The PHABRIX SxE represents the most comprehensive hand held instrument available in the world today. The PHABRIX SxE has the full functions of the PHABRIX SxA plus physical layer analysis. Displaying eye and jitter diagrams with optional filter selection for timing and alignment measurements on its large 4.3 inch best of class 16:9 colour TFT screen, it is unique in offering laboratory level testing. Cursors and histogram functions allow detailed measurements to be made. The ability of the SxE to produce eye patterns from a 3G signal is particularly significant for those users requiring a solution to testing high end products in the 3G arena. Jitter too is one of the most important issues in the design and operation of high-speed serial links and the SxE jitter tools can be applied from SD-SDI, HD-SDI to 3G-SDI. These comprehensive features propel the SxE into the domain of much more expensive bench bound products and has resulted in it achieving many technological awards. Released in 2009 it has been installed in facilities world-wide and has continued to benefit from PHABRIX’s lifetime support for software upgrades making it one of the most stable cool running instruments available.
Automated eye and jitter measurements as standard
Advanced option available for histograms, filters, jitter thermometers
Combined generator, analyser and monitor
Full support 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI
Truely a hand held instrument for an engineer who needs mobility
Full generator, 32 patterns, moving zone plate and custom
Analysis includes waveform, vectorscope, data toolsets
16 channels embedded audio, level meters
Full AES audio, 16 independent tones
Dolby generation and analysis (option)
Small profile, rugged aluminium case
Low power consumption (9W)
Lithium polymer rechargeable battery 2-3 hours tether free operation
Ethernet upgrade, connect and download for firmware and software
Hand held test and measurement
The PHABRIX SxE provides the ultimate in multi-format handheld SDI test signal generation, analysis and monitoring with the added advantage of automated eye and jitter to SMPTE requirement.
The PHABRIX SxE includes 3G-SDI , HD-SDI and SD-SDI test signal generation and analysis. technologically advanced the instrument has provided engineers with sophisticated physical layer measurement within the convenience of a hand held platform. Since its release in 2009, the PHABRIX SxE has become a mainstrean in broadcasting with multiple units in use everyday in many of the world’s largest broadcasters. The reliability and feature rich toolset of the SxE remains unsurpassed at a price point that allows mutliple units to be purchased whereas only one was typically reserved for the chief engineer.
The PHABRIX SxE instrument combines a generator, analyzer and monitor within a rugged aluminium housing. Comprehensive signal generation may be locked to either bi-level, tri-level, or SDI sources.
Embedded audio features allow the generation and monitoring of up to 4 groups (16 mono channels) of audio.
With its large 4.3 inch best-in-class TFT screen, images are crisp and clear with easily selected functions made possible through applied ergonomics and colour coded menu selection.
On-board Ethernet networking enables browser based remote control and monitoring. Internal storage for up to 2GB of test patterns and acquired data provide enhanced user flexibility.
The PHABRIX SxE is powered by an internal lithium polymer rechargeable power pack with a flexible 5V DC external input.
A range of software options are available for specific user enhancement.
Designed for ease of use and portability, the PHABRIX SxE is the most comprehensive solution to SDI generation, analysis and monitoring on the market today.
With portability in mind, the Sx range has been successful in many broadcast sectors.
Outside broadcast facilities, flyaways and trucks
Transmission remote control
The PHABRIX SxE has been designed as a cost effective investment for test and measurement with the quality, reliability and reputation established by the PHABRIX brand internationally. PHABRIX products can be found in many of the world’s top broadcasters and R&D establishments where laboratory accuracy and functionality are critical.
Easy to use
The first thing that becomes clear when introduced to the PHABRIX SxE is how easy it is to use. The working interface offers the simplest presentation of control and data hiding the complexity behind button presses which are never more than two layers from the top level menu.
As a generator, analyzer and monitoring solution, the PHABRIX SxE displays the ‘status window’ on boot up which presents all of the primary instruments and logging features in one easy to view window. It is also the ‘top level menu’
Toolsets are colour identified throughout the instrument so at a glance to the left of the screen the vertical coloured strip presents the tool selected, i.e. Green for generator. The 8 control buttons underneath the screen correspond to the menu boxes above which again are colour identified for easy navigation throughout the instrument.
