• 3RU 19″ rack mounting system for BC series cards
  • 15 card slots
  • Dual redundant PSU (optional)
  • Option for 48V DC PSU
  • Signal monitoring using BM102
  • 7" colour touch screen interface showing signal status


Modular 3RU Rack Mounting System


The BC100i is a major evolution of Bluebell’s BC100 rack frame for the BC Series of fibre optic interface cards. Like the BC100, it features dual redundant power supplies and can hold up to 15 single-slot BC cards of any type, but provides significantly enhanced card monitoring.
The BC100i is ideal for use in OB and live sound trucks, fixed installations and fly-away systems. BC Series cards plug into the rear of the frame so that all copper or fibre cabling is retained within the rack enclosure; system monitoring is presented on the front panel. External monitoring via an IP network is also available if an optional BM102i network card is fitted into a dedicated rear slot (‘Slot 16’). Both network card types are fully compatible with SNMP protocol v2.1.
The frame’s main internal motherboard now includes a microcontroller and memory, handling all card status data. A 7" colour touchscreen on the front panel provides a continuous, colour-coded display showing the status of the signals on each card: this has been designed to resemble the LED display of the earlier BC100 frame, for immediate familiarity. Much additional information is also available on-screen, including confirmation of card type, PSU status, supply rail voltages and internal temperature. There is also a per-slot page displaying card-specific data, the nature of which depends on the card type. A page is also available providing information and status of an optional BM102i or BM103 network card, if one is fitted. A front panel USB port allows simple procedure for installing firmware updates from a flash drive.
Dual redundant power supplies (PSUs) can be specified: these are accessible and hot-swappable from the front of the frame. Each PSU is capable of powering a frame fully loaded with any BC Series card combinations. The two PSUs have independent IEC AC inlets, and employ load sharing to feed the internal electronics, so there is no interruption should one PSU fail.
The standard frame uses convection cooling and will only require the provision of vertical spacing above and below in most installations to ensure satisfactory operation. However, for locations where the ambient temperature is particularly high, the frame may be ordered with a factory-fitted internal low-speed fan card which reduces the internal temperature by approx. 10°C.

To allow a Bluebell BC card system to be fully integrated into a facility-wide monitoring environment, two optional network monitoring cards are available for the BC100i. The BM102i is a re-placement for the earlier BM102 card and makes the status of all signals, cards and PSUs available as a series of simple web pages that can be viewed anywhere on the connected network us-ing a compatible browser. The BM102i is fully compatible with third party SNMP management systems.


Schematic Diagram


Depth 250 mm
Width 445 mm
Height 132.5 mm (3RU)
Weight 11 kg when fully loaded
Operating Temp -30 to +70 ºC
Voltage Range 90 to 250 V ac 47 to 663 Hz
Power 45 W when fully loaded
Signal detect Contact closure for psu failure
No of slots 15
EMI/RFI Complies with 89/336/EEC
Electrical Complies with EN 61000-6-1, EN61000-6-2
RoHS Complies with Directive 2002/95/EC
Warranty 5 years


Title Description Date Download
BC100i Datasheet Datasheet PDF Download
BC100i Manual Operations Manual PDF Download
BC160i/BC100i Firmware USB Firmware Update File (.BL2) 2022-11-03 Download

Ordering Information

BC100i-3RU 19″ 3RU Chassis for up to 15 BCxxx Cards with optional Network Monitoring and facility for Dual Redundant Power Supplies (not supplied). Includes touchscreen monitoring display
BC100i-3RU/48V 19″ 3RU Chassis for up to 15 BCxxx Cards with optional Network Monitoring and facility for Dual Redundant Power Supplies (not supplied). Includes touchscreen monitoring display. Fitted with 48V dc input.

Contact us

Unit 2, The Quadrant, Howarth Rd, Maidenhead SL6 1AP, UK
+44 1628 510055, sales@bluebell.tv