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FRX 3G

What is it?

FRX 3G fibre optic receiverDual channel fibre optic to 3Gb/s, HD or SD receiver.

Reason to choose it...

It combines robust technology that will take care of your signals over long distances with easy integration with our other products – and will save you money and rack space by being a dual channel product, with 24 channels fitting in 2U. It can even double as a distribution amplifier. The FRX 3G is trusted by broadcasters who have bought hundreds at a time.

Ideal for...

Any SMPTE 297-2006 short-haul applications where 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources need to be transported over long distances – such as moving signals around in big installations. See who's using it.

Control it...

Try out the FRX 3G VisionWeb demo (opens in new window) – you'll see how easy it is to operate FRX 3G from your web browser, while exploring the full functionality of the product.

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  • Main features
  • Details
  • Specs
  • What outputs do I get?
  • What do I order?
  • Who's using it?

Main features

  • Dual channel fibre optic receiver - get up to 24 channels of fibre in 2U!
  • Works with 3Gb/s, HD and Standard Definition sources
  • Receives digital signals (with embedded audio) which have been sent over long distances via fibre
  • Ideal for moving signals in large installations or between OB vehicles
  • Easy to use it with Crystal Vision's interface and keying modules: fits in standard frames
  • Two independent optical inputs, each with two reclocked 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs - meaning it doubles as a distribution amplifier
  • All outputs are DVB-ASI compatible (mixture of non-inverted and inverted outputs)
  • Meets the SMPTE 297-2006 short-haul specification, allowing operation with single-mode and multi-mode fibre
  • Passes all 3Gb/s, HD and SD signals transparently, including pathological signals
  • Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (RM55)
  • Housed in Indigo rack frames
  • Space-saving: 100mm x 266mm module allows 12 FRX 3G in 2U (six in 1U and two in desk top box)
  • Flexible control: board edge, GPI, frame integrated control panel, VisionPanel remote control panel, SNMP, Statesman Lite PC software or the web browser-based VisionWeb Control
  • Five year warranty (with product registration)

Details

Transport your signals reliably

The FRX 3G fibre optic receiver helps provide a robust transport medium for transmitting 3Gb/s, HD or SD signals over large distances in a robust, reliable and space-saving way.

The FRX 3G allows you to easily meet the challenges created by the limited range of coaxial cable with HD and 3Gb/s video - without an increase in the cost or complexity of your system.

It is ideal for use with the FTX-L 3G fibre optic transmitter, but can be used with alternative transmitters.

What does it do?

The FRX 3G receives a serial digital signal which has been sent down a fibre optic cable. It has two optical inputs with two reclocked 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs per channel. This means it actually doubles as a DA and reduces the need, rack space and cost of having distribution amplifiers after the receiver.

All outputs are DVB-ASI compatible, with one non-inverted output and one inverted output per channel.

The FRX 3G recognises whether the standard is 3G/HD or SD and switches the slew rate automatically.

Use it with single-mode and multi-mode fibre

The FRX 3G meets the SMPTE 297-2006 short-haul specification, allowing operation with the more popular single-mode fibre, as well as multi-mode fibre.

This makes it suitable for a wide range of applications - from moving signals in large installations to passing signals between Outside Broadcast vehicles.

Pass light more effectively

The FRX 3G includes a number of useful features.

Sometimes factors such as dirty connectors or damaged fibre cables can cause light to be passed less effectively. You can therefore monitor the received power in both microwatts and dBm, allowing you to judge the amount of headroom you have and guarantee that your signal will be transmitted successfully.

Save rack space

Crystal Vision frameThe FRX 3G is a 100mm x 266mm dual channel module, which brings financial and rack space savings with up to 24 channels possible in a 2U frame.

As part of the normal Crystal Vision range, the FRX 3G is housed in the Indigo frames in a choice of three sizes: 2U, 1U and desk top box. This makes it remarkably easy to send signals on to the company's interface or keying modules.

The inputs and outputs are accessed by using the RM55 frame rear module.

Choose your control

Status monitoring and basic control can be performed by using either board edge switches, an integrated control panel on the AE frames, the VisionPanel remote control panel, SNMP, the Statesman Lite PC software or the VisionWeb web browser control. Try the FRX 3G VisionWeb demo...

Board edge LEDs provide status reporting and can provide visual assistance when fault finding.

 

Specs

MECHANICAL

Standard Crystal Vision module 266mm x 100mm

Weight: 200g

Power consumption: 3.5 Watts

VIDEO INPUT

Two optical inputs

Meets the SMPTE 297-2006 specification. This allows operation with single-mode and multi-mode fibre

Optical wavelength: 1260-1620nm

Input level maximum: -1dBm

Input level minimum: Typical -20dBm (-18dBm 3Gb/s pathological)

Connector type: SC/PC

VIDEO OUTPUTS

Two reclocked 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs per channel using RM55 frame rear module

Will drive 270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s serial compliant to SMPTE 259 or ASI data, SMPTE 292-1 and SMPTE 424/425-A

Passes all 3Gb/s, HD and SD signals transparently, including pathological signals

All outputs are DVB-ASI compatible, with one non-inverted output and one inverted output per channel

Recognises whether the standard is 3G/HD or SD and switches the slew rate automatically

POSITION IN FRAME

The FRX 3G can be housed in any frame slot position but due to its extra height it is not possible to place most Standard Definition or audio cards directly above it when the FRX 3G is in even numbered slot positions. 3Gb/s and HD cards do not share this restriction

