Building on a design developed for the Joint Strike Fighter Program, General Micro Systems' Radiant Workstation I/O PMC multimedia module is now ready for duty in industrial control and security applications requiring multi-channel video and graphics with overlay capability.
The Radiant WIO features two independent high-resolution video output ports and a video capture port, as well as high-resolution A/D and D/A conversion for audio input/output, four USB ports, and three high-speed IEEE-1394B FireWire ports.
Ben Sharfi, president of General Micro Systems, said the multimedia module was originally designed for mil/aero applications such as fighter cockpits and high ambient and harsh environments typical of naval vessels. In any environment similar to that, such as process control systems and security equipment, the design will be useful.
Radiant's two video ports, utilizing an ATI Radeon 9000 controller equipped
with 64 Mbytes of RAM, feature 2D/3D graphics acceleration with DirectX and
Both ports support RGB (with or without Synch-On-Green) and digital flat panel displays with resolutions of up to 2048 x 1536 (24-bit color). The two monitors may display the same data, or be combined to provide a continuous display with a resolution of either 4095 x 1536 in side-by-side mode, or 2048 x 3072 in up-and-down mode.
"Data displayed on the two monitors can also be repeated on two other digital flat panel displays," he said, allowing support for up to four simultaneous displays. Its video video input port can be used to capture NTSC/PAL video from an external source such as a camera or video recorder while displaying the video simultaneously on the screen.
"Just as this made the WIO perfect for applications like cockpit displays," said Sharfi," it will find a home any environment, such as process control inspection systems, where real-time video must be captured, analyzed, and overlaid onto the system video image."
It incorporates a full-featured audio subsystem with support for Line-Out,
Line-In and microphone functions. The Line-Out may be connected directly to
a headphone set or powered amplifier to drive large speakers. The Line-In
and the microphone may be used for voice commands to eliminate complex menu
The audio subsystem utilizes an AC-97-compliant CODEC, which provides
20-bit D/A conversion with 103-dB SNR for Line-Out audio, and 20-bit A/D
conversion with a 194-kHz sampling rate for Line-In audio. To synchronize
audio with video, the Workstation I/O module uses the Line-In port to output sound and video onto the computer screen.
He said each of the four USB 2.0 ports is capable of powering a separate USB device and transferring data at 400 Mbyte/sec. If that is not enough I/O, there are also three FireWire 1394-B ports, each of which can transfer data at speeds of up to 800 Mbyte/sec in applications such as high-speed networking and transferring video files directly from video recorders.
Software support for Radiant includes drivers for Windows XP/2000, Linux,
Solaris, and QNX. The Radiant Workstation I/O PMC module is $481 in single-piece quantity and is available immediately from stock.
General Micro Systems, Inc.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA.