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SPx Radar Scan Conversion

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Easily add PPI, A-Scan or B-Scan radar displays into your existing Windows or Linux software application.

Add Radar Displays with Minimal Code

Add real-time, smoothly-rotating radar images with programmable sweep or time-based fading into multi-layer graphics applications.

Our Radar Insertion technology allows the scan-converter to insert its image into your Windows/Linux application with minimal changes to the code.

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SPx Radar Scan Conversion
SPx Radar Scan Conversion

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Our radar scan conversion technology is field-proven in over 100 military vessels and has been deployed for airport surface movement, military surface and air surveillance and commercial coastal surveillance.

We are trusted by prime system integrators including BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin.

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Scan Conversion Options

The SPx library supports multiple scan conversion methodologies, including:

  • Scan-convert inside a client application using a C++ or .NET class library
  • Scan-convert in a separate process with a lightweight socket-based interface from a client (RDC method)
  • Scan-convert in a server and deliver images to Web-based client (eg. see SPx Radar Web Server
SPx Radar Scan Conversion

SPx Radar Scan Conversion Details

Extra Info

Software-based Radar Scan Conversion

The SPx scan-converter is state-of-the-art COTS software providing a high-performance, cost-effective radar scan conversion capability for Windows and X11 graphical environments.

The scan conversion software exploits the power of modern multi-core processors and graphics processor units (GPUs) to provide high performance, flexibility, low cost and freedom from proprietary hardware.

With the SPx library's scan conversion module you write the application software in Microsoft Windows (Win32, MFC, .NET) or Linux X11, optionally using a third-party toolkit. SPx provides the radar scan-conversion module which creates the radar picture and handles display mixing with the graphics - all using low-cost, easy-to-maintain hardware.

SPx Scan Conversion Application Development

The SPx library scan conversion module provides an Application Programming Interface (API) to control the processing and presentation of the radar video. A small number of calls from the application software to the module are used to set-up and dynamically configure the operation. Changes to window size, scale or display presentation are effected in real-time, to help ensure that the radar component of the display stays synchronised to changes in the other graphics layers. Updates to the contents of the scan-converted bitmaps can be reported to the application software at a programmable rate through one of a number of software event mechanisms, or else the scan-converter can directly update the screen itself to semi-transparently blend the radar video with the graphics. Either way, SPx supports real-time sector-based updates of the radar display or else lower frequency (quadrant or scans) as needed.

Extended Processing Capabilities

The SPx product family supports the addition of a number of radar processing modules to improve the presentation of the radar video. These include thresholding, filtering, clutter suppression and scan-to-scan integration. Optional recording capabilities are available in the compatible SPx library's recording module that records polar radar video to support, for example, incident recording or training applications.

Supports Low-cost Computing & Graphics Hardware

The SPx software scan-converter is a cost-effective solution for radar processing and display. By eliminating the special purpose hardware in your system, both capital and maintenance costs are reduced. The same software solution can be run on a variety of computing platforms from laptops through to high-end multi-core, multi-processor servers. By removing the dependence on proprietary hardware, we give system integrators the flexibility to use the most cost-effective hardware components. Beware vendors who will restrict your options for hardware selection and lock you in to a lifetime of expensive hardware, maintenance and proprietary interfaces. Cambridge Pixel is founded on the principles of open architecture, open systems, and extensible software components.

  • Software only, no special hardware
  • Flexible radar input options (network, hardware, test pattern)
  • PPI, A-Scan or B-Scan displays
  • Radars up to 240rpm
  • High-precision, sub-pixel accuracy
  • Multiple screen support
  • Multiple windows per screen
  • Multiple radars per window
  • Configurable radar colour and brightness
  • Range and azimuth correlation
  • Optional Processing library
    • Dynamic CFAR Thresholding
    • Filtering
    • Clutter suppression
    • Interference suppression
    • Scan to scan integration
  • Test pattern generator
  • Continuous zoom and off-centering
  • Trail retention on zoom
  • North-up, heading-up, course-up support
  • True and relative motion support
  • Real-time updates
  • Time-based or sweep-based fading
  • C/C++ library or .NET/Java interface
  • Full API for presentation control
  • Windows and Linux X11 support
SPx-Scan Datasheet
Cambridge Pixel Product Summary Brochure
SPx Development Brochure
SPx Radar Processing and Display Brochure
Scan Conversion Software Architectures App Note
Moving Target Detection and Multi Channel Scan Conversion Presentation App Note
Scan Conversion Trails Colours App Note
Scan Converting to a Bitmap App Note
Inserting Radar Video into an Existing Graphics Application App Note
Radar Solution
PPI Display
Radar Solution
A-Scan Display
Radar Solution
B-Scan Display
Radar Solution
Multicolour Display
Radar Solution
Multiple Fade Types
Radar Solution
Multiple Windows