Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Display Core Technology

Barco's new Mission Display Units, the MDU-254 and the MDU-268.
The Apollo PrismaII Series.
Proview SR80 HMD from Rockwell Collins.
Panasonic's TH-50PZ700U.
Pacer's new Varitronix TFT LCD Display.
NEC Display offers the MultiSync LCD2690WUXi and the MultiSync LCD2690WUXi.
DuPont(TM) Direct Bonding.

By Allison Niles

Barco (Orlando, Fla.) has brought out a new line of Mission Display Units that combines the technology of high-performance cockpit displays with the cost-efficiency of cabin-grade airborne mission display solutions. Fully compatible with night and daylight video cameras, moving maps, computers and radar inputs, the new display line, named MDU-2000, offers an innovative mission solution for an array of military and paramilitary helicopters and aircraft. The new MDU-2000 family includes a 5-inch-by-4-inch landscape MDU-254 and a 6-inch-by-8-inch MDU-268 that can be used in landscape as well as portrait orientation.

Barco's MDU-2000 displays are equipped with Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (AMLCD) and advanced LED backlight technology, presenting cockpit crews with sunlight-readable images, rich in contrast and with a large palette of grayscales. Moreover, the use of advanced electronics gives an MDU very compact dimensions, low weight and low power consumption.

The MDU-2000 family accepts a digital video input (DVI) as well as most of the currently available analog video inputs. This, combined with a Picture-in-Picture functionality, offers system integrators the flexibility to show single or multiple video sources on the same display area, thereby providing extended mission situational awareness. The sophisticated MDU-2000s are DO-178B (software) and DO-254 (hardware) certified up to level C for the DVI input.

The new PRISMA II series of RGB/DVI/Video Converter Boards from Apollo Display Technologies (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) provide a range of cost-effective solutions with analog control for connecting TFT LCDs to standard graphics and/or video interfaces. Input signals such as analog RGB, analog video or DVI are automatically converted into TTL or LVDS signals accepted by TFT displays.

PRISMA II series boards scale the input signal to the appropriate TFT resolution as needed. A dynamic OSM (On-Screen-Menu) enables the user to make adjustments to any of the LCD's display attributes, such as adjusting the brightness, contrast, color, auto adjust, etc. An external OSD (on-screen display) control button board is optional for all PRISMA II series converter boards.

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