Telecom Lead America: Tektronix has unveiled its SPG8000
Master Sync and Master Clock Reference Generator.
The SPG8000 provides the critical timing and
synchronizing signals for modern broadcast, production (including mobile trucks
and OB vans) and post-production facilities.
The SPG8000 comes standard with individually timeable
black burst (with VITC support) and HDTV tri-level sync outputs, 10 MHz and 48
kHz word clock outputs, linear time code (LTC) outputs and network time
protocol (NTP) server support.
Optional capabilities include GPS synchronization,
HD/SD-SDI signal generation (with ATC support) with an upgrade path for 3G-SDI
signal generation (software upgrade), 8 channels AES/EBU audio signal
generation plus digital audio reference signal (DARS) output, and analog
NTSC/PAL color bar and test signals outputs.
The SPG8000’s Stay Genlock capability addresses the
requirement that modern digital video systems have for ultra-high stability and
availability of synchronization and timing signal sources.
Stay Genlock enables the SPG8000 to maintain the
reference clock frequency and phase when there is a loss of the genlock
reference input signal. It can be configured with dual, hot-swappable power
supplies to ensure uninterrupted availability of its critical timing and
Eben Jenkins, general manager, Video Product Line,
Tektronix, said the SPG8000 represents an entirely new product category for
Tektronix. This new product continues the Tektronix tradition, delivering the
superior performance, innovation and attention to detail that broadcasters the
world over expect from Tektronix.
The SPG8000 can be remotely configured and monitored,
meeting a key requirement of broadcasters as they increasingly deploy
automation and central monitoring and control systems in their facilities. The SPG8000’s
features in this regard are its support for SNMP and the new Tektronix Web user
interface, which enable easy integration into broadcasters’ monitoring and