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Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display

AlphaEclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display

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Table of Contents

Overview
Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display Models: 2-lines, 4-lines, 6-lines, 8-lines, 10-lines, 16-lines
Applications
Features
Specifications
Accessories
Software
Documentation
Training and Support
Ordering

Overview

Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display signs are outdoor, full matrix, full-color electronic LED displays with daylight-visible characters and a weather-resistant enclosure. The unique, state-of-the-art design produces a dynamic advertising message center that is highly energy efficient and easy to operate, install and service. Various Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display models can display from one to thirteen lines of text, graphics, and animations in 16.7 million colors; and they can be networked together with other Alpha Eclipse, Alpha, AlphaPremiere, and AlphaVision displays using RS485, Ethernet, or wireless connectivity.

Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display Series signs are versatile outdoor LED message centers designed for industrial and commercial use. The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display is one of the brightest and sharpest outdoor displays available.

Messages are enhanced by 29 built-in display modes; 7 text sizes; serif and san-serif fonts; fixed and proportional spacing; user-designed graphics and animations display; day, date and time of day display; temperature display; five automatic day, hour, and minute counters; special symbols and international characters; and many other special features.

Messages may be entered using a computer and special messaging software. Information from customer files (SQL, ODBC, Excel, DDE, etc.) can be displayed automatically. Automode programming features eliminate the need to learn complicated programming procedures. Within seconds, anyone can create attractive visual messages with attention-getting impact.

Built-in diagnostic, testing, and reset switches provide self-diagnostic capability, easy memory clearing, and convenient reset features for program developers and end users.

