Primagraphics Develops Cost Effective Radar Video Distribution Server

6/30/2003 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist, has launched a Radar Video Distribution server, the latest addition to its RVP (Radar Video Processor) family, a new generation of high performance servers in PCI, CompactPCI and VME form factors.

The new server provides a cost-effective solution for the distribution of radar video from a sensor to multiple display consoles. In place of point-to-point wiring and distribution boards, the distribution server uses standard commercial off-the-shelf Ethernet networks and proprietary digital compression technology to distribute video from a radar source to any number of display stations.

As well as reducing the cost of distributing a primary radar picture to operational consoles, the RVP solution enhances the capabilities by providing flexibility in the choice of where and when radar video is displayed - no longer does there need to be a pre-configured connection from a display machine to the radar distribution unit.

By using standard networking connections, the new RVP product allows a much broader range of display options. Since the same radar video is broadcast everywhere, low-cost and portable displays can receive a radar picture on demand, thereby avoiding the expensive distribution or acquisition costs of legacy solutions.

The RVP solution offers considerable flexibility in interfacing to different radar types, including ACP/ARP, RADDS, ASDE-3 and specialised serial and parallel formats. Video data from these radar interfaces is digitised and compressed with Primagraphics' RACE radar codec, which is based on adaptive run-length coding. Although the server can be configured to start and begin distribution automatically, it may be also be controlled remotely across a network, allowing acquisition and distribution parameters to be dynamically adjusted.

The RVP Radar Video Distribution system is available in a range of form-factors and configurations from a 4U rack-mountable industrial grade PCI-based enclosure to single-slot VME or CompactPCI card.

The RVP family is designed to provide a flexible, modular, cost-effective, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solution to a number of demanding applications including specialist air traffic control, aircraft ground movement, coastal surveillance and naval tracking systems.

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for VME, PCI, CompactPCI 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, CompactPCI 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. 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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