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Cobalt to Launch openGear Control Panels at IBC (Stand 10.A24)

(Urbana, IL) - September 8, 2008 - Cobalt Digital, a designer and manufacturer of high-quality, cost-effective conversion products, is pleased to announce the release of the new OGCP-9000 Remote Control Panel. Designed to control and configure Cobalt’s 9000 series of cards for the openGear frame, the OGCP-9000 and the OGCP-9000/CC install in standard equipment racks and are 2 RU high. The control panels will be available for demonstration during the IBC 2008 show in Amsterdam (Stand 10.A24).

Although both panels are designed for use with Cobalt’s extensive 9000 series for openGear, the OGCP-9000/CC provides special emphasis and features for the new 9084 Color Corrector card. The 9084 is an HD/SD-SDI RGB Corrector with YCbCr video proc and frame synchronization.

"The COMPASS 9000 series can be controlled and monitored via DashBoard software from a PC, but in many facilities, it is vital to offer quick, intuitive operational access via an in-rack remote control panel,” explained Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s VP of Sales. “This made the introduction of the two new control panels essential for the growth of the 9000 series. Already, major facilities and truck companies have taken advantage of these control panels for use with openGear frames.”

The control panels allow quick access to hundreds of cards in a facility, and can monitor and adjust 8 parameters at one time. There are two large format, super-bright LCDs that show sharp and clear text for the currently visible parameters. Twelve general-purpose input signals allow outside devices to control the currently displayed processing card, which enables automatic router following on QC stations, or interfacing with simple button boxes for special applications. The panel can also indicate the currently selected card on 16 general-purpose output signals.

“Cobalt is adding new 9000 series cards on a monthly basis. The growth of this range and the interest from end-users and system integrators makes for an exciting time,” Shaw added.


Founded in 1997, Cobalt Digital Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high quality, cost-effective conversion products.

Their award-winning product line includes HD/SD up/down and cross format converters, HD/SD analog to digital and digital to analog converters, HD/SD audio embedders / de-embedders, and Dolby® decoder cards. Cobalt also features a broad range of HD-SD stand-alone 12-bit and 10-bit analog to digital and digital to analog converters, 8-bit digital to analog converters, and a range of plug-in cards compatible with industry standard frames.

Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, all products are RoHS compliant, CE approved, and backed with a 5-year warranty. Cobalt Digital is a privately held company headquartered in Urbana, Illinois, USA.


Chris Shaw, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Tel: 217-344-1243

Fax: 217-344-1245