EQX

EQX
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EQX Routing Platform

The #1 Routing Solution for Mission Critical Applications

The EQX platform is Evertz® flagship routing & distribution solution designed for high availability by adopting extensive industry leading redundancy for all critical system elements. With its proven robustness and redundancy, the EQX is ideal for mission critical and demanding 24/7 environments including network and local broadcasters, mobile production, cable, military, government and corporate applications.

EQX Family

The EQX offers four different frame sizes to choose from in order to meet the requirements of any application. Our new smaller 10RU frame supports 180x180 or 180x360 using Double Density outputs (plus X-LINK outputs). The half 16RU frame supports 288x288 or 288x576 using Double Density outputs (plus X-LINK outputs). The full 26RU frame will support 576x576, or 576x1152 using Double Density outputs (plus X-LINK outputs). The traditional EQX is a very compact solution, perfect for trucks, mobile applications, or areas where space is a concern. However, the new EQXM was designed with large systems in mind. A single frame supports 1152x1152 with full path redundancy and options for audio embed and de-embedding. Using multi-frame the I/O can be expanded into further square and rectangular sizes. For larger 2304x2304 matrices, using the EQXM is more economical in terms of space and cost than using the 26RU EQX.

Ultra Wide Band Routing

By offering a format independent data path, the EQX supports signals from 3MB/s all the way up to 3GB/s, including SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, DVB-ASI and SMPTE310 digital video formats, as well as Media IP Gateway (IPG) cards for SDVN™ Hybrid Routing solutions, optical formats and other high data rate signals. In addition, the EQX supports four independent timing planes which will provide independent SMPTE compliant switching for up to four different digital video signal formats.

Green Technology

With the Flexibility of the EQX frame where all I/O and XPT active parts are modular and hot swappable from the front of the router we have been able to take advantage of new technology that allows for reduced power consumption and heat dissipation in the input, output and XPT module. This provides a more efficient router with quieter fans, while still maintaining the industry leading performance of the EQX router platform.

System Flexibility

The inspired modular approach of the EQX design provides excellent in-service expansion capabilities. In convenient increments of 18, the number of inputs and/or outputs can be increased from the base size of 18x18 up to 576x576 and beyond, with square and non-square configurations.

Input & Output Flexibility

The EQX offers a large number of Input and output options to meet the many different requirements in a facility or mobile applications. We have options for audio embedding and de-embedding, Frame Sync, IP video and line sync outputs for soft/quiet switching to name a few. Contact the factory with your specific router needs for a precise router system solution.

Intelligent Auto-Configuration

The EQX has an exceptional source-by-source intelligent auto configuration facility allowing the path to each destination to be independently and instantly reconfigured to suit the requirements of the source being switched. This includes auto selecting the reclocking/non-reclocking circuitry and the ASI mode, as well as selecting the correct switch point.

Simple Maintenance

The advanced design of the EQX ensures that all active components including input / output / crosspoint modules, frame controllers, cooling fans and power supplies are accessible from the front of the frame and can be hot swapped at any time for maintenance.

Independent Monitoring

The EQX provides extensive signal monitoring of both inputs & outputs, power supply voltages, interior temperatures and fan speeds. All monitored data is available through SNMP for facility-wide monitoring systems such as VistaLINK® PRO.

Comprehensive Control

The EQX provides comprehensive connectivity to accommodate the most demanding installations. The internal frame controllers provide complete connectivity to any number of remote control panels and 3rd party control devices such as automation systems via multiple Q-Link, F-Link, Ethernet and Serial ports.

Optical Routing

The EQX Router can accept optical signals at any data rate between 3MB/s and 3GB/s. Whether it is SMPTE259M or 292M compliant signals over fiber or proprietary optical signals such as Evertz® G-LINK or from a 3rd party, the EQX will accept the signals, route them through the digital core and re-launch them on fiber. The EQX can also take in digital signals via coax and launch them on fiber or accept optical signals and send them out electrically via coax.

Audio Routing

The EQX has superior audio routing capabilities. It supports the ability to de- embed AES from any input signal and deliver it as discrete AES, Analog Audio, MADI, or Studer A-LINK signals. It can also re-embed (in any order) audio with other de-embedded AES channels, Analog inputs, Discrete AES, MADI, and/or Studer A-LINK inputs on any output video.

