12/4/2002 - Dy 4 Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of COTS VME and CompactPCI (CPCI) products for harsh environments, announced the introduction of the PMC-724, the first frame grabber module that supports both digital and analog video capture in a ruggedized PMC form-factor. Designed for the environmental extremes of defense and aerospace applications, the PMC-724 leverages existing Dy 4 hardware and software products enabling integration with the company's extensive line of single board computers (SBCs), PMCs and graphics/imaging platforms.
The PMC-724 captures digital video formats such as OpenLDI and FlatLink as well as NTSC, PAL, RS-170 and S-Video analog formats. Custom digital video formats are also supported through the use of the onboard field programmable gate array (FPGA). Support of these video modes makes the PMC-724 an ideal technology insertion solution for retrofit and new applications. The integrated software support for the PMC-724 enables developers to quickly make use of the frame grabber module under the VxWorks/Tornado development environment to suit their application and configuration requirements. Both an X11/OpenGL and Graphical User Interface (GUI) independent software Application Programming Interface (API) is supported.
"Complementary to the range of products in Dy 4's portfolio, the PMC-724 offers one of the most flexible video-capture solutions available," said Grant Courville, Dy 4 Systems graphics products marketing manager. "Configurable for analog or digital video formats, no other frame grabber product provides this level of functionality in a ruggedized PMC."
Focusing on real-time image capture, this frame grabber module provides for multiple frame buffer management and high-speed image transfer to PCI-mapped memory. The high-speed image transfer is supported through the 66Mhz-capable PCI bus interface on the PMC-724. This, along with the many other capabilities found on the PMC-724 frame grabber, makes it ideal for use in applications such as target tracking or unmanned air vehicle (UAV) surveillance.
Taking a solutions-oriented approach, the PMC-724 is tested and supported with numerous Dy 4 base cards, PMCs and the CornerstoneTM imaging platform (SVME/DMV-712). This ensures seamless integration with a broad range of Dy 4 products and enables customers to develop a best-in-class system for the rugged defense and aerospace markets.
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