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BitFlow has launched its Karbon-CXP line of frame grabbers, one of the world's first to incorporate the CoaXPress (CXP) standard for moving high-speed serial data from a camera to a frame grabber. Three Karbon-CXP models are available: single, dual and quad channel.

The board provides video acquisition at speeds up to 6Gb/s, as well as the ability to send control commands and triggers at 20Mb/s – all over a single piece of 75 Ohm coaxial cable up to 135m in length. Additionally, up to 13W of power can be transmitted to the camera along the cable.

CoaXPress provides a significant increase in quality, resolution and speed over analogue, flexible cabling.

BitFlow Karbon-CXP frame grabbers are CoaXPress 1.0 compliant, and support from one to four CXP cameras, as well as support up to four CXP multi-links (up to four links per camera). Other features include: supports CXP speeds from 1.250 to 6.250Gb/s; cameras are plug-and-play with automatic link speed detection; cameras can be accurately synchronised, or can be completely unsynchronised; PCI Express x8 interface (also works in x16 slots); separate I/O for each camera; highly deterministic, low latency frame grabber to camera trigger; and supports simultaneous serial communications to all cameras.

Like all BitFlow frame grabbers, an SDK is included supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems that simplify adding the frame grabber to an application. Applications can be developed using C/ C++/.NET and BitFlow's sophisticated buffer management APIs. In addition, free drivers can be downloaded from the BitFlow website for most third party machine vision packages.

The Karbon models are software compatible with each other, as well as with all the other current BitFlow frame grabbers. This makes migrating applications from Camera Link or analogue to CXP simple and quick.


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