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Rugged XMC Module Targeted for Video Streaming from Unmanned Vehicles

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Responding to the rapid growth in unmanned vehicles and their requirement to deliver high-quality mission video over links that are often bandwidth-constrained, a rugged video streaming XMC is designed to be a simple, plug-and-play solution that requires minimal integration or software development. The ICS-8580 from GE Intelligent Platforms is small, lightweight at 100 grams/3.5 ounces and consumes little power—typically 10 - 15 watts. Its flexibility is further enhanced by its ability to support numerous video formats with either two channels of high definition video or four channels of standard definition video. The ICS-8580 features the ultra-efficient, industry standard H.264 video compression codec, but is software-reconfigurable to enable it to support alternatives such as JPEG2000. 

The ICS-8580 provides input support for HD/ED/SD analog input signals, analog RGB formats from VGA to UXGA, as well as digital input formats such as 3G-SDI, DVI, and HDMI up to a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 or 1,600 x 1,200 pixels. Two TI TMS320DM6467 DSPs provide processing capability to achieve two streams of up to 1080p H.264 (or JPEG 2000) encoding. Up to four streams of SD input data can be compressed in parallel. The encoded bit stream can be accessed via PCI Express, or output directly as Gigabit Ethernet RTP/UDP packets. 

High-speed A/D devices—supporting resolutions up to 1,600 x 1,200 for graphics type inputs and 1,920 x 1,080 for HD video inputs—provide input digitization of the various supported analog video formats. The Altera FPGA controls data capture and routing and can be used in a variety of ways, while the TI DSP coprocessors provide efficient and streamlined video data processing. If required, the system can be loaded with custom FPGA and DSP code to perform a broad range of video processing functions on the video input streams. 

GE Intelligent Platforms, Charlottesville, VA. (800) 368-2738. [www.ge-ip.com/gpgpu].