Neon-CLQ Quad frame grabber
BitFlow has released its Neon-CLQ Quad, a Camera Link/PoCL frame grabber that provides interfaces for four cameras plus I/O yet requires only a single low-cost PCIe slot. All four cameras can be independently operated with different resolutions, frame rates and triggering modes, or they can be perfectly synchronised.
As with the single and dual-camera versions of the Neon-CL, the new quad supports PoCL (Power over Camera Link) cameras and is backwards compatible with non-PoCL cameras and cables. It also supplies Safe Power with full protection to the frame grabber and PC from all CL power line faults.
The Neon-CLQ board is a ‘half size’ x4 PCIe board. Like all BitFlow frame grabbers, it uses BitFlow's FlowThru technology, which minimises image latency and guarantees zero CPU usage for image capture. Cameras up to 24 bits at 85MHz pixel clock are supported.
The frame grabber is supported by the BitFlow Software Development Kit (SDK), which is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms. The SDK is board family generic, and will work with all BitFlow current and future frame grabbers. The kit provides drivers, DLLs and configuration utilities for customers interested in using third party software.
For customers interested in developing their own applications, the SDK offers header files, libraries and huge amounts of example code. There is a wide range of Application Programming Interfaces (API), from low-level direct hardware access to high-level automatic buffer management (ring or sequence).