Sapphire 8JSX-8S Bulk Converter Tapped by TVB Europe and SafeLink Gateway in the cloud Gets Nod from NextTV

Las Vegas, May 8, 2023 – Cobalt Digital, Inc. brought new cloud and conversion technologies to NAB and took home two more Best of Show awards for their efforts. The Company, already a recipient of dozens of honors and accolades, added these latest awards from Future brands TVB Europe and NextTV for its Sapphire 8JXS-8S bulk converter, and its SafeLink-8TS-VM gateway in the cloud, respectively. Cobalt also received two 2023 NAB Show Product of the Year awards from NAB for products in its Sapphire converter series bringing the total number of awards won at NAB 2023 to four.

Future’s Best of Show awards are judged by a panel of industry experts on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. The winners were chosen from companies that exhibited at the 2023 NAB Show and submitted nominations.

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TVB Europe Best of Show Winner

Sapphire 8JXS-8S – ST 2110 JPEG-XS to SDI Bulk Gateway 

Cobalt’s Sapphire 8JXS-8S stands out as being the highest density openGear® converter available on the market. The Sapphire 8JXS-8S is a ST 2110 JPEG-XS to SDI bulk gateway openGear® card that occupies only four slots but allows 40 signal conversions in a standard openGear chassis.  It is the ideal choice for receiving large numbers of JPEG-XS streams over a LAN or WAN and driving devices such as a router or a monitor wall. The openGear form factor allows Sapphire 8JSX-8S to be combined with other processing in the same chassis, and the high density translates into space and power savings.

Sapphire 8JXS-8S includes dual 25Gb/s Ethernet ports for SMPTE ST 2022-7 seamless switching and supports up to eight SDI signals, up to 1920x1080p60. Like all Sapphire converters, the card includes full NMOS support for ease of configuration in addition to the standard openGear DashBoard.

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NextTV Best of Show Winner

SafeLink 8TS-VM – SafeLink Gateway in the Cloud

Cobalt Digital’s SafeLink-8TS-VM is the Virtual Machine version of its SafeLink Gateway that reliably transports any audio and video content over the internet with low latency. SafeLInk-8TS-VM makes the technology available as a cloud instance in addition to the openGear form factor on the company’s OG-PC card.  The SafeLink 8TS-VM is ideal for cloud redundancy switching, as well as ground-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground transmission using RIST. SafeLink is compression-agnostic and can protect any type of transport stream. With up to eight streaming sessions and each session offering up to eight discrete transmit and eight receive redundant (or aggregated) paths for a potential of transporting content to 64 destinations, SafeLink is ideal for providing link protection to existing encoding / decoding infrastructures. SafeLink can also support up to eight RIST Main Profile tunnels, each of which can support any arbitrary number of streams.

SafeLink’s control is handled with Dashboard and includes support for UDP, RTP, FEC, and RIST Main Profile, with encryption and authentication.  SafeLink is also available as a software license.

“Bringing technologies to our customers that allow them to do more with less and operate in a secure and safe environment is a priority at Cobalt Digital,” explained Suzana Brady, SVP of worldwide sales and marketing. “We are genuinely grateful that our efforts are appreciated by our customers and acknowledged by Future – who represents leading media information brands in the industry – with these awards. We are so excited to add them to our collection in headquarters which now numbers well over 40!”


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: