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Rugged MPEG4-Compression PMC—A High-Definition Video Interface Module

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A new MPEG4/H.264 high-definition video capture/compression PMC interface card provides hardware accelerated MPEG4/H.264 compression using low-power ASIC technology. The rugged conduction-cooled PMC-281 from Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing joins the recently introduced XMC-280 JPEG2000 compression module, and the earlier Orion PMC, to expand the company’s embedded COTS video compression capabilities. Designed for demanding military applications, the PMC-281 facilitates the design of video distribution and/or recording in applications such as military systems that provide situational awareness.

The PMC-281 supports two channels of MPEG4/H.264 video compression at resolutions up to 1920x1080 facilitating the distribution of multiple channels of high-definition video over standard Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) networks and storage on modestly-sized media. Its industry-standard PMC form-factor enables it to be rapidly deployed in a variety of system types such as PCs, rack-mount systems and conduction-cooled enclosures.

Key features include two video Inputs (each can be Digital DVI, Analog RGB or PAL/NTSC composite) and support for one channel of 1080p60 or two channels of resolutions up to and including 1080i60. There are also two DVI-D digital outputs. The module supports compression and decompression using H.264 baseline and main profile up to L4.2 (MPEG4 Part 10/AVC) and offers support for both 4:2:2 YUV video coding.

It is available at Curtiss-Wright Controls Level 0 and conduction-cooled Level 200 environmental specifications. The PMC-281 is supported on Intel x86 and Power Architecture hosts under Windows, Linux and VxWorks operating environments. Pricing starts at $3,500. 

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing

Leesburg, VA.

(613) 254-5112.

[www.cwcembedded.com].