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* Hawkeye offers the ultimate in high-performance, integrated radar
scan-converter solutions for VME

* Designed for command & control, air traffic and vessel traffic display

* Supports wide range of radars including ACP/ARP, ASDE-3 and RADDS

* Radar acquisition from sensors or from a network connection


CAMBRIDGE, UK, April 15, 2003 - Primagraphics, the command & control, video
and graphics specialist (, has launched its
commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Hawkeye single slot, VME, radar acquisition
and scan-converter solution.

The 6U VME module offers the ultimate in high performance integrated radar
scan-converter solutions for VME and comprises a main board and two PMC
cards providing scan conversion and radar acquisition capability in a single
slot. Radar video may also be received over a network connection (via
Primagraphics' Radar Video Processor (RVP)) utilising the built-in 10/100
Base-T network.

The low power, ruggedised Hawkeye card is able to receive and digitise radar
video from a wide range of supported radar types including ACP/ARP, RADDS
and ASDE-3 and supports multiple scan conversion windows on a single high
resolution (up to 1600 x 1200) display.

Radar scan conversion is performed using the White-Powell algorithm,
combining the best features of both forward and reverse scan conversion.
There are no holes or spokes in the displayed image, even when zooming-in at
long range. All single point targets are displayed.

Graphics from any external DVI graphics card are received and mixed with the
radar video to support a multi-layer underlay and overlay graphics display -
specially designed to support the needs of command & control, air traffic
and vessel traffic display systems.

Three separate PowerPC chips combine to provide a high performance internal
data path from the receipt of the radar video through to the display. All
radar transfers are internal to the card thereby eliminating bottlenecks of
the backplane and front panel interconnects.

An application programming interface (API) is presented using Primagraphics'
established PARIS programming interface. PARIS takes full responsibility for
integrating the control of the scan-converter into a C of C++ application
program, and integration with X-Windows or MS-Windows is straightforward,
allowing radar-in-a-window applications to be built.

Primagraphics is a recognised leader in the development of processing and
display systems for military and civil applications. Its systems, for VME,
PCI, CompactPCI and PMC formats, 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
please telephone +44 (0) 1763 852222 or email

About Primagraphics (

Primagraphics, a specialist supplier of graphics and video display systems
for VME, PCI, CompactPCI and PMC formats, 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. Founded in 1982, Primagraphics'
European headquarters is located at Litlington, near Cambridge, UK. It also
has offices in the USA and a network of dealers and distributors worldwide.
Primagraphics is a member of the VMEbus International Trade Association (VITA).

Media contact:

Martin Brooke
Martin Brooke Associates
+44 (0) 1223 264050

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