Power and control system for modular multi-panel display system

  • US 9,069,519 B1
  • Filed: 07/28/2014
  • Issued: 06/30/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/31/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A modular multi-panel display system comprising:

  • a mechanical support structure;

    an array of display panels arranged in rows and columns and mounted to the mechanical support structure so as to form an integrated display, none of the display panels having a receiver card within the panel, wherein each display panel is configured to receive AC power, and wherein each display panel comprises an AC-DC power converter to generate a DC power supply for the respective display panel;

    a receiver box mounted to the mechanical support, the receiver box housed in a housing that is separate from housings of each of the display panels, the receiver box including a receiver card coupled to feed data to be displayed on the integrated display to a plurality of the display panels, wherein the receiver box comprises a power management unit for providing AC power to each of the array of display panels, wherein the receiver box is configured to send AC power and media data to each display panel;

    a control box at a remote location outside of the mechanical support and electrically connected to the receiver box through a data connection, wherein the receiver box is configured to communicate with the control box using a network connection, wherein the receiver box comprises a signal processing unit configured to decode media packets received from the control box, the media packets representing media data to be displayed on the integrated display, and wherein the receiver box comprises a system management unit configured to distribute the decoded media packets to each of the display panel;

    a first plurality of electrical connections electrically connecting the receiver box with a first display panel in each row of display panels;

    a second plurality of electrical connections, each electrically connecting the first display panel in each row with a second display panel in that row of display panels;

    a third plurality of electrical connections, each electrically connecting the second display panel in each row with a third display panel in that row of display panels;

    a fourth plurality of electrical connections, each electrically connecting a second-to-last display panel in each row with a last display panel in that row of display panels; and

    a fifth plurality of electrical connections, each extending out of a respective one of the last display panels but not being electrically connected.

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