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The Spektrum iX20 Smart transmitter integrates the power of touch and voice interface capabilities with broad connectivity for control that goes beyond the luxury of its smooth hall-effect gimbals and the feel of a perfectly balanced ergonomic platform.

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Smart Technology

Smart Technology — More connected for more confidence and control

Spektrum™ Smart Technology is about offering a higher connection to your hobby. It's an RC ecosystem that puts you in complete control while making vital components of your model easier to use than ever before. Smart technology ensures that all of your model's electronics work together seamlessly for the greatest efficiency and performance. It keeps you aware of every component's status, boosts your confidence in its capabilities, and makes your entire system more responsive and simple to use.

Spektrum radios with Smart features can download firmware updates instantly using Wi-Fi and can swap setups with compatible radios via Bluetooth. Spektrum Smart LiPo batteries have a built-in microchip that records and communicates your charging preferences automatically to Smart chargers — just connect your pack and press "Start." Smart IC™ series connectors include an innovative data wire that transfers information easily between Smart components with a single connection. Finally, Smart ESCs not only deliver power but also eliminate the hassles from running telemetry. The days of installing and connecting multiple wires, sensors, modules and links are over.

NEXT GENERATION INNOVATION

The Spektrum™ iX20 smart radio is our most powerful, feature-packed 20-channel air transmitter to date and host to a wide array of innovations and upgrades. It was designed to meet the present and future needs of pro pilots who want top-class features, easy programmability, and the capabilities required to fly high-performance aircraft.

The iX20 may be the most advanced intelligent transmitter available with an Android 7 touch-screen interface – but that doesn’t mean it's hard to use. The giant 5-inch, 720p color touch-display makes working with state-of-the-art technology comfortable and exciting. All-new Spektrum AirWare™ firmware has been streamlined and enhanced to deliver an overall faster experience. When you delve into the details, you'll see that the iX20 is much more than just our next intelligent transmitter.

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EXPERTLY DESIGNED ERGONOMICS

Designed and ergonomically engineered by Mirco Pecorari from AircraftStudioDesign, the iX20 has been optimized to fit a wide range of pilot needs. Its Hall-effect sensing gimbals offer long-lasting precision with an ultra-smooth feel that's conveniently adjustable from the front of the transmitter. The result is a sense of style, comfort and functionality that perfectly complements the reliability, speed and precision of Spektrum DSMX® technology.

Key Ergonomic Features

  • Hall-effect sensor, quad-bearing gimbals
  • Convenient front-access gimbal adjustment
  • Adjustable stick length and tension
  • Easy-grip slide levers with firm-center detent plus spring tension adjustment accessible from the front of the transmitter
  • Contoured, non-slip rubber grips
  • User-adjustable mode configurations (1, 2, 3 or 4)
  • User-adjustable switch assignments with touch sensing
  • Pushbutton power switch with sleep mode
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Orange Side Lever
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FASTER ANDROID-POWERED TOUCHSCREEN INTERFACE

The giant 5-inch, full-color, easy-to-read touchscreen interface cold-boots (from off) in less than 30 seconds and wakes from sleep 1 second or less. Its processing speed is approximately 250% faster than that of the iX12. The stateof-the-art touchscreen technology provides information in crisp, clear detail and allows you to make precise changes quickly and easily. You literally "tap" into the iX20's programming, and model setting changes take effect instantly. Because this is a fully functional Android interface, it will work with an evolving list of apps from the Google Play store.

HIGH-RESOLUTION COLOR DISPLAY

Huge and easy to read, the 5-inch, Androidpowered touchscreen offers a high-resolution 720p HD color interface with the power to graph expo curves and the like with greater accuracy and view new telemetry gauges in a way that won't leave you second-guessing.

FASTER ANDROID-POWERED TOUCHSCREEN INTERFACE

INTUITIVE PROGRAMMING

Long-time Spektrum users will feel right at home the first time they pick up the iX20. That's because its Spektrum AirWare Touch app program is built on the same Spektrum AirWare firmware used today. The giant, color touchscreen interface simply makes menu navigation and setting changes even easier than they were before.

AirWare™ Touch app Throttle Curve
AirWare™ Touch app P-Mix 20
AirWare™ Touch app Dual Rates and Exponentials

20 CHANNELS

Maybe you're the proud owner of the most feature-packed model on the planet, maybe not. Use just four channels or all 20. The iX20 intuitive programming uses simple language and logic to help you easily set up and operate any aircraft type, and to custom-tune and add features whenever you like. With its X-Plus channel expansion capability, the iX20 also allows you to add up to eight additional channels with an X-Plus Channel Expansion Module (SPMXP8000 – sold separately). Just plug the module into a compatible receiver, bind it to the iX20, and then assign the extra channels to any functions you want.

