The 5601MSC Master Sync and Clock Generator is a broadcast quality, master sync pulse generator (SPG) and a master clock. It provides all of the synchronizing signals needed in a 21st century TV station or post production facility at the same time as solving the problem of locking the in-house master clock system to the master video sync pulse generator.

A high stability, temperature controlled oscillator, provides the 5601MSC with better than 1.0x10-8 (or 0.01ppm) frequency reference. The free running drift of this 10MHz reference will be less than 0.1Hz (which amounts to less than one millisecond time drift per day). This guarantees that any frequency drift, with time and temperature, will be within the tolerances expected from the best SPGs or master clocks available in the industry. The 5601MSC may also be referenced to an external 5MHz or 10MHz master oscillator if higher stability is required. Both the SPG and the Master Clock section of the 5601MSC may be referenced to high stability time and frequency standards present in the Global Position System (GPS) by adding the GPS option (+GP). The 5601MSC may also be referenced to high stability time and frequency standards present in the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) by adding the GPS/GLONASS option (+GPSG).

The SPG section of the 5601MSC provides six timeable reference outputs. These six BNC outputs may be configured to provide independently timed color black (black burst) outputs or independently timed HDTV tri-level sync outputs. Each color black output can optionally carry vertical interval time code (VITC) on a user specified set of lines. Additionally, each output can provide 10MHz, 5MHz, PAL Subcarrier, NTSC Subcarrier, 1 PPS, 1/1.001 PPS, 6/1.001 PPS, PAL color frame pulse and 48kHz wordclock.

When referenced to the optional GPS receiver, the start of the NTSC four field sequences, or the PAL 8 field sequence, will coincide with a specific point in the GPS code. In this way, by referencing all the 5601MSCs in a system to GPS, they will all be automatically locked to each other. This is ideal for applications requiring remote facility frequency, phase and time locked! GPS heads may be remoted from the unit with standard 50ft. cables included or optional 100ft. & 400ft. weatherproof cables. For remote GPS head requirements of greater than 400ft. or fiber optic isolation, GPS Data Fiber Transmitters & Receivers are also available (7707GPS-DT, 7707GPS-DR).

On the 5601MSC, the master clock section provides two longitudinal timecode (LTC) or optional IRIG outputs on XLR connectors and a 15-pin D connector. The time code may be set from the front panel or referenced to a number of different sources.

Having two LTC outputs provides the ability to drive 24 and 30 Fps, or dropframe and non-drop frame timecode simultaneously. Time may be externally referenced to GPS or via modem to a high-level time source or extracted from VITC on the reference input. Time derived from such sources can be offset from UTC to a specific time zone as required. Time may be externally referenced to GPS, modem, or VITC or GLONASS, LTC, IRIG or SNTP. The 5601MSC can provide RFC-1305 compliant NTP via Ethernet, and operates in broadcast and server mode. The 5601MSC can act as a PTP/IEEE-1588 server on its time port. GPS, NTP, PTP and Modem access are all options. The 5601MSC includes a battery backed-up real time clock to maintain its time while power is not applied to the unit.

Input / Output Summary Diagram

On the 5601MSC, a wordclock output is a standard feature. It provides a 48kHz wordclock or may be configured as an additional sync output. Also, the 10MHz output provides 10MHz or 5MHz, or may be configured as an additional sync output.

There are four test signal generator options available. The SDTG option provides two composite analog video test generators, two AES and one DARS outputs (both balanced and unbalanced), and two balanced analog audio tone channels. The SDTG option also provides four standard definition SDI test signal generators. The HDTG option includes all features of the SDTG option and adds support for HD formats. The 3GTG option includes all features of the HDTG option and adds support for dual-link and 3G formats. Each test generator has two outputs and a large suite of test signals available. When the 3GTG option is ordered, 3D test signals are also available. In the 4K/UHDTV mode the four test generators are combined into one quad-link test generator.

The 5601MSC offers an optional redundant power supply. The redundant power supplies and fans are hot-swappable.

Automatic Changeover

Two 5601MSC units in combination with an Automatic Change Over (model 5601ACO2) provide an extra degree of reliability. Again, the ACO provides relay changeover for the two LTC outputs, the six sync pulse outputs, the 10MHz reference output, wordclock and the GPI/O interface. The model 5601ACO2 also provides changeover for all the optional test generator signals.

