MS sound decoders for small scales (N to 0)

REAL 16 bits audio - 22 or 44 kHz sample rate - 16 channels - 12 Mbit memory - Multiprotocol: DCC, mfx*, MM

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The first sound decoders of the "MS" generation were introduced in 2019, as successors to the long-standing MX decoders. The core of the MS sound decoders is formed by a "state-of-the-art" 32 bit ARM microcontroller with DSP characteristics and generously dimensioned memories. This enables sound reproduction in the highest quality (see subtitle above) and full mfx capability (including registration with Märklin digital command stations); in addition, there are large reserves for future further developments (in mid-2021 almost half the program memory is still free.

Note: currently "MS" is only available as a sound decoder; all proven types of the "MX" generation are still available as non-sound decoders. However, there will also be a changeover to "MS technology" for "MX" (non-sound): the future non-sound decoders "MN...". The differences between "MX" (non-sound) and "MN" will be less than between "MX" (sound) and "MS", because the important area of sound will be omitted. The coming changeover in the non-sound segment is, however, necessary for the purpose of achieving universal mfx compatibility and, in the long term, also very advantageous for DCC (e.g. automatic registration, ...). Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

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MS SOUND DECODERS

for

small scales (N to 0)

ZIMO MS450P22 ZIMO MS450P16   ZIMO MS440C,D ZIMO MS480P16 ZIMO MS490N ZIMO MS500 ZIMO MS560 ZIMO MS580N18 ZIMO MS590N18

Standard H0

Miniature (N, TT, H0e, small H0,...

KATO-interface

Next-interface

DECODER FAMILIES
Types (by connection type)

MS450

MS450R

MS450P22

MS450P16

MS440C

MTC acc. to VHDM std.

MS440D

MTC variant ZIMO

MS480

MS480R, MS480F

MS480P16

MS490

MS490R, MS490F

MS490N, L

MS500

MS500R, MS500F

MS500N

MS560

MS580N18

MS580N18G

MS590N18

     

* decoder families MS490, MS500 and MS560 are NOT mfx capable.

G-variant with
2 ext. Goldcaps

* NOT mfx capable

Expand Dimensions (mm) 30 x 15 x 4 30 x 15 x 4 30 x 15 x 4 30 x 15 x 4 30 x 15 x 4 19 x 11 x 3,1 19 x 11 x 3,1 19 x 8,6 x 2,9 19 x 8,6 x 2,9 14 x 10 x 2,6 14 x 10 x 2,6 27 x 14 x 2,6 25 x 10,5 x 4 15 x 9,5 x 3,3
ConnectionsWires and/or standardized interfaces 13 wires
NEM-652, NEM-651
PluX-22 PluX-16 21MTCFA3, FA4, FA5, FA6
logic-level (std.)
21MTCFA3, FA4, FA5, FA6
"amplified" outputs
13 wires
NEM-652, NEM-651
PluX-16 12 wires
NEM-652, NEM-651
NEM-651directly 12 wires
NEM-652, NEM-651
NEM-651directly KATO(like EM13) Next18 Next18
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motor+sound+FOs(peak)
1.2 A(2.5 A) 1.2 A(2.5 A) 1.2 A(2.5 A) 1.2 A(2.5 A) 1.2 A(2.5 A) 0.8 A(1.5 A) 0.8 A(1.5 A) 0.7 A(1.5 A) 0.7 A(1.5 A) 0.7 A(1.5 A) 0.7 A(1.5 A) 0.7 A(1.5 A) 0,8 A(1,5 A) 0,7 A(1,5 A)
Expand Motor current (continuous)(peak) 1.2 A(2.5 A) 1.2 A(2.5 A) 1.2 A(2.5 A) 1.2 A(2.5 A) 1.2 A(2.5 A) 0.8 A(1.5 A) 0.8 A(1.5 A) 0.7 A(1.5 A) 0.7 A(1.5 A) 0.7 A(1.5 A) 0.7 A(1.5 A) 0.7 A(1.5 A) 0,8 A(1,5 A) 0,7 A(1,5 A)
Expand Current on Function OutputsTotal of the FOs 0.8 A 0.8 A 0.8 A 0.8 A 0.8 A 0.6 A 0.6 A 0.5 A 0.5 A 0.5 A 0.5 A 0.5 A 0,6 A 0,5 A
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Function Outputs
incl. 2 x headlights(+ logic-level outputs)
104 with wires
6 on s.pads
(+2 logic-level)
114 on plug
6 on s.pad
(+2 logic-level) (+1 alt. use of IN1)
119 on plug
1 on s.pad
(+2 logic-level) (+1 alt. use of IN1)
4all 4 on plug
(+6 logic-level)
8all 8 on plug
 
