The QuadBox 4X4
Fiber Mini-Switch Package (QuadBox 4X4 FMS) for 3G-SDI high definition video is a unique fiber transport package for HD broadcast, post-production and portable flypacks. The QuadBox package includes a 4X4 switcher module, four in-line transmitter media conversion extenders for coax to fiber and four in-line receiver media extenders for fiber to coax conversion. The bundled package allows up to four independent sources to be switched as far away as 10Km. Modules can be configured for high definition video transport where only a small amount of shared video sources will be distributed long distances and need to be controlled over a network system.
These units offer low power consumption while maintaining high reliability, quality performance, and superior long distance signal transmission demanded in applications such as digital cinema, telemedicine, satellite imaging, military command centers and simulation/visualization environments.¬†Ideal for compact, low maintenance installations, the QuadBox 4X4 FMS easily fits in out-of-the way locations, while the ruggedized miniature fiber converters are a direct fit to BNC connections on video equipment such as routers, servers, cameras, or displays.¬† For applications where fixed rack mounting is preferred, the QuadBox 4X4 switcher module is designed to easily mount in an optional 1RU power distribution frame. Up to four switcher modules can be mounted in¬†a 1RU¬†rack
frame; each powered from a single¬†power source integrated to the frame.
The integrated 4X4 crosspoint switch is a fully independent non-blocking architecture supporting SMPTE and DVB/ASI standards. Each QuadBox 4X4 FMS switcher provides four I/O ports, and each port is fully compatible with SMPTE 259M, 292M and 424M video signal sources -with or without embedded audio.¬† All inputs are auto-equalized; and each signal is auto-sensed and re-clocked to the appropriate transport stream. For non-standard formats, the re-clocking circuitry can be set to by-pass mode. ¬†It can handle signal formats from 143Mbps up to 3Gbps. Automatic cable equalization allows typical cable lengths up to 300 meters at 270Mbps and 80 meters at 3Gbps.
In addition to a simple and logical mini-USB control interface, the QuadBox Mini-Switchers include an RJ-45 control port for optional network control and management. ¬†PESA's QuadBox 4X4 FMS supports the flexible and user friendly¬†Cattrax signal management and diagnostic control systems.¬† All I/O ports can be monitored using the supplied¬†Cattrax Cub¬†(USB only) software to detect fiber signal power, tempera
ture, and determine if the video source is locked to SDI, HD, or 3G formats. The optional¬†Cattrax software is installed on a host PC running the Windows¬ģ operating system and can communicate with multiple QuadBox modules via the Ethernet port.
In addition to the QuadBox
4X4 FMS, PESA offers a similar¬† SD/HD/3G switcher for copper (BNC ports). Supporting all the same features, the copper version provides similar performance supporting distances of 80m using broadcast quality coax cabling.
- 4 inputs and 4 outputs per module
- Low power consumption for superb energy efficiency
- SDI/HD/3G data rates from 143Mbps to 3Gbps
- Connect with either singlemode or multimode fiber cable
- Small footprint allows easy installation for desk or rack mount applications
- Network interface for control and diagnostics
- Modules available with fiber or coax I/O ports
- Cattrax USB software included
- Optional Cattrax Network software available
|Inputs/Outputs for Fiber|
|Connector Type||Dual Optical SFP (small form factor pluggable).¬† Compliance with ITU-T G.957|
|Input Data Rates||143 Mbps to 1.5Gbps - ASI/SD/HD;¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 143 Mbps to 3.0Gbps - SD/HD/3G|
|Optical Input wavelength||Singlemode ( 1310 optimal)|
|Input Power||-20dBm (min);¬†¬† -1dBm (max)|
|Output Data Rates||
143 Mbps to 3.0Gbps.¬† Auto reclocking to SMPTE 259M, 292M, 424M.
|Output Power||-9dBm (min); -3dBm (max)|
|Optical Loss Budget||Approx. 9dB assumes two optical connections over a 10Km singlemode fiber|
|Jitter||< 0.2UI, p-p, SMPTE 259M, 292M; <0.3UI, p-p, SMPTE 424M compliant with RP-184|
|Fiber Transmission Specifications||IEC 61754-20-1|
|Typical Operating Distances||9/125u ( 10Km / 6.25 miles); 50/125u (400m / 1200 feet); 62.5/125u (200m / 600feet)|
NOTE: Operating distances are approximate only. Cable loss and other interconnects can affect the total light loss between a TX and RX path.¬† These are only estimates and may not reflect the actual lengths achievable.
About the Coax to Fiber In-Line Media Extenders
PESA‚Äôs Sabertooth fiber optic mini-extender is a digital video transport module for extending SD/HD/3G-SDI video over long distances using just one fiber optic connection. Its ultra-thin die-cast body allows side-by-side connections to the back of video equipment such as routers and other types of distribution equipment with unit pitch as tight as 0.625 inches. The Sabertooth requires no user adjustments making setup quick and painless. Simply connect the devices directly to the source and add power to achieve perfect signal quality up to 10Km at 3Gbps.
Sabertooth is designed to transport one channel of SMPTE 259M, 292M, or 424M serial digital video over long distances through singlemode or multimode fiber with the same module. At approximately three inches in length, the Sabertooth is a cost effective solution, ideal for Pro A/V, mobile broadcast, sporting venues, and remote camera feeds. Further, since fiber optic cable is immune to interference caused by electromagnetic fields (EMF/EMI), these extenders are perfect for command and control, situation rooms, medical imaging applications, and emergency management venues where a perfect picture is not only demanded, but necessary.
Transmission of Multi-rate SD/HD/3G (143Mbps to 2.97Gbps)
Real-time, uncompressed video transmission
Supports both singlemode or multimode fiber
Formats supported: SMPTE 259M, 292M, 424M
Error free pathological pattern performance
Sized for direct attachment to video equipment such as routers
Supports embedded audio and metadata
Rugged die-cast housing allows 0.625 side-by-side mounting
3Gbps up to 10Km using singlemode 9/125u fiber
TX Power (min. -6 dBm, max. -3 dBm)
RX Power (min. -20 dBm, max. +0 dBm)
0 to 70C operating case temperature
+4.5 to +7VDC power supply (+6VDC, 3A nominal)
Power Supply Input Voltage:¬† 100VAC to 240VAC
Power Supply Output Voltage: +4.5 to 7VDC (+6VDC, 3A nom.)
4-Pin Mini-XLR power connection
Body Size: 0.55‚ÄĚ X 3.14‚ÄĚ (14mm X 79.8mm)
NOTE: Operating distances are approximate. Cable loss and other interconnects can affect the total light loss between TX and RX paths. Multimode cable distances are limited based on interconnects and type of cable used.