03/09/2009 • Image processing / Optical metrology • Industrial PCs

Matrox Solios eV - PoCL Framegrabber

Matrox Solios eV CL ushers in a new level of value for Camera Link frame grabbers. It provides connectivity to the most high-performance, multi-megapixel area and line scan Camera Link cameras on the market augmented with onboard Bayer interpolation, color space conversions and look-up tables. The Matrox Solios eV-CL provides all these capabilities at the most attractive price point yet.

Versatile Camera Link Interface
For field-proven, low-latency and deterministic acquisition, Camera Link provides a scalable solution conceived specifically for machine vision applications. From cost-sensitive low data rate applications, to mainstream applications including color and right up to maximum bandwidth applications, Camera Link is an excellent fit. The introduction of the mini Camera Link connector (HDR) has lead to compatibility with small footprint PCs by enabling two Base mode Camera Link interfaces with triggering and general purpose I/O in a single slot. Even the most spaced-constrained systems can now support dual Base or single Medium/Full configurations.

The Matrox Solios eV-CLB is capable of simultaneously capturing from two completely independent Base Camera-Link cameras at up to 85 MHz. Fully supporting Power over Camera-Link (PoCL), the Matrox Solios eV-CLB can reduce cabling complexity and eliminate the need for bulky and costly external camera power supplies. Alternatively the Matrox Solios eV-CLF, supporting a single Medium/Full camera with up to 10-taps at up to 85 MHz, can acquire and reconstruct images from the most advanced multi-tap high-performance area and line scan cameras.

High-performance host interface
A x4 PCIe host interface provides the throughput necessary to ensure the continuous flow of pixels from the Matrox Solios eV CL to host memory. With a peak bandwidth of up to 1 GB/s, the Matrox Solios eV CL’s host interface prevents pixels from inadvertently being discarded while the point-to-point connectivity of PCIe stops other add-in devices from consuming valuable bandwidth between the frame grabber and the host PC.

Offload repetitive tasks from the host CPU
As image size continues to grow, frame rate steadily increases and applications are expected to do more, the demands for processing on the host system are escalating. Alleviating this pressure, the Matrox Solios eV-CL can offload repetitive CPU intensive tasks such as Bayer interpolation, color space conversions and look-up tables (LUTs), freeing valuable processing

Lifecycle managed for consistent long term supply
Matrox Imaging not only carefully selected each component in the Matrox Solios eV-CL to ensure product availability in excess of five years, but also exercises strict change control to provide consistent supply. Longevity of stable supply lets OEMs achieve maximum return on the original investment without incurring the additional costs associated with the repeated validation due to constantly-changing products.

Application development with Matrox Imaging Library (MIL)
Complementing the Matrox Solios eV-CL is the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) providing a comprehensive collection of software tools for developing industrial imaging applications. MIL features interactive software and programming functions for image capture, image processing, image analysis, annotation, display and archiving. These tools are designed to enhance productivity, thereby reducing the time and effort required to bring your solution to market.

The MIL API is not only intuitive and straightforward to use but it is also portable. It allows applications to be easily moved from one supported video interface or operating system to another, which provides platform flexibility and protects the original development investment.
 

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