Cobalt Announces Dual Test OpenGear Card

Cobalt’s new openGear test generator card is loaded with useful features.

Cobalt Digital announced the 9960-TG2-REF1 3G/HD/SD-SDI dual-channel test signal generator. It is an openGear card that sends dual test signals into a facility's video chain to verify the validity of downstream baseband SDI systems. The 9960-TG2-REF1 is the only openGear card that can perform two separate tests on two separate paths. It is also the only such card that generates a "bouncing box" confidence indicator to track the movement of a signal throughout the facility and show whether a test was successful. These unique features increase the card's functionality and can reduce testing costs for broadcast facilities.

The 9960-TG2-REF1 card features a stress-test generator that can intentionally send illegal characters into the video path in order to determine whether the downstream systems will catch them. This feature helps broadcasters find and fix problems along the signal path during testing and setup instead of discovering them after the systems go live.

The 9960-TG2-REF1 card can generate video, audio, analog, timecode, data, and other types of test signals that broadcasters use every day. Unlike other openGear test generator cards, the 9960-TG2-REF1 lets users set up dual test packages, which they can run simultaneously on two different paths in order to test different parts of the chain at the same time or feed selectively to a single path. In addition to numerous high-quality industry-standard test patterns, the 9960-TG2-REF1 also provides ANC data generators that are designed to check all standard ANC packages, including CEA-608/708 closed captioning, SMPTE 12M TC, SMPTE 2020 HANC audio, and SMPTE SCTE 104 test packets. A CVBS output offers bi-level reference output, line 21 (CEA-608) closed-captioning, and VITC waveform test sequences.

In another first for the openGear platform, the 9960-TG2-REF1 features bouncing-box animation that serves as an easy-to-use, dynamic raster confidence check. If there is a problem along the signal path, such as with a frame sync generating color bars during a loss of active video, the operator may lose confidence in the actual signal transport. An animated moving box ensures active video is actually

Cobalt Digital will demonstrate the capabilities of the test signal generator and other openGear-cards and enclosures at the NAB 2015 in booth N2722.

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