March 1st, 2016 – London, United Kingdom:  PHABRIX at BVE London this year led with the latest software release for its innovative Rx rack mount range. V9.04 adds combined video and audio toolset to the extensive in picture instruments of this increasingly popular rackmount designed for engineering bay, QC and OB environments.  The Rx was presented in three chassis types, the 2U Rx 2000 with dual integrated screens and the 1U Rx 1000 and the half rack 1U Rx 500. Each chassis displays instruments via SDI or usefully by HDMI at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The ability to display up to 20 instruments simultaneously on each of the 4 channel inputs has not gone unnoticed by the broadcast networks. The release of V9.04 coincides with the installation of a major system into one of Malaysia’s primary networks as a QC solution.

All Rx Models with Monitor (200 x 200)Full Dolby decode and metadata reporting has been enhanced to include Dolby E, Dolby D and Dolby D plus. It is however in the handling of multiple audio channels where the Rx becomes a show stopper. The new audio mix down instrument is available to quickly identify audio routing from embedded, AES and Dolby sources. The user can select L and R channel sources or mute channels if required to identify audio at any time. The new Loudness instrumentation which is included as standard, supports single channel logging, but can be extended to four channel with the addition of an option code.

The video analysis and generator toolsets have also seen significant additions. The on-board generator now provides direct system timing adjustment, useful when you have a four channel system. Frame grab has been included which can be both manual and fault triggered to disk for analysis. At any time the video frames saved can be recalled and used via the generator. The picture view too has new on screen display of AFD, V chip indication, closed caption 608/708, OP47 and WST teletext – as standard. With a single mouse click the system provides full native resolution view of a picture or full recall of a multi view of instruments via 99 presets to a pre saved selection giving the engineer a single point of quality control within any application from OB to QC.

The Rx also supports up to four channels via fibre network through its SFP cage inclusion as part of the standard build. The new features on show at BVE for the Rx include several additional toolsets providing a ‘one box’ solution in a very cost effective package.

The Sx range hand held was also on display. The PHABRIX SxE with its on board eye and jitter toolsets continues to succeed with its unrivalled multi format generator incorporated within the Phabrix SXE with hand (500 x 227)analyser and monitoring toolsets with full physical layer analysis.  The TAG with its SDI and analogue toolsets and fibre optic support has found a new following from many pro video engineers and has been further enhanced for both MSA and non MSA SFP support. The latest addition to the SFP’s supported is a useful HDMI EDID display.

Qx Series (600 x 300)The PHABRIX Qx UHDTV1/4K and UHDTV2/8K combined generator/analyser at BE was a must see. Developed using the very latest FPGA technology, PHABRIX once again provides a unique solution to the broadcast industry’s latest trend – 4K and 8K.  Incorporating the ‘World’s first’ real-time multi-frame rate 12G-SDI physical layer analysis (eye and jitter) tool-set with automatic SMPTE compliance measurements, it provides comprehensive testing for both UHDTV1 and UHDTV2 infrastructures.

The new PHABRIX Qx hardware platform also supports the next generation of both copper and fibre uncompressed SDI interfaces and importantly for those interested in IP, SMPTE ST 2022-6 over 10GbE for IP based infrastructures.  HDR (High Dynamic Range), WCG (Wide Colour Gamut), HFR (High Frame Rate) along with advanced object based audio formats will be provided as the standards develop.


About PHABRIX Limited

Since the company’s formation in 2005, PHABRIX innovation has been acknowledged with numerous broadcast technology awards. These include the IABM Peter Wayne award in 2008 for the world’s first hand held generator, analyser and monitor capable of SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI. PHABRIX continues to lead the market by providing solutions used in test and measurement for broadcast infrastructures, particularly focussing on the transition from composite video, to SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and the new UHDTV1 and UHDTV2 requirements.