New Sapphire Series is a Winner all around, from its Mini Converter to its ST 2110 JPEG-XS Bulk Gateway
LAS VEGAS – May 8, 2023 — Cobalt Digital, Inc. has announced that two products in its new Sapphire converter series took home 2023 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards. Cobalt’s Sapphire BBG-2110 JPEG-XS mini converter was a winner in the Remote Production category, and the Company’s Sapphire 8JXS-8S bulk converter received the nod in the Hardware Infrastructure category. This official awards program recognizes some of the most significant and promising new products and technologies showcased by exhibitors at NAB Show.
NAB Show Product of the Year Award winners were selected by a panel of industry experts in 15 categories and announced in a live awards ceremony at NAB Show on April 18. To be eligible for an award, nominated products had to come from companies exhibiting at the 2023 NAB Show and be delivered within the 2023 calendar year.
Remote Production category
Sapphire BBG-2110-H/S & Sapphire BBG-2110-2H – ST 2110 JPEG-XS to HDMI Converter Appliance
Cobalt’s Sapphire BBG-2110-H/S & Sapphire BBG-2110-2H mini converters are perfect for remote production with their high-quality design, function, and reliability packaged in a compact, portable form factor. The units are intended to be mounted behind the monitor and include single or dual 25Gb/s ports (for ST 2022-7 redundancy). Two models provide convenience for those needing only a single channel with one HDMI port, or for those requiring a dual-channel appliance with two HDMI ports. The mini converters also include full NMOS support for ease of configuration.
Hardware Infrastructure category
Sapphire 8JXS-8S – ST 2110 JPEG-XS to SDI Bulk Gateway
Cobalt’s Sapphire 8JXS-8S is a ST 2110 JPEG-XS to SDI bulk gateway openGear® card that occupies four slots, allowing for up to five cards and 40 signal conversions in a standard openGear chassis. Sapphire 8JXS-8S includes dual 25Gb/s Ethernet ports for SMPTE ST 2022-7 seamless switching and supports up to 8 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.
“We are honored to receive, not one, but two 2023 NAB Show Product of the Year awards for our Sapphire Converters”, said Suzana Brady, Cobalt’s SVP of worldwide sales and marketing. “At Cobalt, we are constantly developing solutions that keep our customers at the forefront of a very competitive and crowded market. It’s reassuring to have these products recognized by the prestigious NAB as technological advancements in a rapidly evolving industry.”
“During our centennial year, NAB continues to recognize the products that are transforming how content is being created, connected and capitalized throughout the broadcast, media and entertainment industry,” said NAB SVP and Chief Customer Success Officer Eric Trabb. “Congratulations to Cobalt for winning two 2023 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards in recognition of its Sapphire BBG-2110 and Sapphire 8JXS-8S, two products that have demonstrated ability to help storytellers face the challenges of the present and future by revolutionizing a critical stage of the content lifecycle.”
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: www.cobaltdigital.com
About NAB Show
NAB Show, held April 15-19, 2023, in Las Vegas, is celebrating its centennial year as the preeminent conference and exhibition driving the evolution of broadcast, media, and entertainment. It is the ultimate marketplace for next-generation technology inspiring superior audio and video experiences. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways. More information is available at www.nabshow.com.
The National Associations of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy for America’s broadcasters. NAB advanced radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory, and public affairs. Through advocacy, education, and innovations, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. More information is available at www.nab.org.