25 years of SPG, Time Reference, Video and Audio Test excellence rolled into one rack unit – Courtyard CY460
Courtyard Electronics have produced SPGs for 25 years, pursuing a policy of continuous development to meet the ever changing needs of the industry. Today we meet those needs with our latest product – the CY460. Our approach has always been to offer as broad a range of features as cost effectively as possible whilst maintaining the highest possible technical performance standards. Experience is often undervalued, but 25 years of acquired knowledge enables us to include many valuable features in our SPGs, tailor-made to the specific needs of our customers. The CY460 is the culmination and offers all the analogue and digital references any user could ask for, together with an outstanding array of additional facilities.
Operationally it is possible configure, control and monitor from the front panel, or remotely via an Ethernet connection (which additionally provides SNMP status monitoring). The CY460 offers a wide variety of formats and allows for a mixture of formats simultaneously. It is even possible to have different test pattern outputs in different formats each with its own unique text ident – especially valuable in uplink applications. Text idents can even be in any language. Timecode outputs can be locked to GPS, Vertical Interval Timecode (VITC) on the reference input or via a remote NTP server. When locked to GPS the CY460 can also be deployed as an NTP server itself. Analogue and digital audio reference and test signals are available separately and embedded within the digital video outputs, which can be SD, HD or 3G. Options can be turned on using a software key obviating the need to install additional hardware, and any upgrades can be uploaded and installed via Ethernet.
Above all the CY460, like its forerunners is very stable, very accurate, and very reliable and will provide continuous uninterrupted service for many years.