Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

Continual Advancements in Frame Grabber Technology


By Stacey Meacham





Imagenation PXC200AF color frame grabberEngineers at CyberOptics Semiconductor (Beaverton, Ore.) report that they've made their Imagenation PXC200AF color frame grabber fully compatible with the Vista operating system and added support for C# and VisualBasic.NET and standard building-block source code for those programming languages to facilitate out-of-the-box integration. CyberOptics' all-purpose frame grabber enables color and monochrome video capture with a Peripheral Component Interface and delivers both high accuracy and low pixel jitter. The frame grabber acts as a PCI bus master, achieving real-time video capture to system memory and supports YCrCb and RGB color formats and Y8 for monochrome applications.


X64 Xcelera frame grabberDALSA Corp. (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) has expanded its line of X64 Xcelera frame grabbers to address different interfaces, including analog, LVDS and Camera Link. All of the new Xcelera frame grabbers are based on the PCI Express platform. The new Xcelera models will range from entry-level frame grabbers to high-performance image acquisition boards, to embedded vision processors.



DVI2USB DuoEpiphan Systems (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) unveils the DVI2USB Duo, a high-resolution frame grabber capable of capturing dual link DVI signals at resolutions of up to 2560x1600. This frame grabber is packed with the latest cutting edge technologies, including on-board lossless image compression and on-board buffer memory, allowing it to achieve capture rates of up to 60 frames per second and transfer rates of up to 330 megapixels per second. Using the DVI2USB Duo, the user can easily capture, archive, broadcast, and print from any DVI signal without compromising picture quality.


Picolo V16 H.264 The Picolo V16 H.264 from Euresys (Itasca, Ill.) is an outstanding video-capture board with audio capability featuring H.264 on-board compression for 16 video inputs. It offers high image quality on top of low bit rate and low storage requirement. Each video input delivers simultaneously a raw and compressed video stream. The compressed images can be stored on the hard disc or transferred by the network while the uncompressed images can be immediately displayed or can be used for video analytics. Both streams are independently configurable: frame rate control, resolution control, overlay, masking features can be set autonomously.




FALCON Express frame grabberWith the FALCON Express frame grabber, IDS Imaging Development Systems (Obersulm, Germany) has rounded off its FALCON range by a board with PCIe interface as well as one S-Video and two CVBS inputs. The new frame grabber supports all color and monochrome cameras that work with standard video signals. Two variants are available: for standard PCI Express slots and low-profile slots. The new model is 100 percent software compatible with all frame grabbers of the FALCON series. Users can thus switch to a different model anytime without having to adjust the existing application. The driver supports multi-board use and the simultaneous use of PCI and PCI Express boards. A programmable EEPROM is provided for storing the user's own data.

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