Each of the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display models on this page will display:
Two Rows of 9.2" Characters (7 pixels) One Row of 18.8" Characters (14 pixels)
Two Rows of 6.4" Characters (5 pixels) One Row of 21.5" Characters (16 pixels)
One Row of 13.3" Characters (10 pixels)
# of
# of
# of 21.5"
# of 9.2"
Display
Display
Enclosure
Enclosure
Enclosure
Depth
Weight
Pixels
Pixels
Characters
Characters
Height in
Width in
Height in
Width in
Depth in
With
in Lbs
High
Wide
per Row
per Row
Feet
Feet*
Inches
Inches*
Inches
Frame
per Face
16
32
3
5
1.8
4.1
22.05
50.09
9"
12"
100
16
48
5
8
1.8
6.0
22.05
72.14
9"
12"
150
16
64
7
10
1.8
7.8
22.05
94.19
9"
12"
200
16
80
8
13
1.8
9.6
22.05
116.24
9"
12"
250
16
96
10
16
1.8
11.5
22.05
138.28
9"
12"
300
16
112
12
18
1.8
13.3
22.05
160.33
9"
12"
350
16
128
14
21
1.8
15.1
22.05
182.38
9"
12"
400
16
144
16
24
1.8
17.0
22.05
204.42
9"
12"
450
16
160
17
26
1.8
18.8
22.05
226.47
9"
12"
500
16
176
19
29
1.8
20.6
22.05
248.52
9"
12"
550
16
192
21
32
1.8
22.5
22.05
270.57
9"
12"
600
16
208
23
34
1.8
24.3
22.05
292.61
9"
12"
650
16
224
24
37
1.8
26.1
22.05
314.66
9"
12"
700
16
240
26
40
1.8
28.0
22.05
336.71
9"
12"
750
16
256
28
42
1.8
29.8
22.05
358.76
9"
12"
800
* Width includes 6" Wireway
Each of the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display models on this page will display:
Four Rows of 9.2" Characters (7 pixels) Two Rows of 20.2" Characters (15 pixels)
Five Rows of 6.4" Characters (5 pixels) One Row of 27" Characters (20 pixels)
Three Rows of 13.3" Characters (10 pixels) One Row of 43.5" Characters (32 pixels)
Two Rows of 18.8" Characters (14 pixels)
# of
# of
# of 20.2"
# of 9.2"
Display
Display
Enclosure
Enclosure
Enclosure
Depth
Weight
Pixels
Pixels
Characters
Characters
Height in
Width in
Height in
Width in
Depth in
With
in Lbs
High
Wide
per Row
per Row
Feet
Feet*
Inches
Inches*
Inches
Frame
per Face
32
32
3
5
3.6
4.1
44.09
50.09
9"
12"
100
32
48
5
8
3.6
6.0
44.09
72.14
9"
12"
200
32
64
7
10
3.6
7.8
44.09
94.19
9"
12"
300
32
80
8
13
3.6
9.6
44.09
116.24
9"
12"
400
32
96
10
16
3.6
11.5
44.09
138.28
9"
12"
500
32
112
12
18
3.6
13.3
44.09
160.33
9"
12"
600
32
128
14
21
3.6
15.1
44.09
182.38
9"
12"
700
32
144
16
24
3.6
17.0
44.09
204.42
9"
12"
800
32
160
17
26
3.6
18.8
44.09
226.47
9"
12"
900
32
176
19
29
3.6
20.6
44.09
248.52
9"
12"
1000
32
192
21
32
3.6
22.5
44.09
270.57
9"
12"
1100
32
208
23
34
3.6
24.3
44.09
292.61
9"
12"
1200
32
224
24
37
3.6
26.1
44.09
314.66
9"
12"
1300
32
240
26
40
3.6
28.0
44.09
336.71
9"
12"
1400
32
256
28
42
3.6
29.8
44.09
358.76
9"
12"
1500
* Width includes 6" Wireway
Each of the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display models on this page will display:
Six Rows of 9.2" Characters (7 pixels) Three Rows of 20.2" Characters (15 pixels)
Eight Rows of 6.4" Characters (5 pixels) Two Rows of 27" Characters (20 pixels)
Four Rows of 13.3" Characters (10 pixels) One Row of 42.2" Characters (31 pixels)
Three Rows of 18.8" Characters (14 pixels)
# of
# of
# of 20.2"
# of 9.2"
Display
Display
Enclosure
Enclosure
Enclosure
Depth
Weight
Pixels
Pixels
Characters
Characters
Height in
Width in
Height in
Width in
Depth in
With
in Lbs
High
Wide
per Row
per Row
Feet
Feet*
Inches
Inches*
Inches
Frame
per Face
48
32
3
5
5.5
4.1
66.14
50.09
9"
12"
300
48
48
5
8
5.5
6.0
66.14
72.14
9"
12"
450
48
64
7
10
5.5
7.8
66.14
94.19
9"
12"
600
48
80
8
13
5.5
9.6
66.14
116.24
9"
12"
750
48
96
10
16
5.5
11.5
66.14
138.28
9"
12"
900
48
112
12
18
5.5
13.3
66.14
160.33
9"
12"
1050
48
128
14
21
5.5
15.1
66.14
182.38
9"
12"
1200
48
144
16
24
5.5
17.0
66.14
204.42
9"
12"
1350
48
160
17
26
5.5
18.8
66.14
226.47
9"
12"
1500
48
176
19
29
5.5
20.6
66.14
248.52
9"
12"
1650
48
192
21
32
5.5
22.5
66.14
270.57
9"
12"
1800
48
208
23
34
5.5
24.3
66.14
292.61
9"
12"
1950
48
224
24
37
5.5
26.1
66.14
314.66
9"
12"
2100
48
240
26
40
5.5
28.0
66.14
336.71
9"
12"
2250
48
256
28
42
5.5
29.8
66.14
358.76
9"
12"
2400
* Width includes 6" Wireway
Each of the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display models on this page will display:
