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Alta-AN1 analogue frame grabber

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BitFlow has released its Alta-AN1 analogue frame grabber, offering cost-conscious semiconductor and industrial vision OEMs an inexpensive alternative to digital camera systems.

Versatile and requiring only simple cabling, the frame grabber can acquire from almost any analogue camera on the market, from high speed asynchronous-reset monochrome cameras to super high resolution colour HDTV cameras, saving the user the cost of a digital system (camera, cabling and frame grabber) where analogue resolution will suffice.

The Alta-AN1 is a half-size x4 PCI Express board supporting total data rate up to 1.0GB/s, and can be configured for unique triggering modes, gain/offset and destination buffers. It features a discrete analogue front end with three analogue-to-digital converters, plus provides power to the camera to further simplify its deployment.

BitFlow supports the frame grabber with its software development kit (SDK), available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms. The SDK is board family generic, meaning it will work with all of BitFlow's current and future frame grabbers. The kit provides drivers, DLLs and configuration utilities for those interested in using third party software.

While the Alta-AN1 supports a single camera, BitFlow also offers the Alta-AN2 for two cameras, and the Alta-AN4 for four. All BitFlow frame grabbers are manufactured in the United States.

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