Embedded video and graphics XMC for commercial aviation avionics introduced by Aitech

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the rugged M596 embedded video and graphics switched mezzanine card (XMC) for use in harsh environments that have versatile video overlay and capture requirements, such as advanced commercial aviation avionics or ground vehicle systems.

Jun 21st, 2018
By Intelligent Aerospace staff
By Intelligent Aerospace staff

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Aitech Defense Systems Inc. in Chatsworth, Calif., is introducing the rugged M596 embedded video and graphics switched mezzanine card (XMC) for use in harsh environments that have versatile video overlay and capture requirements, such as advanced commercial aviationavionics or ground vehicle systems.

The XMC uses the powerful Radeon E8860 graphics processing unit (GPU) to capture several video inputs and drive as many as six independent video outputs simultaneously with video switching capabilities.

By pairing the E8860 GPU with additional on-board resources like an optional field-programmable gate array (FPGA), the M596 delivers a much wider variety of video I/O interfaces than many other E8860-based products. These interfaces include DVI output channels as well as S-Video and STANAG 3350 inputs and outputs. For legacy systems with older display technology, the M596 drives composite (RS-170A [NTSC]/PAL) displays.

The optional FPGA also provides signal conditioning, compression, and additional graphics overlay and underlay functionality.

The E8860 provides native features including 2 gigabytes of integrated GDDR5 SDRAM, video and audio decompression units, graphics language acceleration with support for DirectX and OpenGL, and parallel processing engines with OpenCL support.

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On its own, the E8860 GPU supports a limited number of output interfaces. Aitech's implementation, with additional on-board video conversion resources included in the optional FPGA, provides a much wider variety of video I/O interfaces not natively supported by the GPU.

For video overlay and underlay, the GPU graphics can be superimposed on video input streams and drive the combined result to any of the six independent monitors. The M596 XMC connects to the host system with an eight-lane PCI Express link for high-speed transfer of graphics and video and is available with support for Windows and VxWorks.

Several hardware engines like graphics language acceleration, parallel processing engines, and video and audio decompression units are integrated into the rugged M596. It supports graphics and video standards including DirectX, OpenGL and Shader.

For more information contact Aitech online at www.rugged.com.

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