out when it’s available. For now here is what we know.
Further Reading: Learn more about FPV Goggles and Receiver Modules.
Release Date and Where to Order?
Priced at $179 the rapidFIRE module ships with both the spiroNET omni and the 8dBi patch antenna. These are the popular antenna combination for diversity modules.
What’s Special about the Rapidfire Module?
The rapidFIRE technology the rapidFIRE module is named after is the culmination of two years of research and development. It ‘fuses’ together the images from two 5.8GHz A/V receiver modules into one single image for the least possible interference.
In traditional diversity modules, when signal gets weak, or when the two receivers switches, frame tearing and rolling happens. ImmersionRC claims these glitches are eliminated in their the RapidFire using their own noise-detection algorithms, and it should ensure a clean and stable image at all times.
They used some really big words in their announcement, so I am curious if the actual performance holds up to the claim.
What RapidFire is best for?
The rapidFIRE module is optimized for indoor flying, environments with heavy multi-path interference, such as abandoned buildings (bando), garage and stadium.
But the performance should also be great for normal outdoor flying thanks to the superb sensitivity and selectivity.
FPV Goggles Compatibility – Size and Power
The rapidFIRE module is compatible with nearly all of the Fatshark Dominator goggles, including V1, V2, V3, SE, HD1, HD2, HD3, HDO, and Attitude V3 and V4. It actually ships with injection molded module bay doors for both the Dominator and Attitude goggles, so you can rest assured that the module will fit perfectly out of the box.
For Attitude and HDO goggles, the module is plug and play. However, for others FPV goggles it’s recommended to use the supplied cable to get additional power from the headtracker bay aux power board. This is due to the high power consumption. I am not sure if this is mandatory or not at this stage.
Closer Look at the RapidFire Receiver Module
There is a USB port on the rapidFIRE module for firmware updates and the adding of new features through the Vortex configuration app.
You can control the menu navigation with the 5-way joystick to scroll around the menus that are displayed on an OLED display.
Remember the Fatshark Goggles DVR has a bug where it drops frames when signal gets too weak? Well the RapidFire eliminates dropped frames from the FatShark DVR and now you can reliably use it to time races.
Other key features including spectrum analyzer, favorite channels with live single-channel spectrum display for manual tuning, band scanning and many, many more.
I will update this post with more info as soon as I hear more.