We've switched harness converters in the last year and now have a shop that not only does the wiring, but understands the ECU a lot more and can manipulate things a bit better. I've reached out to them with some questions related to performance and will circle back if they have anything interesting to say.
Since there aren't many automatic Suby conversions out there, but I had the need to do a few, we've also had my electrical engineer working with them on sorting and trying to retain as many of the features of the trans controller as possible. While that may seem rather simple, it actually wound up being fairly complex (at least in my head). Surprising how much is controlled by the trans controller... even some systems that are controlled elsewhere but then switched over to the trans controller. I now that want anything we were talking about, but I just wanted to share that we've been digging into this wiring and how it works and what is possible for quite some time. We've been able to modify the target RPM at cold start and idle, however I do not know exactly how it was done. I believe it was done as a simple change to target speed and not as actual modification to either timing or fuel tables.
Anyway, back to piggyback. It has been my experience that there is a TON for the turbos and almost nothing for the NA cars. In addition, the early turbos (pre-04 and maybe more) can easily be manipulated with open source and ecuflash software. We had a local tuner, who was headhunted and subsequently moved to TX to work for Cobb, who used to do all of my STi tuning and we had him dig into a few of the NA ECUs with no real luck in manipulation, other than turning off a few lights.
The other issue is that the EPA has refined it's laws in the last few years and targeted companies making piggyback and other ECU related modification devices, and stepped up fines for said items, so that particular sector seems to be moving backwards, or maybe just underground.