PHABRIX® Sx TAG Portable Analyzer/Generator

Sx TAG with its SFP, SDI, and analog I/O offers incredible versatility in a handheld device. It is ideal for IP, 3G/HD/SD-SDI, optical SDI, HDMI and Analog test & measurement as well as AES eye analysis, for applications demanding true mobility and ease of use.

It provides support for SMPTE ST 2110-20/30/40 encapsulation/decapsulation with ST 2059 PTP, SDP, and NMOS as well as SMPTE ST 2022-6 encapsulation/decapsulation, using 10GE IP SFP+ modules developed by Embrionix.

Useful hybrid IP/SDI features include SDI to IP and IP to SDI gateways for both ST 2110-20/30/40 and ST 2022-6, as well as the ability to generate an analog reference output, slaved to the ST 2059 PTP or 2022-6 IP input.

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Advanced Hybrid IP/SDI Toolset

The Sx TAG is ideal for engineers who need to work across SMPTE 2110* and 2022-6 IP streams, as well as SDI and Analog formats. The IP encapsulation/decapsulation is supported using 10GE IP SFP+ modules, and the status is presented within the Sx TAG’s monitoring toolsets. New Tx/Rx instrument windows are provided for network configuration and monitoring. The Sx TAG’s advanced analysis toolset also includes an enhanced waveform with low pass mode, horizontal/vertical zoom and chroma analysis, as well as AES eye analysis and a vectorscope with color wheel analysis.

In addition to providing access to SMPTE 2110* and 2022-6 IP streams, the integrated SFP cage also provides support to additional formats, such as fiber optic and HDMI.  For more information on the SFP modules, click HERE

For audio support the PHABRIX® TAG-C provides a D15 breakout connector providing both balanced analog and AES input/output. AES waveform display allows a visual check of levels and reference lock. Advanced audio features including Dolby® E, Dolby® Digital, and Dolby® Digital Plus are supported allowing the TAG-C to be considered as a replacement for the discontinued Dolby® DM100.

* FUTURE SOFTWARE RELEASE

 

Ultra Portable, Rugged Design and Easy To Use

The Sx TAG offers exceptional mobility with a lightweight (0.9 kg) but rugged aluminum case with an integral, high-quality screen for instrument display and video monitoring.  Its color-coded GUI simplifies signal and instrument selection, making any of the Sx series generator/analyzers easy to use for busy engineers who need to diagnose faults and assure compliance quickly. The generator/analyzer operates via rechargeable lithium battery for up 2 hours, and can also be powered by the mains to offer flexible operation around facilities.  

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

 

Hybrid IP/SDI + Analog generation, analysis & monitoring
  • Simultaneous generation and analysis for SMPTE compliance testing
  • SMPTE 2110 and 2022-6 stream encapsulation/decapsulation for IP video networks
  • 3G/HD/SD-SDI support plus Analog Composite [PAL-I, PAL-N, PAL-N (ARG), PAL-M, NTSC-M, NTSC-M (JP)]
  • SFP cage for SDI-Optical, HDMI and IP
  • Embedded audio generation, analysis & monitoring with 1x AES in, 1x AES out, 48kHz 75 Ohm
  • Balanced analog audio I/O
  • Auto Bi-level, Tri-level, and SDI genlock with cross lock capability
Advanced video analysis toolset
  • Over 350 formats supported for compliance monitoring
  • 12-bit YRGB/YUV waveform monitor with horizontal/vertical zoom, chroma, and low pass mode
  • Vectorscope with color wheel for checking color bias/conformity
  • Signal generation with 32 test patterns, including Pathological and moving patterns
  • CRC error detection, video aspect ratio detection and SMPTE 351 display
  • HANC/VANC support
  • Pixel check and picture zoom
Multi-channel audio analysis & monitoring
  • Embed a single external 48kHz synchronous AES stream into the generated video stream
  • Extract embedded audio and export it via the AES output
  • 16 channel audio metering
  • Dolby® E, Dolby® Digital and Dolby® Digital Plus bitstream analysis
  • Audio AES eye analysis
Remote access, automation & logging
  • TCP/IP interface for remote control and automated testing
  • Comprehensive status logging with custom reports
  • Instrument picture capture to simplify fault finding
Ultra-portable, easy to use design
  • High quality, 16:9 built-in screen for video monitoring
  • Rechargeable lithium battery delivers 1-2 hours operation and mains power also available
  • Superior ease of use with color-coded GUI
  • Lightweight at 0.9kg
  • Rugged aluminum case for demanding broadcast environments

 

NOTE:  As of September 2017, all units come with the Generator capability included.  If you already own a TAG unit without the Generation capability, the option is still available for purchase separately.  

