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Primagraphics launches Hawkeye - a new COTS PMC product family for radar, video and graphics

- PMC range supports VME and Compact PCI: first to market with radar input and scan converter PMC modules
- Complete flexibility and enhanced capability provided: with reduced card count for more cost-effective systems
- Range includes Falcon (graphics), Osprey (radar input), Eagle (radar scan converter) and Talon (carrier and network interface) cards
- Designed to be ruggedised and conduction cooled for use in naval, avionics and other harsh environments.

CAMBRIDGE, UK, January 28, 2002 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video and graphics specialist (, has launched its Hawkeye product family - a new range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) sensor input and display cards in PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) format.

The Hawkeye range, compatible with both VME and Compact PCI host cards, provides customers with complete flexibility over choice of host processor - Power PC, Sun Sparc or Intel Pentium - and operating environment - Linux, Solaris or Windows.

"Each of the Hawkeye cards packs in a highly integrated set of capabilities which will enable system developers to reduce their card count and therefore the overall cost," said John Shave, managing director, Primagraphics. "This new range will strengthen our position with existing customers and provide access to new markets - in particular airborne video systems and radar video servers or 'thin client' consoles."

The Hawkeye range brings Primagraphics' many years of expertise in sensor input and graphic board design to the PMC format - the first company to provide radar scan conversion and radar input cards for this form factor.

The family, which at launch includes four different cards, has been designed with flexibility in mind. Central to this is the use of the Digital Video Interface (DVI) standard as a method of linking boards together. This technique provides the ability to combine several display windows onto a final output display, by digitally mixing, at each board in the chain, the incoming graphics signal with the additional display window generated by the card.

The Hawkeye cards

Falcon is an integrated video and graphics capture board that supports a full range of display resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 pixels. The card provides the host processor generated graphics, and video window if required, and is equipped with both a DVI and standard RGB output capability to drive a monitor directly.

Osprey is a radar acquisition and digitisation card, which includes a powerful processor to allow the software implementation of custom radar processing algorithms, and a high-level command interface. The card will handle a wide range of radar types including standard ACP/ARP, 12 bit parallel azimuth for Synchro, as well as ASDE-3 and RADDS serial azimuth formats.

Eagle is a radar scan converter that builds on Primagraphics' field proven experience in the design of highly efficient converters. The reverse scan conversion algorithm implemented on the Eagle card ensures that there are no holes or spokes in the displayed image when mapping the polar data to cartesian coordinates.

Talon is a carrier and network interface card for the Hawkeye range. Available in either VME or Compact PCI format it incorporates a powerful processor and embedded operating system. When used with the Hawkeye PMC cards, it allows highly cost-effective, low slot count systems to be built.

The Hawkeye cards are fully supported by a full range of software allowing developers to design systems for applications as diverse as radar video servers, multi-function, 'thin-client' display consoles, video windowing systems and radar trackers.

"This new range provides our customers with unparalleled flexibility to configure systems to achieve both their technical and budgetary goals," added John Shave. "The low power consumption of the boards brings the option of further ruggedisation, raising our profile in naval and airborne markets. It also give us access to companies that are developing systems using Compact PCI host cards - a format that is predicted to gain market share in the long term."

Typical configurations

The flexibility of the Hawkeye range allows a multitude of system configurations. For example, a multi-function console design - offering radar and video input as well as display capability - could be configured in just two slots (graphic available on request).

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for the VME, PCI and Compact PCI bus, are in use throughout the world for airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air traffic control and air defence systems.

Details of Primagraphics' range of cards and systems solutions are given on Primagraphics' web site at For more information on the Hawkeye range or any other product from Primagraphics, please telephone +44 (0) 1763 852222 or email

About Primagraphics (

Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems for the VME, PCI and Compact PCI bus is a recognised leader in the radar and command and control markets. Its expertise encompasses radar scan conversion and tracking solutions, as well as compression, decompression and distribution of data (radar and TV video) across wide and local area networks.

As well as providing a range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) products, Primagraphics designs and manufactures high performance systems to meet specific customer requirements. The company offers a full turnkey service to its clients (companies such as BAE SYSTEMS, EDO Corporation, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon) including hardware, systems integration, standard and customised software, technical expertise and support.

Founded in 1982, Primagraphics' European headquarters is located at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also has offices in the USA (Amherst, MA) and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide. Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

Media contacts (photography, data sheets, interviews etc.:

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Martin Brooke Associates (UK)
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 264050

John Hunter
+44 (0) 1763 852222

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