Peritek Debuts Entry-level Ruggedized Video Capture and Graphics Card

1/23/2004 - Peritek, a Curtiss-Wright company (NYSE: CW; CW.B) and the leading provider of graphics boards for embedded systems, has announced the new Garnet/PMC PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC), an entry-level ruggedized video capture and graphics card designed for use in VME and CompactPCI systems.

“With the Garnet/PMC, Peritek has created a new category of entry-level ruggedized high performance video and graphics PMC cards,” said Victor Gold, Vice President of Graphics Engineering. “Garnet/PMC significantly lowers the barrier for system designers seeking a comprehensive graphics and video capture product for their ruggedized systems.”

Powerful, Flexible Graphics
Garnet/PMC, available in Class 2 and 3 ruggedized configurations (see table below), is a high-resolution graphics display controller and video capture card. All I/O is handled via the card's 64-pin PMC Pn4 rear panel connector.

The card features a Silicon Motion 128-bit SM731 graphics accelerator which supports single displays at screen resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 x 24 bpp (UXGA) with 16.7 million colors at vertical scan rates up to 91Hz. It also supports dual independent displays (dual VGA, dual LVDS, or VGA + DVI) at 1024 x 768 x 24 bpp. The SM731 has 16 Mbytes of high speed SDRAM display memory on-chip to provide ample local storage for image and off-screen data.

Video I/O
Garnet/PMC offers the flexible graphics and video I/O. Garnet/PMC supports composite (NTSC/PAL), high speed RGB, or DVI video inputs. The card can display and/or capture video from one to four independent NTSC/PAL (color or B&W) video cameras. Alternatively, the card can support a high-speed RGB camera at resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 x 16 bpp. It can also support DVI input at 1024 x 768 x 16 bpp.

Garnet/PMC Key Features:

Garnet/PMC Software
Garnet/PMC is designed for displays running in VxWorks, Linux and Windows operating system environments.

Ruggedization Levels
The Garnet/PMC is designed for mission-critical military, aerospace, homeland security and industrial applications and is available in two levels of ruggedization: Class 2 and Class 3.

Most Complete Embedded Graphics Product Family
In addition to the Garnet/PMC, Peritek also offers the Duros/PMC, a ruggedized, high performance SM731-based PMC graphics module without video capture capability. Commercial (laboratory) grade versions of the Duros/PMC and Garnet/PMC are also available.

Contact Peritek for information on pricing. Availability is Q2 ’04. For information regarding Peritek’s products or services, contact Debie Burford, Peritek, Tel: (800) 281-4567; Fax: (858) 689-7156; e-mail:

About Peritek
Since 1976, Peritek, a division of VISTA Controls, and a Curtiss-Wright company, has supplied state-of-the-art graphics and peripheral cards to a variety of industries including aviation, defense and medical. Peritek’s line of graphics and video capture boards and modules support the widest range of embedded and industrial operating systems on PMC, CompactPCI, PCI and VME platforms including Solaris, Windows, Linux, and VxWorks. Peritek products include the SM731 entry-level family and the Borealis long-life, single and dual-head family. In addition, Peritek supplies products for bomb detection, industrial automation and medical imaging applications.

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