Cobalt Digital Shows New openGear Solutions at NAB, a Simplified Path to ATSC 3.0, Significant Support for ST 2110, and a New DANTE Embedder/De-Embedder with Frame Sync

Las Vegas, NV- April 14, 2024 – Providing tools today for tomorrow’s broadcaster is the main theme at Cobalt Digital‘s NAB Booth # SU 4027. The leading designer and manufacturer of award-winning edge devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner in the openGear® initiative, is presenting enhanced openGear cards comprised of cutting-edge technology that will bring broadcasters a simple path to ATSC 3.0 and closer to an IP infrastructure. The Company is also showing an expanded family of high-density routers and control panels and other numerous non openGear form factor products on the booth.


Simplified Path to ATSC 3.0

High-density, efficient 9905-MPx openGear® card brings HDR to ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV)

Cobalt Digital has simplified the path to ATSC 3.0 by offering an easy way to convert ATSC 1.0 to an ATSC 3.0 ready signal. This capability, being introduced at NAB 2024, is offered in Cobalt’s 9905-MPx fully featured, multi-function 3G/HD/SD Quad-Path Up/Down/Cross Converter/Frame Sync/Embed/De-Embed openGear audio processor. The 9905-MPx also includes the ability to convert four channels of 1080i SDR to 1080p HDR for ATSC 3.0 and support for 3D-LUTs as a standard feature for all paths with available color correction for downstream HDR systems.  This way, stations can get started in ATSC 3.0 by automatically generating a 1080p HDR feed from their existing 1080i or 720p SDR feed, and later switch to a native HDR signal.

COBALT INDIGO 2110 – ST 2110 interface now available on multiple cards

Independent Processing Paths on a Single Unit 

The new COBALT INDIGO OG-2110-BIDI4-GATEWAY is a bi-directional quad-channel native ST 2110 interface to SDI I/O available in the openGear form factor. The transmit and receive paths of the GATEWAY can operate simultaneously. The GATEWAY includes support for ST 2022-7 seamless redundancy switching, as well as IS 04/05 NMOS for automatic discovery and configuration. Cobalt offers the SMPTE ST 2110 interface as an add-on to COBALT’S 9905-MPx or 9904-UDX-4K popular openGear processing cards with the simple addition of the INDIGO 2110-DC-01 daughter-card option.

For the first time, Cobalt will be showing a new factory-installed option for SMPTE ST 2110 input, the INDIGO 2110-DC-02, for its existing PACIFIC 9992-ENC openGear card.  The option supports up to 4 inputs at 3G and lower resolutions, or one input at 4K resolution, with full NMOS support. Each encoder channel can be individually configured for SDI or ST 2110 operation.

The combination of the award-winning PACIFIC 9992-ENC with the ST 2110 input interface option creates a very powerful integrated solution that can be directly deployed in an ST 2110 facility for local encoding, low-latency transport over the Internet using RIST, or to drive a traditional ASI workflow, without having to deploy separate gateway devices.  The ability to mix traditional SDI and ST 2110 feeds in the same device and support for IPMX provides even greater flexibility. 

“We are incredibly excited to be at NAB 2024 with tools for today’s broadcasters that will allow them to seamlessly transition to tomorrow’s technology,” said Suzana Brady, svp of worldwide sales and marketing. “Visit Cobalt in Booth SU4027 to see the technology innovations driving our industry closer to ATSC 3.0 and IP.”


Brand new for NAB 2024, Cobalt is introducing the COBALT ARIA AUD2-DANTE and the COBALT ARIA AUD4-DANTE– DANTE cards in openGear form factor that offer dual and quad-channel units with up to 12G DANTE/AES/MADI/Embed and De-Embed functions with Frame Sync capabilities. The cards feature two gigabit Ethernet ports, a 32×32 or 64×64 configuration, and a full audio router mixer. 

The DANTE capability can also be available on Cobalt’s 9904-UDX/9905-MPx processing cards for maximum functionality and flexibility.

About Cobalt Digital

Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning IP and 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD conversion, throwdown, and multiviewer technology for the production and broadcast television environment. As a founding member in the openGear® initiative, Cobalt offers a full range of openGear compliant solutions as well as video and audio processing products for closed caption compliance, production trucks, master control, HD news, signal transport, audio loudness processing, and color correction. Cobalt’s Blue Box Group™ line of interface converter throwdown boxes streamlines and simplifies a wide range of IP and 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD conversion and processing tasks. In addition, the company’s multi-image display processors enable multiviewer capabilities in the most demanding studio and remote production/ broadcasting environments. Cobalt Digital products are distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships. For further information visit:

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