PHABRIX QxL 25G IP UHD ST 2110 rasterizer is now shipping

In this issue Broadcast Film & Video speaks exclusively to Phillip Adams, CEO of PHABRIX. The company launched its QxL 25G IP rasterizer which is one of the most unique rasterizers today. Phillip discusses how the Qx/QxL range is evolving quickly and expect to see significant new features addressing the big subjects in Broadcast T&M.

Hi and thanks so much for taking the time to speak to Broadcast Film & Video.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, this doesn’t seem to have slowed PHABRIX down. The company recently launched its QxL 25G IP rasterizer at NAB this year. This is one of the most unique rasterizers on the market at the moment. Am I correct in saying this is one of the first devices which SDI is an option and not a core?

Absolutely, many SMPTE ST 2110 based products on the market are SDI based internally with ST 2110 interfaces tacked on. The QxL represents a new breed of test and measurement product designed with ST 2110 at its core and is therefore not limited in operation by SDI based transports.

The QxL inherits all the JT-NM Tested features of the Qx and there are also minimal training costs for existing Qx users?

Yes, both Qx and QxL share the same user interface, control protocols and code releases. You can think of the QxL as a 25G UHD IP rasterizer whereas for IP operation the Qx is limited to 10G Ethernet and HD payloads.

QxL inherits the recently released Qx 3.4.1 NMOS compliant code base. This JT-NM TR 1001-1:2018 toolset provides support for DHCP on all IP ports, unicast DNS-SD, AMWA IS-04 Discovery and Registration, IS-05 Connection management, system resource, and Network Topology Discovery using Link Layer Discovery protocol (LLDP).

What does it provide in terms of debugging and analysis?

QxL provides support for SMPTE ST 2110-20 (video), 2110-30 (PCM audio), 2110-31 (AES transport), and 2110-40 ANC media flows all with 2022-7 Seamless IP Protection Switching (SIPS), and independent PTP slaves on both media ports for fully-redundant media network operation.

A suite of operator level IP flow health and PTP monitoring tools are provided with many warnings and alarms as standard. For detailed analysis and debug, the new IP-MEAS toolset provides advanced engineering-grade information including four 2022-7 Packet Interval Time (PIT) displays, media port network statistics, real time measurements of Flow to PTP relationships and latency plus real-time measures of 2110-21 Cinst and Vrx.

All this in addition to the suite of audio and video content analysis tools traditionally seen on rasterizers and presented as up to 16 simultaneous instruments on the 1920×1080 graphical user interface.

The UHD 25G-rasterizer also scooped the NAB ‘Best of Show’ award? This is such an achievement for the company?

Yes, we were very proud to achieve this accolade. The QxL represents a big step for our company and the industry as we progress towards a 2110 UHD IP world.

PHABRIX is expected to ship its QxL product at IBC this year. Can you tell me more about this announcement and will it be available immediately? How important are trade shows to the firm?

QxL 25G is already shipping. The current software release supports all Qx IP NMOS features and software options along with the addition of dual PTP engines, 25G Ethernet interfaces, and UHD 2110 payloads. Demand is high, and we are currently on a 4-week lead time.

Trade shows have been very important to PHABRIX over the years and we are keen to see them return. In the meantime, if you are interested in seeing the QxL in action please contact your local PHABRIX sales representative.

The company remains a worldwide leader in test and measurement instruments, what’s next for the firm?

The Qx/QxL range is evolving quickly, expect to see significant new features addressing the big subjects in Broadcast T&M.