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Aitech M597 - Radeon E4690 Video & Graphics PMC

Dual Independent Graphics Heads, 512 MB GDDR3, Analog and Digital Video Inputs/Outputs


Aitech's M597 graphics and video PMC provides a high-performance, highly versatile embedded graphics and video solution for harsh environment applications. Designed around the AMD/ATI E4690 Graphics Dual Head Processing Unit with its 512 MB GDDR3 SDRAM frame buffer array, the M597 can simultaneously drive two independent video streams in a wide variety of output formats. It integrates multiple supporting hardware engines such as graphics language accelerators, parallel processing engines, video and audio de-compression units, and more.

The M597 supports the most advanced graphics and video standards including DirectX, OpenGL, and H.264, as well as multiple and versatile analog and digital graphics/video input and output protocols. Most of the standard M597 output video channels are provided through E4690 native integrated video ports. Additional video output protocols/formats and all video inputs are provided by an optional sophisticated FPGA residing alongside the E4690 GPU, to complement the GPU's capabilities.

In addition, the M597 provides advanced video overlay functionality. The E4690 processor generates the graphics images, superimposes an input from one of the various video formats, and drives the result to a monitor. A second overlay process can be implemented simultaneously on the independent second stream, using a different video input. This process can be routed to the FPGA for output on an interface not supported natively by the GPU.

The M597 is equipped with graphic BIOS (by AMD/ATI), making it available for use in x86 based platforms including Microsoft Windows and several Linux distributions. For these platforms, standard software drivers (available from AMD/ATI) can be used. In addition, OpenGL packages are available to support the VxWorks and INTEGRITY RTOSes, and also to support PowerPC architectures.



FeaturesSingle Width PMC
PCI-X 64-bit @ 133 MHz Connectivity

E4690 Embedded GPU @ up to 600 MHz
• Dual Independent Graphics Heads
• 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM @ up to 700 MHz with 128-bit interface

Video Capture and Video Overlay Support
Video I/O Routed to PMC Front Panel and P4 I/O Connectors
Full 2D/3D processing capabilities
OpenGL 3.x, OpenGL ES 2.0,
OpenGL SC 1.0
DirectX 10.1
UVD (Unified Video Decoder) supporting H.264, VC-1, and MPEG-2 decoding
Audio decoding (for HDMI)
BIOS Flash memory
Conduction and Air-Cooled Versions
Vibration and Shock Resistant
ConnectionsDigital Outputs configurable as DVI or HDMI
Non-interlaced RGBHV Outputs
Analog TV Output
• Composite, S-Video
• RS-170A (NTSC)/PAL

Video Input Interfaces
• Composite Video Inputs, supporting RS-170A (NTSC)/PAL
• SD-SDI/HD-SDI Inputs


ExpansionSingle Width PMC
PCI-X 64-bit @ 133 MHz Connectivity
ElectricalRefer to datasheet
MechanicalAir-Cooled Dimensions: per ANSI/VITA 42.0
Conduction-Cooled Dimensions: per ANSI/VITA 42.0
Conformal CoatingConformal coating on request
SoftwareThe M597 is available with several GPU versions for use with different operating systems (see Ordering Information).
Two versions support VxWorks and INTEGRITY, and the other supports Windows and various distributions of Linux.
TemperatureSeries-100 Commercial
• Temperature range (operation): 0 to +55C
• Temperature range (storage): -40 to +85C

Series-200 Rugged
• Temperature range (operation): -40 to +71C
• Temperature range (storage): -50 to +100C

Series-400 Military
• Temperature range (operation): -55 to +85C
• Temperature range (storage): -62 to +125C

Ruggedization level is determined in the part numbering scheme - refer to datasheet for further details
HumiditySeries-100 Commercial: 0-90%
Series-200 Rugged, Series-400 Military: 0-95% or 0 to 100% with coating
WeightAir-cooled: < 270g
Conduction cooled: < 170g (with heatsink)
AltitudeSeries-100 Commercial: 15,000ft
Series-200 Rugged, Series-400 Military: 70,000ft
VibrationSeries-100 Commercial
• Random (g2/Hz): 20-2000Hz/0.02 g2/Hz
• Sine (g PEAK): 10-100Hz/2g

Series-200 Rugged
• Conduction-cooled: Random (g2/Hz): 20-2000Hz/0.1 g2/Hz
• Conduction-cooled: Sine (g PEAK): 50-500Hz/10g
• Air-Cooled: Random (g2/Hz): 20-2000Hz/0.04 g2/Hz
• Air-Cooled: Sine (g PEAK): 10-100Hz/2g

Series-400 Military
• Conduction-cooled: Random (g2/Hz): 20-2000Hz/0.1 g2/Hz
• Conduction-cooled: Sine (g PEAK): 50-500Hz/10g
• Air-Cooled: Random (g2/Hz): 20-2000Hz/0.04 g2/Hz
• Air-Cooled: Sine (g PEAK): 50-500Hz/5.5g
ShockSeries-100 Commercial: 20g/6mS
Series-200 Rugged: Conduction-cooled: 40g/11ms, 100g/6ms
Series-200 Rugged: Air-Cooled: 30g/11ms, 75g/6ms
Series-400 Military: Conduction-cooled: 40g/11ms, 100g/6ms
Series-400 Military: Air-Cooled: 30g/11ms, 75g/6mS
Warranty1 Year

Ordering Details

BoardRefer to datasheet for ordering part number scheme