X-Plus™ channel expansion capability

Menu Setup

The iX20 allows you to customize menus based on particular receiver features, adding or removing items that are or are not relevant. Just go into the receiver list drop-down menu and use the on/off buttons to turn items on or off (and to select channel count if the receiver you want is not listed).

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Menu Setup
Menu Setup

CONVENIENT WI-FI, BLUETOOTH AND USB CONNECTIVITY

When connected to Wi-Fi, the iX20 transmitter gets even smarter. Spektrum AirWare Touch app update alerts are automatic, plus you can download model setups and add third-party apps. The iX20 can connect with just about any Bluetooth device. This means you can use wireless earbuds or even your phone's earpiece for voice alerts. Music, voice alerts and more are heard privately with outstanding clarity. A micro USB port allows you to charge the internal Li-Ion battery with an ordinary USB-to-Micro USB cable. It can also be used to connect flight controllers, recognize accessory devices and provide a convenient link to your PC or laptop.

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STAY CONNECTED THROUGH SMART TECHNOLOGY

The iX20 is the ultimate tool for making sure your prized aircraft and equipment stay in perfect condition. It offers built-in telemetry compatibility that can give you real-time information on critical data like battery voltage, motor temperature and more. The transmitter is compatible with installations using telemetry-enabled receivers and sensors, and it supports those using the innovative, all-in-one telemetry of Spektrum™ Smart Batteries, ESCs and receivers with multiple screens and warnings.

The iX20 takes raw, real-time telemetry data and makes it far easier to view graphically with gauges that put vital information into a context that's clear and precise. Using the voice alert system, you can program the iX20 to tell you when specific telemetry values reach or exceed limits you define. You can also have it call out a sequence of telemetry values on demand with the flip of a switch.

Customizable telemetry dashboard pages and custom gauge panels allow you to set what data you want to see and organize it as you choose, with adjustable cell sizing and auto text-size adjustment.

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SIMPLY "TALK" TO IT

Just talk to the iX20 and it will listen. New speech-to-text functionality, made possible by Android, allows you to access and setup custom telemetry warnings, reports and more through its voice recognition software.

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PROGRAMMABLE VOICE ALERTS

Keep tabs on important information without ever taking your eyes off what you are flying. The iX20 programmable voice alert system can call out what flight mode you have chosen or report telemetry info automatically or on demand. If an alarm goes off, you won’t have to look at the display to see what's happening. The iX20 can tell you. Create any voice alert by just typing in the words.

In addition to a built-in speaker, the iX20 has a headphone jack that allows you to monitor voice alerts using earbuds so you don't bother other pilots. You can also use Bluetooth to connect with wireless earbuds or your phone's ear piece.

Voice Alerts

24 PROGRAM MIXES

The iX20 has the most program mixes ever offered in a Spektrum radio. In each mix, a curve is available for each position. For example, if you assign a mix to flight modes, you may have up to 10 flight modes; you'll also have up to ten different curves for total flexibility. Having a curve for every position provides much more flexibility and power for complex mixing, and can reduce the number of program mixes it takes to achieve a desired setup.

24 PROGRAM MIXES

FORWARD PROGRAMMING

Forward Programming is a Spektrum technology that enables you to configure smart receivers and related products wirelessly and directly from the transmitter. It's simple. Forward Programming uses the existing bi-directional communication link between a transmitter and receiver to do the same sophisticated programming that once required a cable, Bluetooth dongle, PC or a mobile phone. Plus, Forward Programming uses intuitive Spektrum AirWare™ firmware language so it's simple to use.

PROGRAMMING Maing Menu
PROGRAMMING Gyro Settings
PROGRAMMING Gyro Settings

ON-THE-FLY FINE TUNING

Easily fine tune programmed features while flying without awkwardly having to access a specific menu or land just to tweak an adjustment. On-The-Fly (OTF) lets you adjust mixes and other programmed values conveniently "on the fly" by simply using one of the four auxiliary trim controls (not the primary trim controls) you select.

ON-THE-FLY FINE TUNING

INNOVATIVE TOUCH SWITCHING

Turn timers on or off, or activate programmed voice alerts with just your touch. An industry first, the iX20 uses capacitive-touch technology so that any of the ten toggle switches, the I-switch button, or gimbal sticks react to the soft touch of a finger and without interrupting the programmed mechanical movements also assigned.

