H.264 XMC embedded card adds VxWorks for safety critical designs

August 07, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
Tech Source has added driver support for Wind River's VxWorks to its low power Condor VC100x H.264 video capture and compression card to target safety critical applications.

By adding support for the leading real time operating system (RTOS) – VxWorks is used in over a billion embedded systems around the world - Tech Source will be able to target those developing mission and safety critical video streaming applications for aerospace and defense customers such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
“Most mission and safety critical applications use a real-time operating system, so our support for VxWorks will enable us to target the safety critical market and applications that require capture and encoding of video data with lower latencies,” said Selwyn Henriques, president and CEO of Tech Source. "Our Condor VC100x card has been designed for use in UAVs that require low power and yet high profile H.264 compression in a compact, lightweight form factor. VxWorks provides UAVs real-time capability while keeping size, weight and power (SWaP) demands to a minimum.”
“The Condor VC100x enables a rapid upgrade to legacy systems, and, when combined with open standards like OpenGL, POSIX, Linux, FACE, and ARINC 653, can rapidly deploy enhanced video across a wide range of aerospace systems,” said Chip Downing, senior director of aerospace and defense at Wind River. “The combination of Condor and VxWorks enables Tech Source and Wind River customers to leverage the broad range of powerful capabilities built into both products.”
The XMC form factor module features an H.264 video encoder with baseline, main and high profile support up to Level 4.1 and supports up to 4 composite video inputs (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) or up to 2 SDI inputs (SD-SDI/HD-SDI), all of which are selectable through the provided API. The VC100x also has 2 stereo or 4 mono audio inputs.
The Condor VC100x card performs H.264 encoding in hardware to minimize CPU usage. Video data is captured and stored in files and made available to customer applications for processing, analysis or display on a local graphics card.
Condor VC100x is available in various ruggedized levels and has conduction