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Rx500 1U half rasterizer

Order Code: PHRX500

Available: Now



Rx500 1U half rasterizer

For such a small profile the Rx500 has plenty of power. Boasting the same toolset available throughout the range, the Rx500 is a perfect solution where space is minimal. Onboard digital control and HDMI/SDI output to external screen at 1920 x 1080. Available as SD/HD-SDI chassis or upgradeable to 3G-SDI with a simple software option.

  • Modular rack mount solution for broadcast infrastructure test and measurement
  • Up to 2 module bays providing up to 4 inputs and up to 2 simultaneous SDI channels
  • Video, audio, generation, monitoring 24/7
  • Choose from a range of modules including physical layer measurement, eye and jitter
  • Full support 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI and Optical support with looping I/O
  • Instruments on multi-viewer at 1920 x 1080 on HDMI/SDI output
  • Simultaneous analysis and monitoring of up to 2 SDI channels
  • Dolby E / AES support
  • Ideal for OB operations, engineering bay, broadcast manufacturing
  • Assurred ROI, low weight, low power (from 16W)
  • Full generator as standard 32 patterns
  • Analysis includes waveform, vectorscope, data toolsets
  • 16 channels embedded audio, level meters, phase meters 
  • Up to 4 channel (stereo pair or 5.1 group) Loudness meter and logging
  • SDI input ANC Timecode, reference VITC and LTC support
  • Ethernet upgrade, connect and download for firmware and software
  • Cool operation
  • UK designed and manufactured

The concept

Designed from the onset to enable broadcast engineers to fully customise their needs, Rx technology can be configured to satisfy a range of market sectors.

  • Broadcast manufacturing 
  • OB facilities, flyaways and trucks
  • Camera shading
  • Production monitoring
  • Control room
  • Transmission remote control
  • Editing/Colour correction
  • 3D application
  • Telco

As budgets continue to be squeezed in broadcast the Rx range has been designed as a cost effective investment for test and measurement with the quality and reliability established by the PHABRIX brand.

The Rx range allows a flexible approach to configuring test and measurement on a new technological platform designed for longevity. The innovation in Rx technology allows each Rx product to benefit from developments as they arise.

Modular design

Modular means choice and with that choice is the ability to create the solution that matches each individual broadcast environment requirement.

Adding modules is like adding an independent new instrument. There is no 'overhead' demand on the platform, each module has its own dedicated FPGA allowing independence of function within a connected structure.

The Platform

The Rx range uses a PHABRIX 'layering' module which sits at the heart of the system. Here signals from each independent instrument on board are processed to provide a variety of instrument displays.

Unhindered by any processing restraints, the layer board provides an output display up to a staggering 1920 x 1080 pixels with perfect scaling via HDMI or SDI. In practice the Rx acts like a T&M multi monitor providing scaled instruments over any selected video input.

The layer board also has provision for AES input. Bi/Tri level looping reference is provided as standard. A D26 way connector allows GPI, LTC control and analogue audio.

Dual USB ports can be used for mouse and keyboard control.

TCP/IP Ethernet provides remote control access to the Rx range using any web browser. It is also the method for updating firmware and software via PHABRIX's dedicated server. Simply select and forget for effortless upgrades.

Power is provided via a locking XLR input supporting an external 9-17V DC transformer. The system has an automatic 'last know configuration' fail safe should there be a power outage.

A super quiet fan assembly is temperature controlled to operate in extreme conditions thus reducing any distracting ambient fan noise.

Modules can be inserted into the rail guided bays. Once inserted the Rx checks the identity of the module then seamlessly incorporates it into the system.

The Rx supports SD-SDI and HD-SDI signals as standard with an option to add 3G-SDI.

Over 400 different formats can be analysed or generated by the Rx including Dual-Link and 3G level A and B with 2K.


Each Rx can be enhanced with different modules. Optical support is available using the onboard SFP where applicable. A full range can be viewed in the hardware module section. PHABRIX technology is constantly being added to this list.

