Primagraphics launches single slot radar scan converter and graphics card combo

12/23/2002 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist, has launched Advantage Plus, an integrated radar scan converter and PC graphics card in a single slot PCI form factor.

The powerful, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) card is designed for applications including command and control consoles, vessel traffic display systems and radar head monitors. It is part of Primagraphics' Metro range of PCI (peripheral component interconnect) radar acquisition and display systems.

Advantage+ scan converts the radar data and combines the output with that from its onboard Silicon Motion Lynx 3DM+ graphics controller, which supports display resolutions up to 1280x1024 at 60Hz. Support for both analogue RGB and digital DVI displays is included as standard.

Scan conversion is performed mainly in software running on the Motorola ColdFire processor. The coordinate transform uses Primagraphics' White-Powell algorithm, which combines the best features of forward and reverse scan conversion to ensure that there are no holes in the displayed image, even when zooming at long range.

The new card can simultaneously scan convert radar data from three independent sources, each being displayed in up to eight windows. Advantage+ can also be configured to handle a wide variety of radar sources and to display the resulting images in a range of formats.

In addition to continuously rotating antennas, Advantage+ can handle sector scan, reverse scan and random scan input from phased-array antennas. Data may be displayed in either PPI (plan position indicator) or B-scan format, although A-scan format could also be incorporated.

Advantage+ builds on the proven benefits of Primagraphics' successful VME-based Vantage scan converter and can be used in conjunction with one or more of Primagraphics' Virgo PCI radar input cards to provide a complete solution for the processing and displaying of images from almost any type of radar.

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for VME, PCI and PMC formats, are in use throughout the world for airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air traffic control and air defence systems.

Details of Primagraphics' range of cards and systems solutions are given on Primagraphics' web site at For more information please telephone +44 (0) 1763 852222 or email

About Primagraphics
Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems for VME, PCI and PMC formats, is a recognised leader in the radar and command and control markets. Its expertise encompasses radar scan conversion and tracking solutions, as well as compression, decompression and distribution of data (radar and TV video) across wide and local area networks. As well as providing a range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, Primagraphics designs and manufactures high performance systems to meet specific customer requirements. The company offers a full turnkey service to its clients (companies such as BAE SYSTEMS, EDO Corporation, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon) including hardware, systems integration, standard and customised software, technical expertise and support. Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide. Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

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