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microEnable 5 marathon VCLx - Frame grabber

microEnable 5 marathon VCLx is a PCIe high performance image processing device that allows the connection of two cameras of any Camera Link standard specification.

microEnable 5 marathon VCLx focuses on high-speed and complex image processing for all Camera Link compliant cameras, and offers with DMA1800 technology an powerful access to advanced Machine Vision applications.

  • Enables complex real-time image progressing
  • Support of long cable length
  • Onboard image preprocessing functions
  • All formats of Camera Link standard including non-Standard formats
  • Industrial multi-device, multi-camera support
  • DMA 1800 / up to 1800 MB/s PCIe Data bandwidth (PCIe x4 Gen2)
  • Custom FPGA programming with VisualApplets supporting Xilinx Kintex FPGAs
  • Supports opto-decoupled signals via front I/O
  • Versatile application and industry usage
  • Broad support of Third-party software interfaces.

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Frame grabber - microEnable 5 marathon VCLx
  • Frame grabber - microEnable 5 marathon VCLx

General Information

Order Number 2200000360
Net list price For larger quantities and individual prices, please use the request cart. Net list price  
For pricing, please use the request cart to get a quote. 2159.00 EUR 2589.00 USD 2159.00 EUR 18135.00 ¥
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Acquisition Type Frame grabber
Manufacturer Basler
Model Name microEnable 5 marathon VCLx
Product Series marathon Frame Grabber
Product Line Processing

Device Features

Processor Vision Processor
On-Board Memory 2 GByte DDR3-RAM
Power via Interface (p. port) PoCL (4W/12V per cable, Safe Power)

Camera Interface

Standard Camera Link 2.0
  • Camera Link
Configurations CL-dual base, CL-base, CL-medium, CL-deca (80bit), CL-full
Connectors 2 x SDR/HDR26 (miniCL)
Sensor Type Grayscale sensor, CFA sensor (Bayer), RGB sensor
Bit Depth 8-16-bit (grayscale), 24-48-bit (color)
Data Bandwidth 6,8 Gbit/s (850 MB/s)
Data Bandwidth (p.port; Total) 6,8 Gbps; 6,8 Gbps (850 MB/s)
No. of Ports 2
Test Environment Camera Simulator

Host PC Interface

PC Bus Interface PCIe 2.1 x4, DMA1800
PC Bus Interface Performance up to 1.800 MB/s (sustainable)

Controls and General-Purpose I/Os

On-board GPIO interface Shaft encoder input, programmable rescaler, multiple-camera synchronization, 4 opto-coupled outputs (4,5V - 28V), One 34-pin flat cable connector onboard: 4 opto-coupled inputs (4,5V - 28V), optional 2 opto-coupled differential inputs (RS422)
On-board Front GPIO Interface 2 TTL outputs, up to 20 MHz frequency, One 15-pin D-Sub socket: 2 opto-coupled differential inputs (RS422) and 1 opto-coupled differential / single ended input, optional (conf.): 4 opto-coupled Inputs (4,5V - 28V) with up to 1 MHz frequency
GPIO Synchronisation and Control Configurable Trigger System supporting several trigger modes (grabber controlled, external trigger, gated, software trigger) and shaft encoder functionality with backward compensation, Multi-Camera-Synchronization
GPIO Interface Summary onboard: 8in/8out (max.), TTL or opto-coupled, Front GPIO: up to 3 differential signals in, up to 4 single-ended signals in (depends on configuration), 2 TTL outputs

Processing Features

Basic Features Tap Sorting (Sensor Readout Correction), Offset/Gain/Gamma correction, Invert, ROI, Image Selector, LUT, Mirroring

Physical and Environmental Information

Dimensions PCIe Standard height, half length card: 167.64 mm length x 111.15 mm height
Weight (typical) 165 g
Operating Temperature 50° (0 LFM*), 60° (100 LFM*) FPGA operating temperature: 0°C to 85°C, * LFM = Linear Feet per Minute, unit for measuring airflow velocity
Storage Temperature -50°C up to 80°C
Relative Humidity (operating, storage) 5%-90% non-condensing (operating), 0%-95% (storage)
MTBF pending
Compliances WEEE, REACH, RoHS


Software Drivers Windows 11 / 10 (64-Bit), Windows 11 / 10 (32-Bit), Linux 64-Bit
Software Tools Device Drivers, SDK, GenICam Explorer (Camera configuration tool), microDisplay (Acquisition control and viewer), Documentation
Software API .net interface
FPGA Programming VisualApplets
MV Software Compatibility Halcon, Labview, others on request, Cognex

VisualApplets enables users to program FPGAs on a graphic user interface without any hardware programming. VisualApplets is suitable for both beginners and experienced users, providing easy and cost-effective FPGA development.

VisualApplets provides the full range of functions as a single- or multi-user license, which can be customized by adding individual licenses to build customer-specific solutions.

Programmable frame grabbers are available pre-licensed for use with VisualApplets.

VisualApplets IDE (Single-/Multi-User)

VisualApplets supports advanced functions that offer unique possibilities for design, debugging, and review of image processing applications, including:

  • Custom library
  • Debugging library
  • Parameters library
  • Tcl console
  • Segmentation / classification
  • Compression with scalable data rate

More about VisualApplets


The manuals provide complete information on all aspects of usage - from installing frame grabbers and software to first acquisition checks to advanced image processing. Described are all frame grabber series and models available together with their hardware and software add-ons, their specific functionalities and all image processing options along with the graphical FPGA development environment VisualApplets.



Basler product brochures provide an overview of the many benefits offered by Basler accessories. They describe technical characteristics and product features and offer detailed information about the technical specifications.


Product Insights

Basler Product Insights highlight noteworthy information about the technical properties and features of various accessories. The Product Insights focus strongly on product-related topics, offering insights from the point of view of a Basler product manager.


Customer Stories

Basler Customer Stories describe a broad diversity of applications and potential uses for Basler frame grabbers on a variety of markets. They explain the requirements Basler’s customers had to face while designing their image processing system and how Basler frame frabbers successfully contributed to resolving the problem.


Conformity Documents

Certificates such as the Declaration of EC Conformity, the ISO 9001 Certificate and the KCC Certificate document that Basler products conform to the respective standards and guidelines.

microDisplay X

microDisplay X

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

  • Configure cameras (GenICam) and applets directly in the start window and save or access the configuration
  • Load multiple applets (one applet per board)
  • Enlarge DMA (Direct Memory Access) output window for a large-scale display of an individual DMA output
  • Optimized accuracy of the frame rate information (frames per second) during the acquisition
  • Easy setup of line scan camera systems with line profile and line histogram (provide information on individual pixel values and the distribution of a line)
  • Buffer assigned in applet but not used (if the image section transferred by the camera is too small) is displayed in red in the DMA output window
  • New log window to access general and camera discovery log information, grabber events and system status information at any time

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microDiagnostics makes it possible to flash a frame grabber with applets and perform various tests for a successful activation

  • Support with the speedy activation of the frame grabber
  • Test functions simplify an overview of the full system’s functionality
  • Simple camera change by selecting and flashing another applet

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The Software Development Kit (SDK) is an easy way to integrate a frame grabber and camera into the customer’s application while using complex trigger settings, particularly the microEnable frame grabber function, to their full extent. A generic application programming interface (API) enables platform-independent work. Of course, the SDK also helps system builders develop their own C/C++/C# or Python applications.

  • Quick and easy integration of frame grabbers into your application and software environment
  • Flexible for the use of different programming languages (C++, C#, Python)
  • Reduced development times for projects

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