Quantum3D Introduces First Obsolescence-Proof GPU in a PCI Express Mezzanine Card (XMC)

Sentiris AV1 Features Safety-Critical, Flight-Certifiable Graphics Processing Unit.

San Jose, CA, September 22, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) real-time visual computing solutions, today announced the availability of Sentiris AV1. The Sentiris AV1 PCI Express Mezzanine Card (XMC) was conceived to address the ongoing needs of high safety- and security-critical applications such as primary flight instrumentation and multi-level security (MLS) systems. Certifiable to DO-178B for software and DO-254 for hardware, Sentiris AV1 is the first XMC to offer an obsolescence-proof design. This is accomplished by leveraging a field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based video- and graphics-processing core instead of the traditional approach of using dedicated graphics processing units (GPUs), which are rapidly made obsolete by end-of-life (EOL) announcements.

Sentiris AV1 was built using a groundbreaking design approach. The hardware, the core of which is Xilinx’s Virtex 5 FPGA, is programmed as an embedded GPU that can be upgraded over the lifetime of the product. The company’s approach is different from traditional GPUs, however, in that it has fully DO-254 certifiable firmware rather than the traditional approach of obtaining a hardware waiver based on a statistical time test. While originally designed for applications such as flight-certified image generation, Sentiris AV1 is also applicable for other uses, such as real-time imaging for medical applications.

The product’s video- and graphics-processing capabilities with analog and HD-SDI video outputs enable three-dimensional graphics in cockpits and mission-critical applications in particular. Its upgradability means that, for the first time, safety-critical applications can be rapidly implemented without the fear of obsolescence as GPUs are quickly EOLed when new GPUs come to market. This is crucial for embedded applications requiring long lifecycles, robust performance, reliable operation and design flexibility to address future needs.

Integrators can use Sentiris AV1 with any operating system or CPU environment because the driver and all other software have been written from the ground up with DO-178B practices. This is in contrast to commercial GPUs, which are typically limited to Windows, Linux and x86 architectures with no access to source code.

Alan Commike, principal high-performance computing architect for Quantum3D, said, “Full DO-178B/DO-254 certifiability and the certain availability of a GPU are among the top problems facing embedded graphics systems designers in the safety-critical arena today. With its innovative design methodology, Sentiris AV1 meets these problems head on. Safety-critical systems designers will be able to choose a design option they can be comfortable certifying and then delivering on embedded programs as long as necessary. This hasn’t been done before in the safety-critical marketplace and we’re excited about what it means for this market.”

For more information about Quantum3D real-time visual computing solutions, please visit www.quantum3d.com.

Patterson & Associates
Barbara Stewart