PowerCage FOX Tx VGA

Fiber Optic Transmitter for VGA, Audio, and RS-232
Key Features
  • Transmits VGA, stereo audio, and RS-232 control signals very long distances over a single fiber
  • All-digital technology provides pixel-for-pixel performance with signals up to 1600x1200
  • Modular, hot-swappable board designed for the PowerCage 1600 enclosure, part # 60-978-01
  • Available as an 850 nm multimode model for moderate-range transmissions up to 2 km (1.25 miles) and a 1310 nm singlemode model for extreme distances up to 30 km (18.75 miles)
  • Alarm notification for fiber link loss
  • RS-232 control
The Extron PowerCage FOX Tx VGA
Model Version Description Part #
PowerCage FOX Tx VGA MM Multimode - Transmitter 70-699-11
PowerCage FOX Tx VGA SM Singlemode - Transmitter 70-699-12 Retired

The Extron PowerCage FOX VGA Fiber Optic Transmitter is a modular board designed for the PowerCage® 1600 that enables long haul transmission of high resolution VGA, audio, and RS-232 control signals over a single fiber. Engineered for reliability and exceptional high resolution image performance, it uses Extron all-digital technology to send perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of computer-video images up to UXGA 1600x1200 resolution. Analog signals are digitized for ease of integration. Designed specifically for AV systems, the PowerCage FOX Tx VGA also includes a host of integrator-friendly features such as RS-232 control, audio gain and attenuation, and real-time system monitoring.

The double-slot board design of the PowerCage FOX Tx VGA allows for as many as eight transmitters to be populated in the PowerCage 1600 enclosure, reducing installation time and simplifying power management. The transmitter is hot-swappable, allowing board replacement in the field at any time without having to power down the system.

The PowerCage FOX Tx VGA is part of the extensive FOX Series of fiber optic products from Extron and is compatible with FOX Series HDMI, DVI Plus, DVI, and VGA receivers. It can be used for simple point-to-point applications or in combination with FOX Series distribution amplifiers and matrix switchers to handle the most challenging AV system designs, from a simple conference room to an enterprise-wide fiber optic distribution system.

The PowerCage FOX Tx VGA is ideal for a wide range of applications requiring long distance transmission of high resolution content with the highest quality. Because transmission of content is inherently secure and immune to outside interference, fiber applications are favored in government, military, and medical environments. The transmitter features industry standard LC-type connectivity.

The PowerCage FOX TX VGA MM board supports multimode fiber at 850 nm, which is typically used within buildings or facilities with moderate-range transmission distances. The PowerCage FOX Tx VGA SM board supports singlemode as well as multimode fiber at 1310 nm. Singlemode fiber offers long-range transmission capability over extreme distances of up to 30 km (18.75 miles). It is used in very large facilities such as airports and stadiums, as well as connecting over very long distances between facilities such as university campuses.

The PowerCage FOX VGA transmitter board accepts, digitizes, and transmits all RGB format signals – RGBHV, RGsB, and RsGsBs, along with unbalanced stereo audio and RS-232 control signals. Additionally, it provides controls for optimizing audio signals.

A PowerCage FOX VGA transmitter board and its corresponding receiver can be controlled and configured using the RS-232 port on the transmitter board. With a second fiber link installed, functions for both units can be controlled at either location. Since the units are typically situated far apart, this capability adds considerable versatility, allowing for verification of fiber link status between the units as well as the presence of VGA and audio input signals at the transmitter.

Analog RGB-to-Digital Conversion

The PowerCage FOX Tx VGA is ideal for AV systems that include a variety of analog sources. Pairing the PowerCage FOX Tx VGA with a FOX Series HDMI, DVI Plus, or DVI receiver provides easy conversion of analog RGB to a digital signal.

