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SDI over IP gets sexy

Broadcast-grade small form-factor pluggable (SFP/SFP+) module manufacturer Embrionix has signed a partnership deal with Cobalt Digital.

The pair will integrate Cobalt Digital’s advanced audio and video processing platforms with Embrionix’s range of feature-rich SFP modules known as emSFPs. Specifically, certain openGear cards in Cobalt’s 9991 Series will host Embrionix SDI-to-IP and IP-to-SDI emSFPs, making it possible for customers to use Cobalt equipment to send SMPTE 2022-6 SDI signals over IP and Ethernet networks, among other signal I/O options.

Said Bob McAlpine, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Cobalt Digital: “It seems the industry will move quickly to uncompressed IP. Most of our customers are moving away from traditional SDI architectures in favour of IP-centric designs that will eventually be more scalable and affordable. Until then, customers will be working in hybrid environments, so our aim is to make it easier for them, especially when it comes to switching and routing signals.”

Embrionix emSFP modules are effectively stand-alone microsystems optimised for the professional broadcast industry. Cobalt’s openGear cards — with inherent capabilities such as audio embedding and de-embedding, mixing, shuffling, A-to-D, and D-to-A — can take advantage of Embrionix emSFPs.

Combining the cards with the emSFPs opens up additional signal I/O options, such as fiber-optics, HDMI, composite, MADI, and the all-important SMPTE 2022-6 SDI over IP., 10.B44