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Thread: Anyone know what this is? Some sort of late 90's mpeg2 PCI card and daughterboard

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    Default Anyone know what this is? Some sort of late 90's mpeg2 PCI card and daughterboard

    I'm helping a couple out with identifying special vintage electronic parts to resell.

    There are about 40 of these in an identical set, each in an antistatic bag. One was opened to take these pictures.

    https://ibb.co/mFYrXGz

    https://ibb.co/NVRMWqM

    It's some kind of PCI Mpeg2 processing board with a proprietary daughter board. Video processing for a networked server perhaps? I see coaxial type network LAN ports on the daughterboard.

    On the antistatic bag it reads this stuff. The husband told it to me over the phone:

    Philips

    RTR 4000

    Visual P/N: RT daughterboard

    ECO number 703


    Minnesota Visual Circuit

    763-571-7588

    5155 E River Road Minneapolis, Minnesota

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    From a Google search, I found that:

    The LSI chips on the back are listed on online aviation plane parts catalogs.

    The manual for the 1998-dated Philips chips reads that they were used on devices that were used for desktop video, multimedia, digital television, image processing, and video phone.


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    Here is some links I found on the circuit boards and chips:

    https://www.usbid.com/parts/L64002DQC27

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/L64002DQC-2...YAAOSwGohbmpoh

    https://www.digipart.com/part/L64002DQC-27

    https://www.digchip.com/datasheets/p...7111WP-pdf.php

    http://www.komponenten.es.aau.dk/fil...ar/SAA7111.pdf

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-x-10-SA...4AAOSwZy1d2q3Y

    http://downloaddrivers7.blogspot.com...a-7111-wp.html

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    So is the Philips saa 7111 wp is a TV tuner card for a personal computer or some other device? Are those coaxial network ports on the daughterboard next to it used for video signal for a network? IDK.
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    This company below (Focus Enhancements) share the same 5155 E River Road address:

    https://www.usindustry.us/company-fo...idley-mn-37224

    https://www.crunchbase.com/organizat...ction-overview

    https://www.crunchbase.com/funding_r...cing--257d3c12

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/focus-enhancements

    https://www.manta.com/c/mmg1359/focus-enhancements-inc

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    Debt financing in 1994? So this company, (Focus Enhancements) had financial difficulties and went bankrupt? Seems so, because a company called Avex shares the exact same street address.
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    https://www.goavex.com/

    https://www.goavex.com/in-house-av-p...isual-services
    https://www.crunchbase.com/search/fu...s-enhancements

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    Searching for RTR 4000 pulled up this strange equipment that looks unrelated, but I thought I'd still show it.

    https://www.gcts.com/pdf/products/Ra...(RTR-4000).pdf

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    Thank you very much for any help and info you can provide.

    ComputerDude92
    Last edited by computerdude92; December 6th, 2019 at 03:08 AM.

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    I suspect the Minnesota card is part of a composite video camera to VGA monitor switching component board, there looks to be an LED display at the edge with the pin connectors. I suspect there are chips missing from that board.

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    My bet is on an 8-channel Standard Definition PC-based security DVR with additional digital I/O for trigger inputs and remote control outputs.

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    Yep. Had a March Networks DVR setup with a couple of very similar boards that was installed around 2000. Standard NTSC composite input, hardware mpeg encoders.

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    Looks like a visualcircuits Reeltime MPEG-2 playback card. Did some prototyping with an earlier version for museum video server applications in the late 90s.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/112840613689

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    Not trying to rain on any parade too hard, but in reality something like this has very little to no value today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eswan View Post
    Yep. Had a March Networks DVR setup with a couple of very similar boards that was installed around 2000. Standard NTSC composite input, hardware mpeg encoders.
    I second this.

    High end PC based analog DVRs used grabber cards like this up until around 2006 before IP NVRs started to supplant analog CCTV. There's no market for analog CCTV these days besides the garbage trunk slammer variants which you can pick up at Walmart/Best Buy/etc and the Chinese have cornered that market with cheap custom boards using ARM CPUs and a couple of ASICs for encoding poor quality video.

    About the only value you'd get from these cards is finding people that have an ancient system that utilizes these cards. You could try tossing them up on the bay using as many keywords as you can to cast a net for people trying to find these cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiGaBiTe View Post
    I second this.

    High end PC based analog DVRs used grabber cards like this up until around 2006 before IP NVRs started to supplant analog CCTV.
    Sure. Except it's a decoder not a "grabber".

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