NAB 2022: Cobalt Introduces First License-Based 12G-SDI Bridge to Dante Audio


Cobalt Digital, designer and manufacturer of award-winning edge devices for live video production and master control, and founding partner of the openGear initiative, announced its NAB 2022 plans which include the introduction of +UDX-Dante-16×16 , the industry’s first licensed 12G-SDI bridge to Dante audio. The company will also showcase its new Indigo 2110-DC-01 SMPTE ST-2110 solution, its line of compression products with a multi-link demo of RIST and new Technicolor features for in-product SDR to HDR reversible inverse tone mapping. Cobalt.

Dante is Audinate’s combination of software, hardware, and network protocols that delivers uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio over a standard Ethernet network. Dante effortlessly replaces point-to-point analog and digital connections with software routing sending AV channels anywhere on the network with perfect digital fidelity.

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“Audinate is delighted that Cobalt is implementing our Dante Embedded Platform software solution into its openGear 9904-UDX modular board platform. Cobalt has invested in providing the ability to quickly and easily route audio to/from the 9904 platform via the Dante network to our ecosystem of over 3,300 fully interoperable Dante-enabled products,” noted Tim Hall, Director of OEM sales, Americas. “We look forward to partnering with Cobalt for their launch and beyond to ensure a positive experience for their end users.”

“The new +UDX-Dante-16×16 license provides high-density, convenient, and highly cost-effective support for Dante users,” said Suzana Brady, senior vice president of global sales and marketing for Cobalt. “Adding +UDX-Dante-16×16 to our lineup strengthens our product portfolio and expands our already extensive market reach to further focus on expanding Pro AV applications and better supporting live events. direct. We are excited to show this long-awaited technology, alongside our other innovations, at NAB for the first time.

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Cobalt has made Dante’s IP-based audio networking solution available to users on a license basis, which is field-upgradable, by incorporating the functionality into the company’s 9904-UDX processing board . The +UDX-Dante-16×16 supports embedding and de-embedding up to 12G with full audio routing capabilities between SDI, MADI and Dante, both input and output, adding up to 32 channels to existing 9904 cards for a high density solution without the need for new hardware. Users will be able to ingest and process up to 16 channels of audio from the network and can send up to 16 channels back into the network using Dante and the Ethernet port.

In addition to accessing Dante on Cobalt’s 9904 cards, users will also have access to the card’s other functions such as UDX, color correction, 3D-LUT, frame synchronization and audio mixing which are always available when playing. integration and disintegration to/from SDI.

Users of the +UDX-Dante-16×16 can also benefit from Cobalt’s compact and portable BBG-1300 frame by inserting a licensed 9904 card into a frame, converting it to a standalone chassis.

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At NAB, Cobalt will also showcase Indigo 2110-DC-01, its new openGear-based SMPTE ST-2110 solution with dual 25G interfaces and 4K support. This highly integrated factory option offers the best native ST 2110 audio/video processing to the company’s 9904-UDX-4K and 9905-MPx audio/video processor boards.

On the compression side, the 9992-ENC/DEC line has been enhanced with support for Dolby AC-4 and Dolby E decoding, as well as transport protocols such as SRT and soon Zixi.

Cobalt will also perform several demonstrations, including ST 2110 processing, multi-link RIST in seamless switching mode using SMPTE ST 2022-7, and a new feature from Technicolor that enables reversible SDR to HDR reverse tone mapping, followed by SL-HDR1 seamlessly. .

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