Active Silicon: New FireBird Camera Link Deca Low Profile Frame Grabber
Active Silicon’s latest addition to the state-of-the-art FireBird series is the FireBird Camera Link Deca Low Profile board.
This newly developed frame grabber is available in two form-factors – a full height version with front panel IO and a low profile/half-height version. The low profile design allows the FireBird Low Profile board to be used in small embedded PC enclosures and rackmount cases where full height PC cards are not suitable. A full height bracket option is available for use in standard PC form-factor enclosures.
This FireBird Camera Link Deca board conforms to the latest version 2.0 Camera Link specification, including both 80 bit modes: 8 bit 10-tap and 10 bit 8-tap modes – often referred to as Camera Link “Deca”, at clock rates up to 85 MHz. The Gen2 x4 PCIe bus can sustain a continuous 1.7Gbytes/s throughput and is fast enough to cope with the full data rate that the Camera Link Deca interface can support. Support is provided for capture from two simultaneous Base Camera Link cameras, as well as single Base, Medium and Full configurations. Power over Camera Link (PoCL) is also provided.
FireBird uses Active Silicon’s proprietary DMA Engine technology, ActiveDMA. This technical innovation applies RISC based processor techniques and guaranties zero CPU intervention, high speed and very low latency image data transfers.
An easy to use, comprehensive Software Development Kit allows integrators to develop applications quickly and effectively, together with a range of third-party software drivers for packages such as Cognex VisionPro, Common Vision Blox, Halcon, StreamPix, LabView etc.
The FireBird range includes support for Windows 32 bit and 64 bit but also support for Linux, Mac OS X, and QNX. FireBird also supports GenICam, making this frame grabber compatible with all Camera Link cameras that support the CLProtocol, including those using GenCP. A GenTL Producer is provided as part of the FireBird driver installation.