Engineering Service, Inc.
With BVE the UK’s premiere home market exposition for all things broadcast opening 23rd February, PHABRIX is attending with its latest technological release – the PHABRIX Qx for UHDTV1 and UHDTV2 test and measurement.
Designed as a complete solution for testing the new UHDTV formats, the PHABRIX Qx features the very latest technology in a new ‘future-proof’ platform targeted at broadcasters and manufacturers looking for a comprehensive test and measurement solution. The key differentiator of this new instrument is its ability to provide simultaneous generation and analysis tools on signals with up to 48Gbps payloads offering both video and audio instrumentation.
The Qx comes complete with support for HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI as standard. Two base models are available: one complete with physical layer analysis and one without.
Incorporating PHABRIX ‘real-time eye’ technology RTETM the 12G-SDI capable physical layer analysis tool-set enables comprehensive testing of both UHDTV1/4K and UHDTV2/8K infrastructures. Importantly the PHABRIX Qx can present automatic measurements for both overshoot and undershoot along with eye height, rise time and fall time - compulsory when verifying SMPTE compliance and a key differentiator with Qx technology. With an analogue front end bandwidth in excess of 30 GHz, the Qx is perfect for 12G-SDI eye and jitter testing.
With 4 x 12Gbps BNC inputs and 4 x 12Gbps BNC outputs the platform is able to support UHDTV standards up to 4320P60. In addition two fully connected SFP+ cages provide support for both 12Gbps optical SDI SFPs and 10GbE SFPs for the testing of IP based infrastructures. A range of format options will be available in the near future including SMPTE 2022-6.
The Qx is controlled using an intuitive user interface consisting of mouse, keyboard and 1920x1080 HDMI and SDI instrument outputs. The all new client/server based Qx GUI provides up to 16 simultaneous scalable instrument windows backed by a powerful preset mechanism.
The Qx provides instruments including scaled picture view, zoomed pixel view, video status, data view, ancillary data display, timing analyser, video generator and eye and jitter displays.
Support for HDR (High Dynamic Range), WCG (Wide Colour Gamut), HFR (High Frame Rate) and the advanced object based audio formats will be provided as the standards develop.
Phil Adams, Managing director of PHABRIX commented; ‘It is an exciting time to be involved with technology particularly in broadcasting. The Qx is our flagship product and despite the technological challenges of making a true hybrid solution for SDI and IP infrastructure, the implementation of the Qx enables us to respond to the needs of customers now and in the future.’
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