Ikegami Debuts New 3G Fibre Base Station

Ikegami Electronics Europe has announced a new addition to its range of broadcast production equipment. The BSX-100 is a 3G fibre base station offering a coherent upgrade path for broadcasters and production companies as they progress from SDI to IP, from standard dynamic range to high dynamic range and from high definition into HD/4K dual-format workflow.

The BSX-100 is fully compatible with Ikegami Unicam HD system cameras, including the HDK-99 and HDK-73. It will also support Ikegami's future 4K-native cameras. In its standard form, the base station provides 3G-SDI/HD-SDI HD output. It will be available later this year.

SMPTE ST2110 Media over IP interfacing is available as an option for use across 10GbE and 25GbE networks. Also available as an option is a 4K output software key allowing use of HD cameras in a variety of configurations which include simultaneous production in HD and 4K resolutions. Complementary 12G-SDI / 3G-SDI quad link interfaces are also available. This approach allows 3G camera systems to be integrated into 4K environments easily and cost-efficiently.

High dynamic range video with very high-quality reproduction from dark to bright areas is possible as well as wide color gamut. The Ikegami BSX-100 provides full support for Hybrid Log Gamma in conformance with ITU-R BT.2100 which is the international standard for HDR. The base station optionally includes HDR to SDR conversion and can be operated in any desired combination of HD or 4K resolution and SDR or HDR simultaneously.

Housed in a 3U high half-rack-width low-mass unit, the BSX-100 fibre base station is designed for easy integration into mobile production vehicles and other locations where space is limited. Base station status, cable status, optical signal status, tally and alarms are displayed on the front panel which also provides fast access for audio talkback. A front-panel USB port is included for software updates and local device charging.

Rear panel connectivity includes among others two 12G-SDI outputs, two SFP slots for SMPTE ST2110 IP interfacing, eight HD-SDI outputs, four HD return inputs, reference input and output, AES/sync output, a LAN port plus connections for multi-pin communications and remote control. The fibre-hybrid camera cable port and XLR audio outputs are also located at rear.

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