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PHABRIX launches hybrid IP, 4K/UHD & HDR test & measurement solutions

Las Vegas, USA - April 24 2017 - PHABRIX, the test and measurement specialist, has launched a range of new hybrid IP, 4K/UHD and HDR solutions to streamline compliance testing and content monitoring as facilities migrate to new video formats.

The new Qx 12G performs signal generation, analysis & monitoring across SMPTE 2022-6 IP and HD, 3G, 6G and 12G-SDI formats. Advanced IP tools enable broadcast engineers to quickly understand network traffic integrity and assess issues such as network congestion. Multiple diagnostic instruments include an Inter Packet Arrival Time Analyser, which provides network health reporting with a histogram presenting the distribution of packet arrival times. 

 

A SMPTE 2022-6 encapsulator coupled with the Inter Packet Transmission Profiling tool provides the ability to simulate a wide range of network congestion conditions. Additional network analysis tools present detailed transmission and reception traffic information. Software upgrades for additional IP standards will be available during 2017, including TR03, AES67 and PTP (ST 2059-2), as defined in the draft SMPTE 2110 specification. 

 

For High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Colour Gamut applications, Qx 12G provides new generator patterns plus a CIE 1931 X Y chart with Rec.709 and Rec.2020 overlays for measuring chromaticity. There’s also a programmable HDR Heat-map to highlight luminance zones of a signal, as well as HDR vectorscope and waveform tools. All these HDR instruments support Dolby® PQ standard, and future software releases will support the HLG and SLOG3 standards. 

 

Advanced physical layer testing capabilities are also offered by Qx 12G, including ultra-fast 12G-SDI eye analysis with RTE (Real-time Eye) technology, which instantly highlights SMPTE compliance issues, including eye under/overshoot. Additional tools include Jitter waveform, Jitter Insertion, Jitter FFT analysis, and pathological test patterns. 

 

Existing Qx users will be offered an upgrade path to the new Qx 12G feature set. 

PHABRIX’s expanded Qx range now also includes the new Qx IP, a highly affordable variant for hybrid IP, 3G-SDI & HDR generation, analysis and monitoring. Qx IP provides all the HDR and IP features of the Qx 12G for 3G-SDI and IP applications.

 

Sx handheld hybrid IP, 3G-SDI & Analog test and measurement 

 

For handheld hybrid IP, 3G-SDI & Analog applications, PHABRIX has launched a new IP option for the Sx TAG. This ultra-portable instrument provides signal generation, analysis and monitoring from an intuitive, colour-coded interface. It features mains and battery power, and provides all the essential tools for infrastructure compliance testing and content monitoring, including a multi-format waveform and vectorscope, video monitoring using a 16:9 screen, and 16 channel audio monitoring.

 

SMPTE 2022-6 IP support is provided using 10GE IP SFP+ modules. The IP status is presented within the Sx TAG’s monitoring toolsets, and new Tx/Rx instrument windows are provided for network configuration and monitoring. Other advanced features include Dolby® E, Dolby® Digital and Dolby® Digital Plus bitstream generation and analysis, as well as video status logging, and remote operation over Ethernet.

 

“With all these new hybrid IP/SDI, rack-mounted and handheld solutions, we’re delivering test and measurement tools that are a better fit for the latest broadcast facilities, which typically span multiple SDI and IP standards, as well as HDR and SDR formats. Addressing this need for broader and more in-depth, multi-format support has been a real priority”, says Phillip Adams, Managing Director at PHABRIX.