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Efforts started in 2012/13 by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to reduce the cost of doing business through a more disciplined use of resources are likely to continue for some time. Strategies with names such as “Better Buying Power (BBP) 2.0”, which further implements DoD best practices to strengthen buying power, improve industry productivity, and deliver an affordable, value-added military capability to the warfighter provides ample evidence of the direction military program managers now are required to take.

 

For developers of ever-complex electronics systems for military aircraft, however, the continuing increase in the cost to integrate new hardware and software into existing platforms thus runs counter to prevailing fiscal trends.

 

What to do?

 

Open architecture is one obvious answer, allowing multiple vendors to be used within one program, which helps drive costs down and allows military planners to accommodate new capabilities as they become available with the goal of allowing military platforms to fly for decades. For example, the Army Apache team wants to keep its Apache Block III AH-64D helicopters operating until 2040. And Apache’s prime contractor, Boeing, is preparing to chart out future upgrades that leverage open architectures to achieve that goal.

 

To refresh existing avionics systems for extended service will require software that is portable across multiple platforms. To that end the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Consortium, founded in June 2010 by The Open Group, is an aviation-focused group made up of U.S. industry suppliers, customers and users. The FACE standard created a common computing architecture supporting portable, capability-specific software applications across DoD avionics systems.  FACE – which is an open systems approach for avionics-- aims to reuse software applications from one aircraft to another, even from one military service to another. Software applications running on a mission computer in a helicopter platform, for example, could be reused on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

 

As part of its charter the FACE Consortium also is defining requirements for Software Development Toolkit (SDK) extensions and test suites, a Reference Implementation Guide, a verification process, and a repository for modular software applications/services.

 

The FACE Consortium released Edition 1.0 of its technical standard in 2012 followed by Edition 2.0 in February 2013 and it is now preparing Edition 3.0 planned for release in mid-2014.

 

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Fig.1  FACE standards are designed to facilitate reuse of software applications from one aircraft to another, even from one military service to another.

 

Partitioned Real-Time-Operating-Systems (RTOS), certified under safety standards DO-178B and ARINC 653, have become essential elements on military and civil aircraft worldwide. The FACE team optimized existing standards, ARINC 653 and POSIX, to create the FACE technical standard. Wind River’s partitioned RTOS — VxWorks 653, a FACE compliant solution-- builds upon its history of supporting open standards like ARINC 653, POSIX PSE52, POSIX PSE54, and Eclipse. It expands upon the tenets of open architecture (OA), integrated modular avionics (IMA), and modular open systems architecture (MOSA) to accelerate the reuse, delivery, and integration of advanced military systems. For organizations developing solutions designed to comply with the FACE reference architecture that is increasingly being mandated as a requirement by the US military, VxWorks 653 provides the base technology to deliver future conformance with the FACE Safety Base Profile of the FACE Technical Reference Manual . This Wind River RTOS is already used in over 300 programs by more than 165 customers on over 60 aircraft, including Airbus and Boeing commercial and military aircraft.

 

GE Intelligent Platforms has noted the availability of the Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform for its SBC625 6U OpenVPX Single Board Computer (SBC) based on the Intel® Core™ i7 processor. This allows GE’s hardware to be used by military and aerospace organizations in mission-critical avionics applications in which safety and security are of paramount concern.

 

The SBC625 brings substantially increased processing power, graphics capability, I/O bandwidth and functional density to customers developing and deploying demanding mil/aero applications. These include command/control, ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, radar/sonar and signal processing utilization. The SBC offers integrated graphics and ECC memory controllers plus dual and quad core processing up to 2.5 GHz all in one device. Coupled with the Intel ® QM77 chipset this provides a very high level of I/O bandwidth for both on-board and off-board functions.

 

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Fig. 2 GE Intelligent Platforms SBC625 can utilize the Wind River VxWorks 653 for mission-critical avionics applications.

 

LynuxWorks was able to quickly develop a FACE API on a safety critical OS (LynxOS-178) because the FACE API for an RTOS is based on POSIX , which is the native interface for LynxOS-178,  a time- and space-partitioned RTOS that also has been awarded FAA Reusable Software Component (RSC) certification. The enabling of these APIs makes applications even more portable and reusable than ever before for the airborne computing environment used by the various military branches.

 

Based on open standards this RTOS is designed specifically to fulfill the stringent needs of multithread and multiprocess applications in safety-critical real-time systems. Within the FACE Technical Standards, there are multiple profiles defined. LynxOS-178 covers 159 APIs for the FACE Security profile, 81 APIs for the FACE Safety profile, and 98 APIs for the FACE Security Extended profile.

 

Green Hills Software, which makes the POSIX-compliant INTEGRTY RTOS, is a member of the FACE consortium. Its INTEGRITY-178B tuMP multicore operating system was selected for use in the Gen II Mission Computer for upgrades of the U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y and AH-1Z helicopters. ARINC 653 XML capabilities are the standard supported mechanism for configuring partition resources when INTEGRITY-178B is used as the basis for a FACE Operating System Segment.


Esterline CMC Electronics selected Green Hills Software to provide a real-time multicore operating system for their next generation of integrated avionics computers and smart display units. The operating system functionality selected by CMC includes capabilities required to host applications that align with FACE Technical Standard. The CMC systems will be capable of hosting FACE Technical Standard aligned applications developed using C, C++, and Ada95 programming languages.

 

In summary, in the past application software embedded in an avionics device was expected to work only with that given device. When a similar capability was needed for new or different hardware, substantial additional development was required. The FACE architecture specifies that designers use standardized application programming interfaces (APIs) to translate between software applications, the operating system and the hardware.  Designers who adhere to the software interfaces specified in the FACE Technical Standard can, as a result,onics more easily modify application software for a new or upgraded system with the assurance that it will work, thus reducing the time, effort and cost of adding in new capabilities.

 

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  • Contact LynuxWorks>>
  • Contact Green Hills Software>>
  • Contact GE Intelligent Platforms>>

 

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Wind River is an Associate Member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance

GE Intelligent Platforms is an Associate Member of the Alliance.

LynuxWorks, Inc. and Green Hills are Affiliate Members of the Alliance

 

Murray Slovick

Roving Reporter (Intel Contractor), Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance

Intel ‘s broad hardware and software ecosystem, including members of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance, are mounting an ambitious bid to change the way automakers and first tier automotive OEM suppliers  view infotainment solutions. And In the doing they are proving they have joined the big leagues of in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) technology development by deploying the industry’s most useful, accessible and innovative processor-based solutions.

 

Without delay, some for instances:

 

At the 2014 International l CES Intel showcased two new cars, the BMW i3 and the Infiniti Q50, featuring “Intel® Inside”. Intel is providing the processing performance to deliver a rich experience to the driver and passengers in the all-new Infiniti InTouch IVI system, featuring high end graphics on a touch-screen display. Infiniti InTouch gives vehicle operators and passengers the capability to connect with their car and the world around it, whether it’s keeping track of the vehicle when you’re not in the driver’s seat, finding the nearest café, or accessing a live Personal Assistant. InTouch mobile apps also allow you to stay connected to Facebook activity, listen to your favorite Pandora playlists, and access your contacts, calendar and email on the touchscreen display. The Infiniti InTouch system is the first system to feature the Intel logo on the start-up screen.