PHSXTAGC-IP

Starting in April 2018, this new version of the Sx TAG is introduced to analyze, measure, and monitor IP signals.  The Sx TAG-IP converts the IP signal (SMPTE 2022-6 and SMPTE 2110)  into SDI and therefore open the same measurement tools that the standard Sx-TAG has, such as waveform, vectorscope, audio analysis, etc. If you own a standard Sx TAG/C and want to add IP capabilities, you will need to add the PHSXTAGC2IP option and the unit needs to be sent back to the factory.  For more information, please contact your AVBB Sales Representative. 

IF YOU WANT A FREE PRODUCT DEMONSTRATION OR TRY THE Sx TAG PORTABLE ANALYZER, PLEASE CONTACT US.

Under the terms of PHABRIX® WARRANTY an End User will be able to claim under the warranty for any defect in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of original delivery to the End User.  Under the terms of the warranty, PHABRIX® will supply replacement parts for those which prove defective and warranty labor if the defective equipment is returned freight prepaid either to PHABRIX® or to an approved service depot.   The warranty does not include responsibility for any transportation or handling damage.

Please remember that the battery, screen, the SFP cage and the SFP modules are not part of the warranty agreement. Details of the warranty can be found in the documentation supplied with your product.

The warranty shall not apply IF:

a) PHABRIX® finds that the Product or its Component Parts have been altered by unauthorized personnel.

b) the End User installs in the Product, parts not made or supplied by PHABRIX®, except such components specified by PHABRIX®.

c) the Product was used or installed in a manner other than in accordance with PHABRIX®’s instructions.

d) the Unit is opened by the End User.

For more details and information, please contact your AVBB sales representative.

 

Monitor Details

Display Resolution 480 x 272 pixels (auto scaling)
Display Type 16:9 24 bit color TFT
Display Size 95 x 54 mm
Processing All digital

SDI Video Input/Output

SDI Format SD-SDI, HD-SDI, (3G-SDI Option)
SDI Input/Output 1 x 75 Ohm BNC
EDH Yes (SD-SDI)

Reference Input/Output

Genlock Bi/Tri/SDI with cross lock
Ref Generator Bi-level PAL/NTSC +/- 5ppm
Generator Timing 0 to 1 Frame WRT reference source

Composite Video Input/Output

Composite Formats PAL / NTSC
Composite Input 1 x 75 Ohm BNC
Composite Output 1 x 75 Ohm BNC

SFP Input/Output

Interface Single Tx, Single Rx or Transceiver
Module types SDI Fiber, SDI Coaxial, SDI for HDMI, and SDI for SMPTE 2022-6 connectivity provided by SFP+ modules

Audio

Internal Speaker 0.5 watts
Audio DAC 24-bit Stereo
Headphone Socket 3.5 mm with auto line out
Generator/Monitor 48kHz 20-bit (SD-SDI) 24-bit (HD-SDI)
Metering 16 channel PPM with phase indication
AES Output 75 ohm AES Pair via 15-way D-type
AES Input 75 ohm AES Pair via 15-way D-type
Analog Output Balanced Stereo pair via 15-way D-type
Analog Input Balanced Stereo pair via 15-way D-type

General

Navigation Panel 5 menu keys, 8 custom select
Integral Battery Supply 2-3 hours (Lithium Polymer)
Internal Storage 2 GB
Remote Control Web Browser Interface
Ethernet Web server, Remote control (TCP/IP Sockets)
Carrying Case included
AC Power Supply included (universal)
Security Kensington lock fitting
Weight 900g
Size H: 92mm W: 225mm D: 42mm

Ordering Information

PHABRIX SxTAG Code: PHSXTAG
PHABRIX SxTAG-C Code: PHSXTAGC

Get the Most out of your Sx TAG Series Portable Devices with these easy-to-install Software Options!

