Abaco’s Introduces New Graphics XMC for Flexibility and Minimizing Latency for Mission-Critical Applications

Abaco Systems today further expanded its growing range of video/graphics solutions with the launch of the rugged, high bandwidth NVP2102A XMC Graphics and GPGPU Card. Designed to complement the recently-announced NVP2102, the NVP2102A offers additional support for legacy interfaces and peripherals.

Based on the NVIDIA® Quadro Pascal (GP107) P2000 GPU architecture and providing up to 2.3 TeraFLOPS of peak performance, target applications for the new board include those that require very high-end graphics capabilities or CUDA® support when performing general purpose processing, and that require raw video capture and display. The NVP2102A is competitively advantaged by its provision of four 3G-SDI inputs – twice the number typically found. It also provides two NTSC/PAL video inputs as well as supporting two audio inputs. Video output is via two 3G-SDI and two DVI or DisplayPort interfaces.

Of particular note is the NVP2102A’s support for direct video capture to GPU memory. This significantly reduces latency, minimizing glass-to-glass time – enabling the delivery of actionable information in closer to real time. The input resolution of incoming video is automatically detected and raw video frames are transferred directly to GPU memory (or host memory). In GPU memory, processing such as image analysis, image enhancement, 360-degree video stitching, sensor fusion, target detection and so on takes advantage of the extraordinary capabilities of NVIDIA GPGPU (CUDA/OpenCL) technology to deliver output to the user far faster than would otherwise be possible. The captured data can also be encoded using the GPU-native H.265 (HEVC) or H.264 encoders directly in GPU memory. Windows® or Linux drivers and API are available for x86 systems.

“With the NVP2102A, we’re delivering the kind of performance and functionality on an XMC card that, until recently, would have required a full size card – occupying a valuable chassis slot,” said Peter Thompson, vice president, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “Not only does the NVP2102A minimize SWaP, but it also features the advanced capabilities of the latest NVIDIA GPU and no fewer than four video inputs. In addition, its architecture enables it to deliver reduced latency – addressing a significant challenge for developers of advanced video and graphics processing applications.”

The NVP2102A supports Abaco’s AXIS ImageFlex. AXIS ImageFlex is an image processing and visualization toolkit enabling rapid development of high performance image processing, visualization and autonomy applications aimed at size, weight and power (SWaP) sensitive platforms. It is focused on high performance GPU processing and graphics with interoperability with other programing paradigms such as OpenGL, OpenCL, CUDA and OpenCV.

The NVP2102A  is offered in conduction cooled or air cooled variants with rear XMC I/O on Pn6. The rear XMC pin-out is compatible with VPX systems that follow VITA 46.9 x12d+x8d+24s. 3U VPX and PCIe form factors are supported with carrier boards.

Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform Honored with Military & Aerospace Electronics Platinum Innovators Award

Wind River has been honored with the Military & Aerospace Electronics Platinum Innovators Award for Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform (Helix Platform). The awards recognize companies offering important military, aerospace, and avionics design solutions.

“We are honored to be recognized once again with this top award for our innovations in the aerospace and defense sectors,” said Ray Petty, vice president, global aerospace and defense, Wind River. “Helix Platform supports open architectures and rapidly scales for new technology insertion, allowing suppliers to develop innovative, future-proof, software-defined systems that can deliver increasingly advanced capabilities in a cost-effective and low-risk manner.”

Introduced in February 2019, Wind River describes their Helix Platform as an adaptive software development environment for aerospace, defense, and other critical infrastructure systems. Leveraging industry-leading VxWorks 653 technology as its foundation, Helix Platform comprises of VxWorks along with virtualization technology, integrated with Wind River Linux and Wind River Simics for system simulation. It meets the stringent safety-certification requirements of the DO-178C, IEC 61508, and ISO 26262 safety standards, and is conformant to the latest Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standard, Edition 3.0.

Helix Platform supports symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) designs; and RTCA DO-297 Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) considerations reduce safety certification costs and accelerate time to deployment. It offers POSIX and ARINC 653 support, including for ARINC 653 Part 1 Supplement 5; and Part 2, Supplement 3. The platform operates system-agnostic, providing the ability to run any unmodified guest operating system.

