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HD Video Streaming Appliance Is Rugged, Small, Lightweight, Powerful and Flexible

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A rugged streaming network appliance is designed in response to the growing requirement for unmanned vehicles to capture, process and transmit increasing quantities of video information at increasing resolutions. The daq8580 from GE Intelligent Platforms is a complete, standalone, application-ready solution that delivers flexibility, high performance and excellent cost-effectiveness. 

With dimensions of 10.1” long by 7.3” deep, weighing only 5 lbs and consuming only 25 watts, the daq8580 is suited for deployment in environments that are constrained in size, weight and power (SWaP). The rugged nature of the daq8580 means that it is highly resistant to the shock, vibration and other hostile characteristics typical of deployment in an unmanned vehicle. Its 28V power supply is designed to meet MIL-STD-704E and MIL-STD-1275B, making it suitable for aircraft as well as ground vehicle operations.

The daq8580 can acquire two parallel streams of HD (1,920 x 1,080) at 30 frames/second or up to four channels of standard definition (SD) video. It can also support DVI or VGA modes up to 2,048 x 2,048 pixels. It then processes these streams using an Altera Arria II GX FPGA combined with Texas Instruments media processors. The video streams are encoded to the H.264 industry standard prior to transmission, ensuring the optimum trade-off between image quality and required bandwidth

High-speed ADC devices provide input digitization of the various supported analog video formats. The embedded Altera FPGA controls data capture and routing and can be used for a variety of image processing tasks. The TI DSP co-processors provide efficient and streamlined video data processing. When necessary, the daq8580 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].