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VistaLINK® Frame Controller/Reclocking DA

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The 500FC-DA-HD VistaLINK® Frame Controller with Distribution Amplifier card provides a single point of access to communicate with VistaLINK® enabled 500 series of cards. The 500FC-DA-HD provides a 10Base-T/100Base-TX Ethernet port and communication is facilitated through the use of Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). The 500FC-DA-HD handles all SNMP communications between the frame (500FR) and the network manager (NMS), and serves as a gateway to individual cards in the frame. The 500FC-DA-HD also provides an RS-232 serial port at the card edge to set up the network addresses.

In addition the 500FC-DA-HD provides an on board reclocking distribution amplifier for HD/SD signal at rates of 1.5Gb/s and 143Mb/s to 540Mb/s. The DA features an auto-equalized input with eight reclocked outputs and has been designed for use as a SMPTE ST 292-1 (1.5Gb/s), DVB-ASI or SMPTE ST 259 distribution product.


  • Complies with IEEE 802.3 100Base-TX and 10Base-T Ethernet standards
  • 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet or 10 Mbps Ethernet data transfer, selected by auto-negotiation
  • Full duplex or half-duplex operation, selected by auto negotiation
  • RJ-45 connector for network cable connection
  • Card edge RS-232 serial control port for configuration
  • Front panel LEDs indicate module status
  • Rear panel LEDs indicate Ethernet link, activity and speed
  • Provides frame/chassis status information through enabled hardware via VistaLINK® including frame status, card insertion/removal counters, and 500FC-DA-HD software version number
  • Comprehensive signal and status monitoring through SNMP and VistaLINK®
  • DA Features

  • Normal mode for SMPTE ST 259 (143 - 540Mb/s) or SMPTE ST 292-1 (1.5Gb/s) signals - autodetects correct bit rate
  • Configurable for DVB-ASI and Non-Reclock mode using VistaLINK® control
  • Fully hot-swappable from front of frame with no BNC disconnect required
  • Independent isolated output drivers to ensure no cross channel loading effects (i.e. no need to terminate unused outputs)
  • 8 outputs, with optional reclocker


Serial Video Inputs

Standards SMPTE ST 292-1, SMPTE ST 259 A, B, C, D (143 to 540Mb/s) or DVB-ASI
Number of Inputs 1
Connector BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Equalization Automatic to 350m @ 270Mb/s, 140m @1.5Gb/s with Belden 1694A (or equivalent)
Return Loss > 15dB up to 1.0Gb/s, > 10dB up to 1.5Gb/s

Serial Video Outputs

Number of Outputs 8 optionally reclocked
Connector BNC per 61169-8 Annex A
Signal Level 800mV nominal
DC Offset 0V ±0.5V
Rise and Fall Time 200ps nominal
Overshoot < 10% of amplitude
Return Loss > 15dB up to 1.0Gb/s
> 12dB up to 1.5Gb/s
Wide Band Jitter < 0.2UI

Serial Communications

Standard RS-232
Connector 9 Pin Female D connector on upgrade breakout cable (provided with 500FR)
Baud Rate 57600
Format 8 bits, no parity, 2 stop bits, no flow control


Network Type Fast Ethernet 100 Base-TX IEEE 802.3u standard for 100 Mbps baseband CSMA/CD local area network
Ethernet 10 Base-T IEEE 802.3 standard for 10 Mbps baseband CSMA/CD local area network
Connector RJ-45


Voltage +12V DC
Power 5.5 Watts
EMI/RFI Complies with FCC Part 15 Class A, EU EMC directive


Number of Slots 1 (must be in slot 1 of 500FR)

Ordering Information

500FC-DA-HD VistaLINK® Frame Controller/Reclocking DA


500FR 3RU Exponent Compact High Density Distribution Frame


CP-2116E-H Remote Control Panel
CP-2232E Remote Control Panel