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Four-channel frame grabber

March 14, 2014
By Mary Del

BitFlow, Inc.’s Cyton CXP4 four-channel frame grabber — based on the CoaXPress standard — incorporates the Gen 2.0 x8 PCI Express bus interface on its back end. This, the company says, is an advancement that doubles the data rate of the Gen 1.0 bus for the ultimate high speed access to host memory in multi-camera systems, while using the same compact footprint and connectors. The Cyton CXP4 brings powerful development capabilities to machine vision, industrial automation and inspection, or surveillance design projects. By supporting the CoaXPress (CXP) standard on its front end, it facilitates video capture speeds of up to 6.250 Gigabits/second (Gb/S) in applications deploying one to four CXP-6 cameras. CXP also allows control commands, triggers and power to be sent to and from cameras over the same 75 Ohm coaxial cable, greatly reducing installation costs, the company says. The Cyton CXP4 supports not only simple triggering modes but also complicated, application-specific triggering and control interactions within any hardware environment. In addition, the Cyton promotes more application flexibility with its capability to be aggregated in support of even higher data rates (i.e., four links delivering 25 Gb/S of data).

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