TCF-90 Series

Features and Benefits

  • Uses either external power or power over serial
  • Extends RS-232 transmission up to 40 km with single-mode (TCF-90-S) or 5 km with multi-mode (TCF-90-M)
  • Reduces signal interference
  • Protects against electrical interference and chemical corrosion
  • Compact size


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The TCF-90 is a compact media converter that transmits RS-232 signals over optical fiber. Power is derived from either the serial port or an external power source. The TCF-90 extends RS-232 transmission up to 5 km with multi-mode fiber, or up to 40 km with single-mode fiber. A pair of TCF-90 converters can be used to connect two RS-232 devices with optical fiber in full-duplex mode. The optical fiber isolates the data signals from dangerous increases in ground potential, ground loops, and electrical EMI/RFI noise, and it enhances data security by eliminating the harmful effects of RF radiation and susceptibility to electromagnetic radiation.

Self-Powered RS-232 to Optical Fiber
Connecting RS-232 devices to the TCF-90 is easy. The ST-type optical-fiber connector is designed especially for data communication applications that transmit data either between or within buildings. The TCF-90 can be used for industrial applications and for applications that require secure data transfer.

The RS-232 port on the TCF-90 uses a DB9 female socket to connect directly to the host PC, with power drawn from the TxD, RTS, and DTR lines. Although the TCF-90 can obtain enough power from the three data/handshake lines, whether the signal is high or low, we strongly recommend setting either the RTS or DTR signal to ON.

LED Port Power Indicator
It’s easy enough to use a multimeter to test if the serial device is supplying the TCF-90 with enough power through the serial connection, but the TCF-90 can do the testing for you. Connect the TCF-90 to the device’s RS-232 port and set the SW4 switch to Test mode. If the port power LED indicator lights up, the TCF-90 is receiving enough power. If the LED does NOT light up, you will need to attach an external power source to the TCF-90.

Optional External Power Source
In most circumstances, the TCF-90 should be able to operate without using an external power source. However, an external USB power cord or DC power supply can be used in situations where the handshake lines are not available, both the RTS/DTR signals are set to OFF, or the attached device’s serial interface chip provides less power than required.


Serial Inteface
Connector D89 female
No. of Ports 2
Serial Standard RS-232
Flow Control ADDC® (automatic data direction control) for RS-485
Baudrate 300 bps to 115.2 kbps
Optical Fiber
Low-Speed Fiber Module Multi-Mode Single-Mode
Fiber Cable Requirements 50/125 µm, 800 MHz G.652
62.5/125 µm, 500 MHz
Typical Distance 5 km 40 km
Wavelength Typical (nm) 850 1310
TX Range (nm) 840 to 860 1290 to 1330
RX Range (nm) 800 to 900 1100 to 1650
Optical Power TX Range (dBm) 0 to -5 0 to -5
RX Range (dBm) 0 to -20 0 to -25
Link Budget (dB) 15 20
Dispersion Penalty (dB) 1 1
Note: When using a power meter to measure the fiber TX power, set the baudrate to 9,600 bps and send data (00, …, 0h) to the serial converter’s serial port.
Serial Signals
Power Parameters
Input Current 20 mA @ 12 VDC
Input Voltage 5 to 12 VDC
No. of Power Inputs 1
Overload Current Protection Supported
Power Consumption 20 mA @ 12 VDC
Source of Input Power Power input jack
Physical Characteristics
Housing Plastic
IP Rating IP30
Dimensions 42 x 80 x 22 mm (1.65 x 3.15 x 0.87 in)
Weight 150 g (0.33 lb)
Installation Desktop
Environmental Limits
Operating Temperature 0 to 60°C (32 to 140°F)
Storage Temperature (package included) -20 to 75°C (-4 to 167°F)
Ambient Relative Humidity 5 to 95% (non-condensing)
Standard and Cerifications
EMC EN 55032/24
EMI CISPR 32, FCC Part 15B Class A
EMS IEC 61000-4-2 ESD: Contact: 4 kV; Air: 8 kV
IEC 61000-4-3 RS: 80 MHz to 1 GHz: 3 V/m
IEC 61000-4-4 EFT: Power: 1 kV; Signal: 0.5 kV
IEC 61000-4-5 Surge: Power: 2 kV; Signal: 1 kV
IEC 61000-4-6 CS: 150 kHz to 80 MHz: 3 V/m; Signal: 3 V/m
IEC 61000-4-8 PFMF
Environmental Testing IEC 60068-2-1
IEC 60068-2-14
IEC 60068-2-2
IEC 60068-2-3
Safety EN 60950-1, IEC 60950-1
Vibration IEC 60068-2-6
Time 2,272,562 hrs
Standards Telcordia (Bellcore), GB
Warranty Period 5 years
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