FalconEye video-compression engine announced

JULY 29--MuTech Corporation (Billerica, MA; www.mutech.com), a manufacturer of high-accuracy, high-quality, leading-edge video-capture products for machine/industrial vision, robot vision, picture identification, traffic monitoring, image analysis, and security/surveillance, is now offering the FalconEye PCI bus wavelet-compression engine.

JULY 29--MuTech Corporation (Billerica, MA; www.mutech.com), a manufacturer of high-accuracy, high-quality, leading-edge video-capture products for machine/industrial vision, robot vision, picture identification, traffic monitoring, image analysis, and security/surveillance, is now offering the FalconEye PCI bus wavelet-compression engine. The FalconEye is a high-quality color/monochrome video digitizer/compression engine, capable of switching the video sources, digitizing, compressing, and storing the compressed video data to either fixed or removable media. The compressed data also can be transmitted to a local/remote location through LAN, WAN, or Internet.

The FalconEye supports colored (NTSC/PAL/Y-C) or monochrome (RS-170/CCIR) video sources. The on-board compression hardware is capable of processing 60 fields per second of CCIR601 format of digital video. The FalconEye provides up to 16 event inputs and two strobe outputs. Event inputs can be programmed with any combination of AND/OR to generate an alarm signal.

Videos from up to 16 cameras (Extended) can be selected for recording/transmission. Up to eight video sources are supported on the MDR-36 36-pin connector. The total number of active channels and the frame rate of each individual channel are programmable by software. A video output provides a preview of the selected channel on a video monitor.

The on-board compression engine, using wavelet-compression technology, provides a wide range of compression ratios. The compression ratio (or targeted code size) for each channel can be set independently. On alarm condition, the frame rate and/or the compression ratio can be changed to provide maximum information. The compression engine can be used to perform real time decompression. Or the host can do the decompression while the chip is working on normal recording. This is referred to as duplex operation.

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