Point Grey Research, a manufacturer of advanced digital camera systems, has launched its FirePRO dual bus IEEE-1394b (FireWire) low profile PCI Express card.
Users can choose between single or dual bus FirePRO 1394b PCI Express cards. The dual bus option incorporates two LSI PCIe 1394b PHY/link OHCI chips that allow simultaneous image acquisition from up to 16 FireWire cameras, and total data throughput of 160Mb/s, using a single card. It increases throughput and minimises latency in the x1 PCIe serial link, and deep isochronous FIFO's on the host adapter minimise the possibility of data loss due to overflows. Each card is equipped with two bilingual 1394b ports with locking screw connection, internal power connector, and both standard and low profile PCIe mounting brackets.
Locking screw connectors and ports on all products not only guarantee a reliable connection through the entire 1394b network, but also reduce stress on internal electronics that can be caused by cable movement. All FirePRO products are fully compatible with IEEE-1394b and i.Link, and backward compatible with 1394a.