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Phabrix x 7thSense

Testing Triumph

Phabrix’s long-term customer 7thSense recently selected two QxP portable waveform monitors for a vigorous round of testing

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Founded in 2005, Phabrix learnt from talking to pools of engineers that an affordable testing device – one that wasn’t bench bound – was desperately needed by media technologists and vendors across the industry.

Fast-forward to 2016, and it launched the Qx, an industry-leading rasteriser for 4K/UHD, HDR/WCG and SDI/IP test and measurement workflows – offering customers an important stepping stone into the wide plethora of standards that are available today.

The rapid development of the Qx series over time now sees it offer advanced toolsets, and is deployed for impressive projects by companies such as 7thSense, a global innovator in pixel generation, processing and management.

Shifting standards

Inheriting all of the class-leading features and flexibility of the QxL, Phabrix’s QxP includes an integral 3U multi-touch LCD screen and an integral V-Mount or Gold Mount battery plate, integral mains PSU and 12v external DC input. The waveform monitor supports up to 12G-SDI and 25G IP workflows, including extended UHD format support with analysis.

Dr Anton Grounds, senior electronics engineer at 7thSense, comments: “In the realm of evolving standards like ST 2110, it’s vital to employ multiple references during testing and verification because of the limitations of self-assessment.

“At 7thSense, we’re at the vanguard of the ST 2110 standard, working with 25Gbps of streams of 12-bit 4:4:4 4096x2160 60p uncompressed media.”

7thSense is employing the QxPs as its default sources and receivers. It enables its team to ascertain compliance with ST 2110 network media specifications for an array of products – from media servers to pixel processors.

“These rates represent a paradigm shift in the uncompressed network media, and currently only Phabrix offers a proven set of test equipment that aligns with our rigorous needs,” Dr Grounds adds. “Our team is crafting senders, receivers and bridges that utilise ST 2110 media streams, and the versatility of Phabrix analysers enables us to evaluate all operational modes and data channels using a single QxP unit.”

On top of all this, the instruments help validate the company’s PTP and media network compliance. “By distributing multiple Phabrix units over several high-speed leaf switches, we ensure stability of our primary media backbone, verify PTP synchronisation and conduct health checks prior to deploying our developmental products.

“The Phabrix units’ ability to evaluate the network infrastructure bolsters our confidence, ensuring everything works as anticipated.”

Streamlined processes

Dr Grounds is also effusive about the level of collaboration experienced with Phabrix throughout the upgrade and implementation process, noting it has significantly streamlined the company’s testing and verification process.

“Tackling the challenges posed by the sheer bandwidths of these media streams is no small feat” he continues. “It entails orchestrating a myriad of intricate components to ensure optimal performance and reliability. Relying on Phabrix as a partner was instrumental in this journey, and we’re excited about forging on with more groundbreaking projects in the pipeline.”

Phabrix CEO Martin Mulligan shared similar praise for the achievements of the collaboration. “It has been great working with 7thSense, a long-term customer of our solutions, to support its groundbreaking ST 2110 workflows,” he describes. “The company has always been on the cutting edge of technology, working on some of the most innovative live event and visitor attraction projects in the world.

“It’s such a delight to hear that the 7thSense team is finding the QxPs to be so multi-faceted and intuitive to operate, as those were at the top of our priority list during development. We look forward to seeing the results of the projects that the QxPs are currently being used on, and to the future of this dynamic collaboration.”

This sponsored editorial was first published in the Spring 2024 issue of LIVE.


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