 

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The Intel® powered Infiniti InTouch IVI gives vehicle operators and passengers the capability to connect with their car and the world around it


Intel technology also is used in BMW’s navigation system, part of BMW ConnectedDrive, for all its vehicle models, including the future iSeries of electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Here, Intel technology allows BMW ConnectedDrive to deliver a rich display screen interface and quick response times when interacting with applications, such as fast route calculation in complex navigation maps and the ability to transfer routes to the car’s navigation system from a PC, or access real-time traffic information.

 

At other industry exhibitions Intel has been demonstrating its Intel® AtomTM Processor E3800 peoduct family (code named “Bay Trail”) in IVI systems using a Tizen platform that connects smartphones to car navigation. Tizen IVI is an open platform designed specifically for the automotive market.  It helps automakers integrate third-party vehicle applications that can span across multiple vehicle model lines and even across multiple manufacturers with capabilities such as news, real-time traffic information, navigation, on-demand multimedia streaming services, remote vehicle management, telephony, and other connected services.(For more on Tizen see “Roving Reporter: Steps Toward IVI Integration of Consumer Device and Automotive Systems Data )

 

Previously the company utilized the Intel ®AtomTM Processor E600 Series for these demos. In comparison to E600 the E3800 supports more power efficient graphics processing. The E3800 family of processors are based on the Silvermont microarchitecture, utilizing Intel’s industry-leading 22nm process technology with 3-D Tri-Gate transistors. This microarchitecture delivers significant improvements in computational performance and energy efficiency over Intel’s previous-generation CPU microarchitectures. It includes a new out-of-order execution engine that improves compute performance, and has excellent power management capabilities and enhanced security. Intel® Virtualization Technology increases virtualization performance by allowing the operating system more direct access to the hardware.

 

Among Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance members QNX Software Systems has announced it will support the new Intel® Atom™ processor E3800 product family. The Intel® AtomTM processor E3800 product family is the first to take advantage of Intel’s Gen 7 graphics, complementing QNX Software Systems’ graphics framework, tools, and runtime components for creating sophisticated displays that feature improved 2D and 3D graphics rendering with little CPU overhead. The new Bay Trail product can enhance animated text and graphics, facilitate camera use (increasingly popular in vehicles) and improve visual textures, transitions and other effects that are all glued together to achieve an immersive in-car experience. Other benefits include faster media conversions, stereoscopic 3D capabilities, highly efficient image processing, and enhanced HD video transcoding over HDMI.

 

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The Intel® AtomTM processor E3800 product family is the first to take advantage of Intel’s Gen 7 graphics, complementing

QNX Software Systems’' graphics framework, tools, and runtime components.


Nexcom has built connectivity, computing, multimedia, vehicle data and Tizen IVI compatibility into its new in-vehicle computer designated VTC 1010-IVI.  The device employs the  Intel® Atom™ E3827 processor with integrated Intel® HD Graphics and has a built-in GPS and 9-axis sensors, and supports OBD II and CAN bus protocols to provide an attractive balance of performance and power consumption.

 

The E3827 delivers advanced compute, media, and graphical capabilities, reliability through virtualization an integrated memory controller and error correcting code (ECC) and a built-in security engine -- all on a sub-10-watt a thermal design power SoC. Placing a premium on connectivity, the VTC 1010-IVI is equipped with four mini-PCIe expansions to support 3G/4G networks, Wi-Fi tethering and Bluetooth pairing with mobile devices.

 

With the VTC 1010-IVI a connected vehicle can keep maps and points of interest data up to date, preload a route, provide turn-by-turn and dead reckoning navigation while offering streaming media contents and internet connection based on the individual passengers’ needs. The connected vehicle can also perform vehicle diagnosis and report to a cloud server to allow for real-time vehicle status check and remote vehicle control to facilitate vehicle ownership, or call first responders in case of an emergency. Furthermore, the VTC 1010-IVI keeps a connected vehicle protected with Intel® AES New Instructions technology to strengthen data security.

 

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With its rich feature set and built-in robust nature, the  Nexcom VTC 1010-IVI is a complete solution for developing the connected vehicle from concept all the way through to reality


To withstand the rigors of automobile environments, the VTC 1010-IVI in-vehicle computer is designed to ensure reliable operation even when exposed to temperatures ranging from -30°C to 70°C and resist vibration and shock based on the military standard 810G.

 

Wind River reports that the new Clarion AX1 automotive IVI device is utilizing its Android software. In addition to more traditional IVI features such as AM/FM radio, GPS navigation and Bluetooth streaming, the Android-based Clarion AX1 includes such features as: compatibility with Android smartphones/tablets and iOS devices (such as iPhones and iPads); Internet connectivity via smartphone tethering or mobile Wi-Fi devices and app store access for music and app downloads using the Infogo online music store; audio/video playback via USB and SD input; full 1080p HD video capability; a 6.5-inch capacitive multi-touch display; and rear camera input capability.

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The new Clarion AX1 automotive IVI device uses Wind River’s Android software.


Mentor Graphics recently announced the latest release of its Mentor Embedded Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) for Linux based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system development. This GENIVI 5.0 compliant release facilitates development of user interfaces or HMIs similar to those seen in consumer electronics devices, with additional functionality added to graphics development and optimization.  The GENIVI Alliance, of which Intel is a member, is a non-profit industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of IVI open-source development platform.  By combining ATP with its recently announced Mentor Embedded Hypervisor, automotive OEMs can integrate functionality such as device connectivity on infotainment hardware system-on-chip (SoC) architectures while maintaining secure separation for key safety-related automotive systems.

 

The latest ATP release enables the use of the Mentor Embedded Sourcery Analyzer to profile the entire embedded IVI system, including use cases such as fast boot and graphics performance.

 

Learn More

Contact Featured Alliance Member:

Contact Mentor Graphics

Contact Nexcom

Contact QNX Software Systems

Contact Wind River

 

Solutions in this blog:

Nexcom VTC-1010IVI

Mentor Graphics Automotive Technology Platform

QNX Neutrino RTOS

 

Related topics

Transportation and In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) - Top Picks (blogs, white papers, and more)

 

Nexcom is an Associate Member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance

Wind River is an Associate Member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance

Mentor Graphics is an Affiliate Member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance

QNX Software Systems is an Affiliate Member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance

 

Murray Slovick

Roving Reporter (Intel Contractor), Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance

An increasing need for security of all types is driving the expansion of the global video surveillance market. In a widespread effort to enhance security in public venues, cameras have been installed en masse on the streets of major cities around the globe. Indeed, the rush to deploy video-based security systems in municipalities resembles one of those African wildebeest migrations seen on the TV channel “Animal Planet”. For example, there are now an estimated 6,000 public sector surveillance cameras in New York City, helping to prevent crime and assisting police in finding suspects.

