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iPORT NTx-W Embedded Video Interface

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Pleora Technologies, the world's leading supplier of high-performance video interfaces, today unveiled the world’s first embedded hardware solution for delivering real-time video over a standard IEEE 802.11 wireless link. With Pleora's iPORT™ NTx-W Embedded Video Interface, designers can quickly and easily integrate high-speed wireless connectivity into imaging systems where video cabling creates complexity, cost, and usability challenges. 

The iPORT NTx-W Embedded Video Interface streams uncompressed video with low, consistent latency at sustained throughputs of more than 150 Mb/s over an IEEE 802.11n wireless link. Video is transferred directly to a laptop, tablet, or single-board computer, eliminating the need for a desktop PC with an expensive frame grabber card. The ultra-compact hardware is easily integrated with core sensor electronics and is fully compliant with Version 2.0 of the GigE Vision® standard, simplifying its use in multi-vendor environments.

“In many imaging applications, video cabling is cumbersome and adds system complexity and component costs,” said Kimm Krueger, Vice President of Marketing, Pleora Technologies. "Our iPORT NTx-W Embedded Hardware allows imaging system manufacturers to solve these end-user challenges with real-time wireless video capability that is reliable, standards compliant, and works with almost any type of computer as the end-point." 

Pleora's iPORT NTx-W Embedded Video Interface meets growing demand for wireless video connectivity in medical, military, transportation, and industrial automation applications. In medical imaging, for example, Pleora’s wireless solution can be embedded in a flat panel detector (FPD) that can be moved between wall stands, bucky tables, or portable X-ray imaging systems. 

The portable medical imaging equipment can be better positioned in a crowded operating room, at the bedside, or for patients with limited mobility, allowing for a wider array of examinations without interference from unwieldy cables. The embedded hardware wirelessly transfers real-time video from the FPD directly to a computing platform for display, analysis, and recording. The iPORT NTx-W reduces system cost and complexity by eliminating the need for a standalone 802.11n bridge to connect imaging devices to a wireless network, or a PCIe frame grabber at each endpoint to capture image data transmitted using proprietary or uncommon wireless formats.

In free-flow traffic tolling systems that must operate 24x7 in all weather conditions, Pleora’s highly reliable wireless video interface is easily embedded into cameras to eliminate expensive video cabling, setup, and networking components. The iPORT NTx-W provides a large frame buffer, allowing fast sensor readout of high data rate images and metered delivery of data over the wireless link directly to a small form factor, lower power processing platform that can be located at the roadside for more convenient maintenance. The embedded video interface firmware can be upgraded via the wireless link, further simplifying in-field maintenance. 

Reliable Wireless Performance

To ensure reliable wireless performance, s W combines the guaranteed video delivery mechanisms incorporated in the GigE Vision standard with flow control that adapts video transport to link speed.  The embedded hardware supports 3x3 MIMO (multiple input/multiple output) and dual band for improved range and noise immunity, standard encryption modes for security, and access point and client modes for flexible networking configurations.  

To speed development time and reduce costs, designers can choose from a selection of antennae pre-certified for use in over 80 countries.  At the computing platform, the iPORT NTx-W is supported by Pleora’s feature-rich eBUS™ SDK application tool kit and drivers, which allows designers to rapidly prototype and deploy production-ready software. The eBUS software suite uses a single set of functions to receive video over wireless 802.11n links, future wireless connections based on IEEE 802.11ac, 10 GigE, GigE, and USB 3.0. This simplifies applications design and reduces the support costs of portfolios with multiple interface offerings.