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27 January, 2013 - 22:46 By News Desk

Florida firm springs into Pixel partnership

Cambridge Pixel has worked with Tech Source to optimise its SPx AV software components on the VC 100x card

Florida based Tech Source, Inc has partnered with Cambridge Pixel to speed the development of video applications for systems integrators in the embedded military and aerospace market.

Tech Source is an independent supplier of high performance embedded video, graphics and high end computing solutions.

Selwyn L. Henriques, president and CEO of Tech Source Inc., said: “We needed COTS software support as a front end for our new Condor VC100x video capture and compression card to make it quick and simple for customers requiring H.264 video streaming, recording and video windowing to get their applications up and running.

“The combination of our low power VC 100x H.264 XMC card and Cambridge Pixel’s SPx AV software library provides a compelling solution for systems integrators developing mission critical video streaming applications.”

Cambridge Pixel has worked with Tech Source to optimise its SPx AV software components on the VC 100x card. For example, the video capture and compression card is now supported as an input device in the SPx AV software library.

As a result, developers can access a flexible library of software routines and a C++ application programming interface (API) for building a full range of distribution and display solutions using the VC 100x, with capabilities including network streaming, display composting, record/replay and metadata support.

David Johnson, managing director, Cambridge Pixel, said: “We see increasing demand for audio and video in embedded military and aerospace markets such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and in other mission critical video streaming and surveillance applications.

“Our SPx AV software also supports decompression of H.264 video using graphics processors (GPUs) allowing very cost effective sensor distribution and display, with multiple layers of graphics and video being displayed in real-time using standard PC CPU and GPU hardware.”

The Tech Source XMC card supports up to four composite video inputs (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) or up to 2 SDI inputs (SD-SDI/HD-SDI).

The card also has two stereo or four mono audio inputs and supports transfer of the video stream via UDP or TCP/IP using RTP and RTSP protocols for remote display of captured data with low latency. It is available in various ruggedised levels and has conduction or convection cooled variants.

Cambridge Pixel’s SPx AV software is a toolkit of components which support a wide range of video and audio capture options and includes compression, network streaming, latency and quality of service control, in addition to real-time display of video with overlays, underlay and watermarks.

Tech Source has been developing graphics solutions for air traffic control, military and embedded applications for over 20 years.

The ISO9001:2008 certified company offers a range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, including graphics processors – targeted at general purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) applications, input solutions, video compression and streaming boards, imaging cards, recording solutions and software libraries.

Key markets include airborne, shipboard, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and ground based systems.

Tech Source, Inc. has provided computer graphics hardware solutions to the air traffic control and defense markets for over 20 years. Cambridge Pixel’s engineering team has decades of experience of developing complex radar and sensor processing and display systems for naval, air traffic control, vessel traffic, security and airborne radar applications.

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