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microEnable 5 marathon – The Frame Grabber for Highest Expectations

The marathon frame grabbers are powerful image acquisition and preprocessing boards for important digital interfaces in machine vision. They dominate with their wide range of deployment options in all important industries and application areas. Their integrated FPGA features high parallel processing, low thermal power, deterministic latencies and long market availability. All frame grabbers are developed by our Mannheim, Germany office (formerly Silicon Software).

The frame grabbers are equipped with an extensive internal memory for lossless image transfer and include a powerful vision processor (Xilinx FPGA of the Kintex 7 series) plus two independently configurable GPIO connectors (front GPIO and onboard GPIO for expansion with add-on hardware), enabling the power supply for cameras via Camera Link (Power over Camera Link) and CoaXPress (Power over CoaXPress). The programmable version enables implementation of complex algorithms for real-time image processing.

For new technologies such as Deep Learning, a programmable frame grabber (Camera Link) with high computing power was specially developed in the form of the microEnable 5 marathon deepVCL, which handles bandwidths in excess of 200 Mbps thanks to a higher-performance FPGA and thus supports larger neural networks without delays. Data-reducing image preprocessing makes it possible to use smaller networks or FPGAs.

Your advantages at a glance

  • Fast installation and camera connection
  • Deployment of newest FPGA technology
  • Support of Camera Link, CoaXPress (CXP-6) and Camera Link HS interfaces
  • Integrated real-time image preprocessing, such as bayer filter, lookup tables and white balance
  • Easy setup of multi-camera systems and integration of diverse control devices
  • Support for different sensor types (monochrome, color, area and line scan sensors)

  • Multiple options for the control of incoming and outgoing signal data by diverse GPIOs
  • Interference-free data transfer even over longer cable lengths
  • Robust hardware design for demanding vision applications in industrial environments
  • Special deep learning frame grabber with high processing bandwidth
  • Attractive price/performance ratio

The marathon Frame Grabber – The industry frontrunner

Its true performance is revealed in intense use.

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microEnable 5 marathon frame grabber

  • Intelligent image acquisition and programmable image processing frame grabber
  • PCI Express x4 (Gen2) technology
  • Image transfer technology DMA1800 with up to 1.8 Gbps data bandwidth
  • Image memory between 512 and 2048 MB DDR3-RAM
  • Signal communication and programming via onboard and front trigger
  • Synchronization of several frame grabbers by front and/or onboard GPIOs
  • Power supply for cameras via power-over technology (for Camera Link and CXP-6 interface)
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Frame grabber 4 6,25 Gbps; 25 Gbps microEnable 5 marathon ACX-QP CXP-6 Frame grabber
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Frame grabber 2 6,25 Gbps; 12,5 Gbps microEnable 5 marathon ACX-DP CXP-6 Frame grabber
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Components and technical support – all directly from Basler

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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