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  • 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 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.

They support the interfaces Camera Link, Camera Link HS, CoaXPress, GigE Vision, LVDS and Thunderbolt Technology.

Benefits for a Seamless Image Processing System

  • High-performance image acquisition cards for all conventional camera interfaces
  • High data rates, bandwidths and resolutions are possible
  • Minimal latencies through image processing in real time
  • No CPU load thanks to effective image pre-processing
  • Prepared deep learning with deep neural networks (CNN)
  • FPGA that can be programmed with VisualApplets for standard configurations (A-Line) and customer-specific adjustments (V-Line)

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Preconfigured Frame Grabber for Robust Image Capture

  • Flawless image capture for reliable image processing
  • Preconfigured image processing and pre-processing functions
  • Signal processing for surrounding peripherals, programmable with VisualApplets
  • Interference-free data transmissions across maximum cable lengths
  • Suitable for the most demanding industrial application
  • Compatible with current machine vision, camera and software standards
  • An SDK for all frame grabbers
  • Long-term updates and long-term support

Overview of A-line frame grabbers

Programmable Frame Grabber for Special Applications

  • Program frame grabbers with the graphic FPGA development environment VisualApplets
  • Develop individual image processing applications and features
  • Create designs and IP cores without hardware programming skills

Overview of V-line frame grabbers

Frame Grabber Models

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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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Triggerboard

Triggerboard

  • 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 3

VisualApplets 3

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

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VisualApplets Embedder

VisualApplets Embedder

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

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VisualApplets Expert

VisualApplets Expert

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.

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VisualApplets Libraries

VisualApplets Libraries

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.

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VisualApplets Protection

VisualApplets Protection

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.

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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

microDiagnostics

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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SDKs

SDKs

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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Third-party software

Third-party software

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.

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Framegrabber

Manuals

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.

Frame Grabber - User Manual

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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.

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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.

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Adjustable Real-time Vision System

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.

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Get More out of Your Image Processing System

Our service offer ranges from a comprehensive consulting to complete support with development tasks for customer-specific products (customizing)

  • VisualApplets workshops – training for entry-level and advanced users
  • Coaching – consulting and development for concrete tasks
  • Consulting – project consulting from beginning to end and beyond
  • Feasibility study – evaluation of a project with a detailed outcome report
  • Development (customizing) – customer-specific adaptations for hardware and software solutions
  • Design check – check of customers’ VisualApplets designs

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Trigger Boards for Signal Processing

High-performance signal processing controls the image acquisition with minimal latencies and synchronizes the hardware peripherals of the image processing system – such as cameras, lighting, light barriers, rotary encoders, etc. – in real time.

  • Select between Opto and TTL trigger board
  • Internally synchronize multiple frame grabbers, triggers or peripherals in a daisy chain
  • Highly flexible graphic programming of user-defined trigger functions with VisualApplets

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Software Components Supplement the Frame Grabbers

Individual Graphic FPGA Programming

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-line 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

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Frame Grabber Software Supports the Image Processing System

This software offers you comprehensive help with everything you need to activate the frame grabbers and configure the image processing system.

  • GenICam-compatible activation of image processing systems
  • Configuration and testing of the functionality of the overall system
  • Overview of the acquisition and pre-processing functions
  • Simple camera exchange (line scan and area scan cameras)
  • Further development of the system with VisualApplets

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