Mylox MLX-100 Interface PCB

The MLX-100 was designed to interface with the Epson M180 and M190 series impact dot matrix miniprinter mechanisms but variants could be developed for interfacing with other printers. A mechanism and interface combination would typically be selected for integration into oem equipment demanding; compact, low cost, low power, printer output. The use of such components inevitably demands more design and development than an external or even panel mounted printer but it becomes cost effective for larger volume production runs or where corporate branding or identity is paramount to the aesthetics of the final product. Impact dot matrix printers would be selected over their thermal counterparts for applications requiring multi-part (2 or even 3 copies) print or where long term archiving of the printout has to be guaranteed.


MLX100 interface board

Features & Benefits

  • Compact size - easily fits into mobile equipment
  • RS232 Interface with adjustable baud rate - compatible with most systems
  • Alternative control codes - direct replacement for legacy equipment
  • Powered by a single 5V DC supply - for low cost, simple installation
  • Connections for status LED and paper feed push button - for enhanced user feedback & control

MLX-100 Specifications

Mechanisms Supported Epson M180 Epson M183 Epson M190 Epson M192
Characters per line 24 42 24 40
Print Speed 1.7 lines/sec 0.9 lines/sec 2.5 lines/sec 1.5 lines/sec
Character Size 5 x 7 dot matrix
Dimensions (WxDxH) 65 x 43 x 13mm
Interface Serial RS-232C (standard), TTL or USB
Baud Rates 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600 (default), 19200, 38400, 57600, 115200
Data Buffer > 2K bytes
Handshaking Hardware (DTR/CTS), Software (XON/XOFF) or none
Flash programmable features Baud rate, Sleep function, Inverted text, Handshaking
Operating Voltage 4.5 to 5.5 V DC
Power Consumption Max 3.0A
Operating Temperature 0 to 50°C
Other features Mechanism auto detect, self-test function, bit image graphics