Eight Rows of 9.2" Characters (7 pixels) Four Rows of 20.2" Characters (15 pixels)
Ten Rows of 6.4" Characters (5 pixels) Three Rows of 27" Characters (20 pixels)
Six Rows of 13.3" Characters (10 pixels) Two Rows of 42.2" Characters (31 pixels)
Four Rows of 18.8" Characters (14 pixels)
# of
# of
# of 20.2"
# of 9.2"
Display
Display
Enclosure
Enclosure
Enclosure
Depth
Weight
Pixels
Pixels
Characters
Characters
Height in
Width in
Height in
Width in
Depth in
With
in Lbs
High
Wide
per Row
per Row
Feet
Feet*
Inches
Inches*
Inches
Frame
per Face
64
32
3
5
7.3
4.1
88.19
50.09
9"
12"
800
64
48
5
8
7.3
6.0
88.19
72.14
9"
12"
1000
64
64
7
10
7.3
7.8
88.19
94.19
9"
12"
1200
64
80
8
13
7.3
9.6
88.19
116.24
9"
12"
1400
64
96
10
16
7.3
11.5
88.19
138.28
9"
12"
1600
64
112
12
18
7.3
13.3
88.19
160.33
9"
12"
1800
64
128
14
21
7.3
15.1
88.19
182.38
9"
12"
2000
64
144
16
24
7.3
17.0
88.19
204.42
9"
12"
2200
64
160
17
26
7.3
18.8
88.19
226.47
9"
12"
2400
64
176
19
29
7.3
20.6
88.19
248.52
9"
12"
2600
64
192
21
32
7.3
22.5
88.19
270.57
9"
12"
2800
64
208
23
34
7.3
24.3
88.19
292.61
9"
12"
3000
64
224
24
37
7.3
26.1
88.19
314.66
9"
12"
3200
64
240
26
40
7.3
28.0
88.19
336.71
9"
12"
3400
64
256
28
42
7.3
29.8
88.19
358.76
9"
12"
3600
* Width includes 6" Wireway
Each of the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display models on this page will display:
Ten Rows of 9.2" Characters (7 pixels) Five Rows of 20.2" Characters (15 pixels)
Thirteen Rows of 6.4" Characters (5 pixels) Three Rows of 27" Characters (20 pixels)
Seven Rows of 13.3" Characters (10 pixels) Two Rows of 42.2" Characters (31 pixels)
Five Rows of 18.8" Characters (14 pixels)
# of
# of
# of 20.2"
# of 9.2"
Display
Display
Enclosure
Enclosure
Enclosure
Depth
Weight
Pixels
Pixels
Characters
Characters
Height in
Width in
Height in
Width in
Depth in
With
in Lbs
High
Wide
per Row
per Row
Feet
Feet*
Inches
Inches*
Inches
Frame
per Face
80
32
3
5
9.1
4.1
110.24
50.09
9"
12"
500
80
48
5
8
9.1
6.0
110.24
72.14
9"
12"
750
80
64
7
10
9.1
7.8
110.24
94.19
9"
12"
1000
80
80
8
13
9.1
9.6
110.24
116.24
9"
12"
1250
80
96
10
16
9.1
11.5
110.24
138.28
9"
12"
1500
80
112
12
18
9.1
13.3
110.24
160.33
9"
12"
1750
80
128
14
21
9.1
15.1
110.24
182.38
9"
12"
2000
80
144
16
24
9.1
17.0
110.24
204.42
9"
12"
2250
80
160
17
26
9.1
18.8
110.24
226.47
9"
12"
2500
80
176
19
29
9.1
20.6
110.24
248.52
9"
12"
2750
80
192
21
32
9.1
22.5
110.24
270.57
9"
12"
3000
80
208
23
34
9.1
24.3
110.24
292.61
9"
12"
3250
80
224
24
37
9.1
26.1
110.24
314.66
9"
12"
3500
80
240
26
40
9.1
28.0
110.24
336.71
9"
12"
3750
80
256
28
42
9.1
29.8
110.24
358.76
9"
12"
4000
* Width includes 6" Wireway
Each of the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display models on this page will display a variety of character sizes and fonts, including:
Sixteen Rows of 9.2" Characters (7 pixels) Eight Rows of 20.2" Characters (15 pixels)
Twenty-one Rows of 6.4" Characters (5 pixels) Six Rows of 27" Characters (20 pixels)
Eleven Rows of 13.3" Characters (10 pixels) Four Rows of 42.2" Characters (31 pixels)
Eight Rows of 18.8" Characters (14 pixels)
# of
# of
# of 20.2"
# of 9.2"
Display
Display
Enclosure
Enclosure
Enclosure
Depth
Weight
Pixels
Pixels
Characters
Characters
Height in
Width in
Height in
Width in
Depth in
With
in Lbs
High
Wide
per Row
per Row
Feet
Feet*
Inches
Inches*
Inches
Frame
per Face
128
32
3
5
14.6
4.1
110.24
50.09
9"
12"
500
128
48
5
8
14.6
6.0
110.24
72.14
9"
12"
750
128
64
7
10
14.6
7.8
110.24
94.19
9"
12"
1000
128
80
8
13
14.6
9.6
110.24
116.24
9"
12"
1250
128
96
10
16
14.6
11.5
110.24
138.28
9"
12"
1500
128
112
12
18
14.6
13.3
110.24
160.33
9"
12"
1750
128
128
14
21
14.6
15.1
110.24
182.38
9"
12"
2000
128
144
16
24
14.6
17.0
110.24
204.42
9"
12"
2250
128
160
17
26
14.6
18.8
110.24
226.47
9"
12"
2500
128
176
19
29
14.6
20.6
110.24
248.52
9"
12"
2750
128
192
21
32
14.6
22.5
110.24
270.57
9"
12"
3000
128
208
23
34
14.6
24.3
110.24
292.61
9"
12"
3250
128
224
24
37
14.6
26.1
110.24
314.66
9"
12"
3500
128
240
26
40
14.6
28.0
110.24
336.71
9"
12"
3750
128
256
28
42
14.6
29.8
110.24
358.76
9"
12"
4000
* Width includes 6" Wireway