Features

COMPATIBLE RECEIVERS
  FOX II R DP 4K Fiber Optic Receiver for DisplayPort, Multi-Channel Audio, RS-232, and IR
  FOXBOX Rx DVI Plus Fiber Optic Receiver for DVI, Audio, and RS-232
  FOXBOX Rx VGA Fiber Optic Receiver for VGA, Audio, and RS-232
  FOXBOX SR HDMI Fiber Optic Scaling Receiver for HDMI, Audio, and RS-232
  FOXBOX Rx HDMI Fiber Optic Receiver for HDMI, Audio, and RS-232
  PowerCage 401 FOX DR HD Dual Fiber Optic Receiver for HDMI, Audio, and RS-232
  PowerCage FOX Rx DVI Plus Fiber Optic Receiver for DVI-D, Audio, and RS-232
  PowerCage FOX Rx HDMI Fiber Optic Receiver for HDMI, Audio, and RS-232
  PowerCage FOX SR HDMI Fiber Optic Scaling Receiver for HDMI, Audio, and RS-232
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
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  MBU 125 Low-Profile Mount Kit for 1/4 and 1/2 Rack Width, Two-Piece Enclosures
  RSB 126 Basic Rack Shelf for 6" Deep Products
  RSU 126 Universal Rack Shelf Kit for 6" Deep Products
  RFF Series Basic Rack False Faceplate Kits
  2LC OM4 MM P LC to LC Laser-Optimized Multimode Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies - Plenum
  2LC SM P LC to LC Bend-Insensitive Singlemode Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies - Plenum
RELATED PRODUCTS
  PowerCage 1600 Modular Power Enclosure for Fiber Optic Extenders