“On behalf of the Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards, I would like to congratulate Wind River on their Platinum-level honoree status,” said Military & Aerospace Electronics editor in chief John Keller. “This competitive program allows Military & Aerospace Electronics to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products impacting the aerospace and defense community this year.”

The judging panel consisted of an independent group of esteemed and experienced professionals in the aerospace and defense community. This is the fourth consecutive year that Wind River has been recognized with the Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Award. The company was also recognized earlier this year by Frost & Sullivan with the Avionics Software Platform Technology Leadership Award.

SOSA Consortium Applauds Recent Tri-Services Directive to Use Modular Open Systems

The Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA) Consortium, a consortium of The Open Group, today announced its agreement with and support for the recent Tri-Service acquisition memorandum signed by the Secretaries of the U.S. military – the Army, Navy, and Air Force – directing that Modular Open Systems (MOSA) standards should be included in all requirements, programming and development activities for future weapon system modifications and new start development programs to the maximum extent possible. The memo, titled “Modular Open Systems Approaches for our Weapon Systems is a Warfighting Imperative,” specifically cites the SOSA Consortium, in addition to the Open Mission Systems/Universal Command and Control Interface (OMS/UCI), Future Airborne Capability Environment™ (FACE) and Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) standards, “as vital to our success”. 

The memo aligns with the mission of the SOSA Consortium to create a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open systems architecture, based on key interfaces and open standards established by industry-government consensus. All of the standards cited in the memorandum are embraced by the open system reference architectures being developed by the SOSA Consortium. 

The SOSA Consortium is set to provide a fair and neutral environment for cooperation between industry and government partners, resulting in a collaborative effort across the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) community, Air Force and Department of Defense, and industry. The architecture will incorporate both hardware and software components to handle demanding processing and data requirements, ease system upgrades, reduce total cost of ownership, and promote competitive acquisition with minimal system reworks. 

John C. Bowling, Technical Expert, Avionics Architectures and Interoperability, AFLCMC/EZAC states,“The Tri-Service Secretaries memorandum clearly validates the integrative approach to multi-function sensor open architecture by the SOSA Consortium. This provides additional incentive for industry collaboration in sensor standards development which, in turn, should advance maturation and broaden acceptance of the emerging SOSA Technical Standard”.

Please find the Technical Standard here.

FACE Suppliers are Coming to Europe in 2020!

It is always challenging to drive support for an industry standard. And it is even more challenging to garner support for a standard internationally. This is going to change in 2020. The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium has teamed up with Aerospace TechWeek 2020 in Toulouse, France to create a special FACE Consortium Pavilion area for exhibiting FACE solutions.   

The FACE Consortium team has been proving the FACE standard for over five years, primarily via outreach to US DoD customers via FACE Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs), to NATO partners, and BALSA BITS integration events.  These efforts, coupled with over 30 FACE procurements under way, are driving FACE adoption for the world’s most challenging next generation avionics systems.

Next spring will be the first public event in Europe for The Open Group FACE™ Consortium. The event will take place on March 18-19, 2020 in Toulouse, France. Over 20 FACE Consortium member companies are already planning to exhibit.  The inclusion of FACE exhibitors at this event makes this the world’s leading avionics trade show for commercial and military avionics.

Inevitably, we get the question of:  “Wait, FACE is ITAR, right?”  Wrong.  Although the FACE Technical Standard and Business Approach were created under a joint US government-industry standards environment, all FACE standards documents are published on the Open Group website and downloadable by anyone in the world for free with zero restrictions on usage in any type of system. In addition, FACE is a standard-of-standards. The FACE Technical Standard is based upon over 60 open standards, including ARINC 653, POSIX, OpenGL, DDS and more.  And all FACE Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs) have been public events and open to anyone in the world, so this is truly an open standard ready to be deployed in global avionics systems.

This is our inaugural event for FACE Technical Standard and Business Approach in Europe.

This unique event expands the FACE standard into NATO countries and strengthens our relationships with our global coalition partners.   For more information on this event, see Aerospace TechWeek 2020.

Thanks!   See you in Toulouse in March 2020!

Chip Downing

Senior Market Development Director, RTI Chair, FACE Outreach Subcommittee


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