(+2 logic-level)
64 with wires
2 on s.pads
(+2 logic-level)
64 on plug
2 on s.pad
(+2 logic-level)
4all 4 with wires
 
(+2 logic-level)
42 on plug
2 on s.pad
(+2 logic-level)
4all 4 with wires
 
(+2 logic-level)
42 on plug
2 on s.pad
(+2 logic-level)
2all 2 on s.pads
 
(+2 logic-level)
4all 4 on plug
 
(+2 logic-level)
+2LED (6 mA)
4all 4 on plug
(+2 logic-level))
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(complete witch 5 V supply)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
2alternate use
of logic-level
(NO, external 5 V)
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alternatively SUSI, I²C, sound loading
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on s.pads
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on PluX
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on PluX
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on MTC
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on MTC
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on s.pads
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on PluX
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on s.pads
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on s.pads
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on s.pads
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on s.pads
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on s.pads
yesalternate use
of logic-level
on Next18
yesalternate use
of logic-level
am Next18-Stecker
Expand Switch Inputs
for cam sensors, Reed switches, i.a.
1on s.pad
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
1on PluX
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
1on PluX
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
2on MTC
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
2on MTC
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
  
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
  
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
  
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
  
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
  
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
  
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
  
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
  
+2 alternate use
of logic-level
  
2 alternate use
of logic-level
Expand stabilised Low Voltage
to be taken from
5 V possible
(see connection plan)
5 V possible
(see connection plan)
5 V possible
(see connection plan)
5 V
max 50 mA
on solder pads
5 V
max 50 mA
on solder pads
5 V
max 50 mA
on solder pads
5 V
max 50 mA
on solder pads
5 V
max 50 mA
on solder pads
5 V
max 50 mA
on solder pads
5 V
max 50 mA
on solder pads
5 V
max 50 mA
on solder pads
5 V
max 50 mA
on solder pads
5 V possible
(see connection plan)
nein
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15 V - capacitors DIRECTLY to the decoder
yes
with wires
yes
on PluX
yes
on PluX
yes
on s.pads
yes
on s.pads
yes
on s.pads
max ~1000 µF
yes
on PluX
max ~1000 µF
yes
on s.pads
max ~1000 µF
yes
on s.pads
max ~1000 µF
yes
on s.pads
max ~1000 µF
yes
on s.pads
max ~1000 µF
no
internal buffer
2000 µF/5 V
yes
external: 5 V tantals on s.pads
no
Expand Speaker Outputs
dep. on dec. 8 Ω or 4 Ω
(2 x 8 Ω in parallel)
1
3 Watt / 4 Ω
on wires
1
3 Watt / 4 Ω
on PluX
1
3 Watt / 4 Ω
on PluX
1
3 Watt/4 Ω
on MTC
1
3 Watt / 4 Ω
on MTC
1
1 Watt / 8 Ω
on wires
1
1 Watt / 8 Ω
on PluX
1
1 Watt / 8 Ω
on wires
1
Watt / 8 Ω
on wires
1
1 Watt / 8 Ω
on wires
1
Watt / 8 Ω
on wires
1
1 Watt / 8 Ω
on wires
1
1 Watt / 8 Ω
on Next18
1
1 Watt / 8 Ω
on Next18
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Note: The data for decoders under development may still change significantly. All data without guarantee.
DOCS and INFO Connection diagrams can be found in the user manuals
User Manual Manual for all MS sound decoders