Indigo system

Indigo frames

Indigo framesCrystal Vision's products are individual boards that need to be housed in rack frames.

Eight frames are available for the Indigo product range. These are available in three different sizes and with different levels of control.

Our Indigo frames page has been designed to help you select the most appropriate frame for your application.

When selecting your frame, the main decisions you need to make are size (2U, 1U or desk top box?), control (do you need an integrated control panel?) and how many power supplies (do you need power redundancy?).

A different frame system is available for the Vision range of products.

 
  • Indigo frames main features
  • 2U frames
  • 1U frames
  • Desk top boxes

Indigo frames main features

Three different frame sizes

The Indigo frames are available in three sizes – 2U, 1U and desk top box – meaning you can choose an appropriate frame for your application whether you need to house 12 boards or two.

These space-saving frames provide one of the highest packing densities available – with up to 12 boards fitting in just 2U of rack space.

Frame control options

The Indigo frames offer different levels of control to suit all preferences.

Select either an active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel (the 'AE' frames) for Statesman or remote operation, or an active front panel featuring smart CPU (the 'SE' frames) for PC only control. The Indigo DT desk top box features a passive front panel for board edge operation.

The 'AE' and 'SE' frames allow full Ethernet connection to VisionWeb and the Statesman Lite PC software as well as SNMP, while up to 16 of the frames can be controlled by a VisionPanel 3U touch screen control panel over Ethernet.

What can you put in them?

You can put anything in them. Indigo is a fully compatible frames system, with every Indigo board fitting in every Indigo frame. You can mix any boards from our Indigo range in the same frames – video, audio, analogue, digital, 3Gb/s, High Definition, Standard Definition and fibre optics.

Practical features

The Indigo frames combine stylish looks with effortlessly easy access and maintenance. Everything about the frame has been devised to make daily operation easy.

The front panel is attached to the frame by a carefully designed hinge, making it very easy to open and close. This has particular benefit for the frames with integrated control panel as it allows the panel to face forwards and be operated in the open position.

Maintenance is easy too: boards, power supplies and fans can all be easily removed while the unit is still powered.

Crystal Vision frame location cards are available for the 2U frames and can be attached to the outside of the front panel to help engineers identify which boards are inside the frame without opening it.

Power supplies

There are two Indigo plug-in power supplies available providing sufficient power for any combination of boards in the frame: the 160W PSU-160i for the Indigo 2 and Indigo 1 frames and the 80W PS-80i for the Indigo 1-DP frames. The desk top boxes have a built-in 60W power supply.

The plug-in power supplies fit neatly behind the PSU fan, and are easily accessed by removing this fan should they need to be changed. They feature an internal micro controller meaning they can be remotely monitored by Statesman and SNMP, with a readable serial number and alarms.

Power supply redundancy is available and is popular with those working live for extra peace of mind. Redundancy is optional on the 2U frames and obligatory on the Indigo 1-DP frames which have been designed especially for 1U redundancy applications.

Keeping cool

Indigo's exceptional cooling system means any boards can be combined in one frame. On the rack frames, fans are located on both the inside of the front panel and in front of the power supplies – with the number of fans depending on the frame size and type.

The fans are easily accessible and very simple to change as they just pull out of position. There is a temperature sensor on the frame, with remote monitoring of the frame temperature and fan speed.

As we move from SD to HD to 3Gb/s there's an increasing amount of processing that's being done by a single large FPGA – making it important to ensure there is good airflow across the whole board. The CoolFlow frame was developed with this in mind and offers the ultimate cooling system, with its extra fans and enhanced heat distribution perfect for housing the more functionality-packed modules. CoolFlow is available on the Indigo 2SE 2U frame – chosen as it is frequently used for large systems which generally involve the boards fitted with the more power-hungry chips, such as up and down converters and audio embedders.

Plastic runners are fitted on all the 2U frames and help increase the overall ventilation as well as saving frame weight. Three fans are also available on the 1U frames for increased cooling.