 

At first blush one might think that community residents would react badly to the intrusion of video surveillance in public areas, but in fact there has been an overwhelmingly positive reception to the increased surveillance primarily due to the accompanying crime prevention and crime reduction aspects of the system. According to a poll by Quinnipiac University an overwhelming majority of New York City voters support the increased use of surveillance cameras in public spaces. Overall, NYC voters support the use of surveillance cameras by an 82 to 14 percent margin, according to the study.

 

As a result, leading physical security market analysts predict that megapixel commercial camera sales will grow over the next three years at a better than 40-percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate). But cameras alone are only one part of the ecosystem needed to provide effective video surveillance. Also riding the growth wave and expected to chalk up a high CAGR .are recording and storage industry products such as network video recorders (NVRs),  video decoders supporting a range of compression standards from H.264 to MPEG-4 to MJPEG,  media servers that primarily deal with routing recordings to system management computers back in the control room and other computing devices charged with implementing video analytics, that is, performing research or analytical work on the media (e.g.,looking for a face or a license plate in the raw footage captured by city-wide closed circuit cameras or identifying suspicious movement of people or packages and more). Video analytics has become crucial because as the number of cameras deployed across a video surveillance network increases, security personnel’s ability to attentively scan them decreases. Having an intelligent system that can accurately and immediately detect and alert staff to suspicious activity is critical.

 

Users are also demanding Digital Surveillance and Security systems offering high-definition video and long term storage. The two are related; as the picture resolution and detail rendering improves security operators will want to keep this evidence longer.  Last year shipments of megapixel resolution network security cameras outsold standard resolution network security cameras for the first time. Systems now must meet the performance demands of 1000-channel, real- time full HD (1080p at 30 frames per second) video processing, video streaming, video tagging and storage, all running 24/7 with continuous availability and stability. One thousand channels of 1080p/30HD video at 5 Mbps per stream requires approximately 5 Gbps of system throughput end-to-end, from the network video recorder (NVR) to the storage system.

 

Other trends driving growth in the DSS sector: in-vehicle surveillance is being used to monitor vehicle fleets to ensure safety and smooth operation and retail store surveillance systems are gaining increased traction in small to medium- size businesses as well as in large box retail outlets.

 

Let’s now look at some recent Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance DSS Solutions based on Intel® Technology:

 

The Seneca Xvault NVR400 pedestal is armed with xVault Unified Storage technology , which means the appliances function as both network attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) systems;  This unit has the capability to hold up to 96TB of maximum raw storage. The xVault xNVR400 Series supports two Intel® Xeon® Processors E5 Series and additional storage expansion shelf options are available to meet storage demands.

 

NEXCOM has expanded its security surveillance portfolios with the Tower NVR NViS 5240. It features a dual core Intel® Atom™ processor D2700 running at 2.13GHz and supports surveillance recording and video playback.  The 16-channel NViS 5240 offers wireless connectivity;  it can be
configured for Wi-Fi/3G connectivity whereby surveillance videos can be efficiently exchanged over the network. Using GbE LAN, the security surveillance platform can coordinate videos captured from up to sixteen high megapixel IP cameras and store more than 8TB video footage on four separate HDDs.  Storage capacity can also be expanded via an eSATA interface. It is specially tailored for small and medium size surveillance projects within the retail industry. NViS 5240 provides high quality digital recording, real-time display and supports a wide range of megapixel IP cameras.

 

 

 

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PoE (Power over Ethernet) is an advanced technology which following the IEEE 802.3af standard with capacity of delivering 15.4W power and
transferring data via Ethernet cable to various PoE devices, allowing it to function smoothly even in areas not reachable via power cables. The Lex Computech Twister NI525A 4 Channel PoE Server Solution can be connected to IP Cameras with video and images transferred along with power via an Ethernet cable for a more cost-effective surveillance solution. The unit employs an Intel® Atom™D525 dual core CPU running at 1.8 GHz.

 

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Digifort IP surveillance and recording software for closed-circuit TV is based on TCP/IP with the ability to control and view images from IP or analog cameras connected by video servers or codifiers. It also controls recording of images for later selective search and retrieval. It can work IP cameras and analog cameras simultaneously, as long they are directly connected to the TCP/IP or by way of a video server. The software has a user friendly graphic interface based on Windows. The scalable system supports an unlimited number of cameras and Ethernet boards per server. It allows viewing of any image resolution (even higher than 1280x1024), if the camera supports it. The system supports recording and live visualization speeds of up to 30 FPS per camera, recording by manual or external events and/or by movement detection. The Digifort product also supports scheduling of recording by time and day of the week.

 

 

 

 


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Contact Featured Alliance Members:

        ·       Contact Seneca

        ·       Contact Nexcom

        ·       Contact Lex

        ·       Contact Systrade

Solutions in this blog:
·       Seneca Xvault NVR400

      ·       NEXCOM Tower NVR NViS 5240

·       Digifort IP software
Related topics:
·        Digital Surveillance and Security Top Picks
  (blogs, white papers, and more)

 

 

 

Seneca is an Associate Member of the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance

Nexcom is an Associate Member of the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance

Lex Computech is a General Member of the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance

Systrade Comércio e Serviços LTDA (Digifort) is a General Member of the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance

 

 

Murray Slovick

Roving Reporter (Intel Contractor), Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance

 


 

 

 

 

While budget cuts have slowed the pace of military acquisition, innovation in electronic design for embedded MAG (military/aerospace/government) applications continues unabated, with Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance partners using the 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family to develop new commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products that emphasize component commonality and meet reduced Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP)
requirements.

 

Here’s a few for instances:

 

Curtis Wright’s new CHAMP-AV9 (Fig. 1) is a rugged, high performance OpenVPX™ (VITA 65) DSP (digital signal processing) engine based on a pair of quad-core Intel® CoreTM i7-4700EQ processors. The CHAMP-AV9 combines the floating point performance of the Haswell  microarchitecture featuring updated AVX 2.0 instruction units and redesigned on-chip graphics execution units with the substantial bandwidth and system-enabling features of the 6U OpenVPX form-factor. According to the supplier, the CHAMP-AV9 offers a 2-4X performance improvement per size, weight and power over previous DSP modules. With up to 14 GB/s of data plane fabric and 32 GB/s of expansion plane performance the unit has the bandwidth required to effectively harness the power of the processors.

 

And speaking of the processors, in case you are just tuning in the 4th generation Intel Core i7 microarchitecture contains substantial advances over previous generations.

  • Double the CPU floating-point performance with a fused multiply-add AVX instruction Ability to load two and store one operand per clock
  • Double the L1 and L2 cache bandwidth vs. 3rd
    generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • A 2.4 GHz CPU clock

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  Figure 1 The Curtiss Wright CHAMP AV-9

 

 

 

OpenVPX™ builds on the module-centric VPX specifications by providing a nomenclature of planes and profiles to enable system integrators,module designers and backplane providers to effectively describe and define the aspects and characteristics of a system. By following a system-centric approach and defining a number of standard system topologies, OpenVPX enables interoperable off-the-shelf modules and development platforms within the VPX marketplace. The OpenVPX framework defines the interoperability points necessary for integration between Module to Module and Module to Backplane and Chassis. In this way OpenVPX reduces the need for custom development of backplanes and chassis for every application.The major fabric protocols supported by OpenVPX include Ethernet, Serial RapidIO and PCI Express.

