I’ve seen a lot of people allude to the brushless revolution but I don’t think there’s been an in depth discussion about what it will look like and how it will impact the future of FIRST.
For what the brushless revolution would look like I think that Vex will probably release a new brushless motor and motor controller this year and if not next year. Vex has the resources to put a bunch of money into R&D for a brushless motor and motor controller and the FRC brushless market is huge so there would probably be a really good return on investment. We will probably get a brushless replacement for the 775pro because we already have a replacement for the NEO.
As for the other companies who are in the FRC ecosystem I can’t really see any of them coming out as the front runners except for Vex because of their resources or Rev because they’re already ahead.
For how this will impact the future of FIRST I think this time will be crucial in deciding the future standards for FRC brushless motors. I’m not knowledgeable on what the best pin output is but what I do know is that whatever is commonly used now will become the standard pin output for very long time. I think this is something that Vex or any other company trying to get into the brushless market would have to look into a lot. If they do decide to go with a different output than the 6 pin on the NEO I hope they make some sort of adapter so you could still use the NEO with a different motor controller.