The onboard speaker or stereo headphone socket can verify audio on the signal and be set to make an audible tone indicating logged events.
The PHABRIX difference
Integral to the success of the PHABRIX instruments has been the ability of each to generate at one standard and analyze at another all within a single hand held device. The wide variety of SMPTE formats that can be generated and analyzed and the quality of signal source provided have established the Sx range as a ‘must have’ when diagnosing faults within the ever complex broadcast environment.
Over 32 static video test patterns are provided with additional bouncing box to check video signals haven’t frozen. Moving zone plate is also available across all standards. User defined patterns can be added at any time as DPX, YUV, TGA, BMP formats. Selecting standards couldn’t be easier with the Sx automatically filtering both standard, frame rate and colour space accordingly to the required selection. A simple drop down menu gives access to a range of test patterns. Idents can be added to the signal generated to identify the signal in multi monitor situations such as control rooms.
Analysis of the signal is equally highly focussed. A simple picture view can be selected and when in zoom mode, pixel for pixel accuracy allows the user to move around the video frame with ease checking for specific problems. Cursors can be activated which track through the instrument on a specific pixel in picture, waveform and optional SDI analysis mode.
Along with traditional toolsets such as waveform and vectorcope, the Sx provides sophisticated video checking of signal data such as CRC errors, EDH errors and active picture checksum as standard. For more sophisticated R&D analysis a separate full video frame SDI analysis option is available to view the stream in various modes.
With support for 16 channel embedded audio as standard,16 PPM meters are available to view in one screen simultaneously. Dolby E analysis and generation are additional audio enhancements.
Logging is an important feature which can be set in a variety of ways. The event log is available for download at any time with ample space for over 10,000 log events if required.
At any time a simple two second press of the thumb control will save images of the screen to disk for later analysis or for inclusion in commissioning reports.
The Sx uses ultra reliable Linux as its operating system providing a robust and stable core. Each of the Sx’s is assured up to date hardware and software development thanks to its FPGA design which can be simply updated at any time when connected via Ethernet to any open network. Feature enhancements are easily added to the instruments this way and our R&D regularly add requested features to the Sx’s in the field. Development is on going with the Sx platform and this results in new toolsets which can be added as options.
The Sx can be powered by A/C adapter if required or by integral lithium polymer battery which provides the Sx range with unmatched time of untethered use (1.5- 2hrs) between recharge.
Broadcast engineer’s toolset
Acknowledged as one of the industry’s easiest to use interfaces, Sx instruments have been designed to fully implement the PHABRIX GUI.
Engineers can simply, and importantly swiftly control their T&M instrument either through clever presets or user selectable configuration.
Each instrument is never more than a two button press away from the main menu.
In addition the Sx range of instruments can be further enhanced with a range of software options available on the platform. A simple software code will unlock these at any time.
SDI analysis and anciallary packet analyzer
Command scripts and print report
Programmable moving zone plate
Dolby E bitstream analyser
Dolby E bitstream generator
Enhanced remote control
Advanced eye/jitter analysis
The Sx range can be controlled remotely using the FTP connection and any standard web browser. The simple user interface of the instrument is mirrored here to allow ease of use.
At any time the user can select, print and save any of the screen views be it video or instrument. Using the command scripts option a comprehensive print report can also be automatically generated with any personalized company logo.
The Sx is its own web server. By entering the unique IP address of the instrument into a standard web browser, communication can be established over the network. The screen displayed is an exact copy of the remote instrument itself so no new interface needs to be learnt. Each instrument can be controlled or remotely configured using a standard web browser.
The command scripts option allows the user to set the test parameters for each unit. Memories are easily saved and recalled for regular compliance testing procedures if required. Print reports can be activated which automatically create a html report page which can be downloaded from the instrument and printed for both internal and customer use.
The Sx can also be user defined and password protected if required.