Applications

The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display is designed for high-visibility, high-traffic messaging and advertising applications. Its modular building-block design can be used to provide configurations from 22-inches high to 110-inches high and from 50-inches wide to 359-inches wide. It has seven built-in character sizes (6.4-inch, 9.2-inch, 13.3-inch, 18.8-inch, 20.2-inch, 27-inch, and 42.2-inch), and it can display Windows fonts as well.

The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display is the perfect solution for entertainment venues, convention centers, border crossings, automobile dealerships, shopping centers, casinos, race tracks, fair grounds, military base entrances, movie theater marquees, stadium advertising billboards, freeway-visible advertising, and other high profile applications.

Advertise your products and services at a moment's notice, to dramatically increase your company sales and profits like no other advertising medium can.

Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display Features

  • One to Twenty-one Lines – Various Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display models can display from one to twenty-one lines of text and graphics.
  • 3 to 42 Characters per Line – Various Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display models will display from three 20-inch characters to forty-two 9-inch characters per line.
  • 1,000,000 Characters of Memory – The standard Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display has 1,000,000 bytes of memory for storing text, graphics, and animations.
  • 7 Character Sizes – Characters can be 6.4-inches (5 pixels), 9.2-inches (7 pixels), 13.3-inches (10 pixels), 18.8-inches (14 pixels), 20.2-inches (15 pixels), 27-inches (20 pixels), and 43.5-inches (32 pixels) tall.
  • 2 Character Fonts – Text can be displayed in two standard fonts – serif (fancy) or san-serif (block). Custom fonts may be created.
  • 4 Character Widths – Text can be displayed in four standard widths – normal, wide, double-wide, or wide double-wide. Wider characters can be designed by the user.
  • Fixed or Proportional Spacing – Alphabetic and numeric characters, spaces, and symbols can be displayed using fixed or proportional spacing. With proportional spacing, narrow characters, such as the letter i, and symbols, such as the exclamation point (!), the period (.), and the comma (,), are narrower and use fewer pixels than other alphabetical and numerical characters. With fixed spacing, all characters and symbols are the same pixel width. The Fixed Characters code left-justifies messages, and uses fixed (equal) character spacing from left to right. The primary use of the Fixed Characters feature on the Alpha 7080C is to simplify the alignment of data from line to line, making it easier to place titles over or under data.
  • True Descenders - The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display will display the lower case characters g, j, p, q, and y with the descenders below the character baseline.
  • 96 Character Styles – The two fonts, seven character heights, and four character widths can be combined to produce forty-eight proportionally-spaced character styles and forty-eight fixed-width character styles in the following combinations:
    • 43.5" San-Serif Normal
    • 43.5" San-Serif Wide
    • 43.5" San-Serif Double-Wide
    • 43.5" San-Serif Wide Double-Wide
    • 43.5" Serif Normal
    • 43.5" Serif Wide
    • 43.5" Serif Double-Wide
    • 43.5" Serif Wide Double-Wide
    • 27" Serif Normal
    • 27" Serif Wide
    • 27" Serif Double-Wide
    • 27" Serif Wide Double-Wide
    • 20.2" San-Serif Normal
    • 20.2" San-Serif Wide
    • 20.2" San-Serif Double-Wide
    • 20.2" San-Serif Wide Double-Wide
    • 20.2" Serif Normal
    • 20.2" Serif Wide
    • 20.2" Serif Double-Wide
    • 20.2" Serif Wide Double-Wide
    • 18.8" San-Serif Normal
    • 18.8" San-Serif Wide
    • 18.8" San-Serif Double-Wide
    • 18.8" San-Serif Wide Double-Wide
    • 18.8" Serif Normal
    • 18.8" Serif Wide
    • 18.8" Serif Double-Wide
    • 18.8" Serif Wide Double-Wide
    • 13.3" San-Serif Normal
    • 13.3" San-Serif Wide
    • 13.3" San-Serif Double-Wide
    • 13.3" San-Serif Wide Double-Wide
    • 13.3" Serif Normal
    • 13.3" Serif Wide
    • 13.3" Serif Double-Wide
    • 13.3" Serif Wide Double-Wide
    • 9.2" San-Serif Normal
    • 9.2" San-Serif Wide
    • 9.2" San-Serif Double-Wide
    • 9.2" San-Serif Wide Double-Wide
    • 9.2" Serif Normal
    • 9.2" Serif Wide
    • 9.2" Serif Double-Wide
    • 9.2" Serif Wide Double-Wide
    • 6.4" San-Serif Normal
    • 6.4" San-Serif Wide
    • 6.4" San-Serif Double-Wide
    • 6.4" San-Serif Wide Double-Wide
  • Four Custom Character Sets - The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display allows the user to compose and store up to four unique custom character sets that are either 5-pixels, 7/8-pixels, 10-pixels, or 15/16-pixels high in the sign. These character sets may be selected as needed.
  • Store 95 Messages – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display will hold up to 95 messages files at one time. Each message file can be any size. The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display dynamically allocates memory to each message file as needed up to the total amount of memory available (1,000,000 bytes).
  • Hold Times Up to Six Minutes - Messages can be programmed to hold on the screen for up to six minutes.
  • Battery Backup – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display has a lithium battery backup for messages. Messages are retained in memory for up to six months when the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display is powered off.
  • Sequence 128 Messages – Up to 128 messages files may be run in a sequence. Messages files may be listed more than once in the sequence.
  • Message Scheduling – Messages may be scheduled by day, date, and time of day. Each message can display on its own schedule, automatically turning on and turning off at specified times on specified days without human or computer intervention. Each message can be programmed with the day or date and time to start running and the day or date and time to stop running. Daily recurring messages, such as Lunch Time Specials and Coffee Break Specials or messages coordinated with public transportation arrival and departure schedules, can turn on and turn off at the appropriate times each day. Safety-oriented messages, such as "Lift With Your Legs, Not With Your Back" or "Don't Forget To Wear Your Safety Goggles" can be scheduled to display at different times, instead of at the same time, to achieve maximum effect and variety.
  • Password Protection and Message Locking – These features are provided to prevent unauthorized messages or changes to messages in the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display.
  • International Character Set – Messages may contain all the upper and lower case letters (A - Z and a - z), the numbers 0 - 9, and the special characters:

    ! @ # $ % & * ( ) _ - + = | \ { } [ ] : ; ??? ??? < > , . ? / `

    The following international characters and symbols may also be displayed:

    International Characters and Symbols

    These characters and symbols allow you to compose messages in more than one language, in English and in Spanish, for example, so you can display the messages in an alternating language message sequence.

  • 24 Special Characters – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display also has 24 built-in special characters that may be displayed in messages:
    • Y Punctuation Key Symbol
    • Carriage Return Symbol
    • Up Arrow
    • Down Arrow
    • Left Arrow
    • Right Arrow
    • Pacman Symbol
    • Sailboat
    • Baseball
    • Telephone Handset
    • Heart
    • Car
    • Handicap Wheelchair Symbol
    • Rhino Head
    • Mug
    • Satellite Dish
    • Copyright Symbol ©
    • Male Symbol
    • Female Symbol
    • Bottle
    • Diskette
    • Printer
    • Musical Note
    • Infinity Symbol
  • 29 Display Modes – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display has 29 display modes that control how the characters of each message enter, display and exit. Using a variety of display modes in a message gives "eye-appeal" to the message:
    • Automode – Characters enter, pause, and exit the display using randomly selected display modes. With the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display, the user may specify a custom Automode sequence table with up to fifteen display mode codes.
    • Roll (Up, Down, Left, Right. In, Out) – Characters move onto the display down from the top (Roll Down), up from the bottom (Roll Up), from the right end to the left (Roll Left), from the left end to the right (Roll Right), from the right and left ends to the center (Roll In), and from the center of the display to the right and left ends (Roll Out).
    • Wipe (Up, Down, Left, Right, In, Out) – Characters are revealed as each horizontal row or vertical column of pixels is lighted row by row or column by column – from the top row of the character down (Wipe Down), from the bottom row of the character up (Wipe Up), from the left column of the message to the right (Wipe Right), from the right column of the message to the left (Wipe Left), from the center column of the message to the right and left columns (Wipe Out), or from the right and left columns of the message to the center column (Wipe In).
    • Clock - Wipe in a clockwide direction.
    • Scroll – Characters move up onto the display from the bottom, and any displayed characters move up and off the display.
    • Rotate – Characters travel from right to left across the display in the familiar stock market ticker display mode.
    • Condensed Rotate – Characters travel from right to left across the display in the familiar stock market ticker display mode. Characters are approximately half their normal width. Only works with 7-pixel high characters.
    • Hold – Characters display without effects or motion for a specified length of time. The length of pause time the message stays on the screen is determined by the Speed code.
    • Flash – All characters blink on and off simultaneously several times.
    • Explode - Message flies apart from the center.
    • Twinkle – The pixels of the displayed characters oscillate their intensity.
    • Sparkle – New characters appear as their pixels turn on randomly and pixels in existing characters randomly turn off.
    • Interlock – The 2nd, 4th, and 6th horizontal rows of pixels in the characters move rapidly from the left end to the right, while the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th horizontal rows of pixels move rapidly from the right end to the left, forming the message on the display.
    • Slide – Characters slide rapidly across the display, one at a time, from right to left, building the message from left to right.
    • Snow – Lighted pixels sprinkle down from the top pixel row, building new characters from the bottom up, like accumulating snow.
    • Spray – The pixels of characters move across the display from right to left in a spray effect, forming the characters from left to right.
    • Starburst – Several star-patterns display randomly, then form new characters, replacing any previously displayed characters.
    • Switch – Every other character, i.e., the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, etc., moves onto the display from the top down, as the remaining characters move onto the display from the bottom up, pausing momentarily to display the message.
    • Cycle Colors - Each horizontal row of pixels in the message phrase is displayed in a color that changes four times a second, followed by a momentary pause, displaying the message phrase in multiple color patterns.
  • Six Position Codes - The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display has six Position codes - Top, Bottom, Middle, Fill, Left, and Right - that specify where the text displays on the sign. With these codes, you may freeze text on the top, bottom, left or right sides of the display while text, animations or graphics are changing on another area of the sign display.
  • Pause Control – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display has seven versatile Speed codes that specify how long characters should display or pause after the various display effects. There are five standard speed settings from Speed 1 to Speed 5 that specify pauses from 1 to 6 seconds. There is also a Speed setting that allows you to specify a pause between effects of up to 255 seconds or tenths of seconds. The fastest speed code, No Hold, is used to create user-designed animation effects.
  • Automatic Message Centering – Messages are automatically centered on the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display display in all display modes, except when the Fixed Characters code is used. The Fixed Characters code left-justifies messages, and uses fixed (equal) character spacing from left to right. The primary use of the Fixed Characters code on the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display is to display similar fields of data on consecutive screens in the same pixel positions.