INNOVATIVE TOUCH SWITCHING
INNOVATIVE TOUCH SWITCHING

SHARABLE MODEL FILES

The iX20's enormous internal memory – large enough to hold 250 models – means you'll rarely, if ever, need to juggle models between the transmitter memory and SD card or Bluetooth memory devices. Nevertheless, transferring model programs is simple and seamless with the iX20 and other Spektrum brand radios. You can easily share models between "G2" systems and iX-series radios via SD card or Bluetooth. Note: The iX20 can import SPM and iSPM file types, but can export only iSPM type files.

SHARABLE MODEL FILES
SHARABLE MODEL FILES

DIVERSITY ANTENNA SYSTEM

Having multiple antennas built-in assures RF performance regardless of how the iX20 transmitter is oriented while you fly. In addition to the visible antenna, another is designed into the transmitter handle. It’s a proven effective system that enhances signal reception while reducing polarization

DIVERSITY ANTENNA SYSTEM

BUILT-IN CAMERA

A camera is built into the iX20 transmitter and can be used to take still photos and videos. The lens is located in the rear center of the transmitter. It's easy to capture images of your own aircraft and add them to the Model Details menu.

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BUILT-IN CAMERA

CROSS-FIRE MODULE SUPPORT

Go further with the iX20 when you explore what the integrated auxiliary serial port has to offer. It’s a next-level link that lets you accessorize the iX20 transmitter with an alternate RF system, such as the TBS Crossfire CRSF protocol technology, and still enjoy extremely low latency performance.

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CROSS-FIRE MODULE SUPPORT
CROSS-FIRE MODULE SUPPORT

WIRELESS TRAINER LINK

The exclusive functionality of the Spektrum wireless trainer link gives iX20 users the ability to link up wirelessly with other Spektrum transmitters. It's hassle-free. Once bound to another transmitter or component, ModelMatch technology will allow the iX20 to re-link without going through the bind process all over again.

With Wireless Trainer Link, You Can:

  • Wirelessly "buddy box" with another DSMX®/DSM2® transmitter when teaching someone to fly.
  • Assign gimbal functions to a second "camera" transmitter when flying a camera drone so you can focus on avoiding obstacles and maintaining visual contact while the camera operator lines up the shot
  • Link with specially equipped Spektrum™ FPV headsets to wirelessly control head tracking.
WIRELESS TRAINER LINK
WIRELESS TRAINER LINK
WIRELESS TRAINER LINK

INCLUDES

  • Spektrum iX20 Transmitter
  • 10,500mAh Li-Ion Transmitter Battery Pack (Installed)
  • Custom Carrying Case
  • Custom Neck Strap
  • Short and Long Optional Stick Ends
  • USB Magnetic Adapter Cable
  • Magnetic Micro USB Adapter (Shown Installed)
  • Orange Grip Set
  • Quick Start Guide
  • iX20 Decal Sheet
Includes

Band: 2.4GHz
Channels: 20
Flight Modes: 4
Frame Rate: 11ms / 22ms
Model Memory: 250 Internal
Modes: User Selectable Mode 1-4
Modulation: DSMX/DSM2
Range: Full
Receiver: Not Included
Resolution: 1024 or 2048
SD Card/Airware Capable: Yes
Telemetry: Yes
Transmitter (Tx) Battery Type: Lithium Ion, 10,500mAh
Type: 2.4GHz 20 Channel Aircraft Transmitter

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Manuals

FAQs

Where is my serial number

Please follow the instructions in this tutoral to find your serial number - https://youtu.be/p8BcdsZd1eA

How to register my Spektrum products?

Please follow the instructions in this tutoral to learn how to register your Spektrum RC products- https://youtu.be/Bu7ObvRU-yo

How do I download and install Airware or Raceware updates for my radio?

Please follow the instructions in this tutoral to learn how to downloadn and install firmware updates for your Spektrum Radio- https://youtu.be/5VBGEbgS9pQ

Where do I find setup files I can download for my model??

Visit the product page on HorizonHobby.com for your transmitter and click on the "Manuals and Support" tab for downloadable setups.

What ESCs and servos can I use with Spektrum Receivers?

Spektrum receivers are compatible with most popular speed controls and servos on the market.

What is DSM?