 

 

The CHAMP-AV9 engine has been upgraded to DDR3-1600 and Curtis-Wright says that it incorporates thermal management solutions that result in little to no CPU throttling at its benchmark 71oC air-cooled and conduction-cooled 85oC card-edge environments.

 

Processing systems for today’s military radar designs must be scalable, open architecture and capable of long term viability-- unlike consumer and commercial markets where technology turnover is often measured in months the lifetimes of many military systems is measured in years if not
decades.

 

Floating-point-intensive applications such as radar, image processing, and signals intelligence will benefit from the performance boost provided by the Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2.0 (Intel® AVX2) in the 4th generation Intel® Haswell microarchitecture. Intel AVX2 extends Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel AVX) by promoting most of the 128-bit SIMD integer instructions with 256-bit numeric processing capabilities. The upgraded vector-processing technology also introduces a fused multiply-add (FMA3) that effectively doubles the peak floating point throughput in comparison to the previous generation. Multiply-add workloads are a critical component of any image processing task.

 

Floating-point-intensive applications also benefit from the from the performance boost provided by the Intel AVX2 in the Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) XPedite7570, a high-performance, low-power, 3U VPX-REDI single board computer (SBC) based on the 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor. With two PCI Express Fat Pipe P1 interconnects and four Gigabit Ethernet ports, the XPedite7570 is ideal for the high-bandwidth data processing demands of today's military and avionics applications. The SBC can accommodate up to 16 GB of DDR3L-1600 ECC SDRAM in two channels to support memory-intensive applications.It also hosts numerous I/O ports, including Gigabit Ethernet, USB, SATA, graphics, and RS-232/422/485 through the backplane connectors.

 

The XPedite7570 can be used in either the system slot or peripheral slot of a VPX backplane. Wind River VxWorks and Linux Board Support Packages (BSPs) are available, as well as Microsoft Windows drivers. Three levels of ruggedization are available for X-ES [rpdicus (Fig. 2) supporting comeercial, extended temperature, and conduction-cooled applications. Products may be air-cooled or conduction-cooled depending on their end application.

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Figure 2 Extreme environments demand extreme engineering solutions

 

 

 

 

Within a tight budgetary environment wherever possible program managers would rather upgrade than acquire and replace. Mercury describes its new HDS6502 module as a building block for its existing customers, enabling them to future-proof their legacy systems through targeted upgrades preserving their software and optimizing SWaP performance, so that more can be achieved with less.

 

Based on Intel's  Haswell microarchitecture Mercury’s HDS6502 module is OpenVPX-compliant and initially will support Serial RapidIO® Gen 2 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet via the company’s next generation, low-latency POET™ (Protocol Offload Engine Technology).  Full backward compatibility with software protocols is provided including ICS™ (interprocessor communication system) and MPI/OFED (message passing interface/open fabrics enterprise distribution).

 

Low I/O latency and reduced module power consumption is gained from the single die cache coherent memory architecture between the CPU and GPU resources. This is a required characteristic of multidimensional computing applications requiring high throughput, determinism and low latency such as SIGINT, IMINT (Imaging Intelligence), RADAR, EO/IR (electro-optic/infrared) and large data/graphics renderings.

 

HDS6502 modules will be available in this fall for deployment in air-cooled, air flow-by and conduction-cooled systems. Support for InfiniBand and 40 Gigabit Ethernet-based modules will follow, according to Mercury. Infiniband is expected to become the switched fabric technology of choice among military system suppliers for inverse FFTs computation in the intensive signal processing functions found in radar and electronic warfare.InfiniBand is said to be also well-positioned to handle tasks in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as well as for other surveillance, reconnaissance and ground mobile applications.

 

 

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Solutions in this Blog

 

Curtiss-Wright CHAMP AV-9

 

Xpedite 7570

 

Mercury Systems Ensemble® Series HDS6502

 

Wind River VxWorks

 

 

Related Topics:

 

 

Military, Aerospace, Government - Top Picks (blogs, white
papers, and more)

 

 

Performance- Top Picks (blogs, white papers, and more)

 

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions is a General
member of the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance

 

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Inc. (X-ES) is a General
Member of the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance

 

Mercury Systems is a General Member of the Intel Intelligent
Systems Alliance

 

Wind River Systems is an Associate Member of the Intel
Intelligent Systems Alliance

 

Microsoft Corporation is an Associate Member of the Intel
Intelligent Systems Alliance

 

Murray Slovick

 

Roving Reporter (Intel Contractor), Intel® Intelligent
Systems Alliance

 













Do the math and it’s easy to understand why thousands of developers, technologists and business managers will be flocking to the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) next month in San Francisco. In addition to hundreds of hours of Technical Sessions and conversations with Intel engineers experienced in a variety of application topics, members of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance will present their latest ideas in the Technology Showcase, helping designers  take projects to the next level.(To get a sneak peak of the event – and info on prizes for attendees – check out the embedded@Intel blog. And visit the IDF13 San Francisco page for the full agenda, travel, hotel and registration information.)

 

For example, ADLINK Technology plans to highlight how the power of intelligent systems applied to vehicles can assist bus fleet managers, drivers and passengers in daily municipal and commuter bus operations.  The company’s demonstration will show real-time positioning (via GPS tracking and mapping), two-way communication between drivers and dispatch,  vehicle status including mechanical health and condition, onboard public announcements, emergency notifications, emergency signaling, voice communication and even a live video feed.

 

Focusing on ADLINK’s new Matrix MXE-5400 rugged quad-core fanless computers, at IDF ADLINK will demo the interactive functions that a fleet operator’s back office can use to monitor bus systems such as if engine oil is getting too hot, if the bus is running low on fuel, or if it is traveling too slow or too fast..The ADLINK demo also will show how, by using GPS satellite technology, automatic vehicle location (AVL) can track the location of buses, ultimately resulting in increased fleet efficiency.


The demo further will illustrate how dispatchers can have full control over vehicles by setting alarms if the vehicle is out of its normal corridor as well as making voice calls to the driver, handling passengers’ requests and monitoring passengers via real-time video surveillance inside the bus. The demo will show how the connected back end server can send emergency calls triggered by bus activities.

 

Since  real-time vehicle and passenger information is critical for effective operations management in a daily dispatch environment the IDF demonstration also will present information that can be displayed on  the driver’s terminal as well as video and route data shown  in the passenger cabin (for example  passenger information indicating the next stop) . Other demonstrable Intelligent Vehicle activities include the ability to provide riders with more precise information about when buses will actually arrive at stops, enhancing passenger convenience.