  • Display Graphics – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display will display user-designed graphics and logos with your messages. Graphics are created, stored, and displayed by the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display using a computer and special software. You may scan graphics, reduce them to the correct size for the display, save the graphics files on disk, then use software, such as AlphaNet, to send messages and graphics to the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display.
  • Display Custom Animations – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display will display user-designed animations – sequences of user-designed bitmap graphic files. The animations may play alone, or they may be included with a text message.
  • Display Large RGB Picture Files - Only Alpha Eclipse 3600 LED signs support RGB DOTS PICTURE files. RGB DOTS PICTURE files are used to store RGB color dot patterns which are displayed by "calling" a picture file from a TEXT file. The main purpose of RGB DOTS PICTURE files is to display RGB graphics which could potentially have over 16 million colors. When reading an RGB DOTS PICTURE file, the information on a sign will pause until the entire file has been received. Once a sign has completely transmitted the file, the sign will continue displaying the message from where it was interrupted. The size of an RGB DOTS PICTURE file can be up to 65535 x 65535 pixels.
  • Real-Time Clock – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display has a built-in, battery backed up real-time clock. The time and date (day, month, year) can be set using either the remote control keyboard or using a computer with software that sends the computer system time and date to the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display. The day, date, and time are retained in Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display memory for up to a month when the unit is powered off.
  • 12- or 24-Hour Time Display – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display can display the time of day in either 12-hour or 24-hour format.
  • Display Current Temperature in Fahrenheit or Celcius – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display may be equipped with a temperature sensor that allows the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display to display the current temperature. The temperature may be adjusted with the builti-in temperature offset feature for improved temperature accuracy. The temperature is accurate to within ± 1???.
  • 5 Counters – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display will automatically count up or down in any increment, updating every minute, hour, or day. Up to five different counters may be active in your messages at the same time. Counting may begin at any value between 0 and 99999999. Messages can display the number of days, minutes, or hours until a special event; the number of days or hours since a lost-time accident; or a numeric value that increments or decrements by the same amount every minute, hour, or day.
  • Target Messages – Upon reaching specified Counter "target" values, specific target messages can be displayed automatically. For example, a message might display "10 DAYS WITHOUT AN ACCIDENT!" and on the next day automatically display "11 DAYS WITHOUT AN ACCIDENT!" followed by the target message: "A NEW RECORD... CONGRATULATIONS!"
  • Timeout Message - The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display user may specify a timeout period and a timeout message that plays when the timeout period has expired. If no message is received during the timeout period, the timeout message can be displayed automatically.
  • Multiple Connectivity Options – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display may be attached to a wide variety of computers, control equipment, and communications devices using multiple communication protocols. RS232 and RS485 and two RJ11/RJ12 attachment ports are standard Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display features. Wireless communications, Ethernet communications, and Modem communications are available as options. For detailed information on cable, network, wireless, and modem connectivity options on the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display – click here for more information.
  • RS485 Echo Feature - This special feature allows the use of multiple Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display master and slave displays and RS485 communications without using an RS232 to RS485 Converter Box. The first Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display display is attached to the messaging PC with an Alpha RS232 Serial Cable or an Ethernet cable. The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display converts the RS232 or Ethernet data signal to an RS485 data signal and transmits the RS485 signal out via the RS485 connector. Additional Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display displays can be attached to the first display using RS485 connectivity items (RS485 Modular Cables, RS485 Network Adapters, and RS485 Network Cable).
  • Address Each Display – Each Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display can be given a unique address, so that messages and data may sent by computer or control devices to different displays on the same cable, wireless channel, modem phone number or TCP/IP address. 255 addresses are available, and the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display address may be set or changed easily with the remote control keyboard or using a computer and special software. The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display enclosure does not have to be opened.
  • Message Verification and Error Checking – Built-in features ensure that messages are received accurately when a computer or control equipment sends messages or data to the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display by cable.
  • Priority Message – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display has a 125-byte Priority message file that can be activated by special programming. When the Priority message file is activated, all other message files that are currently running stop being displayed. When the Priority message is terminated, the other messages resume displaying.
