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microEnable 5 ironman – Frame Grabbers in the Upper Performance Segment

The ironman frame grabbers are among the most powerful image acquisition and preprocessing boards in machine vision in all major industrial and application areas. The integrated FPGA features high parallel processing, low thermal power, and deterministic latencies. All frame grabbers are developed by our Mannheim, Germany office (formerly Silicon Software).

The me5 ironman is a high performance frame grabber equipped with an extensive internal memory of 1 or 2 GB for lossless image transfer. It features a powerful vision processor (Xilinx FPGA of the Virtex 6 series) and has a wide range of deployment options via an onboard GPIO using add-on trigger hardware. The power supply of the cameras is ensured by their power over functionality feature (Power over Camera Link and Power over CoaXPress). The programmable version allows implementation of complex algorithms for real-time image processing.

Your advantages at a glance

  • Fast installation and camera connection
  • Deployment of powerful FPGA technology
  • Support of Camera Link and CoaXPress (CXP-6) interfaces
  • Extended image preprocessing, such as debayering and shading and fixed pattern noise correction
  • Easy setup of multi-camera systems

  • Setup and synchronization of several frame grabbers using add-on trigger boards
  • Support for different sensor types (monochrome, color, area and line scan sensors)
  • Interference-free data transfer even over longer cable lengths
  • Robust industrial use with high MBTF values

The ironman Frame Grabbers – Bar surpassed

In the most demanding applications, they rush far ahead.

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microEnable 5 ironman frame grabber

  • High-performance frame grabber for intelligent image acquisition and preprocessing
  • Capability of programming own algorithms of image preprocessing (boards of the V-line)
  • PCI Express x8 (Gen2) technology
  • Image transfer technology DMA3600 with up to 3.6 Gbps data bandwidth
  • Onboard image acquisition memory of 1 or 2 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 34-pin trigger/IO interface (onboard)
  • Synchronization of several frame grabbers by onboard IO interface and additional add-on hardware
  • Power supply for cameras via power-over-technology (for Camera Link and CXP-6 interface)
Interface Acquisition Type Camera series No. of Ports Data Bandwidth (p.port; Total) Model Name Interface Acquisition Type Camera series Data Bandwidth (p.port; Total) No. of Ports Availability i
Frame grabber 2 6,8 Gbps; 6,8 Gbps (850 MB/s) microEnable 5 ironman VD8-PoCL Camera Link Frame grabber
  • Third Party
6,8 Gbps; 6,8 Gbps (850 MB/s) 2
Frame grabber 2 6,8 Gbps; 6,8 Gbps (850 MB/s) microEnable 5 ironman AD8-PoCL Camera Link Frame grabber
  • Third Party
6,8 Gbps; 6,8 Gbps (850 MB/s) 2
Frame grabber 4 6,25 Gbps; 25 Gbps microEnable 5 ironman VQ8-CXP6D CXP-6 Frame grabber
  • Third Party
6,25 Gbps; 25 Gbps 4
Frame grabber 4 6,25 Gbps; 25 Gbps microEnable 5 ironman AQ8-CXP6D CXP-6 Frame grabber
  • Third Party
6,25 Gbps; 25 Gbps 4

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During the activation of frame grabbers, microDisplay X helps you test the entire system configuration, select and parameterize applets and perform camera settings.

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Basler supports you with an extensive, compatible portfolio of cameras with the latest sensors, frame grabbers, interface cards, lenses, cables and other accessories as well as software.

Our technical support has many years of know-how about frame grabber products and their fields of application. The high level of competence in dealing with interfaces and components of the frame grabbers and our good relationships with the producers help to solve problems quickly and without complications.

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