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MediaWall Processor Enhances Development of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the world's most advanced multi-role fighter. Manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corporation, the F-35 is equipped with next-generation avionics, stealth capability, network-enabled mission systems, sensor fusion, and weapons systems.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics recently expanded its Test Mission Control Facility in Fort Worth, Texas to support the development of the F-35 JSF. The facility is equipped with an extensive array of visualization sources, including a total of 27 high-resolution workstations. Image content consists of dynamic maps with aircraft positional tracking overlays, avionics data, and critical safety-of-flight parameters generated from the IADS (Interactive Analysis & Display System). Additionally, aircraft tests are monitored using various flight line, hangar, hover pit, and aircraft on-board video cameras. Previously, only a single computer source could be routed to each of three projectors via a matrix switch or patch panel. With the installation of the RGB Spectrum® MediaWall 2000® video processor, up to twelve inputs can be displayed simultaneously, with images contained within user definable windows across a seamless screen fed by up to four projectors. Inputs include RGB, DVI, and SD and HD video sources at resolutions to 1920 x 1200 pixels.

Source image flexibility and the proven reliability of the MediaWall 2000 led to its selection for this mission-critical program. Ease of installation and image quality provided the high performance expected of RGB Spectrum products from day one of operation.

The MediaWall processor's embedded pipeline architecture dedicates a unique pixel processing path to each input, assuring that each signal is given the computing capacity for real-time display, regardless of resolution and frame rate. In addition, each input signal is totally isolated from the Ethernet and serial port, offering secure image processing.

RGB Spectrum's technology is the de facto standard in demanding applications such as simulation, command-and-control, emergency operations, missile testing, security, and telemetry. Installations include the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter simulator program, the U.S. Army Future Combat Systems program, the U.S. Army Space and Strategic Defense Command, the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, and deployments on the U.S. Navy destroyer fleet, the Canada Navy frigate fleet, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is a leader in the design, development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and related technologies. Its customers include the military services of the United States and allied countries throughout the world. Products include the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, F-22 Raptor, F-16, F-117, F-2 and C-5, C-130, and C-141 transports. For more information, call (817) 777-2000 or visit www.lockheedmartin.com/aeronautics.

RGB Spectrum® is a leader in videographic and decision support system technologies. Products include the View™ family of video windowing systems, MediaWall® multi-screen display controllers, Linx™ matrix switchers, DGy™ digital recording system, DSx™ H.264 streaming and recording codecs, MultiPoint KvM™ control room decision support systems, and SynchroMaster® keyers and overlayers. RGB Spectrum is based in Alameda, California, and can be reached at 510-814-7000 and on the internet at http://www.rgb.com.