Status monitoring

The Indigo frames feature sophisticated status monitoring – with front panel LEDs that show you the status of the fans, power supplies and frame temperature so you know what's happening inside the frame at a glance.

Yellow or green indicates a normal condition and red an abnormal condition. The fan indications will show green if the fans are working correctly and red if they are turning too slowly or have stopped, while the PSU fan LED will additionally flash green when this fan has stopped with the front panel open. The PSU indications will be off if a power supply is not fitted, green if okay and red if there is a fault or the output voltage is too low. The Temp LED is normally green but goes red if the frame temperature goes above the alarm threshold.

External connections

The Indigo frames have an excellent connection to control systems using CAT5 cabling. On the rear panel there is an RJ45 connector dedicated for direct Ethernet connection to the frame, while RS422 control can also be wired using RJ45 connectors. Individual connections are available at the frame remote sockets which are normally used for GPIs but may also be used for secondary serial control by dedicated remote control panels such as the CoCo 3G Controller.

SNMP and more

The Ethernet-enabled Indigo frames can be set to act as a web server to access an internal web page which is then viewed on a computer web browser.

The Indigo main status web page gives extensive status information about the frame and its power supplies, and can also be used to set the IP address (manually or automatically if DHCP is available), enter a frame serial number or give the frame a useful name to reflect its location. Any software upgrades giving additional functionality and available from Crystal Vision's customer support can also be downloaded to the frame via this web page.

The Indigo AE and SE frames run the uCLinux operating system software which allows the use of standard software such as an SNMP Proxy Agent. These frames come with a pre-installed SNMP agent that can either report the status or generate traps and trigger alarms on a frame status change. To activate the SNMP manager a licence needs to be installed, which is obtained from Crystal Vision's customer support and downloaded to the frame using the board update tool.

Rear modules

To access the signals on the boards you need rear modules, which slot on to the back of the Indigo frames. Crystal Vision offers a wide choice of these rear modules which offer varying numbers of inputs, outputs and loop-through options along with the choice of BNCs, D-Type, RJ45 and optical connectors.

The single and double slot rear modules can be used with all three frame sizes, while the quad slot just fit the 2U frames. Each rear module has a selection of labels suitable for different products.

Indigo board positioning rules

Two slot high rear modules: The board is always placed in the upper of the two slots (the RM74 is the only exception – it sits in the bottom slot). These rear modules must occupy either the upper or lower pair of frame slots.

Quad slot 'video' rear modules: The boards should be placed in the top slot, the next slot down and the bottom slot.

Quad slot 'audio' rear modules: The boards are placed in the top three slots.

Fibre boards: A fibre board (or board fitted with a FIP, FOP or FIO fibre option) 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 boards directly above it when the fibre board is in even numbered slot positions.

Frame software

The Indigo frame software is currently at version 5.7, which was released on 22nd June 2017. (The previous version was 5.5, which was released on 20th February 2017.)

Please note that Safire 3 users should only upgrade to v5.7 of the Indigo software if they are running Safire 3 software version 1.8 or above.

Contact our support team to request the latest software for your Indigo frame.

Next: Indigo 2U frames...

 

2U frames

The way to get 12 boards in 2U - introducing the Indigo 2U frames

2U frameCrystal Vision offers two versatile 2U frames – Indigo 2AE and Indigo 2SE – which between them provide different levels of control.

The Indigo 2 frames can be used with all the standard boards, rear modules, power supplies and control cables.

Traditionally Crystal Vision's most popular size of frame, the 2U frames have Indigo's usual extremely high-packing density and can house up 12 boards, depending on the rear module fitted. The frames are used with the 160 Watts PSU-160i power supply, and give the option of a second redundant power supply.

Front panel LEDs report the status of the front fans, PSU fan, upper power supply, lower power supply and frame temperature.

 

More about Indigo 2AE

Indigo 2AE is a 2U frame with an integrated control panel which allows easy menu-driven control of all remote-enabled boards as well as VisionWeb, Statesman Lite and SNMP control via Ethernet. It has optional power redundancy and holds any mixture of up to 12 boards.