 

ADLINK's MX5400 is based on the 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 -4700EQ processor, the Intel® QM87 chipset and an Ethernet I/O comprising 4x GbE (with 3x Intel® 82574IT Gigabit single-port controller at 2.5 GHz plus one Intel® I217LM PHY) . The unit includes support for ADLINK’s SEMA (smart embedded management agent) and Intel’s® Active Management Technology 9.0, making it well suited for intelligent transportation applications. ADLINK’s SEMA was developed to resolve some shortcomings in today's embedded PC systems. The SEMA architecture consists of two parts: a hardware/driver layer and an application layer. The hardware/driver layer accesses the board management controller (BMC) directly through the onboard chipset via the System Management Bus (SMBus). The BMC handles all SEMA functionality in addition to performing system housekeeping such as start-up power sequencing and other similar functions. The application layer is for user interaction and reads commands and displays the data fetched by the BMC. As the interface to the hardware/driver layer is defined independently from the operating system, the application program can be easily ported between various operating systems. To that end versions for Windows and Linux are readily available.

 

The MXE-5400 delivers remote monitoring and control over embedded devices via the Internet. For embedded developers, using Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) allows devices to be diagnosed and repaired remotely regardless of whether they are powered up or whether they have a functioning OS.  Advanced management capabilities include remote system reboot—in the event of OS failure—and system disconnect from the web when malicious intrusion is detected. Intel AMT is part of the Intel® vPro™ technology offering.

 

The Haswell microarchitecture-based platform onboard also allows ADLINK to deliver up to double the graphics performance over previous generation devices. Built-in visual features, including Intel® Clear Video HD  technology and Intel® Quick Sync Video 2.0, deliver smoother visual quality, improved ability to decode and transcode simultaneous video streams, and outstanding HD media playback.

 

The MXE-5400 can support up to 3 independent displays without the need for a discrete graphics card and has a DVI-I plus 2 Display ports (see Fig. 1). Additionally, the platform supports next-generation graphics APIs,such as Microsoft DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.0, and OpenCL 1.2.

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Figure 1 The MXE-5400 offers numerous I/O ports


The Intel® Core™ i7 -4700EQ processor offers quad-core capabilities with superior performance and a thermal design power (TDP) of 47W, configurable down to 37W. Manufactured on industry-leading 22nm process technology with 3D Tri-Gate transistors, the processor offers enhanced CPU, graphics and media performance.

 

Employing the Intel® Ethernet Controller I217 in MXE-5400 reduces power consumption in all power states compared to previous generations of Intel® controllers. While in active-idle, Intel has implemented Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE), a new IEEE standard. With EEE, Intel has reduced the idle power of the Gigabit link from about 500 mW to just over 50 mW, providing a significant energy savings.  What’s more, the SEMA graphical hardware monitor displays how power consumption and temperature of the board develop over time. There are two temperature curves that can be shown, one for each of the two sensors on the board. These graphs help users to understand system behavior under different load situations.

 

To meet the requirements of bus fleet operators the ADLINK MXE-5400 has to provide ruggedness, including temperature and vibration resistance.  The unit can operate over a -20 to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F) wide temperature range and can withstand up to 100 G shock and 5 G vibration, making it ideal for deployment in harsh environments. Fanless construction also significantly extends MTBF to 190,000 hours and minimizes maintenance costs.


Optional wireless function enhancement for MXE-5400 include WCDMA, 802.11 a/b/g/n, BT3.0, 3G and AGPS. Additional I/O include two onboard SATA-III (6.0 Gb/s) ports, 6 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0, and 4 GbE ports.

 

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Pity the poor automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) designer stuck with having to create a balance between these two all but mutually exclusive requirements:1) satisfying the consumer’s expectation and appetite for the newest IVI features and functionality, including the ability to deploy, manage and update Apps; while 2) respecting the long development cycles and safety requirements required by law of automotive OEMs.

 

What is an engineer to do? Fortunately, technology can render assistance. One possible answer now emerging is to partition IVI software into two segments, with the individual ecosystems de-coupled and running on separate market-driven (1) and OEM-driven (2) schedules.  In other words the car’s core, native IVI functions–like vehicle indicators or warnings and car security functions–would continue to be developed on the typical two to five -year automobile OEM cycle and remain subject to safety-critical coding practices. While at the same time automobile head unit integration with handheld devices like smartphones continues at breakneck speed, giving consumers the IVI feature they want most:  a choice of what Apps to add whenever they so choose.


Based on HTML5, the newest version of the HyperText Markup Language--a way to enhance a text file with bits of code (markup) that describes the structure of the document--Tizen is well-suited to ongoing efforts to decouple in-car HMI-based functions. An open platform designed to work with a broad spectrum of devices ranging from smartphones and tablets to in-car systems and even TVs, Tizen also promises to lower the cost of deployment as developers are able to create applications that run on multiple systems (different car brands and various car models within a brand) without lengthy code re-writes. In this way Tizen supports the possibility of a single application store for a variety of automakers.

 

HTML was first developed in the late 80's in order to describe documents that linked to each other. Much has happened in the years that followed, as is evidenced by the fact that we’ve now reached version 5.  HTML5 is built around WebApps, which are small focused applications that can run on a browser or as a mobile application. It has features like offline storage and the ability to handle data even when the app is no longer connected to the Internet. It also has the ability to detect and work with the location of the user and it provides rich media support including easy to implement audio and video elements.

 

With the help of HTML5 it is possible to embed not only video and audio but high quality drawings, charts, animation and many other rich content types without using any plugins or third party programs, as the functionality is built into the browser. This is important since most video and audio files are played through a plug-in like Flash, but not all browsers have the same plug-ins. With HTML5 developers can forget about a Flash Player and/or other third party media players, making video and audio truly accessible. HTML5 also will allow the end user to access cloud-based services through the web browser engine.

 

At the 2013 Tizen Developer Conference (TDC) in San Francisco in May, Matt Jones, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Senior Technical Specialist - Infotainment discussed an IVI proof of concept project using the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL, part of the Linux Foundation) Demonstrator, a runable IVI system available as both a VMWare image and installable on x86 hardware. Built on top of Tizen 1.0 and integrating GENIVI components (the GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit consortium with the goal of “bringing open source software into the car, starting with the most complicated car software system, the IVI unit”) it sports a custom HTML5 GUI (See Fig. 1).

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Figure 1:  HVAC display of the Jaguar Land Rover Tizen IVI demonstrator

 

The JLR IVI and remote vehicle interaction demo, which included participation by AGL, Feuer Labs, Symbio and Symphony Teleca, is based on a Tizen platform provided by Intel and Jaguar Land Rover. According to JLR’s Jones the HVAC system and Media Player proof of concept was developed over the course of just 2 ½ weeks during which time the team:

 

• Integrated the system into a vehicle, including CAN control

• Built out the Media Player and HVAC controls

• Built a backend server in the cloud

• Created a remote control website for the HVAC

 

Jones further said Jaguar Land Rover and Intel worked together to create a base platform that others can build on, including

 

• Tizen 1.0;

• An HTML5 based application environment;

•A server backend to push / pull apps; and

• Complete documentation

 

The target hardware was a Nexcom NDiS 166 (Fig.2), a Linux box employing an Intel® Core™ i5/i7 processor (codenamed Sandy Bridge) with Intel® Integrated Graphics and an Intel® QM67 Platform Controller Hub (PCH). Memory includes 2 x 240-pin DIMM sockets supporting up to 16GB (single socket max. is 8GB) of DDR3 1333/1066MHz non-ECC, un-buffered memory. The totally fanless NDiS 166 can easily support dual full-HD video. Other features include GigE, USB 2.0, SATA (1 x 2.5" SATA HDD Bay), Audio, WI-FI, VGA, GPS, HDMI and provision for a TV tuner and LAN modules.


