Smart Computer Displays
FEATURES: Multi-Function, Panel PCs, Smart Displays are LCD displays incorporating processing power beyond that required to support the display of incoming video alone. NLS offers three styles of Smart Displays: Panel PCs (PPCs) which are LCDS with integrated single board computers running under Windows or Linux operating systems, Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) which feature programmable bezel buttons operating under proprietary MCU/firmware control, and Backplane Workstations designed around a plug-in backplane architecture permitting great flexibility for incorporating different computers and other boards.
Each of these featured displays is available with various options.
Multi-Function Displays: PM-10.4-MFD
The NLS PM-10.4-MFD represents a technological advancement of MFD technology featuring an MCU controlled Dual-Mode Hi-Brite/NVIS backlight system to ensure optimal viewing under all cockpit lighting conditions from glaring sunlight down to night-time brightness levels compatible with NVG use. The PM-10.4-MFD is designed for installation in both Portrait and Landscape orientations. Powerful internal video rotation circuitry ensures that the images are always displayed in the proper orientation. The PM-10.4-MFD can be ordered with a number of different video input configurations, custom bezel button signage, output data sequences, and other options.
Backplane Workstation: RW-15
Standard features include a Hard Drive, DVD Read/Write ROM, SATA, USB and RS-232 Ports. A 15″ XGA LCD panel with armored resistive touchscreen is standard but other LCD panels and touchscreen options are available including Full HD.
The electrical generator system for powering the Universal Ground Control Station required a Smart Display running the generator manufacturer’s proprietary software application. The Smart Display had to conform to specific physical outer dimensions and fit into a pre-existing mounting space in the UGCS.
NLS Solution: CF-8-NP1
NLS modified an existing 10.4” COTS touchscreen display to conform to the prescribed physical outline dimensions. We changed the 10.4” LCD panel to an industrial grade 8.4” LCD to free up space to add front panel controls and LED indicators. Working in conjunction with the computer manufacturer, we designed a backplane breakout board for routing the various I/O, video and power signals from the computer to the appropriate destinations inside the display housing.
A key feature of the design was that in the event of a hardware failure, the whole computer can be quickly removed from the display system in the field and the failed component can be quickly replaced using spares, and put back on-line without the need to remove the whole PPC unit from a possibly secure area.