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BroadPort 550 SMPTE 16-Port Card

The BroadPort 16-port uPCI card includes a DCE/DTE switch for maximum flexibility, has a 1U 19" rack-mount interface and provides RS-422 connections via "Sony DB9" (SMPTE 207M) connectors. There is no need to add further adapters as you would with traditional products. A 16-port changeover unit allows rapid swapping of the peripherals from a duty server to standby server.

Part Number: 55120-1


BroadPort 550 uPCI Card The universal PCI card (PCI and PCI-x) was developed from the popular RocketPort 550 and provides a low-cost serial expansion solution, delivering the highest performance and reliability through industry-standard 16550 UART technology. Each of the ports exceeds the speed requirements of the SMPTE 207M standard and can be set individually to DCE or DTE.


  • The only rack-mounted SMPTE multi-port serial product available
  • Available with DB9 connectors from 8 or 16 ports
  • DCE/DTE switch provides the flexibility to connect with virtually any SMPTE device with minimal cabling changes
  • Enhanced installation; no jumpers or switch settings required
  • High reliability
  • Device driver support for Windows XP, 2000 & Linux (Kernel 2.4.x)
  • RoHS 2 compliant

  • BroadPort 550 SMPTE 16 Port Card
  • Interface Cable
  • Software/Documentation CD
  • Number of Ports 16
  • Maximum Cards/System up to 4
  • Hardware interrupts Each card requires one system IRQ
  • Bus Interface Specification Universal PCI
  • Dimensions 6" x 4"
  • Product Weight 11.3 oz.
Electrical Specifications
  • Device
    • Current Consumption +5VDC 330 mA
    • Power Consumption (maximum) 1.7 W
  • ESD Surge Protection Provides minimum of 15KV protection for all serial lines.
Environmental Specifications
  • Air temperature
    • System On 0 to 60° C
    • System Off -20 to 85° C
  • Operating Humidity (non-condensing)
    • System On 8 to 80%
    • System Off 20 to 80%
  • Altitude 0 to 10,000 Feet
  • Heat Output 5.7 BTU/Hr
  • MTBF (Mean time between failures) 30 years

Serial Communications

  • Connector TypeDB9F, SMPTE 207M
  • Supported Standards RS-422, SMPTE
  • Baud Rate 50 to 230.4 Kbps
    • Receive Buffer 128 bytes
    • Transmit Buffer 128 bytes
  • Device Driver Data Control
    • Data Bits 5, 6, 7 or 8
    • Parity Odd, Even, None, Mark or Space
    • Stop Bits 1, 1.5, or 2
Export Information
  • Packaged Shipping Weight 1.14 lbs
  • Package Dimensions 9.5" x 8" x 3.25"
  • UPC Code 7-56727.55120-1
  • Schedule B Number 8471.80.1000

Device Drivers

  • Linux
  • Microsoft® Windows NT
  • Microsoft® Windows Vista tm
  • Microsoft® Windows® 2000
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP
Regulatory Approvals
  • Emissions IEC 61326-1/ EN61326
    Emissions standard for electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use
    EN55022 Class B
    Emissions Standard for domestic and light industrial environments
    EN55011 Class B
    Emissions Standard for ISM Light Industrial
    FCC Part 15 Subpart B
    Class B limit
  • Immunity IEC61326-1/EN61326 Immunity standard for electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use
    IEC 1000-4-2/ EN61000-4-2 ESD Requirements
    IEC 1000-4-3/ EN61000-4-3 Radiated Susceptibility
    IEC 1000-4-4/ EN61000-4-4 Electrical Fast Transient Burst Requirement
    IEC 1000-4-5/ EN61000-4-5 Surges Requirements
    IEC 1000-4-6/ EN61000-4-6 Conducted Susceptibility
    IEC 1000-4-11/ EN61000-4-11 Voltage Dips and Interruptions
  • Safety IEC60950/EN60950
    CSA C22.2 No. 60950/UL60950 Third Edition
  • Other Regulatory Approvals

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