SOURCE: Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing

September 28, 2011 14:11 ET

Curtiss-Wright Controls Introduces a New Rugged High Definition Video Distribution System Unit for Deployed Surveillance Platforms

Skyquest VDSU-1420 Switches Multiple High Definition Video Inputs for Display/Recording/Playback on Airborne Surveillance Platforms

ASHBURN, VA--(Marketwire - Sep 28, 2011) - Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing (CWCEC), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls and a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) VME, VPX, OpenVPX™ and CompactPCI products for the rugged deployed aerospace and defense market, has introduced the newest addition to its industry leading Skyquest™ family of rugged video management system (VMS) products, the Skyquest VDSU-1420 Video Distribution System Unit (VDSU).

The Skyquest VDSU-1420 is a comprehensive high definition (HD) video conversion and distribution unit designed to work in conjunction with the standard definition Skyquest VDSU-1407 to provide a complete VMS capable of handling the latest video formats used on today's air and ground surveillance platforms. The high performance VDSU-1420 supports up to ten (10) HD video inputs to be sent out over any of its eight (8) HD outputs. Skyquest VDSUs speed and simplify the routing of multiple video signals on airborne military, paramilitary and search & rescue surveillance platforms.

"Our new Skyquest VDSU-1420 expands the capability of our popular, proven VDSU-1407, reducing the cost of integrating multi-channel HD video onto air and ground platforms for the most demanding surveillance applications," said Lynn Bamford, vice president and general manager of Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing.

Users get easy control of the VDSU-1420's video switching capabilities using keys on Skyquest displays and control panels and existing VDSU-1407 users benefit from the addition of support for increasingly popular high-definition sensors.

The VDSU-1420 is designed for applications with multiple HD and/or SD-SDI video inputs such as from a multi-sensor gyro-stabilized camera system, and additional signals from moving maps, mission computers, video recorders and up/down links. To give users the optimal situational awareness capabilities, the output from up to four sensors can be displayed simultaneously using the HD Quad option.

Curtiss-Wright rugged VDSUs are built for optimal performance in harsh environments, including extreme temperature and high shock and vibration conditions bringing reliable high-definition video distribution into space, weight and power (SWaP) constrained airborne and ground military, paramilitary, and search & rescue platforms.

Skyquest VDSU-1420 Performance Features

  • Enhances existing VDSU-1407 installations
  • Provides comprehensive HD and SD-SDI video routing and switching
  • Integral part of a complete Skyquest Video Management System (VMS) when combined with Skyquest rugged video displays and video recorders.
  • 10x High Definition Inputs
    • 4x analog inputs (supports PAL, NTSC and SECAM)
  • 8x High Definition (HD) switchable outputs
  • Numerous HD resolutions supported

Curtiss-Wright VDSUs significantly improve the distribution and performance of on-platform video display and recording by providing a central switch that enables original source video signals to be routed and switched to every on-board display and video recorder, and down-linked to remote users. Because they use a single multi-core cable, the VDSU-1420 and VDSU-1407 reduce complex wiring and simplifies installation and maintenance, resulting in both cost and weight savings.

The VDSU-1420 and VDSU-1407, when used with other Skyquest products, comprise a complete VMS and offer one of the most advanced and effective mission system available in the air and ground surveillance market today.

Skyquest Rugged Video Displays
The Skyquest VDSU-1407/1420 is designed for optimum operation with Curtiss-Wright's Skyquest family of rugged video displays, such as the new AVDU-5008. Skyquest rugged displays support soft keys that can be configured to remotely control connected mission equipment such as the Skyquest VRDV-5002 HD video recorder. The soft keys can be used to control video recording and viewing during the mission.

Skyquest Video Recorders
The VDSU-1407 and VDSU-1420 are supported by Curtiss-Wright's Skyquest VRDV family of rugged video recorders, including the Skyquest VRDV-5002 HD video recorder. Curtiss-Wright's Skyquest line of video recorders is designed for capturing mission video in demanding environments. Whether Composite or S-Video in PAL or NTSC format, or the latest HD video from the leading EO sensor systems, the VRDV series offers a recorder to meet the requirement. These high performance video recorders deliver industry leading, broadcast quality MPEG2 recording onto CompactFlash® cards, providing users several hours of full quality recording capability.

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About Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing
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