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Figure 2 The NexCom NDiS 166

 

The NDiS 166 platform has been tested using the Tizen 3.0-M1 codebase (on July 2nd the IVI team released Tizen 3.0-M1 for In-Vehicle Infotainment). . This is the first milestone image that builds upon the Tizen 3.0 codebase and is paving the way towards the 3.0-M2 (later in 2013) and the final Tizen 3.0 IVI release in the second half of 2014.

 

Tizen 3.0-M1 also has been tested on the NexCom VTC 7120-C4, which adopts the Intel® Celeron® Processor 847E (at 1.1GHz).  In addition it offers dual LAN ports for redundancy and high speed interfaces for storage (2.5" SATA and a CFast slot). Storage is easily accessible from the front side for maintenance concerns. Furthermore, it offers support for two SIM card slots and support for the CAN bus as well as 4 digital inputs, 4 digital outputs and 4-channel PoE with IEEE802.3af.

 

As automotive companies adopt new Vehicle Relationship Management (VRM) tools and systems for software configuration and management, quality control and security integrity of the software have become of particular concern. That’s where companies such as Symphony Teleca Corp., headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., come in. The company, which participated in the Tizen IVI demonstrator as mentioned previously, offers remote software management, telematics and analytics capabilities to help its clients manage the convergence of software, the cloud and connected devices with the added goals of minimizing the cost of vehicle software maintenance, gaining insight into vehicle usage and enriching the possibilities for car owners through feature and application upgrades.

 

Symphony Teleca’s InSight Connect™ VRM is an end-to-end management solution that provides automotive grade, reliable, cost effective application and software provisioning and maintenance, integrated with the OEM's existing systems throughout the connected car lifecycle. InSight Connect’s flexible and modular structure also enables OEMs to extend and fully customize IVI functionality over time.

 

Despite its newness, the AGL Demonstrator has been declared a success, and JLR’s Jones indicated that the plan is to keep it going. The first order of business, he said, is to update it to the more recent Tizen 2.1 release. Following that, the plan is to work on several existing open source components that need to be integrated, including a navigation system, Bluetooth for hands-free telephony, Near-Field Communications (NFC) support, and media playback with Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) support.

 

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Horrific though it was, footage from both public and private security cameras in Boston proved to be an invaluable tool for authorities during the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, contributing significantly to the effort to identify suspects in the case. As a result, market research firms are predicting that the attack will likely drive increased government spending on video surveillance.

 

As the demand for high resolution and intelligent video analytics within Digital Security and Surveillance (DSS) systems grow, the attention of providers focuses on improving video and graphics performance, which operators want to achieve without an equivalent increase in power consumption.

 

As a result, new DSS systems will be more complex than their predecessors because their tasks are more complex, including multi-channel streaming, real-time software-based analytics, event-triggered alerting, and much more.  Cameras equipped with built-in video analytics, for example, can assist the system in identifying abnormal events, offloading workload from the backend system to ensure more timely alarm notification and faster video retrieval.  Modern IP cameras for DSS application need to support high resolution and high frame rates with visual enhancement technologies including image stabilization and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) in order to deliver clear and smooth images to assist the process of video analysis. To reduce camera shake, these cameras also require intelligent analysis that uses image stabilizing algorithms to detect and reduce horizontal and vertical movements.

 

Taken together, the workloads handled by the CPU and GPU of these DSS systems are massive. They must manage video encoding, video decoding, video scaling and display, storing video onto a hard disk, and video packetization for streaming, as well as running video management software for monitoring and data storage across multiple locations.

 

In a recent White Paper Steve Yang, General Manager of Nexcom’s Intelligent Digital Security Business Unit, pointed out that image clarity is the primary criterion for video capture so as to provide security personnel a clear, real-time view of the monitored area and detailed information about a vehicle, allowing them to gain a better control of the situation.

 

The 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family (code name Haswell) helps enable a new standard in security and surveillance tools, from digital video recorders to video analytics servers, by delivering the superior media and graphics, improved security and manageability, and breakthrough performance necessary to support DSS applications.

 

With its new microarchitecture and enhanced media capabilities in video en-, trans- and de-coding, the 4th generation Intel Core processor improves overall system performance and reduces power consumption when compared to previous generation processors. An overall performance increase of 15% can be expected (using standard benchmarks); allowing for increased top-end performance or reduced power consumption of the system.

 

DSS target applications for Haswell include Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), Network Video Recorders (NVRs), video transcoders, Video Management Systems (VMSs), and video analytics server workloads (such as video packet processing and video streaming, video content analysis, storage redundant array of independent disks (RAID) acceleration, and multiple video channel playback and display) all on a single computing device.

 

The 4th generation Intel Core processor family offers a 30 percent improvement in video playback and display capability than the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor to deliver smoother full HD 1080p images. Other advances include Intel® Quick Synch Technology and Intel® Media SDK 2013 to enable simultaneous real-time video encoding and decoding of multiple full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second.

 

Also of benefit in DSS applications are new Haswell features such as the Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel® AVX2 ) instructions, providing a huge performance improvement in signal processing capabilities to accelerate video analytics algorithms. Intel AVX2 is an expansion of the AVX instruction set introduced with Sandy Bridge.

 

Haswell’s integrated graphics processor, HD Graphics 4600, enables multiple full HD 1080p video playback and display in real time, enhancing the surveillance manager’s experience. Other upgrades to Haswell's graphical abilities enable it to drive triple-display desktops, with support for DirectX 11.1, and full 4K resolutions over DisplayPort 1.2.


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Figure 1: High resolution video will facilitate DSS analytics


Haswell micro-architecture adds decode support for Scalable Video Coding (SVC) on top of the VC1 and MPEG2 support provided in 3rd generation Intel Core processors.  SVC is the commonly used name for the Annex G extension of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video compression standard. The SVC codec translates bits from a network data stream into a picture and conversely translates camera video into a bit stream. The 4th generation Intel Core processors also come with end to end decode and encode 4K x 2K support for up to 3840 x 2160 resolution @ 60 Hz on DisplayPort 1.2, and up to 4096 x 2304 @24 Hz on HDMI.

