General Dynamics Selects Primagraphics for Quad Video Windowing Solution

3/3/2004 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist, has been awarded a US$300,000 contract by General Dynamics Canada to supply its Cobra quad video windows solution for use on board the CP-140 Aurora, Canada's long-range maritime patrol aircraft.

The CP-140 Aurora aircraft patrol the world's longest coastline and can fly over 9,000km without refuelling.

Under a contract from Canada's Department of National Defence, GD Canada is responsible for the supply and integration of a new data management system on board the CP-140 Aurora - part of the ongoing Aurora Incremental Modernisation Project (AIMP).

Engineers with GD Canada, based in Ottawa, Canada, needed a video windowing solution which could handle the multiple video signals from optical and infrared sensors received at each display console on the aircraft. The system required also needed to switch and scale the signals for display in windows with a high-resolution graphics overlay.

GD Canada chose Primagraphics' commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) VME form-factor Cobra video windows card as its video scaling and graphics overlay capabilities provided an excellent fit for the complex display requirements of CP-140 upgrade programme. Cobra accepts RGB, TV and special format interlaced video signals, and uses four independent video scalers to support a multi video display.

David Johnson, product manager at Primagraphics, said: "We are delighted to be working with General Dynamics Canada on such a prestigious programme. 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."

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.

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 General Dynamics (
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 66,900 people worldwide and estimates 2003 revenues of US$16.1 billion. The company has leading market positions in mission-critical information systems and technologies, land and amphibious combat systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and business aviation.

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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