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Fewer Connections = Fewer Problems

Cirrus LED is a supplier of efficient and innovative LED digital displays. But, being that we are a younger company compared to the very generational industry we are working in, many people are a bit wary of our products. To ease these worries I will be comparing our devices to the MTBF standards discussed on Digital Signage Today's main page. MTBF Standards stand for the Mean Time Between Failures. This measuring tool determines the reliability of a device based on the number of connections a device has considering that each connection could one day become a point of failure. This standard was first contracted by AT&T and has since become, "the gold standard for evaluating the design of electronic products and projecting how many hours will pass between failures" (DST).  The overall impression that this rating provides is that if the device has fewer connections/points of failure then it is a more dependable device. This rating looks at three areas, connection numbers, cables, and the strength of the separate components.

Connection Numbers

The example provided on their site was a 14in by 48in LED display made up of 611 modules, each with 11 pins (including their power and data connections). All together this brought their number of connections up to 6,721 for that single display. Now perhaps this particular display type is not suited for the large outdoor signs but when considering how high these numbers can be in comparison with our own signs, there is no real argument. Each individual module here at Cirrus is fairly large scaling in at 1ft x 2ft. Smaller individual modules will always mean more connections because it takes more modules to create the display size desired. One of our most popular features is that Cirrus LED displays contain so few connections. Each module only has 3 pins going in and 3 going out for power and 5 going in, 5 out for data. This gives each 16 total connections.


Cable connections can tangle you in problems the more there are. That is why cables are also taken into account under the MBTF standards. This number is made simple with Cirrus' two powerful cable connections made to the back of each module, which can then link to other modules, allowing the size of the display to be a customizable option. This is why the displays can also be set up on site. Only two connections need to be attached to the back of each module, one for power and one for data. The first module will have the power cable attached to the controller as opposed to the additional modules. The controller also has one cord that plugs into the designated outlet.

Component Strength

This section of the assessment is made to determine how well your display can measure against the weather. Cirrus displays have an IP67 rating meaning that they can be fully submerged in water and are protected from all elements. This is because our devices don't require moving parts each component is also covered by a conformal coating. Our displays don't have to be monitored moisture build up, they will not overheat and break, and they are built to prevent dust and dirt from getting in.   Cirrus Systems, Inc. provides customizable and reliable LED digital display devices that are easy to install, expand, and maintain. We are a young company that is continuing to prove that we can effectively create creative and efficient solutions to the problems related to LED displays.
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