Indigo 2AE has two fans – one located on the front panel and the other just in front of the power supply – with one of the fans redundant which means that should a fan fail the closed frame can still operate indefinitely with an ambient temperature of 40 degrees. The three cooling modes are quiet, normal and maximum. In normal operation both operate at reduced power to keep the unit cool but quiet. If the front panel is opened an optical sensor switches the PSU fan to fast operation and the panel fan off. A wire on the fan gives a reliable indication of its speed and if it was to fail, or to operate too slowly, the other fan is automatically switched to full power and an alarm raised. Quiet mode is used with a lightly loaded frame with a low ambient temperature: when the frame temperature is below 45°C the panel fan is switched off and the PSU fan runs at minimum speed.

Indigo 2AE frame

Control options for Indigo 2AE
Board edge switches Yes
Frame integrated control panel Yes
VisionPanel Ethernet remote control panel Yes
Dedicated control panels Yes
VisionWeb Control Yes
Statesman Lite PC software Yes
SNMP Yes
ASCII and JSON protocols Yes
GPIs Yes
 

More about Indigo 2SE

Indigo 2SE is a CoolFlow 2U frame with an active front panel fitted with a smart CPU which allows it to be connected to the VisionWeb or Statesman Lite PC software via Ethernet using standard CAT5 cables. It has optional power redundancy and holds any mixture of up to 12 boards.

Indigo 2SE is available as a CoolFlow frame, and has three fully redundant and easily accessible fans – one is fitted on a detachable plate in front of the power supplies while the other two are attached to the inside of the front panel. When the front panel is closed, all the panel fans run and the PSU fan is switched off. There are two cooling modes: automatic and maximum. With automatic cooling both panel fans run continuously, increasing in speed as the temperature inside the frame goes up, while maximum cooling mode sets these fans to maximum speed.

On Indigo 2SE the front panel fans are redundant: only one is essential in normal operation and should one fan fail or operate too slowly, the other front panel fan is automatically switched to full power and an alarm asserted. The frame can also be operated with the front panel open, with an optical sensor on the front panel switching the PSU fan on and the front panel fans off. The PSU fan only runs when the frame is open – meaning that it does not wear itself out during normal operation. It is also possible to run the frame for a short time with no fan, should you need to change a power supply or replace the fan assembly.

Indigo 2SE frame

Control options for Indigo 2SE
Board edge switches Yes
Frame integrated control panel No
VisionPanel Ethernet remote control panel Yes
Dedicated control panels Yes
VisionWeb Control Yes
Statesman Lite PC software Yes
SNMP Yes
ASCII and JSON protocols Yes
GPIs Yes
 

Slot numbering in a 2U frame

The slots in a 2U frame are numbered as follows:

2U slot numbering

Specification for Indigo 2U frames

Indigo 2 frame - rear view

MECHANICAL DIMENSIONS

2U 19" rack unit. Height 89mm, width 482mm, depth 425mm

Indigo 2SE: Empty weight 3.63kg. Maximum loaded weight 7.4kg

Indigo 2AE: Empty weight 3.84kg. Maximum loaded weight 7.6kg

POWER REQUIREMENT

90-264VAC, 47-63Hz

POWER SUPPLIES

The 2U frames have plug-in power supplies fitted which are ordered separately

Indigo 2AE/2SE take one or two 160W PSU-160i power supplies

Optional power redundancy is available

The PSU-160i has an on-board processor to report to the frame both PSU status and PSU fan status

FRAME REAR MODULES

Crystal Vision offers a wide choice of rear modules which slot on to the back of the frames

Available with BNCs, D-Type, RJ45 and optical connectors

Single slot, double slot and quad slot rear modules can be used in 2U frames

Rear modules are individually retained by two screws

OPERATING CONDITIONS

0 to 40°C non-condensing

Indigo 2SE CoolFlow frame: Ventilation front to sides/rear, without air filters

Indigo 2AE frame: Ventilation front to front, without air filters

FRAME OPERATING SOFTWARE

The AE and SE frames run uCLinux which allows the use of standard software such as an SNMP Proxy Agent

