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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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Launch of our new cost-effective CoaXPress frame grabber

POSTED 12/03/2018

This month Active Silicon reveals their latest frame grabber – the FireBird Single CoaXPress Low Profile board. Maintaining all the industry-leading features of a high-performance FireBird board, this newest arrival has been optimized for cost so it has wider appeal for a greater range of applications. It is ideal for use with the latest range of small, lower-priced single-link CoaXPress cameras. CoaXPress in this combination offers a more affordable solution with all the advantages of higher bandwidths, real-time triggering, long cable lengths and the robustness and high reliability of a dedicated vision standard.

The low-profile design of this FireBird Single CoaXPress frame grabber allows the board to be used in small 2U enclosures; a full-height bracket is also available for standard PC cases. It is a 4-lane Gen2 PCI Express board and is fitted with a Micro-BNC connector, the latest standard for CoaXPress, which also supports PoCXP. Comprehensive I/O is provided, including front panel I/O.

DMA engine technology "ActiveDMA" guarantees zero CPU intervention, high-speed and low-latency image data transfers. In addition, long cable lengths are supported of up to 40m at 6.25 Gbps and over 100m at 3.125 Gbps. All Active Silicon FireBird frame grabbers are GenICam compliant as standard and the board is supported by the proven ActiveSDK software. The full specification can be seen online.