MPEG Encoder suits rugged and military applications.

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Employing IBBP GOP video frame encoding mode at full D1 resolution with stereo MPEG layer 2 audio, Model M503 enables in-the-field video and audio compression and transmission. It features pause and resume encoding as well as dynamic, user-defined encoder and video parameter adjustment. Unit provides refiltering and color format conversion of 4:2:2 to 4:2:0. Consuming 5 W, encoder includes 12 MB RAM and supports 32-bit PCI bus operation at 33 MHz.



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New Compact MPEG Encoder From Aitech Allows Efficient, In-The-Field Video and Audio Compression and Transmission



Chatsworth, CA, September 2005 -- Aitech Defense Systems, Inc, a world leader in the development and manufacture of board and subsystem level products for harsh environment defense, aerospace and space applications, now offers a compact, real-time MPEG video/audio encoder implemented on a standard PMC that efficiently encodes either NTSC or PAL video into an MPEG-2 transport stream. The M503 encoder is ideal for both rugged and military applications using real time video/audio compression. These include recording mission data in advanced target tracking weapons systems and transmitting video/audio surveillance data in unmanned ground and aerial reconnaissance vehicles.

The new M503, which employs an IBBP GOP video frame encoding mode at full
D1 resolution (CCIR-601, CCIR-656) with industry-standard stereo MPEG layer 2 audio, enables in-the-field video and audio compression and transmission. The single-wide M503 - fully compliant with IEEE 1386.1-2001 - features pause and resume encoding as well as dynamic, user-defined encoder and video parameter adjustment to give users more control of image transmission and quality. In addition, adaptive prediction mode selection and frame/field DCT improve coding efficiency, especially for encoding interlaced video. The new M503 offers refiltering and color format conversion of
4:2:2 to 4:2:0. A companion PMC product - the M550 - provides real-time MPEG decompression to extract the video and audio data back to their original formats.

The M503 MPEG encoder consumes only 5W typical power in operation, features
12 MB of onboard RAM, supports 32-bit PCI bus operation at 33 MHz, and is fully compliant with the PCI Rev. 2.1 specification. The new M503 also incorporates front panel or backplane-based inputs.

Drivers supported include VxWorks and MS Windows 98 (vendor-supplied reference drivers). The M503 employs a universal PMC interface that supports both +5V and +3.3V PCI universal signaling levels, and is available in both air-cooled and
conduction-cooled versions.

Pricing for the M503 starts at $1,920. Delivery is from stock.

For more information please call 888-Aitech-8 (248-3248), visit www.rugged.com, or
e-mail sales@rugged.com.

About Aitech
Established in 1983, Aitech offers military and space-qualified, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products for defense, aerospace and space applications, radiation tolerant and MIL-SPEC solutions; providing VMEbus and CompactPCI boards, power subsystems, mass memory, enclosures and hardware subsystem integration along with configuration and component obsolescence management services. In addition, Aitech utilizes its broad base of off-the-shelf products and technologies to develop customer-specific solutions, deliver superior cost-performance and reliability, and expedite time to market. Applications for its products range from mission processors, fire control and mission control subsystems for ground vehicles, surface and subsurface naval platforms, tactical and strategic fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and low- to high-earth orbit space vehicles.

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