SOURCE: Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions

February 22, 2012 14:55 ET

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions Introduces Industry's First Complete HD Video Switching, Recording and Network Distribution System

New VRD1-CC Routes Up to 18 video Inputs (HD-SDI, RGB, DVI, etc.) to 12 Video Outputs for Viewing, Compression, Recording or Distribution Over a Standard Ethernet Network

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Feb 22, 2012) - AUSA WINTER 2012, (BOOTH #2117) - Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), a business unit of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has introduced a breakthrough new approach for deployed platform video management. The new VRD1-CC integrates switching, recording and network distribution of High Definition (HD) video for aerospace and defense platforms in a single compact rugged unit. The VRD1-CC is the industry's first video management system (VMS) to deliver comprehensive functionality, that previously required multiple or expensive customized systems, in a single unit optimized for SWaP-C constrained platforms. The VRD1-CC speeds and simplifies the integration of HD VMS for military applications deployed in harsh environments, such as vetronics and avionics.

"Our new VRD1-CC is a game changing approach to HD video management on deployed defense and aerospace platforms," said Lynn Bamford, senior vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions. "As demand for real-time access to HD video for situational awareness grows, so too do the number of video input sensors and the challenge of compressing, archiving and networking actionable imagery. The VRD1-CC lets system designers integrate no compromise, state-of-the art video management onto their platforms in a single, rugged SWaP-C optimized box."

The conduction-cooled VRD1-CC (an air-cooled variant is also planned) is a lightweight, compact subsystem. A single VRD1-CC unit combines six (6) channels of full resolution HD 30fps MPEG4 H.264 compression, video and audio recording with metadata/event markers, and Ethernet video distribution or storage to disk. A simple, intuitive man-machine interface provides an on-board or remote operator with complete access to the VRD1-CC's wide range of VMS options and functionality. This powerful VMS supports up to 18 video inputs in a mix of different standards, including HD-SDI, RGB and DVI. These video inputs can then be easily routed to any of the VRD1-CC's 12 video outputs for real-time viewing or routed to the system's real-time HD video compression subsystem for recording or distribution over a standard Ethernet network.

For applications that require multiple video streams to be viewed simultaneously, the VRD1-CC has a real-time scaling engine that scales and positions any four inputs into a single video stream for viewing, recording or distribution.

VRD1-CC Performance Features include:

  • Eighteen (18) video inputs with switching, scaling and windowing:
    • Six (6) RGB analog/DVI digital, up to 1920x1200 pixels at 60fps (RGB input includes support for STANAG 3350)
    • Six (6) 3G-SDI digital, up to 1080p60
    • Six (6) composite analog, CVBS/PAL/NTSC
  • Twelve (12) video outputs
    • Six (6) RGB analog/DVI digital, up to 1920x1200 pixels at 60fps
    • Six (6) 3G-SDI digital, up to 1080p60
  • Four (4) audio inputs and outputs in addition to 3G-SDI embedded audio
  • MPEG4 H.264 video compression and decompression
    • Up to six (6) HD channels in real-time
  • Network video distribution of raw and compressed video
    • Def Stan 00-82
    • RTP and UDP
    • Four Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Video and audio recording with metadata (e.g. event markers)
  • Solid state storage support for up to two (2) removable solid-state drives
  • Rugged deployable design
  • Sealed enclosure
    • Internal components conduction-cooled to enclosure
    • DO-160F qualifications for airborne deployment
    • STANAG 2895 qualifications for ground deployment
  • EMC compliance
    • Qualified to DO-160F, MIL-STD-461F and CEI 61000-4-52
  • Remote control over a network using XML-RPC API
  • Built-in self-test (BIST) and status monitoring

For pricing and availability information please contact the factory.

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About Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions
Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) is a long established technology leader in the development of rugged electronic modules and systems for defense applications. CWCDS serves as a technology and integration partner to its customers, providing a full range of advanced, highly engineered solutions from modular open systems approaches to fully custom optimized solutions. Our unmatched capabilities and product breadth span from industry standard based COTS modules to complete electronic subsystems. The company's modules and systems are currently deployed in a wide range of demanding defense & aerospace applications including C4ISR systems, unmanned subsystems, mission computing, fire control, turret stabilization, and recording & storage solutions. Additionally, the company's broad engineering capabilities combine systems, software, electrical, and mechanical design expertise with comprehensive program management and a broad range of life-cycle support services. For more information visit

About Curtiss-Wright Controls, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Curtiss-Wright Controls is the Motion Control segment of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. With manufacturing facilities around the world, Curtiss-Wright Controls is a leading technology-based organization providing niche motion control products, subsystems and services internationally for the aerospace and defense markets. For more information, visit

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