Software Defined Radio, Visual/Infrared Simulator, Video/Graphics Processor Showcased At DSEi 2005


First public showing of broad range of solutions At DSEi 2005 (ExCeL Centre, London Docklands, September 13th – 16th) Radstone Embedded Computing will showcase a range of powerful and flexible solutions designed specifically for the most demanding of defense applications.  Radstone Embedded Computing can be found at booth 541. “DSEi 2005 is the first time we have been able to publicly demonstrate a sample of the broad array of innovative, rugged solutions we are now able to offer our customers as a result of the integration of ICS and Octec within Radstone Embedded Computing,” said Peter Cavill, President of Radstone Embedded Computing.  “We are now seeing the real value of combining together three organizations, each with unique expertise, to create a synergy which is enabling us to develop products that are characterized by outstanding performance, reliability and value for money, and backed by an unequalled commitment to long term customer support.” The demonstrations on the Radstone booth are as follows: Octegra3 Video/Graphics Radstone’s Octegra3 video and graphics processor delivers class-leading performance and functionality.  Flexible and powerful, it supports up to eight channels of video input, leading edge video processing and up to two channels of video output in a single VME slot.  The demonstration showcases these abilities:  inputs are provided by two DVD players and a video camera, with output to two independent displays.  Using two OpenGL client applications running on a 1 GHz 7447A processor, Octegra3’s P9 Visual Processing Unit generates symbology which is overlaid on the incoming video streams.  Scaling, moving and depth ordering of the images are featured, and all three video inputs are displayed on both screens, confirming not only that all video inputs are simultaneously available to all screens, but also the independence of the screens from each other.  The feed from the video camera is designed to demonstrate the extraordinarily high throughput/low video latency of Octegra3. ICS Software Defined Radio The ICS Software Defined Radio (SDR) demonstration is representative of the synergy within Radstone Embedded Computing that is allowing a broad range of integrated solutions to be developed which leverage the expertise of its constituent elements.  More importantly, it demonstrates the company’s ability to deliver truly rugged, powerful, flexible SDR solutions off the shelf.  Featuring the ICS rugged 3U CompactPCI PMC571 Transceiver Module mounted on an IMP1A processor and integrated within a Radstone PowerPact compact, rugged RT4 chassis, the demonstration shows a broad range of SDR capabilities.  In all cases, the incoming FM signal is demodulated for audio playback. Three modes of operation are featured.  In the first, a hardware loopback is used to retransmit an FM station onto a different FM frequency.  In the second, a software loopback replaces the hardware loopback.  The third mode of operation sees the blade retransmit an FM station on to an AM station.  Octec SIVET SIVET (Simulated Infrared / Visible Engagements with Targets) is Octec’s visual / infrared (IR) simulator tool. It produces real-time video sequences which include complex, dynamic backgrounds and multiple, independent objects that interact with the background, and can also be used to evaluate closed loop Automatic Video Tracking (AVT) of various targets by various dynamic platforms. SIVET consists of a single board computer (SBC) with a flash drive and optional graphics accelerator running Octec’s Scene Simulator software and utilizing pre-programmed scenes.  Two SIVET demonstrators are operating at DSEi 2005. The first shows a close defense naval system with detection, tracking and engagement of FIAC (Fast Intruder Attack Craft) targets from a thermal imager based system. The second shows a land-based scene viewed from an IFV (Infantry Fighter Vehicle) commander’s sight or from a tactical UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle): the scene is available in both thermal and color TV.