Cobalt’s New BBG-1300-FR Mini openGear® Frame Hits the Spot

Cobalt® has a new mini frame that fills a need when space is an issue and functionality can’t be compromised.

“End-users have been asking or a frame with a footprint small enough to house one or two openGear® cards but robust enough to offer the control and configurability capabilities found in a standard twenty-slot frame,” explained Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s EVP of Sales & Marketing. “They required a product ideal for flight packs or installations where real estate is at a premium, such as outside broadcast vehicles, and the BBG-1300-FR offers the perfect solution.”

The Cobalt® BBG-1300-FR is a 1/3 rack-width 1RU openGear® compatible enclosure frame capable of housing one or two openGear® cards that functions as a basic standalone desktop unit, or up to three units can be stacked together as a 1RU group for rack mounting for maximum density where a full-size 2RU 20-slot openGear® frame is not feasible or required.

Just like a full frame, BBG-1300-FR’s built-in network interface allows DashBoard™ control/monitoring of any openGear® capable card. Looping reference on the BBG-1300-FR unit itself provides card reference support without using reference connections that consume card rear module connector count.

The BBG-1300-FR  can house the majority of Cobalt’s card series with a total available power of 60 W; sufficient for the Company’s latest-generation high-power cards, including the 9992-ENC-HEVC-4K encoder, 9992-DEC-HEVC-4K decoder, and the versatile 9904-UDX-4K up, down, cross-converter. The BBG-1300 has its own built-in fan for cooling the card area and power supplies -a dual power supply provides redundancy.

A front control panel makes status monitoring and network setup connectivity simple with an LCD display screen. The front rotary knob makes navigation simple and easy to use. SNMP control available.