PTP & SDI Reference Clock Solutions

PTP & SDI Reference Clock Solutions

Tektronix TV Broadcast Sync and Test Pattern Generators provide highly accurate, stable, and reliable signals in both SDI and IP broadcast environments. The Tektronix family of SPG, TSG, and ECO products are the globally trusted sync solution for broadcasting and production.

  • Reliable sync & test signal generation for Hybrid SDI and IP Systems
  • Locks to GPS, PTP, NTSC/PAL black
  • Changeover for main and protect configurations
  • GPS Locked ST20590-2 PTP as Grandmaster or Slave

Market Leader for PTP Grandmaster & Slave Deployments

The SPG8000A is the proven, reliable, and accurate timing reference in mission critical environments. It is the ‘Gold Standard’ for analog/digital and ST2059 synchronization in interop, demonstrations, early proof of concepts, and full on-air deployments. With the field upgradeable Precision-Time-Protocol (PTP) Grand Master option, you can both limit your risk and the time required to transition to ST2110 or ST2022-6 IP networks.

Highlights

  • Provides PTP as the Grandmaster or Slave with profiles for ST2059-2 and AES67
  • Eases migration from traditional SDI infrastructure to an IP based system
  • Pioneering and industry proven combination of PTP and black/tri-level master sync system
  • Extensive industry deployment as the system hybrid PTP and reference SPG

Designed for Mission Critical Sync System Reliability

The SPG8000A and ECO8000 are designed with one mission in mind: the provision of a stable, reliable, and accurate timing reference under any conditions. It's the detail that is paramount in mission-critical systems; redundant power supplies, the patented Stay Genlock and Holdover Recovery algorithms, and full PTP BMCA algorithm support, coupled with the electronic switching capability of the ECO8000. This earns the title ‘Best in Class’ as a master reference signal failover system.

Highlights

  • Stay Genlock™ and Holdover Recovery bridges the loss of GPS or External Reference
  • Full support for the ST2059 BMCA algorithm and GPS lock for high reliability PTP Grandmaster
  • Both SPG and ECO employ unique dual hot swappable power supply design with sophisticated monitoring
  • The SPG complemented by the electronic switching capability of the ECO8000, minimizes shocks to analogue reference signals

Flexible Configuration for Wide Range of System Designs

The Tektronix Family of SPG, TSG, and ECO products provide a highly flexible set of components applicable to a wide variety of application and system designs; driven to maximize resiliency, minimize cost while being flexible enough to handle an increasingly uncertain future. Whether it's a new network design that requires a combination of PTP and traditional analog sync, an extension of an existing system, or a simple SDI system operating under budget constraints, the Tektronix family of sync components can more than satisfy any requirements.

Highlights

  • Supports PTP Grandmaster or Slave
  • Ability to lock to GPS, PTP, or analog reference (Black Burst, Tri-Level, or CW)
  • Standard outputs for bi-level, tri-level, and CW 10MHz
  • Wide array of SDI video test patterns for SD, HD, 3G, and analog composite
  • Audio support with DARS, word clock and AES tones, 16 channels of embedded audio with Dolby E, AV Sync, and audio clicks for ID
  • Available as dedicated Sync Pulse Generator (SPG8000) or as a modular Test Generator Platform (TG8000)

Unmatched Knowledge Backed with Dedicated Support

Tektronix has been a leader in the design of TV Broadcast Sync systems and test pattern generators for over fifty years. By providing an unmatched level of support and keeping pace with leading edge development, Tektronix exhibits a commitment to service that is the most trusted in the industry.

  • Proven track record in sync and test pattern generators for over 50 years
  • An experienced support team that understands the urgency of broadcast events
  • Committed brand known for its support and longevity coupled with years of experience in the design of cutting edge technologies
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Applications Automatic Changeover for master sync and timing application Hybrid sync generator and PTP grandmaster clock for sync and timing application of SDI-based and / or IP-based media infrastructure Best value mid-range sync generator for traditional analog and / or SDI-based media infrastructure Modular platform to create configurations for broadcast and video equipment testing applications
Sync Formats All models:
Blackburst, HD Tri-Level Sync, SD, HD, 3G-SDI
Test Signal Formats Composite NTSC/PAL, SD, HD, 3G-SDI Composite NTSC/PAL, SD, HD, 3G-SDI (including 4K/UHD)
Embedded Dolby E
SD, HD, 3G-SDI Composite NTSC/PAL, Analog Component, SD, HD, 3G-SDI (including 4K/UHD)
Features Electronic Fast Switch for Analog Sync / AES Switching (Opt. REF)
High bandwidth (up to 3Gbps) SDI relay switching (Opt. HREF)
Linear Timecode switching (Opt. LTC)
GPS/GLONASS master clock synchronization (Opt GPS)
Precision Time Protocol IEEE 1588 support (Opt PTP)
3G/HD/SD-SDI signal outputs including 4K/UHD (Opt SDI)
3G/HD/SD-SDI signal outputs (Opt SDI) GPS/GLONASS synchronization(GPS7)
3G/HD/SD-SDI test signal module including 4K/UHD support (SDI7) *
Analog video test generator module (AVG7)
* 4K/UHD support requires 2 x SDI7 modules
Dual Power Supply System Option DPW Option DPW Option DPW Not Available
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Applications Automatic Changeover for master sync and timing application Hybrid sync generator and PTP grandmaster clock for sync and timing application of SDI-based and / or IP-based media infrastructure Best value mid-range sync generator for traditional analog and / or SDI-based media infrastructure Modular platform to create configurations for broadcast and video equipment testing applications
Sync Formats All models:
Blackburst, HD Tri-Level Sync, SD, HD, 3G-SDI
Test Signal Formats Composite NTSC/PAL, SD, HD, 3G-SDI Composite NTSC/PAL, SD, HD, 3G-SDI (including 4K/UHD)
Embedded Dolby E
SD, HD, 3G-SDI Composite NTSC/PAL, Analog Component, SD, HD, 3G-SDI (including 4K/UHD)
Features Electronic Fast Switch for Analog Sync / AES Switching (Opt. REF)
High bandwidth (up to 3Gbps) SDI relay switching (Opt. HREF)
Linear Timecode switching (Opt. LTC)
GPS/GLONASS master clock synchronization (Opt GPS)
Precision Time Protocol IEEE 1588 support (Opt PTP)
3G/HD/SD-SDI signal outputs including 4K/UHD (Opt SDI)
3G/HD/SD-SDI signal outputs (Opt SDI) GPS/GLONASS synchronization(GPS7)
3G/HD/SD-SDI test signal module including 4K/UHD support (SDI7) *
Analog video test generator module (AVG7)
* 4K/UHD support requires 2 x SDI7 modules
Dual Power Supply System Option DPW Option DPW Option DPW Not Available
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Complete Solution for Master Sync Generator & Timing Reference Systems