DSM or Digital Spectrum Modulation is Spektrum's proprietary method of implementing 2.4GHz spread spectrum technology for the R/C industry. DSM divides the 2.4GHz band into 80 individual channels (frequencies) and incorporates direct sequence spread spectrum with an embedded GUID (Globally Unique Identifier) code. DSM has been painstakingly optimized by our engineers for RC surface and aircraft use, offering the most robust RF link in the industry.

What is DSM2?

DSM2 is the 2nd generation of Spektrum DSM technology and remains a premier 2.4GHz choice even today. Using the same superior wideband DSSS foundation that all Spektrum technology is based on, DSM2 consistently provides faster response and more precision than most non-DSM 2.4GHz protocols.

What is DSMX?

DSMX is a natural evolution of DSM2 technology that is the result of several years of development, optimized for pilots and combining Wideband DSSS and Frequency Agility. It builds on what has come before and takes DSM to the next level of robustness, reliability and efficiency without leaving current DSM2 users behind. DSMX represents the world's first wideband, frequency-agile 2.4GHz signal protocol and the most advanced spread spectrum RC technology to date.

What is Frequency Agility?

These systems usually transmit a narrow band signal and rapidly jump through a fixed set of frequencies, spending a few milliseconds on each frequency.

What is Wideband DSSS?

The foundation DSMX is built on is the same foundation as DSM2™ - the superior on-channel interference resistance and coding gain of wideband DSSS. Compared to the wideband signal of a DSM2 or DSMX™ system, the narrow-band signal of other 2.4 transmitters is more likely to suffer crucial data loss in the event of on-channel interference. Think of wideband 2.4 as a river and narrow-band 2.4 as a stream. It takes much more interference to stop a river than it does to stop a stream.

The big reason wideband is so robust is coding gain. Essentially what this means is that the unique coding in a DSM2 or DSMX wideband signal allows it to be heard well above the noise of surrounding 2.4GHz signals without requiring any more power. In fact, a Spektrum wideband signal can achieve as much as 3X the range of its narrow-band competition using the same amount of power.

Are DSMX and DSM2 equipment compatible with each other

For the most part, yes. DSM2 transmitters are forward compatible with DSMX receivers and DSMX transmitters are backward compatible with DSM2 receivers. And because DSM2 and DSMX share the same wideband DSSS foundation, all Spektrum users will enjoy superior range, speed and precision whether they're using DSM2 equipment, DSMX equipment or a combination of both. The only exception is the DXe which is DSMX-only and not compatible with DSM2 receivers.

Are DSM2 transmitters eligible for a DSMX add-on?

Yes, but DSM2 users who rarely, if ever, fly in big events or other "noisy" 2.4GHz environments may find the DSM2 equipment they have now is all they will ever need. The difference DSMX makes is only apparent when hundreds of 2.4GHz systems are in use at once. To see if your transmitter is eligible for the DSMX add-on, please visit horizonhobby.com, click on the “radios” tab, and select “DSMX addons” for more details.

What is ModelMatch?

A safety feature that prevents a pilot from flying a model when the model selected in the radio is not correct.

What is Servo Sync?

A resequencing of the data a Spektrum transmitter transmits based on the type of mixing you select. This feature helps to sync control services that are connected (such as a swash plate on a helicopter) and is used in radios that have many channels.

What is X-Plus?

The Spektrum™ X-Plus™ 8 module lets you add 8 fully proportional channels to specially equipped Spektrum transmitters and receivers with 10 or more proportional channels. Just plug it into the X-Plus port of a compatible receiver. It is ideal for scale modelers who like to push realism to the extreme with working accessories and lights in addition to the regular control functions. The DX10t and DX18 offer X-Plus.

How much range can I expect out of my radio system?

You should have no problem maintaining control as long as you maintain direct line-of-sight with your model. If you try to fly behind a group of trees or otherwise obstruct your direct line-of-sight, you could be susceptible to losing your control link.

Where can I find Spektrum Apps?

You can download Spektrum Apps from the Google Play Store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Horizon+Hobby,+Inc. or from the iTunes store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/horizon-hobby-inc/id415542050

Can I change/shorten/lengthen the antenna on my Spektrum Receiver?

The length of the antenna is on a Spektrum receiver is set and tuned to optimize the range and performance of the receiver. We do not recommend altering the length of the antenna on any Spektrum Receiver.

Where can I get service and technical information?

For help and assistance on your Spektrum products you can contact Horizon Hobby Product Support at https://www.horizonhobby.com/content/service-center-render-service-center, the Spektrum Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SpektrumRC/ pr the Horizon Hobby Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HorizonHobby/.

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Product Support

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Sales Support

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