FRAMES MONITORING

The frames monitor and report frame fan status and temperature

If any parameter should fall outside its range, the frame status will indicate a fail condition on both the front panel indicators and by the change over relay contacts accessible from the rear interface connectors. The fail condition will also be diagnosable via Statesman or SNMP

REMOTE CONTROL

Six control lines per module. Assigned on module (eg. GPI or RS422/RS232)

Contact open/closure for any power supply or frame fault condition (supply out of range or failure, fan too slow or fail, over-heat)

RS485 loop system from front panel to all modules and rear connection (rear connection by way of 26-pin high density D-Type connector and RJ45 connector)

Control available from VisionPanel remote panel

VisionWeb Control is available via the web server on the frame and allows control and monitoring using a standard web browser on a computer, tablet or phone

Allows Ethernet connection to a PC running Statesman Lite

SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option. 'AE' and 'SE' frames are preinstalled with an SNMP manager which will require a licence to be downloaded and installed

Control using ASCII and JSON protocols

 

Next: Indigo 1U frames...

 

1U frames

For when you are short on spare rack - introducing the Indigo 1U frames

1U frameWhere space and cost are at a premium, the Indigo 1 frames are ideal, taking up a mere 1U of rack space for up to six boards.

Ideal for applications involving only a few boards in a frame, Crystal Vision offers four versatile 1U frames: two without power supply redundancy (Indigo 1AE and Indigo 1SE) and two with power redundancy (Indigo 1AE-DP and Indigo 1SE-DP).

The 1U frames are used with all the standard boards and control cables, and with the single slot and double slot rear modules only.

While the Indigo 1 frames are used with the standard PSU-160i power supply, the Indigo 1-DP have their own special power supply: the PS-80i. The Indigo 1-DP range has been designed for any application that does not need 2U of rack space but does need redundancy to provide protection in the event of power failure. The Indigo 1-DP frames are sold with two PS-80i power supplies already fitted to provide this compulsory power redundancy, with these two small 80W PSUs sitting in the same area where one single PSU-160i would sit in the normal 1U frames, and having two flying leads in place of the single mains inlet.

For sophisticated cooling there are three easily accessible front fans – two located on the front panel and the other just in front of the power supply – with one of the fans redundant. The three cooling modes are quiet, normal and maximum.The monitoring is switched from one fan to the other, every few seconds, and if one fan fails an alarm will be raised and the other fans forced to full speed while monitoring the failed fan. These repeated bursts of extra cooling will keep the frame operational until the faulty fan is replaced.

Front panel LEDs report the status of the front fans, PSU fan, power supplies and frame temperature.

 

More about Indigo 1AE

Indigo 1AE is a 1U frame with an integrated control panel which allows easy menu-driven control of all remote-enabled boards as well as VisionWeb, Statesman Lite and SNMP control via Ethernet. It holds any mixture of up to six boards. It has no power redundancy.

Indigo 1AE frame

Control options for Indigo 1AE
Board edge switches Yes
Frame integrated control panel Yes
VisionPanel Ethernet remote control panel Yes
Dedicated control panels Yes
VisionWeb Control Yes
Statesman Lite PC software Yes
SNMP Yes
ASCII and JSON protocols Yes
GPIs Yes
 

More about Indigo 1SE

Indigo 1SE is a 1U frame with an active front panel fitted with a smart CPU which allows it to be connected to VisionWeb or the Statesman Lite PC software via Ethernet using standard CAT5 cables. It holds any mixture of up to six boards. It has no power redundancy.

