Engine parameter graphing, recording and analysis software for the Palm Pilot and
Link Engine management computers.
I wrote AnaLink to collect and analyze data from my
Flying Miata MiataLink computer. To use AnaLink,
you'll need a car equipped with a
Link ECU and SerialLink datalogging box or equivalent,
and something to correctly plug the SerialLink into your PalmPilot.
The graphs are drawn while recording. During playback, you can scroll through
the graphs and point at any area of interest to see the exact values in the text
line that generated that point. You can also switch to a text only screen to
view 14 lines of text at a time. These text lines can appear exactly as they
came out of the SerialLink, or they can be reconfigured and translated various
ways, one useful option is to translate RPM and MAP into Zone numbers for easier
Files to download:
AnaLink.prc v1.7 (39K), and
don't forget the demo data: RunData (92K), and a
demo map: MapData (1K).
The AnaLink .PDB to .TXT convertor alc.exe v1.0 (13K) is a DOS
command line tool to allow data collected on the Pilot to be exported to spreadsheets,
friends without Palm Pilots, etc. AnaLink_Translator.exe v1.0 (297K)
is the Win95 version.
All of these goodies are explained in the online manual.
The Fine Print:
Demoware, requires PalmOS 2.0, tested on my PalmPilot Professional, no complaints here,
no warranties expressed or implied, standing on or above this step can cause you to lose
There's a description of using AnaLink to help setup a new ECU installation
AnaLink 2.0 for binary mode ECUs is finally here! AnaLink20.prc (17K)
This is a pre-release, but according to all accounts, and my own limited testing it
does work with all binary mode (new) FM-ECU SerialLink output, 1.8, 1.6, Turbo, N/A,
Supercharged, etc. The main thing that is missing in this pre-release is a button in
the program which allows you to delete recorded data. At this juncture, you must
delete the whole app with the Palm Launcher program and re-install it to get rid of
the data. That, and the other useful features from v1.7 will be incorporated into
2.x as time allows.
A1: The user's manual covers most aspects of
how to install, use, acquire required hardware, etc.
Q: Will AnaLink work on my Ford, Chevy, Honda, normal Miata, etc.?
A: Sadly, no. AnaLink requires RS232 data, which almost no factory
cars provide. However, many aftermarket ECUs do provide RS232 data
in a format similar to what AnaLink reads. If you are logging data
on a notebook computer through the serial port and you know the format
it's transmitted in, in all likelyhood, AnaLink can be modified to cover
Q: Show me the Money!
A: By lack of popular demand for a few years, AnaLink is no longer for sale.
Q: What PIMs can I run AnaLink on?
A: So far, AnaLink has been tested on a Pilot Professional and a PalmIII. Any
device that runs Palm OS2.0 or higher should be fine. This does not include
the original Palm Pilots unless they have had their OS upgraded.
Handspring Visors are really cool PDAs, but not really well suited to datalogging
in the Miata, yet.... I'd advise staying with the Palm III or IIIx- people have
also reported satisfaction running AnaLink on the Palm V. AnaLink will not work
on Windows CE machines.
Q: How about binary mode?
A: AnaLink 2.0 will do binary mode- many cool possibilities with binary mode, but I'm not
going to attempt to program it until my MK1 ECU outputs a binary mode data stream.
Q: Where can I find out tons and tons of information about my Link ECU and how to tune it?
A: miatapower.net is the most informative Miata tuning
mailing list on the planet, and the website has big archives. Also,
miata.net is a bottomless well of information on Miata
ownership, with some power tips - but they're more oriented toward soft-top care and
which aftermarket shift knob feels the coolest...
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