VSN 870

VSN870 Wall Controller

For medium size systems, the VSN870 wall controller has dependable performance supporting a large number of displays

With Datapath’s advanced graphics display technology, the VSN870 offers full flexibility in display types and orientation, video management, input and output configurations.

The VSN870 features an Intel Core i7 processor providing increased capability for system data video processing. The 19” industrial PC chassis has been designed for display controller applications specifically in mind and offers a compact extensible design, yet with excellent airflow management, making it easy to install and manage in difficult physical environments.

System Architecture

This Datapath video wall controller has been designed, developed and optimised to operate with the latest generation of our world leading Datapath PCI Express graphics and video capture cards. The graphics cards are PCI Express compatible providing support for HD, SD, DVI and RGB video overlays. They can provide a maximum resolution of four times 1920x1200 x32 bit. Datapath video capture cards provide HD capture or HDMI capture capabilities as well as a number of high resolution video capture modes including 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, dual-link DVI, RGB, VGA and Composite; for analogue video and Standard Definition.

The VSN870 video wall controller is built around Datapath’s Express9 backplane and SBC2 single board computer. The Express9 features nine slot backplane for flexibility. The SBC2 features an Intel Core i7 2600 processor, 8GB of memory (16GB option available) a full set of I/O and RS232 for automation solutions.


The VSN490 uses an ASUS Z97-WS motherboard to provide flexibility and suitability for the smaller, more compact, video wall project. The VSN870 is fully compatible with Datapath Wall Control software, a Microsoft Windows® based application enabling easy configuration and set up of your video wall controller.

The SLink card can be used instead of a PICMG 1.3 SBC to configure the Express9 as an expansion backplane from a standard PC or from other Express9 backplanes by connecting to an HLink card.


The VSN870 wall controller has an industrial SBC to provide reliability, also air flow management is optimised through the fan and chassis build. Wall Monitor is a software application for monitoring system status for Datapath’s video wall controllers. This application will monitor; CPU core(s) temperature, system PSU voltages and GPU temperatures. It can provide the user with a warning which is either an audio notification, an error message or an email if the voltages and temperature are out of specification. Wall monitor can shut down the system automatically if any readings become critical.


Datapath offers a full suite of software applications for display control in different applications and business environments, to meet a diverse set of customer requirements. A well structured set of graphics and video capture drivers allows OEM suppliers to build efficient display control and content management applications, making full use of the underlying hardware capability, whilst being protected from the intricate details of hardware resource management. Datapath’s WallControl-red application offers an effective tool for display controllers in diverse end user markets.

Datapath’s WallControl-red video wall software is designed to make full use of Datapath’s graphics and capture hardware technology and maximises the use of available hardware acceleration both on video inputs and outputs. WallControl-red video wall software allows advanced interactive desktop control and configuration, interactively opening, moving, sizing and positioning video overlay, RGB/ DVI/ SD/ HD windows and Microsoft Windows application software. This is a useful application where specific areas of captured input need to be individually display and controlled, such as command and control video walls.

Datapath WallControl-red video wall software is now available in the following languages - English (UK & USA), French, Spanish, German, Polish, Putonghua, Russian, Netherlands, Japanese.

Key Qualities of the VSN870 Wall Controller:

  • 1 to 48 display channels using the ImageDP4 graphics card
  • 4 to 128 video capture channels using the VisionSD8 or VisionSD4+1S video capture cards
  • 1 to 32 SD-SDI / HD-SDI / 3G-SD capture channels using the VisionSDI2 capture cards
  • Expand with one or two Vision802X expansion chassis providing a maximum of 25 PCI Express slots
  • Compatible with Datapath WallControl-red video wall software application which is now available in the following languages - English (UK & USA), French, Spanish, German, Polish, Putonghua, Russian, Netherlands, Japanese.
  • Cost efficient controller solution

Specification of the VSN870 Wall Controller:

Main Chassis  
Motherboard SBC2 Intel Core™ i7 and i5 processor based in PICMG 1.3 SHB with DDR SDRAM
Two Gigabit Ethernet ports
VGA output
System Memory 8GB DDR3 system memory
Disk Storage Two 500 GB removable SATA hard drives
Input Devices USB Keyboard and mouse
Optical Drive One DVD/ RW combo drive
Dimensions 500mm (Inc Handles) x 175mm x482.1mm
Weight 19 - 25kg
Shipping Weight 30 - 33kg
Operating System Microsoft Windows7 64 bit
Compatible with Datapath WallControl-red, video wall management software application
Expansion Chassis  
Expansion Kit Express9 PCI Express backplane providing one x8 lane slot and eight x4 lane slots
Cooling Dual cooling fans with removable air filter
Power Consumption 500 Watt redundant PSU or 600 Watt ATX PSU
Temperature Operating temperature: 0 to 35°C
Warranty 3 year warranty for the Express9 backplane


We are continuously developing the technology used within our product ranges delivering outstanding innovative solutions, therefore the specification may change from time to time.



Models Available of the VSN870 Wall Controller:

VSN870 wall controller models

ProductName/Order Code Description
VSN870-RPSU 19" 4U industrial chassis with 500 Watt RSPU
VSN870-ATX 19" 4U industrial chassis with 600 Watt ATX PSU


Expansion chassis for the VSN870 wall controller models

ProductName/Order Code Description
VSN802X-RPSU Expansion chassis with 500 Watt RSPU, SLink-G3, HLink-G3, ExCable-G3
VSN802X-RPSU Expansion chassis with 600 Watt ATX PSU, SLink-G3, HLink-G3, ExCable-G3


VSN870 wall controller input and output cards, plus other related products

The table below shows all the UL listed accessories for the VSN870 video wall controller expansion chassis.

ProductName/Order Code Description
Image4 Quad-screen graphics card (*EOL)
ImageDP4 Quad output DisplayPort graphics card
VisionAV Single channel HD, plus single channel SD video capture card
VisionAV-HD Four lane PCI Express capture card with 2 x HD DVI-I & 1 x SD channels
VisionAV-SDI Four lane PCI Express capture card with 1 x HD DVI-I, SD, SDI channels
VisionRGB-E1S Single channel HD video capture card
VisionRGB-E2S Dual channel HD video capture card
VisionDVI-DL Single channel Dual-Link video capture card
VisionSD4+1S Video capture card with 4 channels of SD and 1 of HD
VisionSD8 Eight channel SD video capture card
VisionSDI2 Dual channel HD-SDI video capture card
HLink Host link card for expansion racks (*EOL)
SLink Slave link card for expansion racks (*EOL)
Ex-Cable Cable for wall controller expansion chassis (*EOL)
HLink-G3 Host link card Gen.3 for expansion racks
SLink-G3 Slave link card Gen.3 for expansion racks
ExCable-G3 Copper cable Gen/3 for wall controller chassis

For more information on these products, click on the category: Graphics cards or Capture cards

*End of life: These products are gradually being phased out and replaced by newer models, availability will vary for different products please contact the Sales department for details.


All products are shipped with the latest software available, unless stated otherwise. Special requirements may be organised by contacting our Sales team.

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