Frame Grabbers for High-speed Applications
Applications that include online inspection, deep learning and autonomous driving require robust image processing with minimal latencies and high speeds.
Frame Grabbers – the Control Center of the Image Processing System
The powerful frame grabbers have been developed in our Mannheim branch (formerly Silicon Software). The FPGA-based standardized image acquisition cards for image recording and processing stand out with their high-quality image pre-processing features, which reduce the CPU load to close to zero. The processing core of these cards consists of FPGA processors, which are distinguished by highly synchronizable data processing for high bandwidths. Through the graphic programming of the FPGA with VisualApplets, the cards can be adapted to new system requirements.
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Frame Grabber Models
|Model Name||Product Line||Product Line||Interface||Configurations||Connectors||Data Bandwidth||PC Bus Interface||Accessory Developer||Availability i|
|microEnable 5 ironman AD8-PoCL||A-Line||Camera Link 2.0||CL-full, CL-deca (80bit), Including non-Standard formats: Bilinear color||2 x MDR26||850 MB/s||PCI Express x8 (Gen 2), DMA3600||Basler||
|microEnable 5 ironman AQ8-CXP6D||A-Line||CoaXPress 1.0/1.1||CXP1-6; up to 4 cameras||4 x DIN 1.0/2.3||4 x 6,25 Gbit/s||PCI Express x8 (Gen 2), DMA3600||Basler||
|microEnable 5 ironman VD8-PoCL||V-Line||Camera Link 2.0||CL-full, CL-deca (80bit), Including non-Standard formats: Bilinear color||2 x MDR26||850 MB/s||PCI Express x8 (Gen 2), DMA3600||Basler||
|microEnable 5 ironman VQ8-CXP6D||V-Line||CoaXPress 1.0/1.1||CXP1-6; up to 4 cameras||4 x DIN 1.0/2.3||4 x 6,25 Gbit/s||PCI Express x8 (Gen 2), DMA3600||Basler||
|microEnable 5 marathon ACL||A-Line||Camera Link 2.0||CL-base, CL-dual base, CL-medium, CL-deca (80bit)||2 x SDR26 (miniCL)||850 MB/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen 2), DMA1800||Basler||
|microEnable 5 marathon ACX-DP||A-Line||CoaXPress 1.0/1.1||CXP1-6; up to 2 cameras||2 x DIN 1.0/2.3||2 x 6,25 Gbit/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen 2), DMA1800||Basler||
|microEnable 5 marathon ACX-QP||A-Line||CoaXPress 1.0/1.1||CXP1-6; up to 4 cameras||4 x DIN 1.0/2.3||4 x 6,25 Gbit/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen 2), DMA1800||Basler||
|microEnable 5 marathon ACX-SP||A-Line||CoaXPress 1.0/1.1||CXP1-6; 1 camera||1 x DIN 1.0/2.3||1 x 6,25 Gbit/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen 2), DMA1800||Basler||
|microEnable 5 marathon AF2||A-Line||Camera Link HS||Dual CLHS F2, Single CLHS F2||2 x SFP||2 x 10 Gbit/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen 2), DMA1800||Basler||
|microEnable 5 marathon deepVCL||V-Line||Camera Link 2.0||CL-full, CL-medium, CL-dual base, CL-base, CL-deca (80bit)||2 x SDR26 (miniCL)||850 MB/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen 2), DMA1800||Basler||
|microEnable 5 marathon VCL||V-Line||Camera Link 2.0||CL-full, CL-medium, CL-dual base, CL-base, CL-deca (80bit)||2 x SDR26 (miniCL)||850 MB/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen 2), DMA1800||Basler||
|microEnable 5 marathon VCLx||V-Line||Camera Link 2.0||CL-full, CL-medium, CL-dual base, CL-base, CL-deca (80bit)||2 x SDR26 (miniCL)||850 MB/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen 2), DMA1800||Basler||
|microEnable 5 marathon VCX-QP||V-Line||CoaXPress 1.0/1.1||CXP1-6; up to 4 cameras||4 x DIN 1.0/2.3||4 x 6,25 Gbit/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen 2), DMA1800||Basler||
|microEnable 5 marathon VF2||V-Line||Camera Link HS||Dual CLHS F2, Single CLHS F2||2 x SFP||2 x 10 Gbit/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen 2), DMA1800||Basler||
|microEnable IV AQ4-GE||A-Line||GigE||Single Link, LAG (specific protocol)||4 x RJ45||4 x 125 MB/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen1), DMA900||Basler||
|microEnable IV AQ4-GPoE||A-Line||GigE||Single Link, LAG (specific protocol)||4 x RJ45||4 x 125 MB/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen1), DMA900||Basler||
|microEnable IV VQ4-GE||V-Line||GigE||Single Link, LAG (specific protocol)||4 x RJ45||4 x 125 MB/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen1), DMA900||Basler||
|microEnable IV VQ4-GPoE||V-Line||GigE||Single Link, LAG (specific protocol)||4 x RJ45||4 x 125 MB/s||PCI Express x4 (Gen1), DMA900||Basler||
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- Opto trigger: opto-coupled signals
- TTL trigger: standard TTL level
- Multiple input and output signals (max. 8x in, 8x out)
- Synchronization of the image acquisition process
