Modified Modular Jack
MMJ socket and plug
|Designer||Digital Equipment Corporation|
|Pin 1||Data terminal ready||DTR|
|Pin 2||Transmit data||Tx+|
|Pin 3||Transmit data ground||Tx-|
|Pin 4||Receive data ground||Rx-|
|Pin 5||Receive data||Rx+|
|Pin 6||Data set ready||DSR|
The Modified Modular Jack, or MMJ connector, is a small form-factor serial port connector developed by DEC. It uses a modified version of the 6P6C modular connector with the hook displaced to the side so standard modular connectors found on Ethernet cables or phone jacks could not accidentally be plugged in. MMJ connectors are used on Digital minicomputers, such as the PDP-11, VAX and Alpha based machines and to connect terminals, printers or serial console servers.
The MMJ plug has six conductors, using a superset of the RS-423 serial communication standard. The six pins were Tx and Rx for the data transmission, their ground wires, and DSR and DTR for handshaking. The transmit and receive signals are differential, i.e. each signal is the voltage difference between the line and its associated ground, as opposed to a voltage on a single connector relative to a common reference. The system can also emulate RS-232 signallyby combining the lower voltage sides of each signal to the RS-232 signal ground line. For this type of connection there are a number of models of conversion adapter.
When connecting two DTE devices such as a computer and a printer, the Digital BC16E crossover cable is used.