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Cobalt Digital Announces Channel Integrator

Cobalt Digital is launching new signal processor Channel Integrator into which it has packed more features than any other manufacturer, it claims.

"Cobalt is well-known for offering the highest quality signal processing in the smallest footprints possible, and the comprehensive Channel Integrator is the culmination of Cobalt's expertise in this area," said Jesse Foster, director of product and business development at Cobalt Digital. "With it, customers get a small footprint, highly integrated video up/down/cross-scaling, frame sync, and an advanced video and audio signal processor in their choice of form factors."

The system can accept changing input formats (SD and HD) and detect and convert them to the specified output raster extremely quickly. As a result, says Cobalt, it takes fewer converters to perform upstream conversions, and the unit can input format changes gracefully with minimal disruption to the output picture. The unit can also use Active Format Descriptor metadata to ensure an ideal output raster, " eliminating the possibility of problematic output such as a ‘postage stamp’ image with black bars on the top, bottom, and sides".

Optional linear frame rate standards conversion allows the unit to accept and output video standards such as PAL to NTSC and vice versa, or HD 50 hertz to 60 hertz signals and vice versa. This functionality means the unit serves as a universal video processor that can adapt a foreign input video standard to meet the required output video standard.

Integrated audio processing comes in the form of support for Linear Acoustic UpMax stereo-to-surround sound upmixing; Dolby E, AC-3, and E-AC-3 encoding, transcoding, and encoding; and Dolby's real-time loudness levelling (RTLL). Additionally, the unit offers a wide range of routing, mixing, downmixing, and audio-processing controls such as gain, inversion, and per-channel delay.

Channel Integrator is available as a 9902-UDX-DSP-CI openGear card deployed with a passive rear module in a 20-slot openGear frame. With an optional expanded rear module, the unit’s channel density is reduced to 10 channels of processing per 2 RU.

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