Curtiss-Wright announces RVG-FC1 Rugged Video Format Converter at 2018 HAI Heli-Expo

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 RVG-FC1, a Rugged Video Gateway Format Converter.

The RVG-FC1 weighs only 1.1 kilogram and operates at <15W, which means that it can easily fit into the size, weight and power (SWaP) constrained cockpits. Curtiss-Wright Photo
The RVG-FC1 weighs only 1.1 kilogram and operates at <15W, which means that it can easily fit into the size, weight and power (SWaP) constrained cockpits. Curtiss-Wright Photo
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As modern video equipment is rapidly integrated into airborne and ground aerospace and defense platforms, system developers are often confronted with the complex burden of converting older legacy video formats to work with a newer video management system. The time and effort needed to integrate a myriad of legacy and modern video formats and resolutions can add program risk and slow deployment.

The RVG-FC1 provides a simple yet powerful solution for converting a wide range of video formats and resolutions. This small, compact 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 (see list below). 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, senior vice president and general manager, 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.”

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