Rugged XMC embedded computing module for UAV video processing introduced by GE

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., 29 April 2010. GE Intelligent Platforms in Charlottesville, Va., is introducing the ICS-8580 rugged video streaming XMC embedded computer for capturing, compressing and delivering video from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

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Pennwell web 120 96CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., 29 April 2010. GE Intelligent Platforms in Charlottesville, Va., is introducing the ICS-8580 video streaming rugged XMC embedded computer for processing video from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The ICS-8580 responds to the rapid growth in unmanned vehicles and their requirement to deliver mission video over bandwidth-constrained data links. It is designed to be plug-and-play solution that requires minimal integration or software development.

The ICS-8580 XMC card is small, weighs 3.5 ounces and consumes 10 to 15 Watts of power, and can be deployed in demanding environments in aerospace and defense applications. The XMC board supports several video formats with either two channels of high-definition video or four channels of standard-definition video.

The ICS-8580 has the industry-standard H.264 video compression codec, and is software-reconfigurable 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-by-1,080 or 1,600-by-1,200 pixels. An Altera Arria II GX FPGA combined with TI DSP signal processing provide compute power.

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 bitstream can be accessed via PCI Express, or output directly as Gigabit Ethernet RTP/UDP packets.

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