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Since 1993, BitFlow has been developing industrial frame grabbers and software specializing in interfacing to cameras with high data/frame rates; and running in applications where every CPU cycle is precious. We currently offer CXP, CL, and Differential frame grabbers.

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Ultra-Fast New Karbon-CXP Frame Grabbers with CoaXPress

POSTED 04/20/2011

rong>Made in the USA frame grabbers acquire images 6x faster than GigE, send power and control commands on single coax cable

BitFlow Incorporates CoaXPress into Ultra-Fast New Karbon-CXP Frame GrabbersWOBURN, MA -- Positioning itself aggressively for leadership in the machine vision marketplace, BitFlow today 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. The result is video acquisition at blazing speeds up to 6 Gigabits per second, as well as the ability to send control commands and triggers at 20 Megabits per second - all over a single piece of 75 Ohm coaxial cable up to 135 meters. Additionally up to 13W of power can be transmitted to camera along the cable.

"The CXP standard opens the door to applications where cable cost, routing requirements and long distances have prevented the move to high resolution, high speed digital cameras," explained Donal Waide, Director of Sales for BitFlow.  "In many cases, existing coaxial infrastructure can be repurposed for CXP with very low installation costs."

According to Waide, CoaXPress solves many of the problems of previous machine vision standards. For one, it eliminates the cost and distance restrictions of Camera Link cables. In addition, it provides a significant increase in quality, resolution and speed over analog, while maintaining its simple and flexible cabling. GigE also  uses low cost and long distance capable cabling, but introduces trigger latency  and determinism issues that CXP does not have. In fact, CXP has been proven to perform 6x faster than GigE. The Karbon-CXP achieves these advantages on an industry proven platform.

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 keys to their success are:

* Supports CXP speeds from 1.250 to 6.250 Gb/S;
* Provides power for all cameras (up to 13 Watts per camera);
* Provides Safe Power, full protection from all power line faults;
* Cameras are Plug and Play with automatic link speed detection;
* Cameras can be accurately synchronized, or can be completely unsynchronized;
* PCI Express x8 interface (also works in x16 slots);
* Separate I/O for each camera;
* Highly deterministic, low latency frame grabber to camera trigger
* Supports simultaneous serial communications to all cameras.

Like all BitFlow frame grabbers, adding the new Karbon-CXP to an application is  simplified by an included SDK that supports both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. 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 web site for most 3rd 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 analog to CXP simple and quick.

Three Karbon-CXP models are available: single, dual and quad channel. All of the BitFlow frame grabbers are manufactured in the North East region of the United States.

For more information, please call 781-932-2900 or visit

About BitFlow
BitFlow has been developing reliable, high-performance Frame Grabbers  for use in imaging applications for the past 16 years. BitFlow is the  leader in Camera Link frame grabbers, building the fastest frame  grabbers in the world, with the highest camera/frame grabber densities,  triggering performance, and price. With thousands of boards installed  throughout the world, into hundreds of imaging applications, BitFlow is  dedicated to using this knowledge and experience to provide customers with the best possible image acquisition and application development  solutions. BitFlow, located in Woburn, MA, has distributors and  resellers located all over the world including Asia, Japan, and Europe

©2011  BITFLOW, INC.  All rights reserved.  All products and names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.  While BitFlow has made every effort at the time of publication to ensure the accuracy of the information provided herein, product specifications, configurations, prices, system/component/options availability are all subject to change without notice.

Donal Waide
BitFlow, Inc.

Dan O'Connell
O'Connell Communications, Inc.