Features

  • 6 independently timeable programmable reference outputs
  • Bi-level or Tri-level outputs selectable
  • 2 Independent LTC/IRIG-B Time Code outputs
  • LTC/IRIG-D Input (optional IRIG-B)
  • Reference loop input for video and 10MHz/5MHz references
  • GPS option for frequency and time reference (GLONASS option)
  • SNTP option for time reference
  • 3.58/4.43/5MHz frequency reference output
  • 10MHz frequency reference output
  • Wordclock output
  • Output frequency stability guaranteed better than 1.0 x 10-8 (or 0.01ppm)
  • Optional modem for time reference dial up
  • 2 GPS based units will be in time and phase even when remotely separated by miles
  • Optional test generators available are (refer to ordering options):
    • Composite Video
    • AES/DARS
    • Analog Audio Tones
    • SD SDI
    • HD SDI
    • 3GB/s
  • Optional Network Time Protocol (NTP) server support (NTP requires a time reference such as GPS/GLONASS, modem, VITC, LTC or SNTP. GPS/GLONASS is the recommended reference)
  • Optional PTP/IEEE-1588 master support
  • Dual 6 line x 16 character Alpha-numeric display, with 10 pushbuttons
  • Rack mountable
  • Optional redundant hot swappable power supply
  • Automatic changeover units available for dual redundant systems applications
  • Compatible with Dual GPS Data Fiber Receivers & Transmitters
  • 2 factory presets and 3 user presets available
  • VITC reader on reference input for time reference
  • Ten Field Pulse is available on NTSC sync outputs
  • VistaLINK® control for device configuration and status monitoring
  • All active components are front panel extractable & serviceable
  • Fans are hot swappable

Specifications

Analog Sync Outputs

Output Standards
Black Burst SMPTE ST 170 (NTSC-M), ITU-R BT.1700-1 (PAL-B)
Bi-Level Slo-Pal 625i/48, 625i/47.95, 480p/59.94
HD Tri-Level SMPTE ST 274 (1080p/23.98, 1080p/24, 1080i/50, 1080i/59.94, 1080i/60, 1080p/23.98sF, 1080p/24sF, 1080p/25, 1080p/29.97, 1080p/30, 1080p/50, 1080p/59.94, 1080p/60)
SMPTE ST 296 (720p/59.94, 720p/60, 720p/50, 720p/30, 720p/24)
Pulse Signals PAL color frame, 1Hz pulse, IR1G DATUM 1/1.001Hz pulse, 6/1.001Hz pulse
CW Signals 5MHz, 10MHz, NTSC-M Subcarrier, PAL-B Subcarrier
Wordclock 48kHz Wordclock
Connector 6 BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Number of Outputs 6
DC Offset 0V ±0.05V
Return Loss > 40dB up to 10MHz
SNR > 75dB rms

10MHz Output

Output Levels 1.0V p-p, 2.0V p-p, in 75Ω selectable
Connector BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Output Type 10MHz sine wave (default), all other analog sync standards (see above) selectable
SNR > 70dB rms
SFDR > 50dBc

Wordclock Output

Output Type 48kHz Wordclock (default), all other analog sync standards (see above) selectable
Connector BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Risetime < 25ns
Levels 5V CMOS (1kΩ) or ±1V (75Ω)

LTC Outputs

Standard SMPTE ST 12-1 or IRIG-B
Frame Rate 24, 25, 30 and 29.97 (drop frame and non-drop frame)
Number of Outputs 2 balanced
Connectors 3-pin male XLR type, Female DB-15
Level
Un-powered Adjustable, 1.0V to 8.0V p-p, balanced
Powered 2V p-p with 11V DC offset to drive downstream 1200 series slave clocks on LTC1 only
Output Impedance 44Ω balanced (un-powered)
Rise Time 40 ±10µs
Jitter < 2µs

IRIG Input/Outputs

With +IRIG option installed
Standard IRIG 200-04 B122, B123, B126, B127
Number of Outputs 2, shared with LTC, may be both LTC, 1LTC-1IRIG, both IRIG
Connectors 3 pin male XLR type, Female DB-15
Level 1.0-8.0 p-p, balanced
Output Impedance 44Ω balanced

