The PHABRIX TAG proved a huge hit for UK based test and measurement innovator PHABRIX limited at IBC this year. Heralded as a new low cost entry analyser/monitor, the TAG makes PHABRIXs innovative technology affordable for every engineer including those with a tight budget. With a new low cost entry point and a host of interfaces available, the TAG was so well received at the show it was awarded a STAR technology prize.
Having already built up a loyal following for its other rugged hand held instruments, the PHABRIX SxA and the eye and jitter enabled PHABRIX SxE, the TAG offers a range of interfaces from composite up to SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and optical support via the built in SFP cage. With SFPs for optical being installed just about everywhere these days, the TAG is set to be a huge bonus for those engineers testing broadcast infrastructures whether they be copper or fibre.
According to Paul Nicholls, Director sales and marketing at PHABRIX,
The TAG cant help but attract engineers who need a universal standards tester around. It is a tool designed to appeal to all engineers from entry, pro video through to the big optical network giants who needed to equip their engineers with one tool. The reaction to the TAG at IBC has been astounding.
Among the interfaces, composite analysis and generation has been included for those regions supporting the transition between analogue and digital switchover. The SFP cage is principally for optical infrastructure testing (single and dual SFP modules) however the cage can support a range of SFPs as they become available. Reference input with waveform view and a very useful reference generator output has also been included. On the audio side the TAG provides a D connector providing both balanced analogue audio and AES I/O.
PHABRIX has worked closely with Dolby to provide support for Dolby E, Dolby D and Dolby D plus for the TAG and this along with other advanced options can be added at a later stage if required. The TAG is easy to handle fitting in one hand leaving the other free to attach cabling.
The TAG benefits from PHABRIXs advanced TCP/IP remote control connection allowing the instrument to be controlled via any standard web browser.