After breaking more than my fair share of SAAB T5 Boost Control Valves because of running higher turbo boost, I built an interface that converts the signals from the ECU, that drives a 2-coil BCV used in SAAB’s with the T5 Engine Management Systems, to use the more reliable and less expensive T7 BCV. The T7 BCV is a single coil valve that operates at a lower PWM frequency. There are ways to do this with your existing T5 ECU that involve hardware modifications and firmware adjustments to the ECU. I choose not to modify my ECU but design a small simple hardware adaptor. I’m sure there are hardware adaptor solution available that do basically the same thing as what I have done here. However, having a shop full of parts and equipment, I opted to roll my own and share the design here.
The design is based around an ATMEL ATtiny45 MPU, a simple 7805 5V regulator, a couple of opt-couplers to provide level shifting for the input and a N-channel MOSFET to drive the T7 BCV.
Components were chosen to minimize part count.
The firmware uses timer0 for the clock base to bit-bang the PWM signal for the T7 valve. Timer1 is used to determine the time and duty-cycle of the signal from the ECU. An ISR for input level changes (PCINT0) drives the input state machine and signals when to compute the output PWM signal and frequency.
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boost1.c source code
Electrical installation involved replacing the stock 3-terminal Bosch style plug that goes on the T5 BCV with an AMP Mate-n-lok plug, for which I have all the tools to assemble. A ground wire is required for powering the interface and a 2-pin plug with some wire from a scrap SAAB T7 engine to mate on to the T7 BCV.