Primagraphics Rolls Out Cobra Quad-video Windows Solution with 12 Inputs

9/10/2003 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist, has unveiled its Cobra quad-video windows solution - available as a single-slot 6U VME card or as a standalone 2U box-level product. Cobra is a high-performance, multi-input, video windows processor that can accept up to 12 video inputs and then simultaneously display up to four as windows on a digital flat panel or analogue display.

A selected video source can be scaled to any position on the screen, or can be zoomed to full-screen. Other display configurations include quad-video, picture-in-picture, side-by-side and overlapping windows. Video inputs can be TV, RS170, RS343, STANAG Class A or high-resolution computer video up to 1600 x 1200. In addition to video inputs, a high-resolution graphics signal may be input to the card as a separate digital video interface (DVI) or analogue RGB video to provide an overlay, or background to the windows.

A unique feature of Cobra is the capability to capture the video and graphics data for transfer to a remote host for printing or occasional recording. The Cobra processor can faithfully capture the full-screen or an individual window with no loss of detail, which is particularly important for training, reconnaissance and surveillance applications. Cobra requires only power from the VME connector, and may be completely controlled over the TCP/IP, RS232 or VME connection.

Three versions of Cobra are available. Cobra 400 supports up to four independently scaled and positioned video windows. Cobra 200 supports two windows and Cobra 100 supports a single video window. Cobra is designed for sophisticated display applications where there is a requirement for multiple video and graphics signals to be displayed simultaneously, such as in command and control systems, training and simulation, and a wide range of surveillance, reconnaissance and homeland security applications.

Commenting on the launch, David Johnson, product manager at Primagraphics, said: "Cobra is our latest high-performance video windowing product and provides an excellent platform for sensor-rich surveillance and reconnaissance applications due to its quad window capability and the separate graphics channel."

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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