  • Dimming Feature – The brightness of the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display LEDs may be dimmed by a built-in optical sensor or by specifying the time that dimming and undimming are to occur and the percentage of brightness to be dimmed.
  • Overheating Protection - Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display controls determine when the internal temperature of the sign is too hot to continue normal operation. Ambient external temperature and heat generated by the LEDs affect the internal temperature. As the temperature inside the sign rises, cooling fans are switched on. When the temperature falls below the cooling fan threshold, the fans turn off. If the temperature continues to rise, auto-dimming occurs, and the display goes into a reduced power mode, dimming the brightness of the LEDs until the temperature falls below the auto-dimming threshold level. For adequate ventilation, allow at least 1 inch clearance all around the sign.
  • Internal DIP Switches - The following Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display features can be set with DIP switches located on the controller board inside the sign.
    • End of Line Termination
    • Baud Rate
    • RS485 Echo
    • Demonstration Messages
    • Memory Clear
    • Serial Address
    • Data Format (8N1 or 7E2)
    • Diagnostics
  • Multiple Baud Rates - The following baud rates may be specified:
    • 1200 Baud
    • 2400 Baud
    • 4800 Baud
    • 9600 Baud
    • 19200 Baud
    • 38400 Baud
    • Autobaud
  • Non-Blinking String File Updates – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display supports "String Files" and real-time updating of String Files without blinking the messages displayed on the sign. String files are memory areas set aside in sign memory by special programming. One use of String Files is to store changing data being updated by an external device or computer. For example, the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display could be programmed to display five (or more) ACD statistics fields for each of ten (or more) ACD queues. As the real time values change for each of the 50 variables (5 x 10), the updated values can be transmitted into the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display instantly, without causing the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display to blink and without affecting the information currently being displayed. String Files can also be used to save sign memory. For example, if the same data is displayed multiple times within a message, the data can be stored once in a String File and recalled from its String File location each time it is needed.
  • Nested Commands – For programmers writing control sequences using native sign communication protocol, multiple commands can be repeated or "nested" within a transmission frame.
  • Clear Memory Easily – When debugging and testing software and messages features, diagnostic control sequences may be entered to to clear the memory of the sign quickly and conveniently, without opening the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display enclosure or taking it down from where it is mounted. Clearing memory removes all messages, graphic files and the password that have been programmed into the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display.
  • Supports Wireless Applications – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display protocol supports POCSAG or pager transmission format. It can be programmed for wireless applications.
  • Wireless News and Sports Service – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display can be equipped with a wireless broadcast receiver that will display the latest news headlines, financial market summaries, sports information and scores, in addition to your own messages. The receiver and news service are extra charge options.
  • Uses Alpha 3.0 Protocol - Supports the newest Alpha protocol 3.0 and is backward-compatible with all Alpha all Alpha protocols since 1991 - EZ Key II, Alpha 1 (EZ95), and Alpha 2.
  • Update Firmware Easily – When new features or firmware improvements for the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display are announced by Adaptive Micro Systems, firmware upgrades may be dowloaded from the Adaptive Micro Systems web site, and the Flash RAM in the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display can be updated easily. There is no firmware EPROM chip.
  • Technical Assistance and Support – Ongoing limited customer assistance for installation issues and technical support are provided by Alpha-American Programmable Signs at no additional charge.
  • Programming Assistance and Training – Our experienced instructors and technicians are available by telephone or on site in your location.
  • Internet Support – Installation Manuals, User Manuals, Technical Memos, brochures, videos, demonstration programs, and diagnostic software are available on our extensive and informative web site.
  • 110 or 230V – The power requirements depend on the size of the displays. Larger displays use 230V AC.
  • Attractive Enclosure – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display has an attractive Eurostyle case design that will compliment any business environment.
  • Mounting Hardware – Each Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display includes mounting hardware for wall or pole mounting. Additional mounting hardware for wall mount or pole mount applications are available as an extra charge option. Fasteners to attach the sign to a ceiling, wall, or counter are not supplied. The specific type of fastener required will vary depending on the physical characteristics of the material (drywall, concrete, brick, wood, etc.). Each of the fasteners that you use must be capable of supporting four (4) times the weight of the sign. An overhead support, wall or counter should also be capable of supporting four times the weight of the sign.
  • Two Year Warranty – The Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display has a two-year USA factory warranty. After the warranty expires, the Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display components will be repaired and returned for time and materials charges.