PHABRIX® OP GEN (PHSXO-GEN)

The GENERATOR option for SxTAG adds a professional multi-format generator to the TAG to provide video test signals for analog composite video, SD-SDI and HD-SDI video formats as standard.  This option is already included in the SxTAGC and Sx TAGC-IP models.

Compatible with PHABRIX® TAG model.

PHABRIX® OP 3G-SDI FORMAT (PHSXO-3G)

The 3G-SDI FORMATS option for SxTAG (or SxTAG-C) supports the new broadcast standards for 3G Level and Level B signal transfer and provides advanced formats including 4:2:2 YUV, 4:4:4 RGB and 4:4:4 YUV at 10/12 bit.

Compatible with PHABRIX® TAG Series.

PHABRIX® OP DATADP (PHSXO-SD)

The SDI ANALYSIS option provides the engineer with a detailed view of the data words contained within the SDI stream.  This allows the analysis of complex faults and is particularly useful when determining compatibility issues between the equipment and when debugging new product developments, particularly in an R&D environment.

Compatible with PHABRIX® SxA, PHABRIX® SxD, PHABRIX® SxE, and PHABRIX® TAG Series.

PHABRIX® OP SCRIPT (PHSXO-S)

The COMMAND SCRIPTS WITH PRINT REPORT option allows a series of predefined actions such as controlling the generator, analyzer, and logging functions within the Phabrix® instrument using a script stored in internal memory.  A print report feature allows an internal HTML form to be auto-filled with parameters set and subsequently downloaded and printed.

Compatible with PHABRIX® SxA, PHABRIX® SxD, PHABRIX® SxE, and PHABRIX® TAG Series.

PHABRIX® OP REMOTE (PHSXO-R)

The ENHANCED REMOTE CONTROL option allows full remote control of the instrument via TCP/IP sockets.  Complex applications can be created to perform test and measurement functions such as automated testing of routers or other broadcast equipment and infrastructure.

Compatible with PHABRIX® SxA, PHABRIX® SxD, PHABRIX® SxE, and PHABRIX® TAG Series.

PHABRIX® OP MOVZONE (PHSXO-Z)

The PROGRAMMABLE MOVING ZONE PLATE option can be used to test a range of video processing requirements using horizontal, vertical and temporal (time) controls.  Temporal control is particularly useful for testing up/down converters/monitors and applications which compress signals.

Compatible with PHABRIX® SxA, PHABRIX® SxD, PHABRIX® SxE, and PHABRIX® TAG Series.

PHABRIX® OP ADVFORMAT (PHSXO-F) – Now Includes 2K Formats

The ADVANCED FORMATS option includes 4:2:2 YUV, 4:4:4 RGB and 4:4:4 YUV at 10-12 bits and 3G Level A and B and is available for the SxA, SxE and TAG only (the SxD comes complete with these formats).  Among the support for 3G Level B is the ability to analyze signals such as SMPTE 425-B carrying one SMPTE 372-M Dual Link payload.  This option is not needed if the PHSXO-2K option is installed in the unit.

Compatible with PHABRIX® SxA, PHABRIX® SxE, and PHABRIX® TAG Series.

PHABRIX® OP DOLBY ANALYSIS & GENERATION (PHSXO-DAG)

The DOLBY ANALYSIS & GENERATION option allows two functions on your instrument.  The Analysis function displays the Dolby D/D+/E metadata that is present in a selected audio stream and determines whether the (Dolby D/D+/E) packet is timed correctly on the SDI video stream.   The Dolby signal may be monitored from any of the SDI input embedded audio channel pairs or the AES input and it can display the Peak Audio Levels.

At the same time, this option includes the ability to adjust the “Start of Frame” for the Dolby D/D+/E packets.  Dolby streams are provided for all program configurations with fixed audio data.  Metadata can be edited by the user and stored in memories.

Compatible with PHABRIX® SxA, PHABRIX® SxD, PHABRIX® SxE, and PHABRIX® TAG Series.

PHABRIX® OP VANC (PHSXO-VNC)

The ANCILLARY DATA STATUS option provides a quick status view of the ancillary data present in an SDI signal.  It does not decode the data fully and is intended to be a fast analysis tool to show if a packet type is present, absent, or red if in fault.  Full logging is available along with DID and SDID custom setup.

Compatible with PHABRIX® SxA, PHABRIX® SxD, PHABRIX® SxE, and PHABRIX® TAG Series.  Included in all new purchases.

PHABRIX® OP AV DELAY GENERATION & ANALYSIS (PHSXO-AVD)

The AV DELAY GENERATION AND ANALYSIS option offers an end-to-end solution for the measurement of audio to video differential delay through a broadcast chain.  The tool not only provides a real-time update of the differential delay between the video content and the selected audio channel pair but can also be used to measure the propagation, or pipeline delay, of video and audio content.    

The AV Delay Generation function includes an adapted EBU Tech 3305 AV Sync and Operational Test Pattern to support SD and HD formats.  Compatible with third-party AV delay analyzers such as LAWO V_pro8.  It also enables AV Delay audio on up to 16 embedded channels and/or AES out.

The AV Delay Analyzer function supports for the adapted EBU Tech 3305 AV Sync and operation test pattern and also for LAWO V_line AV Sync test pattern.  The AV delay is measured in real-time.  User can select audio from SDI or AES input.  

Compatible with PHABRIX® SxA, PHABRIX® SxD, PHABRIX® SxE, PHABRIX® TAGC, and PHABRIX® TAGC-IP models.

PHABRIX® OP ENG SX-TAG BUNDLE (PHSXO-ENGT)

For the engineer that wants to take advantage of all of the most important software options available for the Sx Series, Phabrix® is introducing a new ENGINEERING SOFTWARE BUNDLE for SX-TAG SERIES at a discounted price (if they were purchased separately).  This bundle includes the following options: PHSXO3GADV, PHSXO-S, PHSXO-SD, PHSXO-R, PHSXO-Z, PHSXO-DAG.

Compatible with PHABRIX® TAG Series.

The following SxTAG Accessories will help you to maximize the power of this Portable but Powerful Instrument!
 

PHABRIX® TAG AUDIO BC (PHSXC-1)

A BREAK-OUT CABLE is available to provide AES input and output as well as calibrated balanced analog audio input and output to broadcast levels.
 

PHABRIX® TAG SFP CAGE (PHSXM-CAGE)

In case the SFP cage that came with your unit fails and needs to be replaced, we have you covered!  This is an easy-to-replace item so you don’t have to stop your work for long periods of time.
 

PHABRIX® OP TAG SFP (PHSXO-SFP) (1)

SFP Cage Activation – In case you need to use the optical capabilities of your Phabrix® TAG, you need to activate the cage first to allow this feature.  Once activated, you can use one of our non-MSA SFP modules or from any other manufacturer.  Without this activation, the optical feature of your TAG will not work.  Only one activate per TAG instrument.
 

PHABRIX® TAG SFPD (PHSXO-SFPD) (1)

If you decide to use the optical feature of the Phabrix® TAG AND want to purchase one of Phabrix® SFP modules for TAG (PHSFP-RT30-1310, PHSFP-RT30-1550, or PHSFP-RT30-HDBNC), the cage activation (PHSXO-SFP) is offered at a discounted price.  Please check your AVBB Sales Representative for details.
 
 

(1):  These options are available only for some Phabrix® TAG models.  Current Phabrix® TAG models already come with the SFP cage activated.  Please contact your AVBB Sales Representative to check if your unit needs the SFP Cage Activation option by providing the serial number of the TAG unit.

YOU MAY NOW TEST THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE PHABRIX SXTAG/TAG-C AND EXPERIENCE ITS SIMPLICITY FOR YOURSELF.  JUST DOWNLOAD ITS SIMULATOR (ZIP FILE) AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS.

PhabrixSxTagSetup

This simulator runs on a Windows PC and it has been checked for viruses.

To access, click on the image on the left and the zip file of the simulator should start downloading into your computer.  Unzip the file and double click on the SETUP file to proceed with the installation.  The application will check for recent software updates at start-up.

You can run multiple simulators at once to test remote control of large systems, by using different port numbers.  Use the -P Port# command line option to set different port numbers for each instance.