Electronic Design

Multi-display Controller Handles High-End Graphics

MENmicro-A-5864-AThe G214, a 3U CompactPCI serial multi-display controller board, is targeted for use in video surveillance, simulators, professional A/V equipment, digital signage and other embedded applications requiring compute-intensive GPGPUs (general purpose graphics processing units). It is based on the latest AMD Radeon E6760 GPU 600-MHz 3D graphics engine. A single G214 can independently control up to six different high-res displays. In a pure CompactPCI serial configuration, the board can control up to seven multi-display boards with four ports each, totaling 28 different displays, for applications that require multiple screens networked on one system. The single displays can be merged into one large picture or deliver different content. The board’s advanced graphics engine also comes with a third-generation unified video decoder that enables dual HD decoding of H.264, VC-1, MPEG4 and MPEG2 compressed video streams. Included on the board are four DisplayPort 1.2 interfaces that each has a maximum resolution of 4096 by 2560 pixels at 60 Hz and a color depth of 24 bpp. It can also be equipped with a wider front panel that offers two additional DisplayPorts each with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels. Six SIMD engines combined with 80 processing elements provide 480 shaders that deliver up to 576 GFLOPS of peak single-precision floating-point performance, highly useful in ultrasound, radar and video imaging applications. Power consumption is a maximum of 35 W. The board can withstand shock up to 50 m/s2 for 30 ms as well as 1 m/s2 (functioning) and 7.9 m/s2 (lifetime) of vibration from 5 Hz to 150 Hz. Operating temperature range is 0°C to 60°C with a minimum airflow of 1.5 m/s. Storage temperature is -40°C to 85°C. The G214 supports OpenGL 4.1 and is OpenCL-compliant: AMD APP, OpenCL 1.1 and DirectCompute 11. Pricing for the G214 is $1,344. Delivery is six to eight weeks.


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