Alpha Eclipse 3600 Pure Color LED Display Specifications

  • Character Sizes
    • 43.5" (110.5 cm) - 32 pixels
    • 27" (68.6 cm) - 20 pixels
    • 20.2" (51.3 cm) - 15 pixels
    • 18.8" (47.8 cm) - 14 pixels
    • 13.3" (33.8 cm) - 10 pixels
    • 9.2" (23.4 cm) - 7 pixels
    • 6.4" (16.3 cm) - 5 pixels
  • Text and Graphics Memory: 1,000,000 Characters
  • Pixel Color: RGB-Full Color visible in direct sunlight (Red-Green-Blue)
  • Built-in Color Correction - Features set color correction on or off.
  • Pixel Size: .9" (23 mm)
  • Pixel Viewing Angle: 70° Horizontal, 35° Vertical
  • Center-to-Center Pixel Spacing (Pitch): 1.38" (35mm)
  • Character Set: Block (San-Serif); Decorative (Serif); Upper and Lower case; Normal, Wide, Double-Wide, and Double-High, Lower Case Descenders
  • Automatic Centering – Messages center in any mode, except when Fixed Characters is specified. Fixed Characters left justifies messages in any mode.
  • Power Cord: Not provided.
  • Case Material: Extruded aluminum with Lexan Face.
  • Limited Warranty: Two-year parts and labor, factory servicing
  • Agency Approvals:
    • North America:
      • US Emissions: FCC Part 15, Class A
      • US Safety: ANSI/UL 1950-Third Edition.
    • Canada:
      • Safety: CAN/CSA-22.2 No. 950-95 3rd Edition and ICES-003, Class A.
    • Europe:
      • Emissions: EN 55022 (CISPR 22); Class A Immunity: EN 55024
      • Harmonics/Flicker: IEC 61000-3-2, IEC 61000-3-3
      • Safety: IEC 60950: 1991 (plus amendments); EN 60950: 11992 + A1, A2, A3, A4, and A11 CE Marking
    • Australia/New Zealand:
      • Safety: AS/NZS 3260: 1996
  • Operating Temperature: -44??? to 122???F, -40??? to 50???C
  • Humidity Range: 0% to 95% non-condensing
  • Made in the USA

Related Accessories and Replacement Parts

  • Second set of Mounting Brackets for Wall or Pole
  • Alpha Message Loader with 9V Battery and Attachment Cables
  • 25' RS232 6-conductor Modular Cable with RJ11-06 connectors on each end
  • RS232 Serial Adapter (DB25F to RJ11-06) for 25-pin Serial Ports
  • RS232 Serial Adapter (DB9F to RJ11-06) for 9-pin Serial Ports
  • RS232 Serial Adapter (DB25M to RJ11-06) for Modem use
  • RS232 Serial Adapter (DB25M to DB9F) Gender changer for 9-pin Serial Port
  • RS232 Serial Adapter (DB25F to DB9M) Gender changer for 25-pin Serial Port
  • 25' RS232 6-conductor Modular Cable with RJ11-06 connectors on each end
  • 50' RS232 6-conductor Modular Cable with RJ11-06 connectors on each end
  • 6-Conductor RJ11 Coupler for connecting RS232 Cables together (Maximum 50' length)
  • Converter Box III with two End of Line Terminators (without Power Adapter)
  • Converter Box AC Adapter, USA, 10W 120VAC Input 9V Output
  • Converter Box AC Adapter, European, 14W 230VAC Input 9V Output
  • Converter Box AC Adapter, United Kingdom, 14W 240VAC Input 9V Output
  • 10' RS232 Serial Cable, Type A9, DB9F to DB9M for Converter Box to PC
  • 10' RS232 Serial Cable, Type B9, DB25M to DB9M for Converter Box to Modem
  • 1000' Spool of Shielded RS485 Network Cable
  • 100' Spool of Shielded RS485 Network Cable
  • RS485 Modular Network Adapter – Connects RS485 Modular Cable to Shielded RS485 Network Cable
  • 8' RS485 Cable with Ferrite Core; has RJ11-04 jacks on each end
  • 1' RS485 Cable with Ferrite Core; has RJ11-04 jacks on each end
  • 8' RS485 Cable with three RJ11-04 jacks for back-to-back Alpha sign configurations
  • MSS100 Ethernet Serial Server – 10/100 Base-T
  • MSS485 Ethernet Serial Server – 10 Base-T
  • Alpha Ethernet Adapter Kit – 10 Base-T
  • DB25F to RJ11 Connector for Alpha Ethernet Adapter
  • RS232 Cable for Alpha Ethernet Adapter
  • Wireless Transceivers for Serial or Ethernet Communications
  • Alpha Discrete Input Interface CPU Module
  • Alpha Discrete Input Interface Power Supply
  • Alpha Discrete Input Interface Kit (Sink Mode)
  • Additional Input Module (Sink Mode)
  • Alpha Discrete Input Interface Kit (Source Mode)
  • Additional Input Module (Sink Mode)
  • End of line Terminator for Converter Box III and Alpha RS232 port
  • Network Repeater Box
  • Wireless Broadcast Receiver and News Service
  • Packing Materials – Crate and Styrofoam

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    • From Manufacturer, Adaptive Micro Systems
  • Software:
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    • From Adaptive Micro Systems
    • From other sign software providers

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