Primagraphics Rolls Out Rugged PMC Graphics, Video Windows Card

8/18/2003 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist, has introduced the Falcon CC, an integrated graphics and video windows card in a rugged conduction cooled PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) format.

Part of Primagraphics' Hawkeye PMC range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) radar, video and graphics boards, Falcon CC features a rugged conduction cooled design with low power dissipation. This enables the card to be used in a very wide range of environments, including conditions of high temperature (-40 to +85 degrees centigrade) and vibration. Applications include airborne displays, multi function consoles and video windows systems.

Falcon supports a full range of display resolutions up to 1280x1024 pixels. The video input accepts composite and S-Video in PAL, NTSC or SECAM formats, as well as non-interlaced RGB signals. Monochrome video in CCIR or RS-170 format is also supported. Video windows generated from the video input may be optionally zoom enlarged to full screen or zoom reduced down to one sixteenth original size.

Falcon CC outputs standard analogue RGB video and the card supports 8-bit, 16-bit or 24-bit colour. A range of interlaced and non-interlaced formats is supported, including the STANAG 3350 Analogue Video Standard Class A.

Falcon CC uses Silicon Motion's Lynx3DM+ graphics controller offering the advantage of low power dissipation whilst maintaining high power 3D and 2D performance. The Lynx3DM+ incorporates an IEEE Floating Point Set-up engine as well as a fully featured 3D rendering engine.

The Falcon CC card, as with all cards in the Hawkeye range, is compatible with both VME and CompactPCI host cards, providing customers with flexibility over choice of host processor - Power PC, or Intel x86 - and operating environment - Linux, Solaris or Windows.

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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