Indigo 1SE frame

Control options for Indigo 1SE
Board edge switches Yes
Frame integrated control panel No
VisionPanel Ethernet remote control panel Yes
Dedicated control panels Yes
VisionWeb Control Yes
Statesman Lite PC software Yes
SNMP Yes
ASCII and JSON protocols Yes
GPIs Yes
 

More about Indigo 1AE-DP

Indigo 1AE-DP is a 1U frame with an integrated control panel which allows easy menu-driven control of all remote-enabled boards as well as VisionWeb, Statesman Lite and SNMP control via Ethernet. It has compulsory power redundancy and holds any mixture of up to six boards.

Indigo 1AE-DP frame

Control options for Indigo 1AE-DP
Board edge switches Yes
Frame integrated control panel Yes
VisionPanel Ethernet remote control panel Yes
Dedicated control panels Yes
VisionWeb Control Yes
Statesman Lite PC software Yes
SNMP Yes
ASCII and JSON protocols Yes
GPIs Yes
 

More about Indigo 1SE-DP

Indigo 1SE-DP is a 1U frame with an active front panel fitted with a smart CPU which allows it to be connected to VisionWeb or the Statesman Lite PC software via Ethernet using standard CAT5 cables. It has compulsory power redundancy and holds any mixture of up to six boards.

Indigo 1SE-DP frame

Control options for Indigo 1SE-DP
Board edge switches Yes
Frame integrated control panel No
VisionPanel Ethernet remote control panel Yes
Dedicated control panels Yes
VisionWeb Control Yes
Statesman Lite PC software Yes
SNMP Yes
ASCII and JSON protocols Yes
GPIs Yes
 

Slot numbering in a 1U frame

The slots in a 1U frame are numbered as follows:

1U slot numbering

 

Specification for Indigo 1U frames

Indigo 1SE frame - rear view

MECHANICAL DIMENSIONS

19" rack unit. Height 44.5mm, width 482mm, depth 425mm

Empty weight 3.1kg. Maximum loaded weight 5.0kg

POWER REQUIREMENT

90-264VAC, 47-63Hz

POWER SUPPLIES

Indigo 1AE/1SE take one 160W PSU-160i power supply

Indigo 1AE-DP/1SE-DP take two 80W PS-80i power supplies. PS-80i is available in left and right hand versions

Compulsory power redundancy is available on Indigo 1AE-DP and 1SE-DP

The PSU-160i and PS-80i have on-board processors to report to the frame both PSU status and PSU fan status

FRAME REAR MODULES

Crystal Vision offers a wide choice of rear modules which slot on to the back of the frames

Available with BNCs, D-Type, RJ45 and optical connectors

Single slot and double slot rear modules can be used in 1U frames

Rear modules are individually retained by two screws

OPERATING CONDITIONS

0 to 40°C non-condensing

1U frames: Ventilation front to rear, without filters

FRAME OPERATING SOFTWARE

The AE and SE frames run uCLinux which allows the use of standard software such as an SNMP Proxy Agent

FRAMES MONITORING

The frames monitor and report frame fan status and temperature

If any parameter should fall outside its range, the frame status will indicate a fail condition on both the front panel indicators and by the change over relay contacts accessible from the rear interface connectors. The fail condition will also be diagnosable via VisionWeb, Statesman Lite or SNMP

REMOTE CONTROL

Six control lines per module. Assigned on module (eg. GPI or RS422/RS232)

Contact open/closure for any power supply or frame fault condition (supply out of range or failure, fan too slow or fail, over-heat)

RS485 loop system from front panel to all modules and rear connection (rear connection by way of 26-pin high density D-Type connector and RJ45 connector)

Control available from VisionPanel remote panel

VisionWeb Control is available via the web server on the frame and allows control and monitoring using a standard web browser on a computer, tablet or phone

Allows Ethernet connection to a PC running Statesman Lite

SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option. 'AE' and 'SE' frames are preinstalled with an SNMP manager which will require a licence to be downloaded and installed

Control using ASCII and JSON protocols

 

Next: Desk top boxes...

 

Desk top boxes

For non-rack mounted installations - introducing the Indigo desk top boxes

Desk top boxCrystal Vision offers two desk top boxes – Indigo DT and Indigo DTSE – selected depending on the level of control required.

