Recently introduced by GE Intelligent Platforms, the daq8580 is a rugged streaming network appliance designed in response to the growing requirement for unmanned vehicles to capture, process and transmit increasing quantities of video information at increasing resolutions.
UAVs are being tasked with acquiring increased levels of video information through the use of HD optics to support improved pilot information as well as improved surveillance information. Existing UAVs are having the optics upgraded and new UAVs are being fitted with HD optics.
Small, lightweight, powerful and flexible, the daq8580 HD video streaming appliance is a complete, standalone, application-ready solution that delivers high performance and excellent cost-effectiveness. Its performance relative to its size and weight sets new standards for the industry.
The daq8580 streaming network appliances further extend GE’s growing range of COTS Rugged Systems (CRS) that are designed to provide ready-to-run solutions minimising both NRE (Non Recurring Engineering) expense and time to market.
Measuring a compact 10.1” long x 7.3” deep, weighing only 5lbs and consuming only 25 watts of power, daq8580 HD video streaming appliances are designed for deployment in environments that are constrained in size, weight and power (SWaP).
The compact dimensions of the daq8580 are particularly significant for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) where increased weight means increased fuel consumption and reduced mission durations.
The rugged build of the daq8580 HD video streaming appliance makes it highly resistant to the shock, vibration and other hostile characteristics typical of deployment in an unmanned vehicle.
Key features of the daq8580 HD video streaming appliance:
- 28V power supply designed to meet MIL-STD-704E and MIL-STD-1275B
- Suitable for aircraft as well as ground vehicle operations
- Can acquire two parallel streams of HD (1,920 x 1,080) at 30 frames/second or up to four channels of standard definition (SD) video
- Supports DVI or VGA modes up to 2,048 x 2,048 pixels
- Processes these streams using an Altera Arria II GX FPGA combined with Texas Instruments media processors
- Video streams are encoded to the H.264 industry standard prior to transmission
- Supports a wide range of legacy video inputs as well as the latest HD video inputs
- High-speed ADC devices provide input digitisation of various supported analogue video formats
- Embedded Altera FPGA controls data capture and routing and can be used for a variety of image processing tasks
- TI DSP co-processors provide efficient and streamlined video data processing
- Can be loaded with custom FPGA and DSP code to perform a broad range of video processing functions on the video input streams