Cingularity selects PHABRIX Sx for power and portability on sports broadcasts
“We chose the PHABRIX Sx instruments largely because of their compact size and weight, as we knew we would be moving constantly between sites on both projects,” said Dan Pope, Managing Director, Cingularity. “They are great for initial set-up and lining up, you can send and receive to the same box, and the battery life is good so we can just grab them and go without worrying.
“I had used PHABRIX units before and knew them to be reliable and easy to use,” added Adrian Lombardi, Senior Engineer, Cingularity. “They are self-explanatory and easy to navigate, as well as being quick to set up. As well as the SxA and SxE units, we have an Rx 2000 rasterizer that will mainly be rack mounted on location; not only does it give us advanced functionality, its form factor also helps us to save valuable space on site.”
With advanced SDI physical layer analysis (Eye & Jitter), the SxE is ideal for applications like live production. The instant, RTE™ (Real-Time Eye) technology speeds physical layer testing and delivers automated measurements and logging for key parameters such as: rise time, fall time, delta, overshoot and cable length. The SxA offers all the same advanced signal generation, analysis and monitoring capabilities as the SxE, without the advanced Real-Time SDI physical layer analysis (eye and jitter instruments). There is support for SMPTE compliance testing with over 350 different formats. An extensive array of video and audio tools includes a signal generator with moving test patterns, a high-performance waveform, and ANC/VANC inspector.
The Rx 2000 rasterizer offers up to 4 channels of 2K/3G/HD/SD-SDI video/audio analysis and monitoring (dual inputs per analyzer) and can also provide signal generation. Up to 16 instruments can be presented simultaneously for video analysis and eye/jitter testing via an external display. Monitoring of the instruments and video can also be performed using dual built-in screens and audio speakers.
Following the two sports events, the PHABRIX units will be installed in Cingularity’s new MCR in London, where they will be used for network operations and in its data centres for video monitoring.
PHABRIX is a world leader in broadcast test and measurement, with a full range of portable and rackmount systems for rapid fault diagnosis, compliance monitoring, and product development. Technology strengths include IP video stream generation and analysis, advanced HDR/WCG visualization, and ultra-responsive physical layer analysis. The product portfolio includes the top-of-the range Qx 12G for hybrid IP, 4K/UHD, and HDR/WCG signal generation, analysis, and video/audio monitoring. The advanced, rackmount Rx range provides fast intermittent fault diagnosis in 3G/HD-SDI environments, using video capture and remote access. For applications demanding ultra-portable instruments, the company also offers the award-winning Sx range. PHABRIX maintains its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in the UK.