December 2016 Update: FrSky has removed the plastic covering from the PCB antennas so they are less bulky and a bit lighter.
FrSky's newest receiver features 16 channels (8 normal PWM outputs and all 16 channels on the dedicated Sbus output), plus the exciting new Smart Port.
Smaller than the previous 8 channel receivers, but now packing 16 channels and the new Smart Port that supports the new hubless digital sensors! Or, connect the new vario, and then connect the old hub to use existing analog sensors.
A common question we get is how do you get all 16 channels out of the X8R? Well, FrSky has given you options. You can use the Sbus line to access all 16 channels. Using something like the FrSky Sbus Decoder, you can convert the digital Sbus signal to normal servo outputs. You can connect Sbus servos directly to the Sbus line. Another option is that you can combine 2 X8Rs and output channels 1-8 on the first receiver, and output 9-16 on the second receiver.
But that isn't all the X8R can do. It can also work in "D8 Mode to work with the DHT, DJT, DFT and DHT-U transmitter modules. In this mode you have 8 channels.
You are probably wondering about the new antennas on the X8R. FrSky refers to these as PCB antennas and report up to a 20% range increase over the standard antennas. The PCB antenna does take up a bit of space, for this reason, you can swap to any FrSky receiver antenna to meet your needs. (NOTE: Early versions of the X8R featured soldered antennas. They could not be retrofitted to other lengths or styles. )
Dimension: 46.5mm x 27mm x 14.4mm (1.83" x 1.06" x .56")
Weight: 16.8g (.59 oz)
Operating Voltage Range: 4V-10.0V
Operating Current: 100mA@5V
Operating Range: >1.5km (Full Range)
RSSI output: PWM
All 16 channels requires the FrSky Taranis, or the XJT module.
For 8 channels in D8 Mode you can use the FrSky Taranis or XJT, DJT, DFT, DHT and DHT-U modules.