Migration towards SMPTE 2110 and SMPTE 2022-6 video networks for production and content delivery is picking up pace, as the advantages of IP versus traditional SDI become more evident.
The key drivers of IP include the economies of scale and speed of technology development that stem from the use of Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) IT equipment, along with the introduction of more flexible and scalable business models based on virtualization and cloud technologies.
However, this migration to IP video networks does present significant technical challenges for broadcast engineers with respect to managing packet congestion and jitter.
To address these issues, there’s a real need for new types of IP signal generation, analysis and monitoring tools to diagnose operational video network issues, and stress test broadcast systems as they evolve.
PHABRIX offers an advanced range of hybrid IP/SDI test and measurement solutions, including portable and rackmount designs. The Qx series offers a high performance IP toolset for SMPTE 2110* and 2022-6 with Packet Interval Timing (PIT) analysis for rapid diagnosis of issues like packet congestion. There’s also a Packet Profile Generator for stress testing video networks.
For ultimate portability, PHABRIX also offers the Sx TAG hybrid IP/SDI generator/analyzer with SMPTE 2110* and 2022-6 encapsulation/decapsulation.
*Upcoming software release