The FRX 3G can be housed in 2U frames shipped from February 2005, 1U frames shipped from June 2005 and desk top boxes shipped from April 2008. It can also be housed in any of the now-obsolete 4U frames

DELAY THROUGH BOARD

Link delay less than 100ns

LED INDICATION OF:

Power supplies okay

Optical input present

GPI OUTPUT LEVELS

Electrically: Open collector transistors 30V, 270 ohm current limit resistors. Pulled up to +5V through 6800 ohm

GPI OUTPUTS

Two GPI outputs

Input present for each channel

LOCAL CONTROL

Selectable HD/SD slew rate

REMOTE CONTROL

Monitoring from integrated control panel on AE frames and remote panel

Statesman Lite allows monitoring from any PC on a network

VisionWeb Control is available via the web server on the frame and allows operation using a standard web browser on a PC or tablet

SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option

 

What outputs do I get?

Signal inputs and outputs are accessed by using an appropriate rear module.

The rear modules slot on to the back of the frame and typically feature BNC, D-Type, 'easywire' DIN 41612, RJ45 and optical connectors. The single and double slot rear modules can be used with all three frame sizes, while the quad slot rear modules just fit the 2U frames.

The FRX 3G is DVB-ASI compatible: the two A outputs are non-inverted and the two B outputs are inverted.

There is one rear module available for the FRX 3G...

RM55 rear module label and connections

More about the RM55

Connectors: 4 BNCs and 2 optical input/output connectors

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 2U: 12

Boards in 1U: 6

Boards in desk top box: 2

Why use it: It's the only rear module for the FRX 3G

Also used for: FTX-L 3G

Real RM55 rear module

RM55 rear module label for FRX 3G

FRX 3G inputs and outputs with RM55 rear module

 

For more visual technical information, download the FRX 3G block diagram.

What do I order?

Request a quote...

Read the ordering info below then fill in this form to request a quote for the FRX 3G fibre optic receiver and accessories...

Your contact details
Items for quote

First you need the 100mm x 266mm module...

FRX 3G
Dual channel fibre optic to 3Gb/s, HD or SD receiver

Next choose your frame size and power supplies - from 2U to desk top box...

Indigo 2AE
2U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to 12 Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 2SE
CoolFlow 2U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to 12 Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1AE
1U frame with active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1SE
1U frame with active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1AE-DP
1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Includes two fixed PS-80i power supplies. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1SE-DP
1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Includes two fixed PS-80i power supplies. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo DT
Desk top box with passive front panel for up to two Crystal Vision modules. Includes fixed power supply
Indigo DTSE
Desk top box with active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to two Crystal Vision modules. Includes fixed power supply. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
PSU-160i
160 Watts power supply for 1U (non-DP) and 2U frames. 1U frames require one PSU-160i (no redundancy). 2U frames require either one PSU-160i (no redundancy) or two PSU-160i if power supply redundancy is required

You need a rear module to access your inputs and outputs...

RM55
Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of FRX 3G in frame (12 in 2U, six in 1U). Gives access to two optical inputs and two 3Gb/s, HD or SD outputs per channel

Finally - control. Use board edge switches, the integrated control panel if you've selected one of the 'AE' frames, a web browser running the free VisionWeb Control (included within the frame software), or alternatively order one of the items below...

VisionPanel
3U Ethernet remote control panel with touch screen
Statesman Lite
Free-of-charge PC Control System - download the latest version
SNMP
SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option

 

Who's using it?

Users of Crystal Vision fibre optic transmitters and receivers include...

  • ANTV (Vietnam)
  • ATG Broadcast (UK)
  • BBC (UK)
  • BBC Millbank (UK)
  • BBC Northern Ireland (UK)
  • BBC Studios and Post Production (UK)
  • BFE Studio (Austria)
  • Channel 4 (UK)
  • CVP (UK)
  • Czech TV (Czech Republic)
  • dB Broadcast (UK)
  • Dega Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • EastEnders (UK)
  • Elektronika (Slovakia)
  • ESPN Star Sports/Fox Sports (Singapore)
  • Fedex TV (USA)
  • HD Vietnam (Vietnam)
  • Hollyoaks/Lime Pictures (UK)
  • ITN (UK)
  • ITV (UK)
  • MTVA (Hungary)
  • ORF (Austria)
  • Pinellas County Communications (USA)
  • ProSiebenSat.1 Media (Germany)
  • Radio Televisyen Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • Raytheon (USA)
  • root6 (UK)
  • Royal Opera House (UK)
  • RTV Slovenija (Slovenia)
  • SysDev (UK)
  • Technographic Displays (UK)
  • Telefónica (Spain)
  • The London Studios (UK)
  • The One Show (UK)
  • Trent Bridge (UK)
  • TV Nova (Czech Republic)
  • Universal Media Services (USA)
  • University of Central Florida (USA)
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington (USA)
  • VCTV (Vietnam)
  • Vinh Puhc TV (Vietnam)
  • VSC Design (UK)
  • VTC (Vietnam)
  • Westminster Live (UK)
 

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Fibre optics

From the Indigo frame system...

  • FTX-L 3G 3G/HD/SD fibre optic transmitter

From the Vision frame system...

  • FTX-VF 3G/HD/SD fibre optic transmitter
  • FRX-VF 3G/HD/SD fibre optic receiver

Or why not explore our range of up and down converters, synchronisers, routing switches, aspect ratio converters, colour correctors, video delays and audio embedders that include the option of integrated fibre input or output?