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This section describes the characteristics and operation of all connectors on the HD224 and HD1024.

Power Connector

The power connector for the HD224 and HD1024 is rated for 12V@1.5A. The plug is a 3.5mm barrel power connector.

3.5mm Audio Connector

The HD224 and HD1024 have a combination analog/optical audio jack. To transmit a digital audio signal, use an optical audio cable. Analog and digital audio cannot be transmitted simultaneously.

The full-scale voltage output of the analog audio is 2V RMS. The minimum load impedance is 32W.

The analog audio connector has the following pinout:


3.5mm IR Input/Output

The IR blaster generates or receives a space-encoded NEC or Pronto Hex signal. The two transported bit values of the signal (0 and 1) are encoded using differing lengths of low-time IR pulses.

The 3.5mm IR in/out port has the following pinout:

The sleeve is used as a ground during input operations.

3.5mm RS-232 Serial

The UART (asynchronous serial) interface is a 3.5mm (1/8") jack that uses TTL for communication. The receiver will tolerate input voltages between -30V and +30V, with anything below 3V interpreted as a logical 1. The transmitter drives +5V for logical 0 and 0V for logical 1. 

The default baud rate of the interface is 115200, with no parity, 8 data bits, and 1 stop bit. These settings can be configured in the software. The serial interface supports TX, RX, and ground only—RTS/CTS hardware flow control is not supported. The following diagram illustrates the behavior of the TX and RX signal:


The 3.5mm serial port has the following configuration (from the perspective of the player):

BrightSign players are DTE devices, so communication with another DTE device that uses a 3.5mm port would require a null-modem cable or converter that transposes the TX/RX signals. If the device communicating with the player uses a DE9 serial port, the serial cable should be wired as shown in the following diagram:



GPIO

The HD224 and HD1024 have a 12-pin GPIO switch and LED connector, which allows the player to control external LEDs or other devices requiring 24mA of current or less.

The GPIO port is a standard design manufactured by Phoenix Contact, Wurth Electronics, and others. The HDx24 series ships with two pluggable GPIO terminal blocks, which can be inserted into the GPIO connector to make bare-wire contacts. An example part number for these terminal blocks can be found here.

If you are using the GPIO connector to drive LEDs, connect the LED outputs to the LED ANODE and connect the LED CATHODE to the ground. If you want to connect another device, then the output is capable of sourcing or sinking up to 3.3V at 24mA, but there is a series resistor of 100W in each line.

The connector also allows the connecting of external contact closures to the ground. In order to connect a switch, connect one side of the switch to the switch input, and connect the other side to one of the ground pins on the GPIO connector. The connector can also supply 3.3V at up to 500mA to an external device. The 3.3V output is polyfuse-protected and can source up to 500mA.

If one BrightSign player is driving the inputs on another BrightSign player, then you can drive at most three inputs from one output. The following calculations explain this limitation:

The GPIO outputs have 100Ω series resistors; the GPIO inputs have 1K pullup resistors to 3.3V; and the input threshold is 2V high and .8V low. The high voltage is not problematic, but the low voltage can be if there are too many inputs connected to one output.



1 out driving 1 in

V=3.3*100/(100+1,000)=0.3

1 out driving 2 in

V=3.3*100/(100+500)=0.55

1 out driving 3 in

V=3.3*100/(100+333.3)=0.76

1 out driving 4 in

V=3.3*100/(100+250)=.94 (This is too high, so 1 output driving 3 inputs is the maximum)

 

The following table illustrates the pinout of the GPIO on the HD224 and HD1024:


Pin

Function

Pin

Function

1

GND

7

GND

2

3.3V

8

3.3V

3

BUTTON 0

9

BUTTON 4

4

BUTTON 1

10

BUTTON 5

5

BUTTON 2

11

BUTTON 6

6

BUTTON 3

12

BUTTON 7


The following schematic illustrates the pinout of the GPIO connector.

RJ45 LAN

The HD224 and HD1024 have an RJ45 connector for 1000BASE-T networking. The maximum length for Cat 5E cable is 100 meters; the allowed length can be higher or lower depending on the quality of the cable.

USB

The HD1024 has one USB 2.0 Type-A port, which is capable of transfer speeds up to 480 Mbit/s. The maximum length for a USB cable is 5 meters.

The following table illustrates the pinout of the USB 2.0 Type A host port:

pin

Description

pin

Description

1

VBUS

2

D-

3

D+

4

Ground

HDMI Output

The HDMI-out connector is used to send digital video and audio to HDMI-enabled sink devices. This connector is compatible with HDMI 2.0 devices, capable of outputting a maximum video resolution of  3840x2160x60p.

The following table illustrates the pinout of the HDMI connector:

pin

Description

pin

Description

1

TX2p

2

Ground

3

TX2n

4

TX1p

5

Ground

6

TX1n

7

TX0p

8

Ground

9

TX0n

10

TXCp

11

Ground

12

TXCn

13

CEC

14

NC

15

DDC SCL

16

DDC SDA

17

Ground

18

+5V DDC

19

HPD (Hot Plug Detect)

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