Modules include analysis with the addition of eye and jitter physical layer if required. Generator modules offer the full range of industry standard SMPTE signals.

Audio support includes AES, Dolby E, D, D+ and Pulse.

Operating system

The Rx uses ultra reliable Linux as its operating system providing a robust and stable core. This dedicated solution provides confidence that the Rx will always be available throughout its 24/7 operation.


The Rx range benefits from a 1 year warranty including telephone and email support. Each Rx leaves our UK factory with its own unique list of quality controlled settings which are captured by our manufacturing department. Should the Rx require calibration, these settings are compared with its pre- calibration state to ensure consistency and traceability.

Calibration services are available throughout the PHABRIX worldwide network of distributors.



Rx500 1U half rasterizer Specifications

Front Panel Display

Display Type OLED display
Backlight Variable brightness
Screen Saver Reduces brightness after user adjustable time

Headphone Output

Connector 1/4 Inch Stereo Jack
Level Adjustable
Quantity 1 (front mounted)
Purpose Local audio monitoring

Power Connection

Connector 4-pin XLR, Male
Voltage 12V +/- 5% AC. Power adapter provided

External Reference / VITC

Input Signal Tri-level or Bi-Level (black burst) syncs 50/59.94/60Hz
Connector BNC
Input Impedance 75 ohm terminated
Maximum Input voltage +/- 2V

AES Input

Connector BNC
Input Impedance 75 ohm terminated
Maximum Input Voltage +/- 2V
Sample Rates The input has a sample rate converter and so will accept any sample rate from 32kHz to 192kHz
Specification Conforming to AES3-2003 and SMPTE-276M


Connector BNC
Output Impedance 75 ohm terminated
Output Level +/- 400mV
Purpose Basic SD-SDI or HD-SDI signal generator
Test Signals 100% Colour Bars, 75% Colour Bars. or Check Field Pathological

Monitor Output

Connector HDMI Type A
Video Format up to1920 x 1080 RGB 4:4:4
Audio Format 4 x PCM stereo audio at 48 KHz
Purpose Display of up to 16 individual instrument panels

Local Control

USB Connector USB 2 Type A
Quantity 3 (1 x front mounted, 2 x rear mounted)
Purpose Keyboard and mouse control of the HDMI Monitor output


Ethernet IEEE802.3 10/100Mb/s (10/100-base-T connection)
Ethernet Connector RJ-45

On-board Signal Generator

Test Patterns 100% Colour Bars, 75% Colour Bars, Check Field
SD Fornats 525i (59.94), 625i (50)
HD Formats 720p (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, 60), 1080i (50, 59.94, 60), 1080p (23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30)
3G Formats 3G-A 1080p (50, 59.94, 60), 3G-B 1080p (50, 59.94, 60)

Ordering Information

Order Code PHRX500





For Product support please contact your distributor at the place of your purchase. Should the product be beyond their repair assistance the distributor will contact the PHABRIX Support Team on your behalf.

A summary of PHABRIX’s warranty is given below. The detail of PHABRIX’s warranty is included on the web-site under Terms and Conditions.

Please note that the battery, third-party SFP modules and SFP cages are not covered under warranty.

Summary of manufacturer’s warranty and warranty service
PHABRIX products will be supplied to the distributor with a manufacturer’s warranty in favour of the end-user of the product. Under the terms of PHABRIX’s warranty an end-user will be able to claim for any defect in material and workmanship for a period of 1 year from the date of new product shipment to the end-user. Under the terms of the warranty, PHABRIX will supply replacement parts for those which prove defective and warranty labour if the defective equipment is returned freight prepaid either to PHABRIX or to an approved factory service depot.
This warranty does not include responsibility for any transportation damage or handling damage or insurance costs.

