Curtiss-Wright’s Rugged Converter Helps Video Integration

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced that it has expanded its Rugged Video Gateway (RVG) family of COTS-based video management solutions with the introduction of the RVZG-FC1, a rugged video gateway format converter. As modern video equipment is rapidly integrated into airborne and ground aerospace and defense platforms, system developers are confronted with the burden of converting older legacy video formats to work with a newer video management system. The time and effort needed to integrate legacy and modern video formats and resolutions adds risk and slow deployment. The RVG-FC1 provides a simple solution for converting a wide range of video formats and resolutions.

The small unit (49 x 160 x 185 mm) weighs only 1.1 kg and operates at <15W, which means that it can easily fit into the size, weight and power (SWaP) constrained cockpits and interiors typical of helicopters and ground vehicles. This flexible unit supports 15 of the most common video formats and resolutions encountered in aerospace and defense video applications. Built to meet the rigorous DO-160 standard for avionics equipment operating temperature range, shock, vibration, and other environmental threats, the RVG-FC1 is the only video gateway on the market rugged enough to perform optimally in demanding deployed applications. It’s ideal for adding video format conversion in digital video systems on board manned and unmanned airborne and ground platforms.

“To maximize the warfighter’s situational awareness, increasing numbers of video cameras and display systems are being added on board platforms” said Lynn Bamford, SVP and GM, Defense Solutions division. “Making new video equipment work with legacy systems can be costly; older and newer video formats and resolutions must be made to talk to each other. Our new RVG-FC1 video gateway format converter eliminates the integration challenge while remaining SWaP sensitive.”