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Sep 6, 2004

From Eurotech SpA

Eurotech New Embedded MPEG-4 Compressor module with 4 independent videocomposite channels

Contact Name: Andrea Cargnelutti
Contact Email: a.cargnelutti@eurotech.it
WebSite: http://www.eurotech.it/

Eurotech today announced a new high performance four-channel MPEG-4 Video Compressor that supports real-time video encoding: the CTR-1472.  
The CTR-1472 provides a high quality solution for use in professional video and Embedded PC systems based on PC/104-Plus modules. It enables a wide range of applications including video and audio capturing and encoding for Security systems, Web Cameras, Digital VCR and Embedded video editing systems.  
The CTR-1472 can be used to capture analog video streams (from PAL/NTSC cameras, VCR and other video sources) up to four cameras at the same time with the following modalities: up to 30 frames/sec on one camera full screen (live); up to 30 frames/sec on two cameras 1/2 screen (live); up to 30 frames/sec on four cameras 1/4 screen (live). Furthermore the CTR-1472 can encode frames in MPEG-4 and send them to a host via PCI BUS. Thanks to its dedicated hardware and rate control algorithm, it can produce a high quality MPEG4 video stream. The board is provided with an analog video output channel to perform a real time monitoring of the recording sequence.  
The module can also capture a single frame from the live video input and store it into the on board SDRAM frame buffer.  
The CTR-1472 is PC/104-Plus compliant and can resist vibrations and temperature extremes: the customer will be able to take advantage of his high-resolution live video encoder also where rugged environmental conditions and space constraints are decisive factors.  
Eurotech develop and market complete embedded solutions: Single Board Computers and add-on modules compliant with the PC/104, PC/104-Plus and CompactPCI market standards. 
Innovative technology and specific know-how allow Eurotech to provide OEM products for system integrators (ASES: Application-Specific Embedded Systems). Based on a PCx86 open architecture, these products guarantee a very short time-to-market by consistently reducing the interval between the starting idea and the finished product. Besides, they take in charge the whole problem of device implementation, leaving the integrator free to concentrate on the main project.  
PC architecture allows to select the processor’s performance (ranging from 386 to Pentium III) and to install any of the operating systems available on the market (Windows XP Embedded, CE-Net, Linux, QNX, VxWorks, DOS). Eurotech provides the CPU modules and the related Board Support Packages (BSP); the add-on modules come with device drivers that speed up the writing of the application software.  
Eurotech’s products are built using off-the–shelf components (COTS); nevertheless, they can be supplied in a rugged version, with features like tropicalization, extended temperature range, vibration resistance and so on, which ensure high reliability in harsh environments.  
Eurotech provides interesting applications in the field of intelligent transportation (ITS). We offer OEM solutions for vehicle location (AVL) and vehicle management (AVM), terminals for client assistance and information, while security is ensured by digital event recording (DVR). Specific interfaces can be implemented according to our customer’s requirements, including GPS/DGPS location devices, GSM/GPRS (vehicle WAN) and Wi-Fi 802.11a,b,g (vehicle LAN) radio communications, up to Bluetooth for peripheral devices.