LTC Input

Standard SMPTE ST12-1 or IRIG-B
Number of Inputs 1 balanced
Connector Female DB-15
Input Impedance > 30kΩ balanced
Sensitivity 0.25V p-p min

Communications and Control

Serial Port
Connector Female DB-9
Level RS-232
Baud Rate 115200 baud
Format 8 data bits, no parity, 2 stop bits

GPS/GLONASS Receiver

With +GP or +GPSG option installed
Temperature -40°C to +70°C
Humidity 95% R.H. Condensing at 60°C
Dimensions 3.74" D x 2.85" H (100mm x 72mm)

Modem

With +M option installed
Connector RJ-11 telephone jack
Baud Rate 300/1200 baud Bell 103 compatible

Ethernet

Network Type Fast Ethernet 100 Base-TX IEEE 802.3u standard for 100MB/s baseband CSMA/CD local area network
Ethernet 10 Base-T IEEE 802.3 standard for 10MB/s baseband CSMA/CD local area network
Connector RJ-45
Function VistaLINK® control
NTP port with +T option installed

NTP Port

With +T option installed
Standard NTP V4 compliant, broadcast and server mode support
Time must be referenced to GPS, LTC, VITC or have been synchronized via modem within the last 10 days (as per RFC1305)
SNTP Input NTP V4 compliant

PTP/IEEE-1588

With +PTP option installed
PTP version 2 support on Time
Ethernet port

DARS & AES Test Generator Outputs

With +SDTG, HDTG or 3GTG installed
Standard
Unbalanced SMPTE ST 276-1single ended AES (24-bits) (1V p-p into 75Ω)
Balanced AES3 (24-bits) (4V p-p 110Ω terminated)
Number of Outputs
DARS 1 unbalanced, 1 balanced
AES Test Gen 2 unbalanced, 2 balanced
Connector
Unbalanced BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Balanced Removable Terminal Strip
Sampling Rate 48kHz
Impedance
Unbalanced 75Ω unbalanced
Balanced 110Ω balanced
AES Tones Menu selectable

Genlock Input

Video/10MHz selectable
Type Autodetects standard SMPTE ST 170 (NTSC-M), ITU-R BT.1700-1 (PAL-B), Color Black 1V p-p with optional VITC and 10- field pulse
HD Tri-level Sync (same HD standards as sync outputs)
Number of Inputs 2 Loop thru
High impedance, isolated, differential external termination required
Connector BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Return Loss > 40dB to 10MHz (with external 75Ω termination)
Input Level Range
Video -3.5dB (double-terminated) to +6dB (un-terminated)
10MHz 0.3V p-p to 4.0V
Frequency Lock Range
Wide Mode ±15ppm min
Narrow Mode ±0.1ppm min

Analog Composite Video Test Signal Generator

With +SDTG, HDTG or 3GTG installed
Standard SMPTE ST 170 (NTSC-M)
ITU-R BT.1700-1 (PAL-B)
Number of Outputs 2
Connector BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Signal Level 1V p-p nominal
DC Offset 0V ±0.05V
Output Impedance 75Ω
Return Loss > 40dB to 6MHz
Frequency Response ±0.1dB to 5.5MHz
SNR > 75dB rms

Analog Audio Tone Generator

With +SDTG, HDTG or 3GTG installed
Number of Outputs 2
Type Balanced analog audio
Connector 6 pins on 16-pin removable terminal strips
Output Impedance 66Ω
Signal Level -30 to +10dBu into 10kΩ load
DC Offset < 10mV
Noise Floor < -90dBu, unweighted
THD+N < -100dB with 1kHz @ +10dBu into 10kΩ load

