TAG has worked with a number of customers to help them with projects where our advanced engineering experience was utilized to produce custom designed Small Form Factor (SSF) embedded systems. One example is the redesign of a VITA 73 CameraLink Video Capture Engine for a transfer engine that was used by PCI Systems for real-time image processing. TAG’s embedded frame grabber was designed for interchangeable multi-slot 3U / 6U ultra-mobile form factors, VPX / cCPI / Vita 73 platforms, and rugged routers featuring advanced integrated technology. TAG also custom designed the SSF Compute Engine for the 2nd Generation TC-200 TAG Commander® rugged tablet when Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components would not suffice.
The TAG proven design “CameraLink Video Capture Engine” has been redesigned into the VITA 73 rugged small form factor for the VITA 73 SRFF chassis system based on a 2.5” SDD/HDD form factor, making it an ultra-mobile embedded system. The VITA 73 Frame Grabber features the most cost-optimized Spartan 6-Core Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) built on 45nm technology, offering industry leading connectivity features such as high logic-to-pin ratios, and a diverse number of supported I/O protocols. The embedded system supports one PCI-e host interface, a DMA frame transfer engine, and up-to 1280x1024 30fps capture modes. Real-time processing functions are supported with image resizing, histogram calculation/equalization, test image generation, camera link input with a camera control channel, and an external DDR3 memory buffer.
TAG's Compute Engine was idea for embedded system development and deployment with unparalleled compute density, and I/O flexibility. The embedded system was built around an Intel® Atom processor that operates at 1.0 to 1.7 GHz, with a System Controller Hub (SCH) chipset, and up-to 2 GB of on-board DDR2 memory. TAG's Compute Engine supported storage options up-to 200+ MB/Sec in both the PATA and SATA interfaces, solid-state and rotating media types, a SDIO/MMC slot for expanded media storage, and optional disk encryption. Wireless communications included 7.2 Mbps HSDA for 3G mobile application through a Mini PCI Express slot, an externally accessible SIMM socket supporting Bluetooth/WiFi/WiMax communications, and an internal GPS module supporting internal / external antennas. Video capture and playback interfaces supported worldwide NTSC/PAL/SECAM codecs with real-time hardware compression while having the capability to project digital video out in VGA/DVI interfaces with a single connector.