The Tektronix TV Broadcast family of Sync and Timing Reference, and Electronic Change Over (ECO) systems enables designers to build reliable systems to meet any situation whether for a broadcast studio, mobile production facility, or post production operation.

Highlights

  • Front panel user interface or Remote Web control for easy setup and integration
  • Functional as a master or slave in PTP, black burst, tri-level, or CW environments
  • ECO8000 provides up to 20 failsafe signal switches for uninterrupted synchronization
  • Locks to GPS, PTP and PAL/NTSC black

Flexibility to Provide Synchronization in SDI or IP Islands

The ongoing transition to IP based facilities means Broadcasters and Production facilities will be dealing with the complexities of Hybrid SDI and IP environments for many years to come. The need will only increase for broadcast engineering teams to ensure they keep islands of SDI or IP synchronized with the rest of the facility. Tektronix offers an SPG that locks to PTP as the source reference, and provides stable black-burst to smaller groups of traditional gear.

Highlights

  • GPS Lock and Stay Genlock provide stable synchronization in a mixed environment
  • Software PTP upgrades simplify SDI island conversion as networks evolve
  • Using an external PTP reference, the SPG8000A can provide Analog/Digital timing references for SDI islands
  • Connected to an external reference, the SPG8000A provides a synchronized PTP output for IP islands

Support for 4K/HDR in Mobile & Post Production Systems

In the migration path to 4K, the sync & test generator family of products, provide reliable sync and timing reference along with test patterns as a source of known good reference. In addition, the test signals are configurable as an HDR source to facilitate the correct set up procedures for HDR productions.

Highlights

  • Support for Master and Slave mode referenced to GPS, Black Reference, or PTP
  • Color bar 4K test signal output including custom BMP files
  • PAL/NTSC, Tri-Level, PTP and Word Clock reference
  • Audio support

Redundancy Support for Analog & IP Signals

Redundancy is a critical element of any synchronization system. The Tektronix portfolio of reliable synchronization products provides complete confidence. In SDI systems, there are two SPG's and an ECO - enabling fast switching between primary and backup systems. In IP networks, the BMCA can be instantly designate as a new Grandmaster.

  • Full redundancy in SDI environments are available through the SPG8000A and the ECO8000
  • Redundancy protection in hybrid environments through utilization of the same products for both systems
  • GPS lock on the SPG8000A can be configured as a preferred clock in PTP systems

This version of firmware supports the SPG8000A and SPG8000 Master Sync / Clock Reference Generator and the SPG700 Multiformat Reference Sync Generator. Version 3.0.1 is identical to 3.0.0 except includes new FW updater for certain GPS module to fix loss of signal.

This version of firmware supports the SPG8000A and SPG8000 Master Sync / Clock Reference Generator and the SPG700 Multiformat Reference Sync Generator. Version 3.0 includes fix for gmtime system call, PTP firmware, disable of port 5000, and new Event Log. It also includes repairs to customer-found issues reported on Versions 2.x. This release includes a new kernel to work on all hardware versions of the main board (Ver 1, 2, & 3).

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Using Stay GenLock

Tech brief on video reference timing with Tektronix Signal Generators

Fact Sheet
Tektronix Video System Integration CAD File

Tektronix makes available outline drawings for system integrators of waveform monitors, waveform rasterizers, test signal generators, and changeover units. 

Technical Brief
Master Sync and Master Clock Reference Timing within a Facility

Adjusting system timing and achieving synchronization is one of the most fundamental and critical procedures in a facility. With facilities operating with multi-formats, learn how the Tektronix SPG8000 and TG8000 can be configured to serve the multi-formats needs of a facility.

Application Note
Global Positioning System as a Master Clock and Reference Signal

GPS can provide a reliable means to provide master clock and timing reference signals from a sync pulse generator such as the Tektronix SPG8000 with the GPS option. This method of synchronization allows for multiple facilities around the world to all derive their reference signals from the same system.

Application Note
The Use of Time Code within a Broadcast

This application note will provide information for you to understand the data structures of the various formats to ensure data integrity throughout your facility using a GPS signal. The GPS option of the Tektronix SPG8000 provides a variety of different timecode formats and timecode offsets to suit the demanding needs of today’s facility.

Application Note
Timing and Synchronization in a Standard Definition Hybrid Video Facility

An application note explaining the complexities of an analog and digital multi-standard, multi-format environment that requires flexibility to achieve and maintain synchronization in facilities that operate in a mix of formats.

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