Graphics Processing & Video

Our graphics products are engineered in proven form factors to meet the stringent signal integrity and environmental demands of high-performance Mil/Aero applications.

High Performance Platform for Sophisticated Video & GPGPU Applications

The GRA112 is the third generation of 3U VPX graphics boards, bringing the NVIDIA® ‘Kepler’ graphics processing unit to the rugged military and aerospace market for both video and graphics generation and general purpose computing (GPGPU).

For both runtime performance and ease of programming, NVIDIA® EXK107 GPU enables significant gains in SIGINT, radar and video or image processing applications. With 384 processing cores, single- and double-precision floating point units, improved shared memory architecture and cache hierarchy, together with faster atomic operations, the GRA112’s EXK107 GPU is capable of CUDA Compute Capability v3.0.

Abaco Systems GRA112’s 3U VPX form factor allows maximum bandwidth connectivity between NVIDIA® EXK107 GPU and the system backplane, routing the full 16 lanes of PCI Express® Gen 3 to the backplane for connection to a CPU, such as a 3rd generation Intel® Core i7 SBC. This high-bandwidth interconnect helps reduce latency, particularly in applications which transfer large volumes of data to the GPU for processing.

Designed to be pin-compatible with Abaco’s GRA111, the GRA112 offers two independent graphics channels in both analog VESA and digital DVI formats. In addition, the analog outputs can be configured to drive legacy video formats such as STANAG 3350 and RS-170, with custom timings if necessary.

The GRA112 has one channel of video input, which may be selected as RS-170, NTSC or PAL, in either CVBS or S-video formats. The input is digitized onto PCI Express, and appears to the operating system as a standard video capture device. Driver support is available for both Windows® and Linux® operating systems.

This high-performance graphics card is available in all five of Abaco’s standard rugged build levels, from benign lab environments to wide-temperature rugged conduction-cooled, and in a two-level maintenance (2LM) VITA 48-REDI variant with rear covers. In critical applications where it is desirable to have a fast shutdown of computing equipment, an option exists for a fast power-supply discharge.

The GRA112 is a form, fit and function replacement for the GRA111, and may be deployed in the MAGIC1 Rugged Display Computer to provide a fast-to-market solution for high-performance graphics and GPGPU signal processing applications.

NVIDIA GPUs can be used to accelerate ISR sensor processing applications with their massively parallel CUDA architecture. This video utilizes Abaco’s GRA111 (see also NPN240 and IPN250 equivalents) in a Hyperspectral Imaging (HSI) material classification & analysis tool, achieving a 60x increase in processing performance over the native CPU implementation. This breakthrough in high-bandwidth, flexible HSI processing using CUDA permits real-time hyperspectral applications onboard rugged, low-SWAP platforms.

Video Compression Module to Enhance Military Decision Making & Troop Safety

HUNTSVILLE, AL – October 9, 2012 Abaco Systems today announced an enhanced version of the ICS-8580 rugged high definition video compression XMC module. The unit allows very high quality moving images to be captured, transmitted and stored with very low latency and with minimal consumption of precious bandwidth or disk space – meaning that actionable information is received more quickly and efficiently.

The latest enhancements include base level support for Camera Link® , a serial communication protocol standard designed for computer vision applications based on the National Semiconductor interface. This allows seamless connection between the ICS-8580 and Camera Link-enabled high resolution cameras, and means that the ICS-8580 can be configured to support almost any camera input and system configuration.

Also new for the ICS-8580 is support for IPv6, the Internet Protocol that will ensure the longevity of IP-based networking by allowing a significantly larger number of the IP addresses on which the Internet is based. This is in addition to the ICS-8580’s support of IPv4.

The ICS-8580 can capture video inputs and archive or stream them over Ethernet, managing multiple streams and performing capture, manipulation, conversion, compression, storage, decompression and video display. It is rugged, compact, light-weight and consumes little power, enabling it to be easily deployed in systems destined for deployment in harsh environments that are constrained by size, weight and power (SWaP).

