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microEnable 5 marathon AF2 - Frame grabber

microEnable 5 marathon AF2 is a PCIe image acquisition device that allows an optical fiber connection of two cameras of Camera Link HS standard.

microEnable 5 marathon AF2 focuses on high-speed image acquisition with up to 2 x Camera Link HS cameras and offers with DMA1800 technology and optical connections an powerful access to special Machine Vision applications.

  • First Camera Link HS F2 Frame grabber with fiber optics cable support
  • Dual 1200 MB/s F2 fiber optic 300 meter distance interface (SFP connectors)
  • Support of Area Scan cameras
  • Topologies: Multi-Camera/Single-frame grabber and Single-Camera/Multi-Frame grabber
  • DMA 1800 / up to 1800 MB/s PCIe Data bandwidth (PCIe x4 Gen2)
  • Opto-isolated front GPIO from 4,5 – 28V, TTL Outputs, RS 485 interface
  • Internal GPIO – interface with support for ad-on GPIO-Boards (requires additional slot)
  • 100% compliant with Silicon Software SDK und GUI control and services tools
  • Flexible and extensible model series
  • IP Core available from AIA ensuring interoperability and short development times.

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Frame grabber - microEnable 5 marathon AF2
  • Frame grabber - microEnable 5 marathon AF2

Article Details

Order Number 2200000362
Accessory Type Frame grabber
Accessory Developer Basler
Model Name microEnable 5 marathon AF2
Product Line Acquisition
Category Framegrabber

Device Features

Processor System Processor
On-Board Memory 512 MByte DDR3-RAM

Camera Interface

Standard Camera Link HS
Configurations Dual CLHS F2, Single CLHS F2
Connectors 2 x SFP
Camera Support area scan camera, line scan camera
Sensor Type Grayscale sensor
Bit Depth any - output as raw data, 8-16-bit (grayscale)
Data Bandwidth 2 x 10 Gbit/s
Test Environment Camera Simulator

Host PC Interface

PC Bus Interface PCI Express x4 (Gen 2), 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 One 15-pin D-Sub socket: 2 opto-coupled differential inputs (RS422) and 1 opto-coupled differential / single ended input, Shaft encoder input, programmable rescaler: multiple-camera synchronization, optional (conf.): 4 opto-coupled Inputs (4,5V - 28V) with up to 1 MHz frequency, 2 TTL outputs, up to 20 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

Processing Features

Basic Features ROI, Image Selector

Physical and Environmental Information

Dimensions PCIe Standard height, half length card: 167.64 mm length x 111.15 mm height
Weight (typical) 150 g
Power consumption / Power Source typ. 1A @ 12V (actual values depend on image pre-processing)
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, RoHS, REACH


Software drivers Windows 10 / 8 / 7 (32-Bit), Windows 10 / 8 / 7 (64-Bit)
Software Tools microDisplay (Acquisition control and viewer), GenICam Explorer (Camera configuration tool), Documentation, microDiagnostics (Service tool), SDK, Device Drivers
Software API Silicon Software SDK, .net interface
FPGA programming not programmable
BV-Software Compatibility others on request, Common Vision Blox, Halcon


  • 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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