Multiviewer Integration

The EQX integrates X-LINK on the 10, 16 and 26RU models. X-LINK is a high density interconnection used on a wide variety of Evertz® Multiviewers that DOES NOT use up standard router outputs. A 576x576 EQX will still have the full 576 outputs while supporting more than 500 additional outputs to a Multiviewer. X-LINK technology is a unique Evertz® signal interconnection carrying 32 uncompressed baseband signals over a single connector.

System Architecture

When combining the EMR unified platform for audio with the EQX high density router for video, Evertz provides the ultimate hybrid audio and video solution with the ability to route audio universally across various formats. Embedded audio from EQX video sources can be de-embedded and routed to AES, analog, MADI destinations or A-LINK. The system also allows discrete audio sources from AES, analog, MADI or A-LINK to audio embedders on the EQX. This unique solution provides a extremely scalable audio routing system with maximum flexibility for routing any audio source to any audio destination.

  • Embedded Audio

    Embedded audio from incoming video is de-embedded using EQX AVIP input boards. The de-embedded audio is passed to the EMR-ADMX audio crosspoint, for audio shuffling/swapping. Any audio from the EMR-ADMX audio crosspoint is embedded in outgoing video using EQX AVOP boards.

  • Discrete AES, MADI, and Analog Audio

    Various discrete audio signals can be supported by the EQX platform using the EMR-ADMX crosspoint. Each audio input/output module provides advanced functions such as gain, phase inversion, muting, and audio delays that can be applied on each and every mono channel. A number of audio input/output modules take to/from the EMR-ADMX crosspoint. These include:

    • AES - up to 192 mono channels per input/output module
    • Analog Audio - up to 96 mono channels per input/output module
    • MADI - up to 16 MADI channels per input/out module
  • Studer A-LINK

    The 7800 series Evertz module supports two Studer A-LINKs that are configurable as one main, one redundant or two as independent paths. Each of the Studer A-LINK paths are a bidirectional link over Fiber pair, provisioned with support for up to 1280 mono audio channels. All audio from both A-LINK paths is passed to the EMR-ADMX crosspoint, and then the appropriate audio is passed from the EMR-ADMX crosspoint to the module which is sent out as A-LINK.

  • EMR-ADMX TDM Crosspoint

    The EMR-ADMX crosspoint routes an individual mono channel. This allows for channel swapping / shuffling across audio channel pairs and groups. The EMR-ADMX crosspoint allows for systems that can scale up to 1536 x 1536 AES. Redundancy is provided by a second EMR-ADMX crosspoint module and redundant links on the input/output audio modules.

MAGNUM Unified Control System

Evertz' MAGNUM Unified Control System addresses the ever-growing challenges broadcasters face as facilities become larger, more complex and distributed. MAGNUM has been designed to unify the control and operation of the routing core, master control, production switching, MAGNUM-SDVN and multiviewer. MAGNUM bridges all the major components within the broadcast path under a single point of control enabling broadcasters to simplify facility workflow and gain efficiency while reducing operational costs.

From a core routing perspective MAGNUM provides a superior, unified control / interface to Evertz EQX and other Evertz routing SDI products. MAGNUM can configure and manage systems ranging from a single router system (with hundreds of sources/destinations) to large enterprise sized systems (with thousands of sources/destinations that utilize tie-lines). Based on MAGNUM's Router control module, MAGNUM-SE has been designed and released to support and manage smaller routing systems.

MAGNUM, as a SDVN orchestration and controller, controls both Hybrid SDI and IP applications. MAGNUM provides seamless integration of SDI and High Bandwidth Ethernet switch fabrics for video applications by providing operators with the same control interfaces (source/destination/take) found in legacy SDI facilities.

Router Control Panels

Evertz has a comprehensive range of router control panels to suit any routing needs.

Features Include
  • 1RU or 2RU options
  • LCD programmable or fixed buttons
  • XY or button per source
  • Level break aways
  • Joystick interface
  • Source chopping
  • Programmable menus
  • Src/Dst scroll lists or prefix based
  • Locks

Hybrid IP Routing

The Evertz® IP Video Media Gateway family includes modules that fit into any EQX frame, enabling all traditional EQX systems to operate in collaboration with Evertz®' new format agnostic IP switch fabrics. The traditional routing control is preserved in this Hybrid solution through the use of Evertz® MAGNUM unified control system.

SDI/10GE Hybrid Infrastructure

Evertz® Software Defined Video Neworking (SDVN™) leverages MAGNUM to bridge legacy SDI based facilities and IP-based facilities. MAGNUM provides orchestration and control of SDVN™ components that include Evertz® 10/100GE high capacity switch fabrics, media IP gateways, and Evertz® traditional SDI products such as the EQX family of 3G/HD/SD-SDI routers. Evertz®' SDVN™ offers broadcasters, content distributors and service providers a flexible, format agnostic and scalable infrastructure for SD, HD, 3G, and Ultra HD (4K and 8K) video.