Warranty service
1. Automatic product warranty will cover the first year from the date of invoice to the distributor’s end-user and end same date in the next calendar year.
2. Should the product develop a fault, the distributor will provide first line telephone support for the end-user to confirm the fault is technical and not operator error.
3. If the distributor considers the product to be faulty following their telephone support, the product must be returned to the distributor for visual examination to confirm the fault.
4. The distributor must then contact PHABRIX to discuss whether the product should be replaced from the distributor's stock or directly from PHABRIX.
5. If the product is faulty and cannot be repaired by the distributor, the distributor must obtain a Return Material Authorisation (RMA) number from PHABRIX before sending the faulty product to PHABRIX.

The warranty shall not apply if:
1. PHABRIX finds that the product or its component parts have been altered by unauthorised personnel;
2. the end-user installs, in the product, parts not made or supplied by PHABRIX, except such components specified by PHABRIX;
3. the product was used or installed in a manner other than in accordance with PHABRIX’s instructions;
4. the product is opened by the end-user.

Warranty Return Policy
If the product fails due to manufacturing defects, PHABRIX will either:
(a) repair the product; or
(b) replace the product.

Equipment Return Procedure
Before returning equipment to PHABRIX, the distributor or end-user must first obtain a RMA number from PHABRIX. All costs associated with shipping the product to PHABRIX shall be borne by the distributor or end-user, this includes freight, insurance as well as any and all brokerage fees and customs charges. The shipping costs associated with the return of the product to the distributor or end-user will be borne by PHABRIX.

Out of Warranty Repairs
PHABRIX will perform out of warranty repairs in accordance with its current service pricing schedule. All costs associated with shipping the product to PHABRIX shall be borne by the distributor or end-user, this includes freight, insurance as well as any and all brokerage fees and customs charges. The shipping costs associated with the return of the product to the distributor or end-user will be borne by PHABRIX.

Thank you very much for your recent purchase of PHABRIX Product, it is very much appreciated by everyone at PHABRIX.

Product Sheet


PHABRIX Rx simulation

The Rx simulator shows a simulation of the Rx2000 product. If you have a monitor of 1920 x 1080 resolution or greater, then you will be able to select the external LCD and arrange the window layout which would be visible on an external HDMI monitor on the Rx range.

Rx Simulator 09.04.14365 (18th January 2017): Please contact PHABRIX sales or your local sales partner if based outside of the UK for more information on the PHABRIX Rx range and to book a demonstration.



Rx Software & Manuals Releases

Please read carefully the PHABRIX Software End User Licence Agreement before downloading any software from this site.

Rx system software

To install this software on the Rx2000, Rx1000 or Rx500, download the zip file, extract the contents to the root directory of a USB pen drive then insert this into the front panel USB socket. See manual for further details on installing software.

Version Date Software Release notes Rx 500/1000 Manual Rx 2000 Manual
Current Version: Note that if your Rx system is running a version of software earlier than 9.01.12714 then new software will have to be installed manually to enable future automatic software updates.
09.05.14681 29/06/2017 Software Zip
Changes Rx1000 Manual Rx2000 Manual
Note that Version 9 software does NOT support Version 8 and earlier Eye Modules (please contact your dealer for a free hardware upgrade.) Note also that Version 8 systems will not automatically download Version 9 software. This will have to be done manually.
09.04.14365 05/09/2016 Software Zip
Changes Rx1000 Manual Rx2000 Manual
Previous Releases


Rx and Sx Remote control SDK Documentation and Utilities

A setup application is provided to install the tools and documentation into the correct places

Tools are installed under the Start Menu and documentation and code examples are installed in MyDocuments\Phabrix\RemoteApiSDK.

Version For Software Version Date Utilities and Source Documentation
2.3 0.08.xxxx -> Date Applications, Examples & Docs Installer
Previous Releases


Simple FTP Client for the Rx range

A setup application is provided to install the FTP Client.

This application simplifies downloading of the latest version for networks where a Proxy server is used and Rx units do not have direct access to the internet. It can also be used for simpler downloading of Screen dumps or Report files from an Rx.

FTP Client Version Release Date Software
Version NumberDate Installer