FireBird frame grabbers
4 May 2011
Active Silicon has introduced the FireBird line of high-speed frame grabbers. The FireBird expands on the hugely successful Phoenix frame grabber range and brings the full capabilities of CoaXPress to the frame grabber market.
The FireBird-4xCXP6 PC card is the first frame grabber released in the line and uses the latest FPGA families, DDR3 memory, and fast gen 2 PCI Express interface. It provides simultaneous video acquisition from four CoaXPress links, each link supports up to 6.25Gb/s (CXP-6) while simultaneously providing a 20.8Mb/s uplink as well as 13W of power to the camera. For very fast devices, the links can be concatenated to provide multiples of the single coax bandwidth, for example a camera can use four links to support 25Gb/s transfer speeds. Long cable lengths are also supported - up to 40m at 6.25Gb/s and over 100m at 3.125Gb/s.
Drawing on Active Silicon's expertise in multi-operating systems support, the FireBird range will support Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, VxWorks and QNX. Embedded system versions, such as PC/104-Express and XMC cards will follow on next year.
Active Silicon was one of the main authors of the CoaXPress specification which is now a JIIA (Japan Industrial Imaging Association) standard.
All Active Silicon acquisition solutions are provided with an easy to use, yet comprehensive software development kit which allows integrators to develop applications quickly and simply, together with a range of built-in third-party software drivers for packages such as Common Vision Blox, Streampix, Matlab and LabView. Support is also provided for DirectShow and QuickTime interfaces.