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Model LS16A "Linker"

The LS16A "Linker" offers a fresh alternative for signal distribution (or combining), digital signal translation, RF-Over-Fiber connectivity, powering LNB's, as well as small format switching. Numerous digital and analog modules are available for a cost effective and compact solution.

Specifically designed to provide industry with a superior "drop-in" replacement signal conversion and distribution platform, the LS16A outperforms every opponent. Its sixteen slot module bay is distinctive since it also offers user access to important or critical features at the front via its "open window" front panel design.

NOTE: This product was originally released as LS1601A but has since been simplified to LS16A.


  • Modular rugged 3RU aluminum frame design
  • Sixteen slot application module capacity
  • Unique "open window" front panel design
  • Digital and analog application modules (DC-18GHz)
  • Built-in daisy chain bus for scalable distribution
  • "Sum-bus" included across all slots
  • Monitored cooling fans
  • Redundant hot-swap power supplies
  • Front panel power supply status
  • Optional LXI 10/100 Ethernet port with Built-in web browser, TCP/IP, SNMP and IPv4/6
  • International AC power range
  • Integrated rack mount design (19 inch)
  • Built-in chassis slide mounting (slides not included)
  • Certified CE EN61010 (LVD)
  • Applications

    The LS16A platform is designed to provide reliable signal distribution and translation for multiple channels. Rather than using individual components assembled in a patchwork “hobby shop” arrangement, the following installations may benefit from use of this product:

  • Protocol converters
  • ENG trucks
  • Test ranges
  • RF over Fiber
  • Telemetry sites
  • Antenna LNB power
  • Tracking stations
  • Satcom ground stations
  • Telecom installations
  • Signal buffering and re-generation
  • Computer room installations
  • Communication centers
  • Weapons testing centers
  • Satellite installations

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    Detailed Description

    The 3RU rack mount LS16A design is simple, yet effective. The sixteen slot module bay receives any combination of LS16 application modules at the rear of the unit. Both digital and analog signals (such as TTL, PCM, ECL, PECL, LVDS, RF, IF, L-Band, and microwave to 18GHz) are addressed by its distribution and switching capability. This unit also offers RF-Over-Fiber modules, and LNB power/monitor modules as well. No other industry unit has this flexibility.

    See the LS16A specification sheet for additional details. A listing of our standard modules is shown in the table below, however custom or modified modules are achievable by contacting the factory.

    Behind the “open window” feature of the front panel, the application modules engage a protected backplane for supplying DC power, a sum-bus, slot addressing as well as a daisy chain busing scheme. This unique “open window” feature provides a means for the rear installed modules to present additional features to the user directly at the front of the unit such as LED’s, test points, adjustments, status indicators or other features that installed LS16 application modules contain. The busing scheme allows for the capability to pass signals from one module to the next for additional signal distribution and fan-out.

    For a partially populated unit, filler plates are available (and highly recommended) to insure proper cooling of modules and power supplies (in table below). All modules, power supplies and filler plates utilize quality captive stainless steel hardware.

    The unit can be configured with a single power supply section, or with dual power supplies for hot-swap redundancy. The front panel has four LED status indicators (two for power supply and fan status, plus two more for the optional CPU). An optional C3-LS16 plug-in CPU adds a 10/100 Ethernet control and monitor port. The port has a built-in web browser providing easy setup and control without any additional software, or the unit comes with a 30-day trial of RouteWarePRO.

    To meet your needs, you can build a system and part number as shown in the LS16A specification sheet. If your application requires more than one module variety installed, contact the factory. We will simply assign you a unique "system" number used for ordering that defines a specific grouping of modules, quantities and any other distinctive parameters you may desire.

    What's Included

    Each of our "Linker" type units are delivered complete, 100% tested, and ready for installation & integration. The following items are included:

  • System
  • Two 6'-foot power cords (if dual supplies)
  • Resource disc (#RDLS16A)
  • Hardware accessory kit
  • Warranty registration card
  • Lifetime technical support
  • Free firmware updates

    Care should be given to the Resource Disc as this has all documentation and instructions. Electronic copies of the Operations Manual and Programmers Guide are included, as well as RouteWarePRO control and monitoring software with a 30-Day free trial.

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    Industry Accreditations

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