These compact boxes are suitable for non-rack mounted installations requiring a maximum of two modules and are the best value solution when buying only one or two boards.

1U ears can be fitted to facilitate mounting in a control desk, while the IDT-RK rack mounting kit allows them to be fitted in a 19" rack if required. The desk top box front panels do not have a hinge but are simply removed.

The Indigo DT are used with all the standard boards and control cables, and with the single slot and double slot rear modules only. The desk top boxes are fitted with a 60W fixed power supply to handle any two boards. The single fan – located on the side of the box – features the sophisticated cooling system (with quiet, normal and maximum cooling modes) found in the larger non-CoolFlow frames.

There are four front panel LEDs, monitoring the fan, power supply, frame temperature and communications activity.

 

More about Indigo DT

Indigo DT is a desk top box with a passive front panel which holds any mixture of up to two boards. It has no power redundancy.

Indigo DT desk top box

Control options for Indigo DT
Board edge switches Yes
Frame integrated control panel No
VisionPanel Ethernet remote control panel No
Dedicated control panels Yes
VisionWeb Control No
Statesman Lite PC software No
SNMP No
ASCII and JSON protocols No
GPIs No
 

More about Indigo DTSE

Indigo DTSE is a desk top box with an active front panel fitted with a smart CPU which allows it to be connected to VisionWeb or the Statesman Lite PC software via Ethernet using standard CAT5 cables. It holds any mixture of up to two boards. It has no power redundancy.

Indigo DTSE desk top box

Control options for Indigo DTSE
Board edge switches Yes
Frame integrated control panel No
VisionPanel Ethernet remote control panel Yes
Dedicated control panels Yes
VisionWeb Control Yes
Statesman Lite PC software Yes
SNMP Yes
ASCII and JSON protocols Yes
GPIs Yes
 

Slot numbering in a desk top box

The slots in a desk top box are numbered as follows:

DTB slot numbering

 

Specification for Indigo desk top boxes

Indigo DT desk top box - rear view

MECHANICAL DIMENSIONS

Height 44.5mm, width 223mm, depth 365mm

Empty weight 1.9kg. Maximum loaded weight 2.4kg

POWER REQUIREMENT

90-264VAC, 47-63Hz

POWER SUPPLIES

Indigo DT/DTSE have one built-in 60W power supply

FRAME REAR MODULES

Crystal Vision offers a wide choice of rear modules which slot on to the back of the frames

Available with BNCs, D-Type, RJ45 and optical connectors

Single slot and double slot rear modules can be used in desk top boxes

Rear modules are individually retained by two screws

OPERATING CONDITIONS

0 to 40°C non-condensing

Desk top boxes: Ventilation side to side, without filters

FRAME OPERATING SOFTWARE

The DTSE runs uCLinux which allows the use of standard software such as an SNMP Proxy Agent

FRAMES MONITORING

The desk top boxes monitor and report frame fan status and temperature

If any parameter should fall outside its range, the frame status will indicate a fail condition on both the front panel indicators and by the change over relay contacts accessible from the rear interface connectors. The fail condition will also be diagnosable via VisionWeb, Statesman Lite or SNMP on the DTSE

REMOTE CONTROL (INDIGO DTSE)

Six control lines per module. Assigned on module (eg. GPI or RS422/RS232)

Contact open/closure for any power supply or frame fault condition (supply out of range or failure, fan too slow or fail, over-heat)

RS485 loop system from front panel to all modules and rear connection (rear connection by way of 26-pin high density D-Type connector and RJ45 connector)

Control available from VisionPanel remote panel

VisionWeb Control is available via the web server on the frame and allows control and monitoring using a standard web browser on a computer, tablet or phone

Allows Ethernet connection to a PC running Statesman Lite

SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option. 'SE' frame is preinstalled with an SNMP manager which will require a licence to be downloaded and installed

Control using ASCII and JSON protocols

 
 

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