- Synchronization of multiple cameras in the image acquisition system
- Control of the camera’s exposure time
- Independent control of multiple cameras connected to a frame grabber
- Highly flexible graphic programming of user-defined trigger functions with VisualApplets
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VisualApplets enables access to the FPGA processors in the image processing hardware, such as frame grabbers, industrial cameras and image processing devices, to implement individual image processing applications.
- Programming of the V-series frame grabbers and image processing hardware with special applications
- Bandwidth control and FPGA resource assessment
- Without expert skills or hardware programming
- Reuse proprietary VHDL libraries in VisualApplets
- Shorten project times, accelerate market availability
Image processing devices become compatible with VisualApplets
- Unlimited configuration of FPGA hardware with specific image processing applications
- Promptly adjust image processing applications to customer and market requirements
- Plan and implement complete product lines in a short time
- Transfer developed image processing applications to different vision devices with minimal effort
- Reduce the data volume with image pre-processing and alternatively apply inexpensive interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet
- End customers get the added value of programming the devices themselves in a specified framework
- End customers receive smart devices that guarantee them the most flexibility and investment reliability
Experienced users have the option of applying existing hardware code, debugging the design under runtime conditions and creating paths to parameters in hierarchical structures.
- With the custom library, system builders apply their image processing modules programmed in VHDL or Verilog (VHDL libraries) in VisualApplets as generic operators, thus preserving their preparatory work.
- The debugging library enables enhanced debugging to detect programming errors, deadlocks and bandwidth problems and to increase the design stability.
- The parameters library offers users tools to change even those parameters that might be deeply embedded in the design’s hierarchical structures. The changes are automatically and consistently updated during the runtime.
VisualApplets libraries comprise multiple operator libraries which expand the operators’ scope with valuable image processing functions, such as those for segmentation, classification and compression.
- Segmentation/classification: These operators are used to segment and define objects in images and assign characteristics to them.
- Compression: The JPEG operator makes it possible to execute the JPEG image compression directly on the FPGA of the vision hardware to reduce image data.
To prevent the use of proprietary applets on external frame grabbers and thus protect intellectual property from outside access, the applets and frame grabbers can each be securely encoded with a lock.
- Applets and frame grabbers are each securely encoded with a lock.
- Two protective mechanisms guarantee maximum security.
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
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
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
The frame grabbers are compatible with software from the following third-party providers. To this end, interfaces and adapters are available that allow you to continue working with the software you are using.
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.
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.
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.
Reference Products with Our Customers
Improved Image Quality During Tumor Surgeries
The image pre-processing and processing are now performed on the FPGA processor, which increases data throughput rates and results in very low delay times (latencies).
Enhanced, Fast “Extended Depth of Focus” (EDoF)
Together with the company Optotune, Silicon Software has developed an EDoF system. The high-speed image processing system is particularly well suited for inspection systems with high data throughput rates.
Circuit Board Inspection Gets a Quality Boost
For specific inspection tasks, MEK has individually programmed compatible image processing applications and measuring methods on the frame grabber’s FPGA with VisualApplets, without requiring any hardware programming skills at all.
Improved Quality of Polymer Fleece
By converting the system to GigE Vision frame grabbers and VisualApplets, the solution can detect more errors than other inspection systems on the market.