 

Featuring the higher computing and graphics capabilities of the 4th generation Intel Core processor family to speed up image acquisition and analysis Nexcom’s new COM Express Type 6 Basic module ICES 670 features a full design package aimed to stimulate innovation of intelligent systems by facilitating system integration via an integrated embedded controller (EC) and an Embedded Application Programming Interface (EAPI). To simplify system management, the ICES 670 supports Xcare 3.0, a utility that can keep track of hardware status. The API of Xcare 3.0 is compliant with the PICMG EAPI standard and can provide users with information on processor, RAM, BIOS, fan speed, operating temperature and more.

 

The ICES 670 supports the latest interfaces including SATA 3.0, PCIe 3.0, USB 3.0, and DisplayPort to provide high bandwidth and throughput.  In addition, a verification code embedded in the controller helps block unauthorized applications and devices to strengthen security of the intelligent system. Data cryptography is also supported by means of Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI) technology.

 

“The 4th generation Intel Core processor-based platform allows ADLINK Technology to deliver up to double the graphics performance over the previous generation,” said Dirk Finstel, EVP of ADLINK’s Global Module Computer Product Segment, in introducing ADLINK’s new lineup, including Express-HL and Express-HL2 (COM Express®), NuPRO-E42 (PICMG 1.3), cPCI-3510 (CompactPCI®), and Matrix MXE-5400. “In addition, these new integrated graphics capabilities enable more compact imaging solutions, leading to new form factors and devices with an as-yet-unseen level of visual capabilities.”  These improvements, combined with the advanced high-resolution display capabilities for either 4K (4xHD = 3840x2160) or three 32x20 displays, have helped ADLINK to provide its advanced solutions for imaging and interface applications across key industries, he said.

 

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With consumers expressing a greater desire to watch content from mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets while cruising down the road, the automobile is fast becoming a state-of-the-art mobile device. Today you can find displays mounted in the center console, in or above the dashboard, on the backs of the front seats and/or overhead in entertainment panels.  According to Staci Palmer, general manager of the automotive solutions division at Intel®, about 40 percent of the estimated 80 million cars shipped in 2012 had some form of integrated in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system in it to run computer applications for entertainment, information or Internet connectivity. Palmer expects that by 2020 that rate will reach 75 percent, or around 85 million IVI systems.


These IVI systems will have to handle various data streams including high definition multimedia and 3D graphics, wirelessly transmitted information connecting the car to local area or wide area (the "cloud") networks and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) data showing lane-departure warnings and other content (e.g., vehicle system checks) that impacts safety.


All of this will require the aid of advanced Intel® processors and for that reason industry analyst organizations such as IHI iSuppli predict automotive IVI systems are heading toward a PC-like architectural approach in which more functionality is dependent on a powerful main central unit.  In that sense the auto will start to resemble a display-heavy aircraft cockpit with multiple screens for the driver and passengers. iSuppli and other industry watchers see software’s role as being a differentiator among brands with some applications previously implemented via hardware reconfigured instead into simpler programs reliant on a heavily centralized unit marked by strong processing power, significant memory and an effective human-machine interface.

 

This last item should not be discounted. All of the computing "horsepower" that can be brought to bear will come to naught unless drivers can interact with these systems in a natural and intuitive way. And that is precisely the goal of Intel’s® Perceptual Computing campaign: providing direct, natural human-to-computer interfaces encompassing next-generation voice command and control and gesture recognition. Voice systems using technologies such as voice recognition, text-to-speech and speech-to-text will enable drivers to control entertainment and navigation systems simply by using their voices to operate infotainment and other vehicle controls without taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel. Advances in voice-recognition technology will allow drivers to use spoken words to manipulate an increasing number of functions in the future, including controlling the HVAC system, and sending text messages.

 

The Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK 2013 Beta 2 with support for Nuance Dragon Assistant Core speech recognition is now available as a free download. Voice is firmly in Nuance’s wheelhouse:  More than 70 million cars and 50 million portable navigation systems are equipped with Nuance speech technologies.  According to an IMS Research report more than half of new automobiles in 2019 will integrate voice recognition, up from 37 percent in 2012, as car manufacturers increasingly seek safer ways for drivers to interact with navigation, music or phone calls.

 

Developers will now be able to add voice commands, short sentence dictation and text-to-speech synthesis to their applications (Fig. 1). Eye tracking and gesture recognition also are in the near future. Cameras mounted in the cabin can see where passengers are sitting in the car, and, more importantly, where they’re looking. If the driver takes his or her eyes off the road, the car would recognize that and could sound a warning. .

 

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Figure 1. Speech Use Cases and Technologies for In-Vehicle Infotainment

 

The Intel® Perceptual Computing SDK APIs can be used with the Creative Interactive Gesture Camera Developer Kit, employing a small and light-weight USB-powered, depth sensor camera tuned for close-range interactivity (meaning it can pick up the movement of each finger). The kit includes an HD webcam, depth sensor and built-in dual-array microphones for capturing and recognizing voice, gestures and images.

 

On the hardware side using Intel® Atom™ processors as part of an IVI solution enables automotive developers to create a single, common hardware and software platform that:

 

  • Reduces development costs
  • Simplifies design complexity
  • Speeds time to market
  • Enables more choice and innovation in software
  • Simplifies product upgrades
  • Has strong interaction ability and compatibility with software.
  • Enables the use of low-power components that can fit into small footprint boards.


For example, Axiomtek’s NANO830 is equipped with the Cedar Trail platform, dual core Intel® Atom™ processor N2000/D2000 series and the Intel® NM10 Express chipset providing premium sound and delivering advanced features such as multiple audio streams.  At a mere 120 x 120 mm footprint, system developers have more opportunities for developing scalable and ultra-compact embedded applications and its low power consumption enables fanless designs.  The NANO830 provides IVI designers with a better choice for higher level graphics-intensive and system performance.  Designed to support the Intel® Atom™ processor D2550 running at 1.86 GHz it integrates Intel’s® Graphics Media Accelerator 3650 engine to support HD-rich content and provides an array of display interfaces including DisplayPort, VGA, and 24-bit dual channel LVDS with dual-view supported. Moreover, it supports a DDR3 SO-DIMM with a maximum of 4 GB of memory.

 

Similarly,  Eurotech's Catalyst CV (CPU-300-10) module delivers dual-core Intel® Atom™ processor N2x00 performance at CPU speeds up to 1.6GHz and extensive multimedia capability, all while maintaining a very low power profile. On this platform, Eurotech delivers up to 4GB of DDR3 DRAM memory, high-speed PCIe lanes, and USB ports.  Also employing the Intel NM10 Express chipset the Catalyst CV is a compact 67 x 100mm module for applications such as IVI where superior graphics performance is of high value. The Catalyst CV supports not only traditional graphical interfaces such as VGA and LVDS but also offers HDMI, full 1080p, DisplayPort with optional configuration and Blu-ray capabilities to support demanding graphical applications.

 

We mentioned earlier that iSuppli anticipates software as being a differentiator among brands in IVI systems. One example of this comes from another Intel Alliance partner, Clarinox.  Its Clarinox Blue Bluetooth solution is an embedded protocol stack software that has the ability to run multiple, simultaneous profiles with multiple smartphones. This combination of profiles enables the building of a state of the art automotive Bluetooth infotainment solution by providing access to the phone book of the driver or the passengers, streaming music to the car stereo system from any of the phones, display (or read via text-to-speech) of incoming SMS messages on the console, and to make and receive calls and announce details of the caller. It is an embedded protocol stack that also addresses the main issues confronted by engineers in Bluetooth projects: lack of flexibility, high level of complexity, and difficulty of debugging.

