SKY Computers and VMETRO Develop Complete Sensor Analysis Systems

4/13/2004 - SKY Computers, Inc. and VMETRO announced the completion of a project integrating SKY’s Thunderbolt product family and VMETRO’s high-speed data recorders. This new integrated and validated solution is ideally suited for applications requiring high-speed data processing and storage such as those found in surveillance, signal intelligence and semiconductor and medical imaging.

This integrated system is comprised of a SENTECH STC405 camera connected to an image processing system via a Front Panel Data Port (FPDP) interconnect. Data moves from the camera across the interconnect to a Thunderbolt-based DSP subsystem from SKY, where filtering and image processing is performed on the received data. As the data is processed, it is then passed over a second FPDP interface to a VMETRO MDR-522 data recorder which records the data in real-time. The system is also configured to allow the data flows to be reversed, providing playback of stored data in the same manner in which it was received.

The integration of the SKY and VMETRO systems is the first in a series of activities planned by the two companies designed to offer customers complete solutions with superior performance, functionality and value.

“By combining the advanced technology of SKY’s DSP Systems with VMETRO’s high-performance data recording systems, we’re able to extend powerful solutions to wide variety of markets,” said Ed Hennessy, vice president of worldwide marketing and sales at SKY Computers. “This collaboration again demonstrates SKY’s commitment to developing high-performance products tailored to customer needs.”

“SKY’s unique filter and image processing capabilities perfectly complement our data recording systems,” said Tom Bohman, vice president of business development at VMETRO. “VMETRO looks forward to continuing to work closely with SKY to develop superior solutions for users with high-speed data processing and storage needs.”

About SKY Computers
SKY Computers, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Analogic Corporation (Nasdaq: ALOG), is the leading supplier of standards-based, embedded high-performance computer systems. SKY’s broad range of commercial-off-the-shelf products meets the embedded computing requirements for high-performance embedded computing applications. Standards and open-source software are combined with advanced technologies to provide solutions for demanding government electronics, industrial inspection, medical imaging, and security applications. More information on SKY Computers is available at

VMETRO provides board- and system-level products for high-performance embedded real-time systems, with products based on open standards like VMEbus, PCI and Fibre Channel. Founded in 1986 in Oslo, Norway, and in the U.S. since 1987, VMETRO is the world’s largest manufacturer of bus analyzers for standard buses such as VMEbus and PCI. VMETRO also offers an extensive line of high-performance real-time data recorders, PMC I/O controllers and modules for data acquisition and real-time data networking. VMETRO is listed as a Forbes International 200 Best Small Company and is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: VME). For more information, please visit

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