Specifications

Single frame configuration (excluding frame Xlink outputs)

  • 1152x1152 In 40RU: PSU separate 1RU
  • 576x576 (1152 available) in 26RU: PSU separate 1RU
  • 288x288 (576 available) in 16RU: PSU separate 1RU
  • 180x180 (360 available) in 10RU: PSU separate 1RU

Video Inputs

Formats SMPTE 259M, 292M, 310M, 424M, ASI, 10G
Optical Formats SMPTE 292M, G-LINK, any optical signal between 3MB/s and 3GB/s
Signal Level 800mV p-p
Impedance 75Ω terminating
Return Loss > 15dB typical (5 – 1500MHz) / > 10dB typical (1.5 – 3GHz)
Cable Equalization Belden 1694A @ 270MHz 300m to 500m
Belden 1694A @ 1.5GHz 100m to 200m
Belden 1694A @ 3GHz 90m to 150m

Video Outputs

Signals Supported SMPTE 259M, 292M, 310M, 424M, ASI, 10G
Reclocking Configurable
Non-reclocking Configurable
Impedance 75Ω terminating
Return Loss > 15dB typical (5 – 1500MHz) / > 10dB typical (1.5 – 3GHz)
DC Oset 0 ±0.5V
Output Jitter 0.2UI
Connectors BNC IEC 61169.8 Annex A

Fiber Inputs/Outputs

* Contact factory for additional fiber options.
SFP1R-2 Dual Optical SFP Receiver, Up to 3GB/s
Connector LC/PC
Operating Wavelength 1270nm to 1610nm
Maximum Input Power -1dBm
Optical Sensitivity -21dBm ±1dBm
SFP1T13-2 Dual Optical SFP Transmitter, Up to 3GB/s, 1310nm
Connector LC/PC
Wavelengths 1310nm
Output Power -2dBm ±1dBm

EQXM only MTP Fiber Inputs/Outputs

EQXM-OP9-MTP 9 Optical Receivers +1 monitoring optical transmitter, Up to 3GB/s
Connector 12 Fiber position single mode angle polished
Operating Wavelength 1270nm to 1610nm
Maximum Input Power -1dBm
Typical Optical Sensitivity -20dBm ±1dBm
EQXM-OP9-MTP 9 optical transmitters +1 monitoring optical transmitters, Up to 3GB/s
Connector 12 Fiber position single mode angle polished
Wavelengths 1310nm
Typical Output Power -2.5dBm ±1dBm

Reference Timing

Switching Reference Analog 525/625/tri-level HD looping connections
Connector 2 BNC IEC 61169.8 Annex A
Signal Level 1V p-p ±3dB
Impedance 75Ω terminating
Reference Timing Multiple timing planes supported

Physical

Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C
Cooling Fan cooled

Power

Voltage Auto ranging 100 to 240V 50/60Hz
Up to 4 load sharing PS modules in 1RU frame
Separate main input for each module or external 48V DC
Redundancy Separate 1RU frame(s) with up to 4 PS modules in each, for 1:1 redundancy available

Redundant Protection

  • Redundant Crosspoint
  • Redundant Frame Controller
  • Redundant Power Supply
  • Redundant Cooling Fans

For additional detail please refer to the specific router chassis page.

News

  • Hearst Station KETV in Omaha Partners With BeckTV and Evertz for New Broadcast Facility in Historic Rail Station

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

    BeckTV, one of the United States' premier design-build systems integrators, has completed the installation and commissioning of broadcast systems within the brand-new KETV facility, located within the renovated Burlington Station in Omaha, Nebraska. The Hearst Television-owned television station worked with BeckTV to integrate state-of-the-art broadcast systems, using Evertz end-to- end infrastructure solutions, into the historic building while preserving original elements dating back to 1898, when the rail station first opened. Read more...

  • BeckTV Installs Evertz Broadcast System for KETV

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

    KETV has been operating from its new studio inside Omaha, Neb.'s historic Burlington Station since October, and part of the station's move was the installation of its broadcast system for the facility, courtesy of BeckTV. Using Evertz end-to-end infrastructure, BeckTV installed a state-of-the-art broadcast system for the Hearst Television-owned TV station. Read more...