XMC graphics and video capture board is based on Nvidia Pascal GPU

Capable of delivering 2.3TFLOPS, the NVP2102 is a rugged XMC graphics and video capture board by Abaco Systems.

It is based on Nvidia’s Pascal P2000 graphics processing unit (GPU) with 768 cores and 4Gbytes of GDDR5 memory. It has support for both CUDA and OpenCL. It has been developed for the harsh and cramped conditions typically encountered in battlefields, and for all forms of graphics/video processing input/output (I/O), says Abaco. Typical applications include situational awareness, signals intelligence, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and radar. The Pascal GPU’s degree of parallelism also makes it particularly suitable for general-purpose GPU applications, continues Abaco, including machine learning and autonomy.

The NVP2102 is designed for graphics and video generation, input and output, supporting four 3G-SDI inputs, capable of 1080p60 and two 3G-SDI outputs. It is also capable of 1080p60 and has two DisplayPort 1.4 ports capable of 4K resolution at 60Hz and VGA. There is also support for H.265 (HEVC)/H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) encode/decode.

Electronic warfare applications demand minimal latency, which is met by the  NVP2012 via a direct interface to the host computer (as opposed to card-to-card connectivity). It also provides direct video capture direct to GPU memory to further minimise latency.

“We believe that the XMC form factor is perfect for the power- and space-constrained environments that typify today’s armoured vehicles, fighter aircraft, submarines and unmanned platforms – but until now, they have not offered the processing capability necessary for the most advanced graphics and video applications,” said Peter Thompson, vice president, product management at Abaco Systems. “The NVP2102 . . . leveraging the capabilities of Nvidia’s . . . . GPU technology [delivers] the functionality and performance that would have previously required a separate graphics card,” he said.

The board meets the MIL-STD-810G standard. Its conduction cooled form is specified to operate at temperatures of -40 to +85 degrees C and in its air cooled form it is specified to operate at temperatures of -40 to +70 degrees C.

The NVP2102 joins the NVP2000, which delivers the same high level of performance but provides graphics/video output only.

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

Abaco Systems has more than 30 years’ experience in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defence and industrial applications. The company specialises in modular solutions based on open standards that are characterised by rugged reliability and minimal SWaP. The company has an active presence in hundreds of national asset platforms on land, sea and in the air.


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