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Ericsson RX1290 Multi-Format SD/HD IRD

  • Increased Distribution Capacity
  • Industry's most versatile Decoder
  • Simplified Control and Lower Cost
  • Wide Range of Inputs and Outputs
EOL for RX1290 sofware licenses is 31 December, 2014. No Software Licenses will be sold after that date. This product has been replaced by the Ericsson RX8200 .

The Ericsson RX1290 Multi-Format SD/HD IRD has been designated End of Life (EOL) by the manufacturer

Here is a small selection of possible replacement units.

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RX1290 – Multi-format Receiver (RX1290/BAS, FAZ 101 0116/1)

The following features are available as standard:

  • MPEG-2, SD 4:2:0 decoding
  • MPEG-2, SD, 4:2:2 decoding
  • MPEG-2, HD, 4:2:0 decoding
  • 3x HD SDI, SD SDI or ASI outputs
  • 1x RGB or YPrPb analog video output
  • 1x ASI input
  • 2x balanced analog audio outputs
  • 2x balanced digital audio outputs
  • 4x unbalanced digital audio outputs
  • Frame synchronization input
  • RS-232 data output
  • RS232/485 Control port
  • Alarm relay
  • BISS Mode 1 and E support
  • Extensive VBI support

Ericsson RX1290 Multi-format SD/HD Integrated Receiver Decoder

Video professionals, broadcasters and news gathering organizations face increasing demands to capture and deliver video in multiple formats and standards while minimizing their operational costs. As television moves from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 AVC, from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD), Ericsson’s RX1290 is uniquely positioned to address these multi-format, multi-standard needs by combining MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC, SD and HD with the capability to decode both 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 video.

The RX1290’s capability to decode all video formats, coupled with a wide choice of input options for all transmission mediums makes the receiver the smart choice for professionals seeking a future-proof solution. This unique flexibility makes the RX1290 the only full MPEG-4 AVC HD solution for mobile applications. The RX1290 provides significant benefits for organizations who wish to migrate their operations from MPEG-2 SD to MPEG-4 AVC HD. The multi-format capability of the RX1290 allows a significant cost reduction to the traditional migration path of operating separate devices for SD and HD. With the RX1290, customers can upgrade the unit with licenses rather than migrating via a hardware upgrade path thereby giving maximum flexibility.

RX1290 Overview

Increased Distribution Capacity and Efficiency

The RX1290 multi-format professional receiver, in combination with the Ericsson’s MPEG-4 AVC encoders, enables increased distribution capacity due to their bandwidth reduction capabilities and increased encoding/decoding efficiencies. For satellite applications, the RX1290 can include a DVB-S2 demodulator, allowing an additional 30 percent increase in channel capacity.

The Industry’s most Versatile Decoder - a “Safe Choice” for the Future

The RX1290 decodes all major video formats commonly in use today in both SD and HD resolutions, providing complete flexibility for daily operations. The professional decoder

is a “safe choice” for companies that are beginning to transmit MPEG-4 AVC and HD but continue to work in MPEG-2 and SD. With the RX1290 they can migrate at their own pace.

Simplified Control and Lower Cost of Operations

Organizations with large populations of RX1290 receivers or other Ericsson receivers can simplify control by integrating with Director by Ericsson’s control system. Director provides remote, over-air, single-view control from a central location, reducing the need for on-site local operators.

Wide Range of Inputs and Outputs for Enhanced Connectivity

The RX1290 can be integrated into a variety of system architectures, including ASI, IP and RF delivery systems through a choice of input cards. The receiver offers a multitude of audio and video outputs for high quality delivery to all major onward networks.

Sample Configuration


Input Options
The RX1290 has a single ASI input as standard and can in addition be configured with a number of high performance inputs.

DVB-S2 Input (RX1290/HWO/DVBS2, FAZ 101 0116/3)

  • 4x L-band inputs
  • DVB-S QPSK demodulation
  • DVB-S2 QPSK, 8PSK demodulation with license keys

DVB-S2 Input (RX1290/HWO/DVBS2/IF/CONST, FAZ 101 0116/5)

  • Perfect for up-link monitoring
  • 3x L-band inputs, 1x IF input, I/Q constellation output
  • DVB-S QPSK demodulation
  • DVB-S2 QPSK, 8PSK demodulation with license keys 100/1000BaseT Input (RX1290/HWO/IP/GIGE, FAZ 101 0116/7)

MPEG transport stream over IP

  • 2x 100/1000BaseT input
  • Configurable low latency / Jitter compensation buffer
  • SMPTE 2022 Pro-MPEG FEC with license key

G.703 ATM Input (RX1290/HWO/G703, FAZ 101 0116/6)