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

“On-board video to capture vital intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance information is assuming increasing significance for military organizations around the world,” said Rod Rice, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products, Abaco Systems. “These enhancements, together with the light- weight and small size of the ICS-8580, make it uniquely suited for this type of deployment.”

In video capture and transmission, the primary challenge is how to maintain video quality in order to maximize critical detail while minimizing the use of bandwidth by implementing highly efficient algorithms: transmitting ‘raw,’ unprocessed high definition video data at very high speed requires bandwidth that is rarely available in, for example, air-to-ground applications. Similarly, storage of high definition video data – for later review and analysis, for example – in its uncompressed form can require terabytes of disk space.

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.

IVD2010 & IVD2015 integrate powerful processing & optimum usability in self-contained COTS solution

HUNTSVILLE, AL March 22, 2012 Abaco Systems today announced the IVD2010 and IVD2015 Rugged Intelligent Vehicle Displays. They are designed for deployment in harsh environments such as tanks and other ground combat vehicles for applications including embedded training, 360° situational awareness, terrain visualization and FBCB2 (Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below) as well as commander and gunner display consoles.

Both integrate advanced processing capabilities to deliver a complete, self-contained, COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) display solution with a high TRL (Technology Readiness Level) that enables prime contractors and OEMs to shorten time to market, minimize program risk and more easily add value to create competitive advantage. The IVD2010 and IVD2015 also include the advanced thermal management capabilities necessary for deployment in confined spaces.

The 10.4” screen IVD2010 and 15” screen IVD2015 XGA (1,024 x 768) resolution smart displays both incorporate not only an Intel® Core™2 Duo processor operating at 2.26GHz but also a 96-core NVIDIA® GT 240 GPU (graphics processing unit). Together with 4GBytes of SDRAM3 memory and four simultaneous video inputs, this equips them to handle the most demanding, sophisticated graphics applications such as picture-in-picture and symbology overlay, stitching multiple videos into a single panorama and allows high performance GPGPU applications to be deployed directly on the display unit.

Both the IVD2010 and IVD2015 also include display features designed to deliver optimum screen visibility and usability, thereby maximizing personnel effectiveness. These features include LED illumination for sunlight readability and MIL-STD-3009 NVIS (Night Vision Imaging System) compatibility; a multitouch resistive touchscreen; and a high quality optical stack-up with toughened glass.

“The IVD2010 and IVD2015 are the first in a planned family of intelligent vehicle displays that will take advantage of Abaco’s extensive experience in ruggedization, thermal management and long term product support,” said Rod Rice, General Manager, Military & Aerospace Products, Abaco Systems. “With the incremental modernization programs currently being undertaken by the US Army, they represent a cost-effective, low risk option to upgrade a broad range of in-vehicle displays.”

Optionally available for each Intelligent Vehicle Display are a 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface, allowing them to integrate directly into the backbone networks of future vehicles, and high performance encrypted solid state disk storage modules (up to 256GBytes) with fast purge capability for optimum security. Additional options include CANbus/MilCAN and MIL-STD-1553 interfaces.

Abaco Systems provides high-resolution, high-performance graphics I/O solutions for embedded video and display applications. Our graphics subsystems are based on high-performance commercial chips for state-of-the-art image quality and capabilities.

Our video solutions provide data capture, processing, storage, compression, decompression, and display capabilities for a wide range of applications. Using high-performance FPGA and DSP technology, our solutions deliver the performance and ease-of-use required in these demanding environments. We are also implementing a family of rugged products based around the NVIDIA® CUDA™ architecture.

With a vast resource of reference material and a wide range of proven application use, CUDA is set to revolutionize the computing capability within the military and aerospace arena. In addition to CUDA for massively parallel computing, the family will support PhysX® technology for exceptional realism in high-end graphics solutions, such as embedded training. With both 3U & 6U form factor families, Abaco is well positioned to provide the processing power needed to satisfy next-generation capabilities in radar, sonar, UAV and ground vehicle platforms.

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