Rugged XMC module for multi-stream video compression introduced by GE for military ISR

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., 11 Oct. 2012. GE Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville, Ala., is introducing an enhanced version of the ICS-8580 rugged high-definition video compression Extended Mezzanine Card (XMC) embedded computing module for military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) applications.

The XMC module for military embedded systems helps capture, transmit, and store high-quality moving images with low latency and with minimal consumption of bandwidth or disk space, GE officials say.

Enhancements include base level support for the Camera Link serial communication protocol standard designed for computer vision applications based on the National Semiconductor interface. The ICS-8580 also offers support for IPv6.

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The ICS-8580 can capture video inputs and archive or stream them over Ethernet, managing several streams and performing capture, manipulation, conversion, compression, storage, decompression, and video display.

The original version of the ICS-8580 has been deployed in programs such as NASA's Global Hawk initiative.

The ICS-8580 features H.264 video compression/decompression (codec) technology, which is widely regarded as being the optimum solution: it is considered to be up to three times as efficient as other codec solutions, allowing vital image detail to be retained while occupying the minimum possible bandwidth or storage.

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