  • E3 or DS-3 inputs
  • 34 Mbps or 45 Mbps rates


Input Options

DVB-S2 QPSK License (RX1290/SWO/DVBS2/QPSK, FAZ 101 0116/18)

  • Adds DVB-S2 QPSK capability to DVB-S2 input option card

DVB-S2 8PSK License (RX1290/SWO/DVBS2/8PSK, FAZ 101 0116/16)

  • Adds DVB-S2 QPSK, 8PSK capability to DVB-S2 input option card

DVB-S2 Low Symbol Rate License (RX1290/SWO/DVBS2/LSYM, FAZ 101 0116/17)

  • Enables DVB-S2 symbol rate of 1 Msym/s to 5 Msym/s

SMPTE 2022 Pro-MPEG FEC License (RX1290/SWO/IP/PROMPEG, FAZ 101 0116/20)

  • Adds SMPTE 2022 Pro-MPEG FEC capability to IP transport stream input options

Decoding Options
The RX1290 is designed to support a range of video decoding standards.

MPEG-4 AVC SD Decoding (RX1290/SWO/MPEG4/SD, FAZ 101 0116/24)

  • Enables MPEG-4 AVC SD decoding

MPEG-4 AVC HD Decoding (RX1290/SWO/MPEG4/HD, FAZ 101 0116/23)

  • Enables MPEG-4 AVC HD decoding
  • Enables MPEG-4 AVC SD decoding
  • Enables MPEG-2 4:2:2 HD decoding

MPEG-2 4:2:2 HD Decoding (RX1290/SWO/MPEG2 HD/422, FAZ 101 0116/22)

  • Enables MPEG-2 4:2:2 HD decoding

Down-conversion (RX1290/SWO/DCONV, FAZ 101 0116/13)

  • Down-conversion of HD to SD
  • Simultaneous presentation of HD and SD on output interfaces

Up-conversion (RX1290/SWO/UPCONV, FAZ 101 0116/29)

  • Up-conversion from SD to HD

Low latency decode (RX1290/SWO/LDELAY, FAZ 101 0116/21)

  • Low latency video decode
  • 4:2:0 video decode modes only
  • MPEG-1 Layer-II audio only

Conditional Access Options

The RX1290 supports many types of widely used conditional access systems to allow for secure transmission of content.

Director by Ericsson (RX1290/SWO/DIR5, FAZ 101 0116/14)

  • Director CA
  • Director over-air control
  • Director over-air software downloads

DVB Common Interface (RX1290/SWO/CI, FAZ 101 0116/12)

  • Enables support for Conditional Access modules
  • Service pre-filtering

RAS 1 and 2 (RX1290/SWO/RAS, FAZ 101 0116/28)

  • Ericsson RAS transport stream CA protection

Provider Lock (RX1290/SWO/PROV/LOCK, FAZ 101 0116/26)

  • Allows services listed by broadcaster ID to be displayed

Audio Options

Dolby® Digital Decode (RX1290/SWO/AC3, FAZ 101 0116/11)

  • Enables decoding and pass-through of Dolby Digital Audio
  • 2x 5.1 down-mix to 2.0 (stereo)
  • 2x 5.1 pass-through (compressed and embedded in (HD)SDI)
  • 4x 5.1 pass-through (compressed and embedded in (HD)SDI) (with 4x audio license)

AAC Audio Decode (RX1290SWO/AAC, FAZ 101 0116/10)

  • AAC-LC audio when decoding MPEG-2
  • HE-AAC audio when decoding MPEG-4 AVC
  • 1x 5.1 down-mix to 2.0 (stereo)
  • 1x 5.1 decode
  • 2x 2.0 decode
  • 4x 2.0 decode (with 4x audio license)

4x Audio Capability (RX1290/SWO/4AUD, FAZ 101 0116/9)

  • Enables decode and pass-through of audio services three and four

Phase Aligned Audio (RX1290/SWO/PAA, FAZ 101 0116/25)

  • Phase aligned MPEG-1 Layer II audio capability (MPEG-4 HD only)
  • Requires RX1290/SWO/4AUD

Other Software Options

High Speed Data over Ethernet (RX1290/SWO/HSETHER, FAZ 101 0116/19)

  • Ideal for telephony, IP traffic, video streaming
  • Uses RX1290’s RJ-45 control port
  • Up to 5 Mbps data rate

Password Protection of Web Browser (RX1290/SWO/PW, FAZ 101 0116/27)

