Posted by Gregory Sikkens, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

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The graphics display support built directly into the latest generations of Intel Core i7 processors is now more than sufficient for providing video processing for many types of low- to mid-end deployed military applications. The use of a Single-Board Computer (SBC) that features an “Ivy Bridge,” “Sandy Bridge,” or “Haswell” class of Intel processor can often eliminate the need for an additional embedded card such as a dedicated 3U VPX or XMC graphics display module. However, there are a number of cases in which an integrated Intel graphics approach won’t be able to meet the requirements of a particular military system, either because of performance, lack of support for specific hardware interface types, or the lack of software drivers for supporting OpenGL in real-time operating environments and safety certification.

At the low- to mid-end of video-display applications, the graphics processing capability of the newest Intel processors is typically satisfactory. For example, if the graphics processor will be used to drive a mission computer type of Human Machine Interface (HMI) to an HD touchscreen video display, the integrated Intel GPU will be able to handle the job. On the other hand, if the application places great demands on system memory and has critical performance requirements, the integrated GPU might not be sufficient because of the shared-memory model used by the Intel processors. Applications that require intensive processing and near-real-time display of complex images, such as digital mapping systems, need to be closely analyzed to ensure that the use of integrated graphics will suffice.[Continue reading →]

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The graphics display support built directly into the latest generations of Intel Core i7 processors is now more than sufficient for providing video processing for many types of low- to mid-end deployed military applications. The use of a Single-Board Computer (SBC) that features an “Ivy Bridge,” “Sandy Bridge,” or “Haswell” class of Intel processor can often eliminate the need for an additional embedded card such as a dedicated 3U VPX or XMC graphics display module. However, there are a number of cases in which an integrated Intel graphics approach won’t be able to meet the requirements of a particular military system, either because of performance, lack of support for specific hardware interface types, or the lack of software drivers for supporting OpenGL in real-time operating environments and safety certification.

At the low- to mid-end of video-display applications, the graphics processing capability of the newest Intel processors is typically satisfactory. For example, if the graphics processor will be used to drive a mission computer type of Human Machine Interface (HMI) to an HD touchscreen video display, the integrated Intel GPU will be able to handle the job. On the other hand, if the application places great demands on system memory and has critical performance requirements, the integrated GPU might not be sufficient because of the shared-memory model used by the Intel processors. Applications that require intensive processing and near-real-time display of complex images, such as digital mapping systems, need to be closely analyzed to ensure that the use of integrated graphics will suffice.[Continue reading →]

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