 

What’s next?  At the IDF 2013 in Beijing Intel® Sr. Technical Marketing Engineers Chris Norman and Horace Li noted that Intel® Alliance partner Red Flag was working on a Tizen 2.0 based IVI solution (Tizen is an open source standards based HTML5 platform for IVI and portable device applications).  According to Norman and Li the Red Flag Software release will include a traffic sign recognition engine, a voice recognition engine, navigation, and other proprietary components.


Finally, and without revealing too much we can safely say that devices built around the soon to be released 4th generation, 22-nm Intel® Core™ processor family (formerly codenamed "Haswell") will offer significant media and 3D performance improvement and will facilitate development of facial recognition, gesture interaction and voice assistance.  Stay tuned!

 

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Murray Slovick

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In recent years the number of vehicles occupying roadways in major cities has rapidly intensified. The result is increased commuter travel time, reduced traffic safety and higher traffic-related pollutant emissions. With limited land space making new roads very costly, the use of traffic management techniques is the only practical option for relieving this congestion.

 

Enabling communities to proactively respond to traffic related events, Digital Security and Surveillance (DSS) intelligent traffic control (ITC) systems use Intel® Core™ and Atom ™ processor-based devices to perform real time analysis of traffic conditions, determine vehicle and driver behavior and autonomously manage traffic flow.

 

What’s more, these systems can be used by municipalities worldwide not only to battle city congestion and pollution but, by controlling evacuation in an orderly manner, as a powerful tool during disaster management situations (floods, storms, wild fires, etc.). ITC can help authorities know how to distribute law enforcement resources, preempt traffic lights’ normal operation and allow safe passage of emergency vehicles at an intersection. During disasters ITC systems also can temporary permit road shoulder use, regulate ramp metering and provide motorists with timely warnings.

 

Legacy traffic control systems rely on inductive-loop traffic detectors, installed on the surface of a road to detect vehicles passing or arriving at a certain point, for instance an intersection or motorway entrance. When a vehicle passes over the loop or is stopped within the loop, the vehicle induces eddy currents in the wire loops, which decrease their inductance. The decreased inductance actuates an electronics unit output which sends a pulse to the traffic signal controller signifying the passage or presence of a vehicle

 

One of the main shortcomings of these under-pavement traffic loop detectors is that they are expensive to install and maintain.  Moreover, they cannot be replaced or fixed without disturbing traffic.

 

For all of these reasons video-based traffic flow analysis is getting more attention. Video sensor systems utilize sophisticated algorithms to detect traffic incidents, measure traffic flow and track vehicles across multiple lanes. These traffic control strategies interconnect closed-circuit television, video analytics, video recorders to store content for reference later on and network data communicators to pass this information on to remote, mobile or central traffic control management teams (see Fig. 1 below)

 

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Figure 1 A typical video-based DSS surveillance system

 

Multi-functional devices such as the Axiomtek rBOX104 Embedded Field Controller provide the traffic control system with the required traffic data and at the same time transmits video images of the junction or motorway section under surveillance to a processing center. The DIN-rack, fanless embedded computer supports low power Intel® Atom™ processors Z510PT (1.1 GHz) or Z520PT (1.33 GHz).  With an extended temperature range of -40°C to 70°C it can be used in extremely hot or cold environments. Multiple built-in serial ports, high-speed LANs and USB 2.0 ports enable fast and efficient data computation, communication and acquisition. Supporting Power-over-Ethernet on ports 1 to 4 makes it ideally suited for outdoor applications that employ PoE IP cameras.

 

A Network Video Recorder (NVR) Interfaces with these IP cameras. Its primary focus is on video decoding and display and local video storage. An NVR will likely require more LAN ports with more robust throughput capabilities than a stand-alone digital video recorder (DVR) because of the incoming IP packets that carry encoded video information from the connected IP cameras.

 

With Nexcom’s NViS 2280 mobile megapixel surveillance becomes reality. The NVR (Fig. 2, below) is powered by the Intel® Atom™ Dual Core D2700 2.13 GHz processor, which combines high performance with low power consumption. The unit can control  up to 16 IP cameras with HD resolution and. is further equipped with Dual Display function via VGA and DVI-D,  2x Hot Swap HDDs for up to 1.5TB and an accelerometer. Moreover, an eSATA interface allows connection of an additional external hard disk. Unlike video capture card solutions, Nexcom’s NViS hybrid solutions bring video decoder functionality onboard and can render images without additional hardware.

 

The NViS is also-suitable for deployment in vehicles, because it is outfitted with comprehensive wireless communication features such as 3.5G, WiFi as well as GPS modules. Using the GPS function one can link video records with location coordinates. Moreover, the device is designed for power input between 9V and 36VDC.

 

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Figure 2 The Nexcom NViS NVR can be used from a mobile or a fixed base

 

 

The Trenton Systems TVC4502 bundled video wall controller provides a hardware and software solution for advanced video display walls in a traffic control situation room. The core of the TVC4502 fanless video display controller is a Trenton motherboard with an Intel ® Xeon®   C5500 Series processor and multiple I/O and network interfaces. This device comes ready to deploy right out of the box, featuring up to four 1080p high-definition inputs delivered across four 1080p high-definition outputs. Two front access drive bays support up to two 2.5” removable and hot-swappable storage drives. The system’s front panel also includes a slim-line optical media bay, two USB ports, diagnostic LEDs, power and system reset switches.  The accompanying software bundle is built on the Microsoft® Windows 7 operating system and enables local or network video wall control, scheduling, video source switching and compositing, bezel management and edge overlap with edge blending projectors.

 

As demands on DSS traffic systems become more complex, equipment manufacturers and hardware integrators need to deliver increasing sophisticated video solutions that will handle traffic forecasting as well as real-time monitoring. For these systems, the workloads handled by the CPU and GPU are substantial. They must control video encoding, video decoding, video scaling and display, hard disk video storage, video packetization for streaming, as well as running the software video management GUI as the interface for live video viewing. And all of this must be done in a manner that does not sacrifice the accuracy of extracted traffic flow data.

 

The 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor family alleviates many of these issues with much more powerful integrated graphics; 3D graphics performance is up to 60% higher than that of the prior generation. What is more, the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor also is up to 15% faster than its predecessor, enabling faster, more sophisticated image and video analysis. Many of the visual surveillance algorithms currently in use can benefit from the Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX), which provide 256-bit floating point processing. Video streaming and storage is enhanced by Intel® Quick Sync Video 2.0, which performs encoding and decoding in hardware for effortless integration of full 1080p HD video and high-resolution cameras. Among other benefits, Intel Quick Sync Video 2.0 performs video transcoding at twice the speed of the previous generation, and greatly reduces processor loading during transcoding..

 

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