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AD4-CL and VD4-CL frame grabbers

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Stemmer Imaging can now offer fast FPGA-based Camera Link frame grabbers from Silicon Software. The AD4-CL and VD4-CL are part of the popular microEnable IV family of frame grabbers. They are both PCIe x4 Camera Link frame grabbers featuring the new DMA 900 FPGA engine, offering data transfer rates of 900MB/s to the host PC for image acquisition. The boards are ideally suited as an OEM solution for image acquisition.

The microEnable IV VD4-CL features an additional FPGA vision processor, which provides powerful and fast image processing completely independently of the host CPU. FPGA designs can be quickly and easily programmed and tested using Silicon Software's VisualApplets programming environment. VisualApplets eliminates the need for expert FPGA programming and provides extensive and flexible image processing functionality for software developers plus rapid application development for developers and FPGA engineers.

Both boards support dual independent base, single medium or single full Camera Link cameras and their stable and robust operation offers exceptional price/performance. They also support add-ons such as the CLIO interface, which is used for data redistribution and the Trigger digital IO interface, which enables the integration of peripheral devices such as encoders or lighting. A PixelPlant interface is also available for the VD4-CL to provide additional hardware resources for the more complex image processing tasks. Other boards in the microEnable IV range offer Power over Camera Link (PoCL) and mini PoCL on a base Camera Link interface as well as providing support for Linux and QNX in addition to Windows.

The latest version of VisualApplets provides easy to use GUI access to more than 200 operators from machine vision libraries for real-time image and signal processing on the FPGA vision processor. Image processing functionality includes sensor corrections, image enhancement, colour processing, filtering, arithmetic operations and many more.

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