(Angleur, Belgium) has released a frame grabber for
multiple standard camera applications, the Picolo Tetra. This
model acquires, in real-time, four video streams simultaneously.
Thanks to three video expansion brackets, Picolo Tetra manages
quick switching from up to sixteen cameras. The 64-bit 66
MHz PCI bus Picolo is designed for video surveillance applications
such as PC-based multiple-channel digital recording in the
security market, monitoring production lines in the industrial
market or any other app using multiple standard cameras. The
board features 13 on-board general-purpose I/O TTL lines to
trigger image capture or interface with alarm systems.
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Spectrim is a new multi-purpose bus-mastering frame grabber
from Integral Technologies
(Indianapolis, IN), utilizing a TriMedia video processor and 16 MB SDRAM frame buffer. FlashBus
Spectrim's TriMedia VLIW (Very Long Instruction Word) processor
allows for flexibility during stringent applications. The
frame grabber provides interpolated scaling, hardware overlay,
real-time video rotation and video output functionality. With
multiple composite, S-Video and component video inputs, video
output and video capture, FlashBus Spectrim is intended for
use in image analysis, scientific imaging, microscopy, law
enforcement, video surveillance, traffic control, medical
imaging and more.
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, located in Burlington, MA, manufacturers a frame
grabber called the PicPort-Pro-CL-PMC which supports the Camera
Link standard interface. This high-speed board can be used
with both line-scan and area-scan Camera Link-compatible cameras.
It operates in both color and monochrome modes, supporting
high-speed and high-resolution applications. PicPort-Pro-CL-PMC
employs re-programmable Flash memory and FPGA (Field-Programmable
Gate Array) technologies, allowing users to reconfigure the
on-board hardware via downloadable software updates.
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late 2002, German manufacturer MATRIX VISION GmbH
rolled out its mvGAMMA-G, a grayscale frame grabber with a flexible
Variable Scan Interface for industrial analog cameras. This
interface is suitable for most standard and non-standard signals.
The progressive scan cameras widely used in the industrial
sector can be operated with this board, while 10-bit conversion
helps maintain image quality. The 8 MB local memory of the
mvGAMMA-G decouples image transfer, allowing smooth transfer
even when other parts of the system are under heavy load.
A Hirose connector lets most camera modules connect directly
via a single standard cable, with the frame grabber providing
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comes the Helios family of frame grabbers, available in both Camera Link and analog versions and designed
to accommodate most video capture applications. Matrox's custom
Oasis ASIC, found on all Helios frame grabbers, combines a
PCI-X controller and processor core to elliminate the need
for the host CPU to handle image formatting and pre-processing
tasks. Oasis incorporates a 128-bit wide, double date rate
DRAM interface running at 133 MHz, which delivers up to 4.3
GB per second of on-board memory I/O. Helios XCL, the Camera
Link variant, supports video capture rates up to 680 MB/sec,
while the analog Helios XA handles 800 MB/sec.
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