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PC5 Broadcom/Avago Compatible Incremental Encoder Cable Driver

PC5 Product Description

The PC5 is a small, plug-in RS-422 cable driver board that drives long cables up to 1000 feet using differential signaling to improve noise immunity. The PC5 can be used with the E2, E3, H1, H3, S1, and S2 encoders. Each board has a 5-pin socket designed to plug into the 5 pins of the encoder.

The output side of the PC5 is a 10-pin latching connector with a Broadcom/Avago compatible pinout (HEDL series). On the output side, the PC5 can use ribbon cables for lengths up to 100 feet; twisted pair cables are recommended for longer lengths. An optional 120 Ω terminating resistor may be placed across each pair on the receiver side of the cable, matching the cable's characteristic impedance. When calculating the power requirements of the encoder side of the cable, including the current consumed by the module, the driver IC and any terminating resistors. Be sure to supply sufficient voltage to compensate for the voltage drop due to the resistance of the power and ground wires. If an RS-422 receiver chip such as 26C32 is used on the receiver side of the cable, a 0.1uF ceramic monolithic bypass capacitor across +5V and ground located within 1 inch of the receiver chip is recommended.

Product Specifications

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Operating Temperature -40 100 C
Electrostatic Discharge, Human Body Model -2 2 kV


The cable drivers shown below are compatible only with the E2, E3, H1, H3, S1 and S2.

PC5 Differential cable driver board. (shown mounted on an S1 encoder).


Supply Voltage 4.5 - 5.5 Volts -
Supply Current (26C31) - 1 2 mA -
Output High Voltage 2.5 - - Volts IOH = -20 mA
Output Low Voltage - - 0.8 Volts IOL = 20 mA
Propagation Time - - 15 ns -


PC5-H10 TE# 103309-1 CON-C10*

* US Digital part number. For more information see the Cables / Connectors page.



1 No connection
2 +5VDC power
3 Ground
4 No connection
5 A- channel
6 A+ channel
7 B- channel
8 B+ channel
9 Index-
10 Index+


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PC3-H5, PC4, PC5 and PC6 Laser Markings - PCN 6228 9/27/2017 This notification is to inform our customers of a product marking change for the PC3-H5, PC4, PC5, and PC6 products. The purpose for this change is to create a more robust solution by utilizing laser marking versus the current paper label solution. The products effected will now be laser marked. Download

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Product Notes

  • Cables and connectors are not included and must be ordered separately.
  • US Digital® warrants its products against defects in materials and workmanship for two years. See complete warranty for details.



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