SoftScan Radar Scan Conversion Package

This embedded computing radar product portfolio provides ultra-high radar scan-conversion performance using unique graphics processor unit (GPU)-accelerated algorithms. Utilizing the power and performance of today's modern COTS graphics offerings, SoftScan provides unrivalled scan conversion performance with minimal CPU utilization.

Through SoftScan radar data can be displayed in a range of formats - Plan Position Indicator (PPI), A-Scan and B-Scan. SoftScan supports input of polar format radar video directly from radar acquisition hardware or from an RVP Server through a standard network connection. GPUs provide the signal processing power necessary for supporting powerful algorithms that prevent holes and spokes in the displayed image even in applications that require zooming in at long range, while ensuring the display of all single point targets.

GPU-accelerated algorithms enable SoftScan to significantly outperform CPU-hosted implementations. Backed by the GPU, SoftScan supports high-resolution displays, such as 2k x 2k or 2k5 x 2k, without affecting overall performance.

Libraries included with SoftScan enable users to create applications that allow rendered radar video to be displayed in one or more windows. The libraries also allow users to add other video data, such as charts and track symbology, to the windows as an unlimited number of overlays and underlays. SoftScan's application programming interface (API) enables users to control in real time all radar display parameters, such as window sizing, zooming, programmable fade and color. The libraries also enable users to add capabilities specific to their applications.

The SoftScanRDS product uses SoftScan libraries to implement a turnkey radar display console application, able to render multiple radar sources in multiple windows under operator control. Radar video input from Curtiss-Wright acquisition hardware and from the RVP (Radar Video Processor) is supported. SoftScanRDS can be used to reduce the time required to implement a full radar console system. Available for Windows-based platforms, SoftScanRDS is also able to display track symbology from track reports supplied by RVP servers.

SoftScan requirements include an Intel system with a GPU supported by an OpenGL2 (or later) driver and full support for pixel shaders. A range of graphics cards, verified for SoftScan interoperability, may be used. Supported operating systems include Linux, Windows XP and Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit). The Curtiss-Wright design center may be contacted for information on support of other system configurations.

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  • GPU accelerated software scan conversion
  • Ultra-high radar display performance
  • PPI, A-Scan, B-Scan Display
  • Multiple radar display windows
  • Multiple radar sources per window
  • Real-time resizable and movable windows
  • Very low CPU utilization
  • Comprehensive software API
  • US and Foreign patents applied for

 

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