Press Release Summary:
Combining IntelÂ® Core™ i7-based single board computer and radar video processing capabilities on single-slot 6U VME module, Cougar 2 accepts both analog and digital radar signals. Dual-channel unit supports wide range of radar interfaces including radar video, triggers, and azimuth turning data. Module eases integration of radar video capture, conversion, and mixing into deployed vessel tracking, airborne target tracking, and airport ground movement applications.
Original Press Release:
Next-Generation Radar Video Acquisition and Scan Conversion COTS Module Introduced by Curtiss-Wright
New Radar Video capture/convert/mix VME board provides on-board Core™ i7 processing, halves slot count of predecessor to a single slot
ASHBURN, Va. — Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the Cougar 2 radar video acquisition and scan conversion module. This high-performance, dual-channel radar interface board accepts and processes both analog and digital radar signals. It uniquely combines an Intel® Core™ i7-based single board computer (SBC) and advanced radar video processing capabilities on a rugged single-slot 6U VME module. The board supports a wide range of radar interfaces including radar video, triggers, and azimuth turning data. Cougar 2 is designed to speed and ease the integration of radar video capture, conversion and mixing into deployed vessel tracking, airborne target tracking, and airport ground movement applications. Radar video applications can be executed locally, using the board’s Core i7 processor, or executed remotely via a network for which an API is provided. Use of Cougar 2 enables system integrators to quickly and easily field a complete radar capture and display solution in a single VME slot assembly, freeing up space for other VME cards in the same enclosure.
"Cougar 2 builds on the success of its predecessor, our original Cougar radar video conversion solution, with greatly increased processing power while reducing the earlier two-slot solution to a single VME slot,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “This open architecture COTS module delivers a fully integrated, highly flexible radar console solution."
The Cougar 2 radar video processor host board is integrated with Curtiss-Wright’s Osiris/Osiris B PMC radar input modules, Eagle-2 radar scan conversion module, and mass storage modules. Its Osiris module provides two (2) independent channels of high resolution radar video capture, while the Eagle-2 PMC module receives DVI video from Cougar 2’s integrated graphics controller. The Eagle-2 card also provides support for multiple windows of scan-converted radar. The captured radar video can be mixed with map data as an underlay and target and range ring symbology as an overlay, providing a multi-layer display with blending and mixing between layers.
Cougar 2 runs the X11 window system, enabling applications running on other Ethernet-connected SBCs to create graphics windows on Cougar 2’s output, including graphics underlay/overlay mixed with scan-converted radar video. When combined with Curtiss-Wright’s rugged LCD touchscreen mission displays, Cougar 2 provides a fully-integrated radar console solution.
Cougar’s RVL+ API for network connectivity is supported on Windows® and Linux® platforms for ease of application development and configuration. The RVP software is pre-loaded onto all Cougar 2 systems and provides a comprehensive engineering GUI for diagnosis and configuration. It also supports optional advanced radar plot extraction and tracking algorithms that can be tuned for optimum performance.
For additional information on Cougar 2 and related products, please visit www.cwcdefense.com/products/video-graphics/radar-display-scan-conversion/.
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