Imaging platform is really rugged

Cornerstone from Dy4 Systems is an imaging platform that integrates two graphics controllers, CPU, PMC expansion and industry-standard X11/OpenGL software on a single VME-based ruggedised card..

Cornerstone can be used to capture and display multiple sources of video with synthetic symbology overlays such as in target tracking and identification, moving-map displays and for multi-function flight instrumentation.

Its two completely independent image/graphics channels allow dual displays to be driven from a single module. A range of standard analog and digital graphics I/O modes is available. Custom graphics I/O is also supported through the FPGA (field programmable gate array) implementation found on the Cornerstone card. The board also supports Ethernet, USB, serial and digital I/O interfaces.

Based on Motorola’s PowerPC7410 processor, with AltiVec technology, Cornerstone integrates dual independent Permedia3 graphics accelerators, featuring hardware anti-aliasing and optimised X11/OpenGL graphics software support.

The two PMC sites on each Cornerstone card allow for expansion with cards such as Dy4’s PMC-601 for interfacing to legacy MIL-STD-1553 equipment, or the new high-performance, two-channel Fibre Channel PMC-643.

Complementing Cornerstone’s hardware capabilities are Dy4’s real-time graphics drivers based on X11 and OpenGL ported to Wind River’s VxWorks/Tornado real-time operating system.

Cornerstone, offered in air-cooled and conduction-cooled varieties, will be available in the summer of 2002. Pricing starts at $17,000.

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