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PCI Express Radar Acquisition Card

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A new PCI Express-based primary radar acquisition card indicates the continued response to the growing adoption of the PCI Express bus as the primary motherboard-level interconnect on modern PCs. The HPx-200e card from Cambridge Pixel extends the product family, which already includes radar input cards in PCI and PMC form factors, to provide a x1 lane PCI Express option. The new card supports multiple analog and digital radar inputs, in addition to trigger and azimuth (ACP/ARP and parallel data) signals. The card also provides a capability to detect missing signals to provide software alarms for loss of triggers or azimuth data.

The HPx-200e card supports a wide range of signal types and voltages, allowing connection to a diverse range of commercial and military radar types including those from Furono, Kelvin Hughes, Terma, JRC, Koden, Sperry, Raytheon, as well as specialist military radars. Capturing a single video input at 12-bits or 2 channels at 8-bits each, the HPx-200e uses an FPGA to provide initial pre-processing of the radar video before transferring the video data to the driver software running under Windows or Linux. The onboard FPGA also offers capability for expanding the data processing functions for customized applications.

For developers, the new HPx-200e card will be supported by a C/C++ board support library and the SPx software development kit for custom development of radar servers and clients. For users looking for a ready-to-run radar display client or tracking server, Cambridge Pixel’s RadarView and SPx Server packages will support the new card.

Cambridge Pixel, Cambridge, UK. +44 (0) 1223 882174. [www.cambridgepixel.com].