Video module, analogue and digital TV: E60, E61, E63, E64, E65, E66, E70, E71, E90, E91, E92, E93

The video module (VM) is the master control unit for the television.

Installation location

The video module is fitted at the rear left in the luggage compartment.

Construction

The video module is connected to the rest of the vehicle electrical system by 2 plug connectors. Depending on the vehicle equipment, the video module has 2 or 3 connections for the TV aerial.

The illustration shows the hybrid video module DRIVE on the E65, E66.
Item Description Item Description
1 Connector X18803
for MOST, power supply and outputs
2

Connector X18804
for image signal inputs, e.g. on JNAV or DVDC

(JNAV: Japan navigation system;

DVDC: DVD changer)

3 Aerial connector 4 Aerial connector
5 Aerial connector    

Aerial connector

The aerial connectors (FAKRA connectors) are connected to the video module (FAKRA is the name of a standard. FAKRA stands for ”Fachausschuss Kraftfahrzeuge” (technical committee for motor vehicles)).

Depending on the equipment variant, the following aerial connectors may be fitted:

On vehicles with television in the front and rear, the video module has 2 aerial inputs.
The video module has 3 aerial input with the following equipment variants:

  • E65, E66, E70, E71: with analogue and digital television in the front and rear
  • E65, E66: Television in front without navigation system

The video module also receives TV signals if only one aerial is working. However, signal processing will then be restricted.

TV aerial amplifier

Each TV aerial amplifier (TV tuner) is connected to its own aerial input.

  • Vehicles with television in the front: The video module has 2 TV aerial amplifiers.
  • Vehicles with television in the front and rear: The video module has 3 TV aerial amplifiers.

The TV aerial amplifiers work as follows:

Each TV aerial amplifier is independent of the other TV aerial amplifiers.

The TV aerial amplifiers are flexibly used as follows:

  • Flexible reception: Depending on reception conditions, each TV aerial amplifier is able to receive a TV program in the foreground.

    The best reception quality is then used.

  • Flexible background search: A TV aerial amplifier conducts a background search to find a new frequency for the current TV station. The other TV aerial amplifier receives the current TV program.

Each TV aerial amplifier is able to search for new frequencies. This means that the frequency range is scanned as quickly as possible. The list of stations is thus kept as current as possible. Alternative frequencies for the TV program selected are kept on standby.

- Pin assignment

Video module 5

Pin assignment for connector X18803, 18+2-pin with MOST interface
Video module 5
Type:
Pin Type ECE RGB DRIVE Description
 

A = Output

E = Input

E/A = Input/output

M = Earth

V = Power supply
x = Assigned

For current specifications regarding pin assignments, please refer to BMW diagnosis system

1 M x x x Terminal 31
2 --- --- --- --- ---
3 A --- x x Red 1, 75 Ω, output for TV, front
4 A x x x Green 1, 75 Ω or FBAS, output for TV, front
5 --- --- x x Blue 1, 75 Ω, output for TV, front
6 E --- x x Red-green-blue wire 2 earth or FBAS wire earth
7 --- --- --- --- ---
8 --- --- --- --- ---
9 --- --- --- --- ---
10 --- --- --- --- ---
11 V x x x Terminal 30, power supply
12 A x x x

Screening 1:

The wire for the image signal to the Car Communication Computer (CCC) has additional screening (for improved electromagnetic compatibility).

13 E x x x Red-green-blue wire 1 earth or FBAS wire earth
14 A --- --- x Red 2, 75 Ω, output for TV, rear
15 A --- --- x Green 2, 75 Ω or FBAS, output for TV, rear
16 A --- --- x Blue 2, 75 Ω, output for TV, rear
17 A x x x

Screening 2:

The wire for the image signal to the Car Communication Computer (CCC) has additional screening (for improved electromagnetic compatibility).

18 --- --- --- --- ---
19 --- --- --- --- ---
20 --- --- --- --- ---
MOST E/A E/A E/A E/A 2 pins

 

Pin assignment for connector X18804, 18-pin
Video module 5
Type:
Pin Type ECE RGB DRIVE Description
 

E = Input
x = Assigned

For current specifications regarding pin assignments, please refer to BMW diagnosis system

1 E x x x FBAS signal from night-vision camera
2 --- --- --- --- ---
3 E x x x FBAS signal from DVD changer
4 --- --- --- --- ---
5 E --- x x Red-green-blue wire earth for external navigation system
6 --- --- --- --- ---
7 --- --- --- --- ---
8 E --- --- x FBAS signal from external video source (via AUX-in connection)
9 --- --- --- --- ---
10 E x x x FBAS wire earth for night-vision camera
11 E x x x FBAS wire earth for DVD changer
12 E --- x x Red 75 Ω, input for external navigation system
13 E --- x x Green 75 Ω, input for external navigation system, simultaneously synchronous impulse
14 E --- x x Blue 75 Ω, input for external navigation system
15 -- --- --- --- ---
16 -- --- --- --- ---
17 E --- --- x FBAS wire earth for external video source (via AUX-in connection)
18 E --- x x

Synchronisation pulse from Japan navigation system (if fitted):

The JNAV has an external synchronisation pulse.