  • Protects Web browser from malicious or accidental changes
Video and Audio Formats
Profiles MP@L4, HP@L4
Max. video rate 20 Mbps
Video format 1080i at 29.97, 30 & 25 fps, 1080psf at 23.97fps, 720p at 59.94, 60 & 50 fps
Profiles MP@L3
Max. video rate 10 Mbps
Video format 480i and 576i 29.97, 25 fps
MPEG-2 (HD)y
Profiles MP@HL, 422@HLy
Max. video rate 50 Mbps (MP@HL) 90 Mbps (422@HL)
Video format 1080i at 29.97, 30 & 25 fps, 1080psf at 23.97fps, 720p at 59.94, 60 & 50 fps
Profiles MP@ML, 422@ML
Max. video rate 15 Mbps (MP@ML) 50 Mbps (422@ML)
Video format 480i and 576i 29.97, 25 fps
Video Processing
Down-conversiony (HD to SD) full frame, center cut out, letter box, anamorphic - manual/AFD controlled
Up-conversiony (SD to HD) To 720p or 1080i (4:2:0 modes only)
Aspect ratio conversion 16:9 to 4:3, 4:3 to 16:9 (4:2:0 modes only)
DVB subtitle burn-in SD resolution subtitles on SD or HD video, HD resolution subtitles on HD video
Audio Decoding
MPEG-1 Layer-II audio
Linear PCM
Dolby® Digital down-mixy*
Dolby® Digital pass-throughy
Dolby® E pass-through
DTS pass-through
AAC-LC, HE-AAC decode & down-mixy*
Sampling rate 48 kHz
No. stereo pairs 2 or 4y
Input Interfaces
Frame Synchronization
Connector 1 x BNC (F) 75 Ohm
Input signal Analog SD Hsync (black and burst)
Connector 1 x BNC (F) 75 Ohm
Max. input rate 160 Mbps
Packet length 188/204 byte packets
Standard EN50083-9
MPEG over IP (Option)
Connector 1 x RJ 45
Format 10/100BaseT
Gigabit MPEG over IP (Option)
Connector 2 x RJ 45
Format 100/1000BaseT
DVB-S2 (Option)
Connector 4 x F-Type (F), 75 Ohm
Modulation DVB-S QPSK, DVB-S2 QPSKy and 8PSKy
Frequency range 950 to 2150 MHz
Input Level -25 dBm to –65 dBm
Symbol Rate 1 - 45 Msyms (DVB-S) 1y - 31 Msyms (DVB-S2)
Bit-rate 81 Mbps Max. (DVB-S2)
FEC, DVB-S 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8
FEC, DVB-S2 QPSK 1/2, 3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10
FEC, DVB-S2 8PSK 3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10
DVB-S2 FEC Frame Normal Frames
LNB Power 13V, 18V or off, 22 kHz on/off
Standard EN300 421, EN302 307
L-band Inputs 3 x F-Type (F), 75 Ohm
IF Monitor Input 1 x IF BNC (F) 75 Ohm
IF Input Freq Range: 50 – 180 MHz (monitor input)
IF Input Level -15 dBm to –40 dBm
Constellation Output 2 x BNC I/Q (F) down-sampled
TTV G.703
Connector BNC (F)
Network G.703 compliant PDH
Input E3 or DS-3 (selectable)
Bit-rates 34 or 45 Mbps versions
SDI/HD-SDI/DVB ASI-C (Switchable)
Connector 3 x BNC 75 ohms
HD-SDI standard SMPTE 292M
SD-SDI standard SMPTE 259M
Embedded Audio SMPTE 299M (HD)
Embedded Audio Channels 2 or 4y stereo pairs
ASI standard EN50083-9
Connector 1 x 15 pin D-type
Format RGB H&V/YPrPb (switchable)
Connector 1 x BNC 75 ohms
Format PAL / NTSC
Connector 2 x 9 pin D-type
Analog audio 2 balanced stereo pairs
Digital audio 2 balanced stereo pairs
4 x unbalanced stereo pairs - BNC (F) 75 Ohm
RS-232 low speed data (Max. 38.4 kbps)
Ethernet High speedy (Max 5000 kbps)
Ericsson proprietary data piping mode
Program selection for ATSC, DVB and MPEG-only streams
Input transport rate up to 160 Mbps (Nominal)
1 alarm relay
Conditional Access Options
Director (option)
DVB Common Interface (option)
RAS 1 & 2 (option)
Control Options
Front panel keypad and LCD
Front panel keypad and LCD
Web browser
Director remote control
Physical and Power
Dimensions (W x D x H)
440 x 400 x 44mm (17.2 x 15.75 x 1.75“ approx.)
Input Voltage
110/240 VAC
Power Consumption
45W Max. (depending on options fitted)
Integrated fan
Environmental Conditions
Operating Temperature
0°C to +50°C (32° to 122°F)
Storage Temperature
-20°C to +60°C (4° to 140°F)
Relative Humidity
5 to 95%
NOTES: yLicense key dependent, *Limited number of decodes
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