Telephonics Selects Quantum3D Thermite TVC for Mounted Warrior Demo

Quantum3D(R), Inc., a leading provider of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS), open-architecture, realtime visual computing products and solutions, announced today at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Conference that Telephonics(R) Corporation, a subsidiary of the Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF) has selected the Thermite(R) Tactical Visual Computer (TVC) for use in Telephonics’ Multi-Media Communications Technology Demonstrator for the U.S. Army Mounted Warrior (MW) Ensemble.

Mounted Warrior Ensemble with Thermite TVC Image Courtesy Telephonics Corp.
Mounted Warrior Ensemble with Thermite TVC — Image Courtesy of Telephonics

The MW Ensemble is an integrated soldier-fighting system intended to enhance the lethality, battle-command compatibility, survivability, mobility, and sustainability of mounted and dismounted Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) infantry soldiers. When equipped with Multi-Media Communications Technology, the MW Ensemble facilitates the sharing of battlefield multi-media information between soldiers, vehicles and command elements and further integrates individual soldiers into the chain of command by providing interoperability with the digital command and control of other platforms. More information on the U.S. Army Mounted Warrior Program (pdf) may be found online.

The purpose of the MW Multi-Media Technology Demonstrator is to assess the benefits of integration of low-data rate battlefield video sources including driver enhanced video, FBCB2 data, situational awareness and reconnaissance data and weapons targeting video into a Stryker unit. A key component of the system is the Therrmite TVC, which is optimized for man-wearable, battery powered applications and which enables dismounted soldiers using software to relay specific multi-media data including video and images via Telephonics TruLink(TM) wireless intercommunications system to and from Stryker or other vehicles as well as to other MW Multi-Media Communications equipped soldiers. The Thermite TVC also enables the video/image data being captured and/or relayed to be displayed on the soldier’s monocular HMD monocle or via a hand-held LCD available for the MW Ensemble.

The Mounted Warrior Multi-Media Communications Technology Demonstrator will be on display in the General Dynamics C4 Systems Booth (No. 624) during the AUSA Conference at the Washington DC Convention Center Washington, DC October 9-11, 2006. Quantum3D will also be demonstrating Thermite TVC and the Company’s complete line of Embedded Visual Computing products and solutions in the Quantum3D Booth (No. 2249) and in select partner booths at the Conference.

“Thermite was specifically designed for use in man-wearable and vehicle-based tactical visual computing applications, so it’s a natural fit for the Mounted Warrior Multi-Media Communications Technology Demonstrator,” said Ross Q. Smith, Quantum3D president and co-founder. “All of us at Quantum3D look forward to working with the Telephonics team as they put this system through its paces which, we believe, will ultimately help our soldiers maintain information superiority on the battlefield.”

About Thermite Tactical Visual Computer
Thermite TVC is Quantum3D’s innovative, small form factor, COTS tactical PC that combines low-power, mobile CPU technology with advanced embedded 2D/3D graphics with video capture and display, and comprehensive I/O and wired/wireless communications capabilities in a ruggedized, sealed alloy enclosure with Mil-Spec connectors that is optimized for hosting C4ISR, C2, embedded training and other graphics and video intensive applications in both man-wearable and vehicle-based deployed environments. Designed to enable the rapid migration of PC-based applications from benign to extended environments and to reduce the footprint of legacy embedded systems, Thermite TVC supports both Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems. For surveillance and sensor applications, Thermite TVC also includes advanced video-capture and video-display functionality, with support for color space conversion, scaling, and overlays for NTSC, PAL, S-Video, and RS-170A formats. THERMITE TVC is available with both solid state and shock-resistant rotating disk drives and features comprehensive PC I/O and networking such as IEEE 802.3 Ethernet, USB 2.0, RS-232C, IEEE 802.11 and Bluetooth. Thermite is also available with popular military and civilian communications and I/O factory options including Mil-Std-1553B, EVDO, GPRS, Tactical/Secure Radios, CANBus and GPS.

About Telephonics Corporation
A subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), Telephonics’ ( broad based, high-tech engineering capabilities provide integrated information and communication systems solutions to both domestic and international markets. The company is organized into two operating divisions: Communications Systems, specializing in aircraft intercommunications, wireless and audio products; and Command Systems, specializing in traffic management systems, maritime surveillance radar and aerospace electronics; and one wholly-owned subsidiary, TLSI. Operating under the Telephonics umbrella, TLSI manufactures application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC) for the telecommunications, automotive and industrial security markets.

About Quantum3D
Quantum3D develops and markets COTS realtime, open-architecture Image Generation (IG) solutions, Embedded Visual Computing (EVC) systems and subsystems, development software and support services for the synthetic environment visual and sensor simulation and training and tactical and industrial visual computing markets. Quantum3D is a privately held company headquartered in San Jose, California, with development centers located in Phoenix, AZ, Huntsville, AL, and Orlando, FL and with sales and logistics in Europe via Quantum3D Ltd., located in Reading, UK.

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