State-of-the-Art Graphics Controller for Visual Display Systems


State-of-the-Art Graphic Controllers for Visual Display Systems

netPIX 4900 is a network based graphic controller for the management of video wall systems, single displays or projectors. Through its MultiScreen-ability any display surfaces can be realised. The controller creates a big joined desktop for network-applications, video and graphic sources. At the heart of the NPX-4900 works the powerful SBC in combination with the new 11× slot backplane with Switch Fabric. The new NPX-4900 Controller offers an ultra high performance bus, cost-effective INTEL XEON® CPUs, 64Bit technology and high bandwidth through a Switch Fabric bus with 192GB/s. These new technologies guarantee the revolutionary and powerful performance of the next generation of the netPIX family in any control room application.

The NPX-4900 provides multiple analog and digital video and graphic connectivity with input cards. Through the new Switch Fabric architecture, video and graphic sources can be displayed simultaneously on the display wall in full frame rates. All analog and digital Video-/RGB-/DVI- and IP Streaming data is transmitted with up to 192 GB/s without any dependencies on the system.

The advantages of NPX-4900 controllers:

  • Increased number of output connectors
  • Simple system architecture
  • Expandable for future system upgrades
  • Improved performance

System Architecture

The NPX-4900 controller relies on new SBC (Single Board Computer) technology. This technology is based on Intel® XEON® technology and supports up to two Processors. This guarantees a high-quality presentation of applications.

  • Up to two Intel XEON® Processor
  • High-end server components for highest availability
  • 8GB DDR3 ECC RAM (expandable up to 32GB)
  • DUAL Gigabit Ethernett

System Availability

  • Redundant power supply units, hot swappable
  • Redundant SATA Solid State Disk with RAID1 or RAID5
  • Paragon Backup & Recovery with Factory Reset on USB-Stick gives the possibility to restore the controller in minutes to the factory reset or to a self-done image.
  • The controllers from the netPIX 4900 series are built in compliance with eyevis ISO 9001 certificated production processes to meet the specific requirements of each customer.
  • The netPIX 4900 series is the best controller for standard control rooms with high availability.
  • NERC CIP security compliance including information logging, user(s) verification, Active directory and server redundancy. All for critical installations with view to proposed new 2016 compliance regulation.
  • Galera Cluster Support: Advantages: protected against single point of failure, no interruption maintenance possible, load-balancing possible and scalable.

Desktop Management & Operating System

  • Because of its MultiScreen-ability, any data and application can be displayed simultaneously; they can also be positioned and resized freely on the entire video wall. The operator has a big desktop with a very high resolution at his disposal, which will be multiplied by the size of the wall.
  • Windows® 7 Ultimate 64bit and Windows® Server 2008/R2 are supported
  • Up to 32GB RAM inside the systems for memory intensive applications
  • Huge Windows desktop with up to 32000×32000 pixel depending on the size of the system
  • Standard Windows® & X11 applications (optional) and SCADA software can be displayed on the wall with no restrictions.
  • Windows®-based applications can be displayed simultaneously with any other input signals like video, IP-video and RGB/DVI.

Bus System

The core of the system is the ultra-fast PCIe Switch Fabric with PCIe X8 slots and a total bandwidth of 192GB/s for transmitting Windows® information, network data, video, digital streams and graphic signals to each output card. This guarantees a very high bandwidth without decreasing frame rates when numerous inputs are displayed simultaneously..

Input Signal Processing

NPX-4900 controllers can be equipped with various input cards for video, RGB/DVI-HDSDI and IP signals. All input signal windows can be moved, scaled and placed freely on the display wall.

  • The input cards provide state-of-the-art video processing resulting in superb quality
  • Huge number of cards per system possible
  • Easy to upgrade for future system expansion

Analog Video Input Board

  • Up to 128 video signals in one system
  • Up to 32 video windows can be displayed with every display output
  • Composite BNC or S-Video (Y/C)

IP Decoder Board

  • Up to 512 video signals in one system
  • Simultaneous decoding of up to 32 channels in native D1 resolution per IP-decoder board
  • Simultaneous decoding of up to 8 channels in native Full HD resolution per IP-decoder board
  • Simultaneous decoding of up to 2 channels in native UHD/4K resolution per IP-decoder board
  • Supports MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264, MJPEG

RGB / DVI Input Boards

  • Display of the source output in freely moveable, scalable and placeable windows on the display wall
  • Up to 40 RGB/DVI input sources
  • Input Signals:
    - NEW: Up to 4096×2048 with the new DVI Input Card
    - DVI Single Link up to 1920×1200
    - DVI Dual Link up to 2560×1600
    - Analog up to 2048×1536

SDI Inputs

  • Display of the source output in freely moveable, scalable and placeable windows on the display wall
  • Up to 20 SDI inputs
  • Video Modes: SD-SDI (480i/576i), HD-SDI (up to 1080i), 3G-SDI (up to 1080p) & 2k digital cinema modes

Output Graphics Processing

The new GPU with 128MB GDDR5 per output channel achieves a never seen graphic performance.

  • Digital outputs up to 2560×1600 pixels and HD format
  • Configurations up to 64 output channels
  • Multiple resolution modes for different output resolutions at the same time, for rectangle or none-rectangle display configurations*
  • Live preview support for each source connected with the eyeCON® wall management software
  • Under-lapping mode for narrow bezel displays*
  • Over-lapping mode for edge overlapping projections*
  • Pivot mode for landscape and portrait display*

* non-standard modes, available on request

Wall Management Software

For an easy management of large screen displays, we recommend to combine the eyeCON® wall management software with the netPIX controller. With this software, especially developed for large screen displays, the user has nearly unlimited possibilities for the management and operation of his display wall.