SDI Test Generators

Standards
+SDTG Option SMPTE ST 259-C (270MB/s)
+HDTG Option SMPTE ST 259-C (270MB/s), SMPTE ST 292-1 4:2:2
+3GTG Option SMPTE ST 259-C (270MB/s), SMPTE ST 292-1 4:2:2, SMPTE ST 372 dual link, and SMPTE ST 424, For SMPTE ST 2048-2 and SMPTE ST 2036-1 2160 line formats
Quad link SMPTE ST 292-1 4:2:2
Quad link SMPTE ST 424 4:2:2
SMPTE ST 425-3 Dual link 3GB/s
SMPTE ST 425-5 Quad link 3GB/s
Number of Generators 4 (2 outputs per)
Embedded Audio Up to 4 audio groups as specified in SMPTE ST 299-1 or SMPTE ST 272 Selectable tone frequencies (from 20Hz to 12kHz) and audio group
Connector BNC per IEC 61169-8 Annex A
Signal Level 800mV nominal drive (1600mV drive for 5601AC02)
DC Offset 0V ±0.5V
Rise And Fall Time 100ps HD/3G, 600ps SD
Overshoot < 10% of amplitude
Jitter < 0.2UI
Return Loss > 15dB to 1.5GHz
> 10dB to 3GHz

General Purpose Inputs and Output

Number of Inputs 2
Number of Outputs 2 (function menu selectable)
Output Type Opto-isolated, active closure to GND, 20kΩ pull-ups to +5V
Input Type Opto-isolated, senses closure to GND, pull-ups to +5V
Connector 4 pins plus 2 ground pins on DB-15 female

Physical

Dimensions 19" W x 1.75" H x 11.5" D
(483mm W x 45mm H x 292mm D)
Weight 8lbs (3.5kg)

Electrical

Voltage Auto ranging 100 to 240V AC, 50/60Hz
ConfiGuration Optional redundant supply available
Power 90 watts max (all options installed)
Safety TüV Listed
Complies with EU safety directives
EMI/RFI Complies with FCC Part 15 Class A
Complies with EU EMC Directive

Ordering Information

5601MSC Master SPG/Master Clock System Including: 6 bi-level/tri-level sync outputs 5/10MHz output, 48kHz word clock output, 2 LTC outputs
Loop thru genlock/5/10MHz input, LTC input, 1 power supply
5601ACO2 2RU Automatic Change Over System (see individual brochure)

Ordering Options

+2PS Redundant power supply
+M Modem Option
+GP GPS Option (includes GPS receiver and 50' weatherproof cable)
+GPSG GLONASS/GPS option (includes GLONASS/GPS receiver and 50' weatherproof cable)
+T Network Time Protocol Server, SNTP client
+SDTG 4 Dual output SD SDI Test generators
2 NTSC/PAL test signal generator outputs
1 Stereo Analog Audio tone generator
1 DARS generator (balanced & unbalanced)
2 AES generator (balanced & unbalanced)
+HDTG 4 Dual output configurable SD/HD SDI Test/Black generators
2 NTSC/PAL test signal generator outputs
1 Stereo Analog Audio tone generator
1 DARS generator (balanced & unbalanced)
2 AES generators (balanced & unbalanced)
Includes SD SDI test generators
+3GTG 4 Dual output configurable SD/HD/3G SDI Test generators
2 NTSC/PAL test signal generator outputs
1 Stereo Analog Audio tone generator
1 DARS generator (balanced & unbalanced)
2 AES generator (balanced & unbalanced)
Includes SD SDI and HD SDI test generators
+IRIG LTC inputs and outputs are IRIG compatible
+4K 1 UHD SDI Test Generator in 2SI or Square Division Format. When enabled, uses all 4 SDI test generator output ports. When disabled, 4 dual output configurable SD/HD/3G SDI test generators are available
SD/HD/3G SDI test generators
2 NTSC/PAL test signal generator outputs
1 Stereo analog tone generator
1 DARS generator (balanced & unbalanced)
2 AES generators (balanced & unbalanced)
Includes SD SDI, HD SDI and 3G SDI test generators
+PTP PTP Master on Time Ethernet port (includes +T option)

Accessories

Notes For other weatherproof cable lengths, contact factory
WA-T76 Optional 100' weatherproof cable for GPS receiver
WA-T11 Optional 400' weatherproof cable for GPS receiver
For remote GPS head requirements greater than 400' cables or fiber optic isolation order:
7707GPS-DT-F2 Dual GPS Data Fiber Transmitter
7707GPS-DR-F2 Dual GPS Data Fiber Receiver
WA-T77 Optional 100' cable for 7707GPS-DR to 5601MSC