Cobalt Digital to Introduce New Fiber Optic Solutions at NAB

Colbalt Digital will introduce openGear format fiber audio embedder and de-embedder products and new Blue Box Group (BBG) fiber mini-converter boxes at NAB.

Cobalt Digital said the 9433 Series openGear fiber-optic audio embedder and de-embedder products will be available in a single-channel, unidirectional EO-to-OE configuration and a dual-channel, bidirectional EO/OE transport solution.

The latter version will provide bidirectional extension of two 3G/HD/SD-SDI video signals and multiple analog and AES audio signals over two fibers. When paired with the +DT licensing option, the card set will also provide bidirectional serial data and GPIO connectivity, which can be used for remote PTZ camera control and signal backhaul.



The 9410 Series of 3G/HD/SD-SDI single-channel, dual-channel and transceiver fiber cards provides up to 40 channels of 3G/HD/SD-SDI extension in two rack units. The 9410 card modules include several distribution amplifier outputs on both the transmit and receive sides of the link.

The 9415-SFP Series is a set of dual-path fiber transport cards with an external SFP cage on the rear module. This arrangement allows the user to pull the openGear card out from the front of the chassis while keeping the SFP and cabling in place. The user can also hot-swap the SFP module from the rear for maintenance or to repurpose the card for different signal types.

This SFP design supports 3G/HD/SD-SDI single-channel, dual-channel and transceiver modes. It can also be configured for dual CVBS/composite analog transport, HDMI transport or MADI extension. Assignable distribution amplifier outputs are standard on both EO and OE cards.

Blue Box Group MK2

Blue Box Group MK2

Cobalt Digital will also introduce the second generation of the Blue Box Group (BBG) fiber-interface converter boxes. The MK2 version will support BBGConfig software for setup and status-monitoring over USB.

Also the company will introduce the BBG-SFP-SXH for the Blue Box Group family of converter boxes. This unit has a 3G/HD/SD-SDI selectable input or output with an external SFP cage and HDMI and stereo analog audio output.

A range of SFPs will be available for this BBG unit, making it a platform with maximum flexibility. Like all of the other new fiber BBG converters, the BBG-SFP-SXH unit supports the Cobalt BBGConfig application, which can show signal information and SFP status including optical receive power.

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