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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 presents the new FireBird USB 3.0 Host Controller

POSTED 05/12/2016

Active Silicon presents the FireBird Quad USB 3.0 Host ControllerActive Silicon, a leading manufacturer of imaging products, embedded systems and custom solutions, presents its new addition to the FireBird product range.  Our new FireBird Quad USB 3.0 Host Controller supports the rugged PCIe/104 format and allows easy integration of USB 3.0 devices into embedded systems as well as cameras using the USB3 Vision standard.

The FireBird Quad USB 3.0 Host Controller supports four USB 3.0 ports arranged as two ports per host controller with each controller having its own PCI Express x1 Gen2 interface to give a combined total data throughput of 10 Gbps.  The USB 3.0 Host Controllers used are the proven Renesas μPD720202.

The architecture of this card provides the flexibility to operate two USB 3.0 devices simultaneously at full bandwidth, or to operate four devices simultaneously sharing the combined bandwidth of 10 Gbps.

Software support is based on the proven Renesas driver stack which provides compatibility with USB3 Vision cameras and the GenICam standard – an

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d these international vision standards in turn provide compatibility with a wealth of third-party applications allowing rapid product development and integration.