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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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New block camera from Sony supported by proven Active Silicon interface boards

POSTED 02/26/2019

2018 saw Sony launch its new FCB EV7520A block camera as a replacement module to the discontinued EV7520 model. Active Silicon has confirmed that its existing field proven Active FCB-EV-HD-SDI and the Harrier 3G-SDI interface boards are fully compatible with this new camera. The combination of Sony’s latest block camera and Active Silicon’s trusted hardware offers superior high-definition video and image capture in a compact solution.

Ideal for robotics, surveillance and traffic applications, the compact 50x60x89.7mm camera offers 30x optical and 12x digital zoom using a 1/2.8-type CMOS image sensor. Key features include the VISCA command protocol, Advanced Noise Reduction, Auto ICR, Spherical Privacy Zone Masking and Wide Dynamic Range.

The Harrier 3G-SDI Camera Interface Board provides a cost-effective solution to take full advantage of the high definition digital video output, supporting all the 3G-SDI and HD-SDI modes of the camera up to 2.97 Gbps. In addition, the interface board can provide simultaneous analog output of Standard Definition (SD) video in 720p50/60 modes in switchable 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios for distortion-free display. Other features include a built-in test pattern which conforms to the SMPTE RP-219-2002 specification, and HD Visually Lossless Compression (HD-VLC™), allowing much greater cable lengths and the use of slip rings.

Alternatively, users can select the Active FCB-EV-HD-SDI Interface Board which has been widely used in applications during the lifetime of the FCB-EV7520 camera. All camera HD-SDI modes are supported, an RS-232 communications port and reset line are available and a DIP switch located on the rear of the module allows the HD video mode to be conveniently selected without the need to send serial commands to the camera.

About Active Silicon

Active Silicon, founded in 1988, designs, manufactures, markets and supplies embedded vision systems and interface cards. Frame grabbers provide the interface between high-end cameras and computers in vision systems, while embedded vision systems provide the industrial-grade computer environment on which vision systems operate. As well as being a leader in the development and application of new technologies, Active Silicon is unique in being able to support a wide range of operating systems and a diverse range of hardware formats to go beyond traditional ground fixed environments. In fact, Active Silicon’s products have been used in applications from space missions to deep-sea vehicles and UAVs.  These products have applications in virtually all areas of science and industry, including manufacturing, life sciences, medical imaging, security and defense.

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