The ID Module is the simplest component of all the chordata system, but its role is vital. It allows several K-Ceptors to coexist in the same branch by setting different translation values to each one.
Every K-Ceptor should get a unique translation value within its branch. It should be set in hardware with just a few components, see the end of this article for more details. Having those components soldered directly on the K-Ceptor would reduce the overall ability of the system to create arbitrary hierarchies. Making those values configurable directly on the K-Ceptor would make that unit bulkier or more complex. Instead the ID module allows a flexible configuration of the translation value without adding much complexity to the system.
The ID module has to be attached to the J5 connector of a K-Ceptor. The recommended procedure is to attach all the K-Ceptors to the performer's body, and then distribute the ID modules to match the hierarchy that you are attempting to capture. For example for the Default Biped Configuration the ID module are distributed as in the following scheme
How much ID modules do I need?
For a particular capture you will need one ID module for each K-Ceptor. The basic set for the Default Biped Configuration is composed of:
- 5x ID modules with value = 0
- 5x ID modules with value = 1
- 5x ID modules with value = 2
At the time of buying or building your ID modules is advised to get some more than just those, in order to be able to eventually create different configurations. If you are sure that's the only thing that you will ever be capturing then you don't need more.
Soldering an ID Module
Two things has to be soldered on every ID module:
- A 2x3 (2.54mm pitch) header underneath the module.
- A bridge (piece of wire, or metallic lead) between the pins of the R4 footprint.
The resistors on R1(RLT) and R2(RLB) are chosen according to this table:
How it works
Whenever the LTC4316 detects a rising edge on its ENABLE pin, it reads the voltage on the XORH and XORL pins and uses those values to set the upper and lower part of the translation byte according to the table above.
The voltages are referenced to VCC so a resistive divider at each of these pins is the most convenient way to set the voltages, and that’s precisely what the ID module is: just a convenient way to have a voltage divider with a label.