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Grablink Base: Full-Featured Base Camera Link Frame Grabber
Grablink Base: Full-Featured Base Camera Link Frame Grabber

The Grablink Base is a cost-effective full-featured frame grabber for one Camera Link camera applications. It supports one Camera Link Base-configuration camera as well as featuring on-board processing and one rich set of I/O lines. The Grablink Base features a 1-lane PCI Express bus.

  • For one Base Camera Link® configuration camera
    - Monochrome, Bayer CFA, and color RGB cameras supported
    - PoCL SafePower compliant
    - Line-scan and area-scan cameras
    - 1 Mini Camera Link® SDR connector with camera activity LED indicator
  • On-board processing
    - LUTs operators, Bayer CFA decoder, pixel formatting, and image reconstruction
  • Effective delivery bandwidth: up to 200 MB/s (application and motherboard dependent)
  • 10 digital I/O lines compatible with a wide range of sensors and encoders
  • 64MB on-board memory
  • Form factor:
    - PCI Express x1, low profile, half-length
    - Small PCB delivered with regular and low-profile brackets
  • MultiCam drivers for Microsoft Windows® and Linux (32- and 64-bit)


Support of One Base Camera Link® Configuration Camera

Monochrome, Bayer CFA, and color RGB progressive-scan cameras supported
- Full pixel clock range: from 20 MHz up to 85 MHz
- Serial control of Camera Link cameras:
The Grablink series supports the Camera Link serial communication line. The application software can use the Camera Link API functions to control the camera. Alternatively, the serial line can be configured as an additional PC COM port ensuring interoperability with existing camera control software.


On-Board Processing

  3 Look-up table (LUT) operators
Monochrome operation with selectable output bit depth:8 bits, 10 bits, 12 bits or 16 bits
RGB and Bayer color operations with output bit depth: 3 x 8 bits
  Bayer CFA decoder computes the R, G and B components of the image
  Pixel formatting in the following formats:
Monochrome formats: Y8, Y10, Y12, Y16
Bayer CFA formats: BAYER8, BAYER10, BAYER12, BAYER16
Three packed RGB components format: RGB24
Three planar RGB components formats: RGB24PL
Four packed RGB plus alpha components format: RGB32
  Image reconstruction: tap re-ordering, H/V flipping
  High-performance DMA transfers into user allocated memory with 64-bit addressing capability with image cropping capability


10 digital I/O Lines Compatible with a Wide Range of Sensors and Encoders

  It forms a rich sets of I/O lines with, per camera:
2 high-speed differential RS-422 inputs
4 individually-isolated wide-voltage-range inputs
4 individually-isolated contact outputs
  Moreover, +5V and +12V power outputs with electronic fuse protection are provided.
  The set of I/O lines and the power output are available from an I/O connector on the bracket (regular bracket mounted) or from an internal I/O connector (Low Profile bracket mounted).
  These I/O lines can be used as general-purpose I/O lines. They also have specific usages as trigger, strobe or quadrature encoder input lines.


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