 

Hybrid video module

Pin assignment for connector X18803, 18+2-pin with MOST interface
Hybrid video module
Type:
Pin Type FBAS DRIVE Description
 

A = Output

E = Input

E/A = Input/output

M = Earth

V = Power supply
x = Assigned

For current specifications regarding pin assignments, please refer to BMW diagnosis system

1 M x x Terminal 31
2 --- --- --- ---
3 A --- x Red 1, 75 Ω, output for TV, front
4 A x x Green 1, 75 Ω or FBAS, output for TV, front
5 --- --- x Blue 1, 75 Ω, output for TV, front
6 E --- x Red-green-blue wire 2 earth or FBAS wire earth
7 --- --- --- ---
8 --- --- --- ---
9 --- --- --- ---
10 --- --- --- ---
11 V x x Terminal 30, power supply
12 A x x

Screening 1:

The wire for the image signal to the Car Communication Computer (CCC) has additional screening (for improved electromagnetic compatibility).

13 E x x Red-green-blue wire 1 earth or FBAS wire earth
14 A --- x Red 2, 75 Ω, output for TV, rear
15 A --- x Green 2, 75 Ω or FBAS, output for TV, rear
16 A --- x Blue 2, 75 Ω, output for TV, rear
17 A x x

Screening 2:

The wire for the image signal to the Car Communication Computer (CCC) has additional screening (for improved electromagnetic compatibility).

18 --- --- --- ---
19 --- --- --- ---
20 --- --- --- ---
MOST E/A E/A E/A 2 pins

 

Pin assignment for connector X18804, 18-pin
Hybrid video module
Type:
Pin Type ECE DRIVE Description
 

E = Input

x = Assigned

For current specifications regarding pin assignments, please refer to BMW diagnosis system

1 E x x FBAS signal from night-vision camera
2 --- --- --- ---
3 E x x FBAS signal from DVD changer
4 --- --- --- ---
5 E --- x Red-green-blue wire earth for external navigation system
6 --- --- --- ---
7 --- --- --- ---
8 E --- x FBAS signal from external video source (via AUX-in connection)
9 --- --- --- ---
10 E x x FBAS wire earth for night-vision camera
11 E x x FBAS wire earth for DVD changer
12 E --- x Red 75 Ω, input for external navigation system
13 E --- x Green 75 Ω, input for external navigation system, simultaneously synchronous impulse
14 E --- x Blue 75 Ω, input for external navigation system
15 -- --- --- ---
16 -- --- --- ---
17 E --- x FBAS wire earth for external video source (via AUX-in connection)
18 E --- x

Synchronisation pulse from Japan navigation system (if fitted):

The JNAV has an external synchronisation pulse.

 

How it works

The following functions are described:

  • Power supply
  • Various equipment variants (list)
  • Video modules and aerial inputs

Power supply

A cycled current supply (switching power unit) provides power. The power unit creates very little power loss. Voltage peaks are avoided by switching on and off (hence the name ”switching power unit”).

In addition, a power supply is also created in standby mode.

Various equipment specifications

Depending on the model series and equipment variant, the video module can work in different ways. In general, the following as described:

  • ”Analogue”: The video module is only suitable for analogue television.
  • ”Hybrid”: The video module is suitable for analogue and digital television.
  • ”Drive”: The video module is suitable for watching television while the vehicle is moving. It is only possible to watch television in the rear while the vehicle is moving.
  • ”FBAS”: The video module is connected to an FBAS wire. Inputs and outputs have FBAS wires. This video module is always hybrid, i.e. suitable for analogue and digital television.
  • ”RGB”: The video module is connected to RGB wires. This video module supports analogue television.

To date, only analogue video modules have been fitted. The analogue video modules work either on the basis of FBAS or on the basis of RGB (FBAS: Composite Video Burst Synchronisation; RGB: red-green-blue).

Analogue video modules: How it works and model series
How it works E name E60, E61, E63, E64 E65, E66 Japan E60, E61, E63, E64, E90, E91, E92, E93 Japan E65, E66, E70, E71

1: fitted

0: not fitted

E name: development code

RGB VM5 RGB 0 0 1 with JNAV 1
FBAS VM5 ECE 1 1 0 0
DRIVE (with RGB outputs) VM5 DRIVE 0 1 0

1

with TV in rear

> E65, E66: as video switch with option 603 ”Rear screen” with external navigation


Since 09/2004, hybrid video modules are installed in countries with DVB-T.
Hybrid video modules process analogue and digital television. The hybrid video modules also work on the basis of either FBAS or RGB.

Hybrid video modules: How it works and model series
How it works E name E60, E61, E63, E64, E90, E91, E92, E93 E65, E66 E70, E71

1: fitted

0: not fitted

E name: development code

FBAS VM hybrid FBAS 1

1

without TV in rear

1

without TV in rear

DRIVE VM hybrid DRIVE 0

1

with TV in rear or

with TV in front without NAV

1

with TV in rear

 

Note: In Japan there is only analogue television.

Japan does not have DVB-T. For this reason, an analogue video module is fitted for television in the front in Japan (on RGB basis).
With equipment variant television in front and rear, the video module VM5 DRIVE is fitted in Japan (analogue video module on RGB basis).

Video modules and aerial inputs

All video module have 2 aerial inputs, except: video module 5 hybrid DRIVE.

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