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Active Silicon specializes in the design, manufacture and supply of digital imaging products and technologies. This includes embedded vision systems, camera-end interface boards and frame grabbers on a variety of standard and specialist operating systems. The embedded vision systems include customized solutions typically built around the COM Express or Xilinx Zynq architecture; the camera interface boards include HD-SDI, HDMI, USB 3.0 and IP solutions; the frame grabbers include the FireBird and Phoenix ranges which support a variety of form-factors, such as PCI Express, cPCI and PC/104-Plus, and are supported under Windows, Mac, Linux, and QNX operating systems. Active Silicon also provides consultancy services for the design and integration of imaging technology and embedded systems into OEM machines and end-user systems.

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Active Silicon announces even faster interface boards in its expanded FireBird range

POSTED 02/13/2020

Active Silicon is turbo-charging imaging systems with its new range of FireBird CoaXPress frame grabbers.

The 4xCXP-12 acquisition card (PCIe Gen3 x8; CoaXPress v2.0) is the latest addition. With speeds up to 12.5 Gbps per link, it supports the fastest cameras on the market and allows acquisition of high-speed, high-resolution images in real-time. The board is ideal for single or multi-camera solutions in high-speed applications, such as industrial inspection. Based on a Gen3 PCI Express interface, the new frame grabber uses the ActiveDMA RISC-based engine to guarantee zero CPU intervention, providing high-speed and low-latency image data transfers. Long cable lengths are supported – up to 35m at 12.5 Gbps and 100m at 3.125 Gbps using Belden 1694A cable – or even longer lengths using thicker cables.

For more cost-sensitive projects, the 4xCXP12-3PE4 version offers excellent value and features. Similar in price to Active Silicon’s well-established CXP-6 quad frame grabber, this board supports CXP-12 for dual applications, as well as quad CXP-6, along with many of the advantages of the 3PE8 board.

Features of the new CoaXPress boards include:

  • High-speed data, power and camera control all over a single cable.
  • Fast PCI Express 4-lane and 8-lane Gen3 interfaces.
  • ActiveDMA engine – RISC-based acquisition with zero CPU usage.
  • Comprehensive I/O including end panel I/O.
  • CoaXPress v2.0 support.
  • Supports PoCXP (Power over CoaXPress).
  • Micro-BNC connectors.
  • Standard half-length PCI form-factor.
  • Full GenICam support (including GenTL Producer).

All Active Silicon frame grabbers come with the easy-to-use, comprehensive ActiveSDK Software Development Kit which allows integrators to develop applications quickly and effectively, together with a range of third-party software drivers.

In addition to its CoaXPress series, Active Silicon also manufactures and supplies a range of Camera Link frame grabbers, camera interface boards, cameras and embedded vision systems.

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