Specifications

PowerCage™ FOX Tx VGA
 NOTE     The PowerCage FOX Tx VGA board is not compatible with the FOX 3G HD-SDI, FOX 3G DVC, or FOX AV models.
 NOTE     The PowerCage FOX Tx VGA board is available in singlemode or multimode version.
 NOTE     The PowerCage FOX Tx VGA board is a class 1 laser product. It meets the safety regulations of IEC-60825.
Optical fiber interconnection between transmitter and receiver
   Number/type 1 singlemode or 1 multimode fiber optic input and output per FOX board
    NOTE     Only one fiber is required to transmit video, audio, and unidirectional data. A second fiber is required to return data for bidirectional control and communication.
   Connectors 2 bidirectional LC connectors per FOX board
   Operating distance 
      Singlemode 30 km (18.75 miles) with singlemode (SM) cables with a SM board
      Multimode 300 m (985') with 62.5 µm OM1 multimode (MM) cable and a MM board
1 km (3280') with 50 µm OM2 multimode (MM) cable and a MM board
2 km (6561') with 50 µm OM3/OM4 2000 MHz bandwidth laser optimized MM cable and a MM board
    NOTE     Operating distance is approximate. These are typical distances. The maximum distance may be greater than these typical numbers depending on factors such as fiber type, fiber bandwidth, connector splicing, losses, modal or chromatic dispersion, environmental factors, and kinks.
   Nominal peak wavelength 850 nm for multimode (MM), 1310 nm for singlemode (SM)
   Transmission power, singlemode or multimode -5 dBm, typical
   Maximum receiver sensitivity 
      Singlemode -18 dBm, typical
      Multimode -12 dBm, typical
   Optical loss budget 
      Singlemode 13 dB, maximum
      Multimode 7 dB, maximum
   Maximum channel data rate 4.25 Gbps
Video
    NOTE     On PowerCage FOX VGA boards, the analog video input signal is digitized pixel for pixel in the transmitter, sent digitally through the fiber cable, and converted back to analog video in the receiver.
   Signal type VGA-UXGA RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, RsGsBs
   Gain Unity
   Pixel data bit depth 8 bits per channel, 3 channels (R, G, B)
   Maximum resolution 640x480 to 1600x1200 or 480p,576p, 720p,1080i, 1080p @ 60 Hz pixel for pixel; higher resolutions up to 1920x1200 @ 60 Hz, undersampled
Video input
   Number/signal type 1 VGA-UXGA RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, RsGsBs
   Connector 1 female 15-pin HD
   Nominal levels 0.7 Vp-p for RGB
   Minimum/maximum levels Analog: 0.3 V to 0.75 Vp-p with no offset, terminated
   Impedance 75 ohms
   Horizontal frequency 24 kHz to 100 kHz
   Vertical frequency 40 Hz to 120 Hz
   Return loss >40 dB @ 5 MHz
Sync
   Input type RGBHV, RGBS, RGsB, RsGsBs
   Input level 2.5 V to 5.0 Vp-p
   Input impedance 10k ohms
   Polarity Positive or negative (follows input or can be set by user)
Audio
    NOTE     On PowerCage FOX boards, the analog audio signals are digitized in the transmitter, sent through the fiber cable, and converted back to analog audio in the receiver.
   Gain 
      Range Adjustable, -18 dB to +10 dB
      Default Unbalanced output: -6 dB; balanced output: 0 dB
   Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.5 dB
   THD + Noise 0.10% @ 1 kHz at nominal level
   S/N >80 dB at maximum output (unweighted)
   CMRR 65 dB @ 20 Hz to 20 kHz
   Audio bits per sample 18 bits per channel, 2 channels (L, R)
   Sampling rate 48 kHz
Audio input
   Number/signal type 1 stereo, balanced/unbalanced or
2 mono, balanced/unbalanced
   Connectors (1) 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 5 pole
   Impedance ≥10k ohms unbalanced, ≥20k ohms balanced
   Nominal level +4 dBu (1.23 Vrms), -10 dBV (316 mVrms)
   Maximum level +8.9 dBV, unbalanced at 1% THD+N
    NOTE     0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms, 0 dBV = 1 Vrms, 0 dBV ≈ 2 dBu
Control/remote
   Serial control ports 
      Control 1 bidirectional RS-232, 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 5 pole (uses 3 poles; shared with the alarm port)
      Pass-through 1 RS-232, 3.5 mm captive screw connector, 5 pole (uses 3 poles, "RS-232 Over Fiber")
   Baud rate and protocol 
      Control 9600 baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity
      Pass-through 9600 to 115,200 baud
   Serial control pin configuration 1 = Tx, 2 = Rx, 3 = Gnd
      Captive screw connector 
   Program control Extron control/configuration program for Windows®
Extron Simple Instruction Set (SIS)
General
   Power Supplied by a PowerCage 1600 enclosure
   Power consumption 5.68 watts
   Power input requirements 12 VDC, 1.0 A, supplied by the PowerCage enclosure
   Temperature/humidity Storage: -40 to +158 °F (-40 to +70 °C) / 10% to 90%, noncondensing
Operating: +32 to +122 °F (0 to +50 °C) / 10% to 90%, noncondensing
   Cooling Enclosure: fans, front to back
Boards: convection, within the PowerCage enclosure
   Thermal dissipation 27.6 BTU/hr
   Dimensions Each board fits a double slot opening in a PowerCage 1600 enclosure.
   Product weight 1.1 lbs (0.5 kg)
   Shipping weight 2 lbs (1 kg)
   Vibration ISTA 1A in carton (International Safe Transit Association)
   Regulatory compliance 
      Safety CE, c-UL, UL
      EMI/EMC CE, C-tick, FCC Class A, ICES, VCCI
      Environmental Complies with the appropriate requirements of RoHS, WEEE.
   Product warranty 3 years parts and labor
    NOTE     All nominal levels are at ±10%.
    NOTE     Specifications are subject to change without notice.
(8.1-121114-D3)
Shipping Dimensions and Weights
    Part # Height Width Depth Weight
    70-699-11 2.62" (6.7 cm) 9.0" (22.9 cm) 13.38" (34.0 cm) 1.65 lbs (0.75 kg)

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