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Picolo Pro3: Full-featured expandable acquisition board
Picolo Pro3: Full-featured expandable acquisition board

Picolo Pro 3 is a full-featured expandable PCI capture board designed for multiple-camera systems addressing video surveillance and security applications.
Picolo Pro 3 supports the acquisition of full resolution color images including the square-pixel resolution (640 x 480 or 768 x 576). Up to 16 composite video signals are captured directly through standard BNC inputs. The quick switching capability offers an optimized frame rate for all acquisition conditions.
A Picolo Pro 3 solution includes one PCI board, up to four video modules and up to five I/O modules. These modules can be mounted inside or outside the PC. An RS-485 serial line is offered for system integration such as pan-tilt-zoom control. The watchdog function increases the system security.

  • Picolo series general features
  • Expandable architecture up to 16 cameras
  • Video modules for 4 cameras or for 12 cameras in one slot
  • MIO isolated I/O modules
  • Quick switching for superior frame rate
  • Highest image quality
  • Optimized for demanding video surveillance applications
  • Software support:
    - DirectShow filters
    - MultiCam drivers


Quick switching
The multiple video inputs of the Picolo Pro 3 are sequentially acquired using a proprietary switching method. The resulting switching latency for unsynchronized cameras is never more than 33 ms in NTSC and 40 ms in PAL. This leads to the typical following performances.


NTSC configuration 1 camera 4 camera 8 camera 12 camera 16 camera
Fields / Frames per second (per camera) 60 / 30 6 / 4 3 / 2 2 / 1.5 1.5 / 1
Fields / Frames per second (all cameras) 60 / 30 24 / 17 24 / 17 24 / 17 24 / 17
PAL configuration 1 camera 2 camera 3 camera   4 camera
Fields / Frames per second (per camera) 50 / 25 5 / 3 2.5 / 2 1.5 / 1 1.2 / 0.9
Fields / Frames per second (all cameras) 50 / 25 20 / 14 20 / 14   20 / 14



Watchdog
A hardware watchdog is available on the Picolo Pro 3. Its purpose is to monitor the software application and to restart the PC after an anomalous inactivity time-out. This ensures a reliable operation of unattended systems.


Up to 16 BNC connectors
The Picolo Pro 3 PCI board offers four video inputs. Each additional Module Pro 3 adds four inputs. One unique additional internal Module 12 Pro 3 adds twelve inputs using one blind slot.


Up to 20 digital TTL I/O lines and RS-485 serial line
According to the modular configuration, one to four RJ-45 connectors are available. Each of them offers five digital TTL I/O lines configurable as input or output. One RS-485 half-duplex serial communication line is bussed over all RJ-45 connectors.


Characteristics

PCI
32 bits, 33 MHz, 5 V
Size
125 mm x 107 mm / 4.92 in x 4.21 in
Typical power consumption
1.9 W (250 mA @ 5 V, 15 mA @ +12 V, 40 mA @ -12 V)
Certification
FCC class B and CE



PICOLO Pro 3, internal configuration

Module Pro3 Up to three Modules Pro 3 are connected to the Picolo Pro 3 capture board. Picolo Pro 3 and Modules Pro 3 are fitted each with four BNC for video inputs and one RJ-45 connector for I/O connectivity. Up to three Modules Pro 3 are supported.
An interconnection flat cable is provided with each Module Pro 3.
Module 12 Pro 3 One Module 12 Pro 3: to easily add 12 video inputs using only one slot, connect the Module 12 Pro 3 to the Picolo Pro 3 capture board. Therefore, the maximum number of 16 video inputs is achieved with one Module 12 Pro 3. A spider cable is the recommended way to connect the 12 BNC video inputs to the DB25 connector. The interconnection flat cable is delivered with each Module 12 Pro 3.


MIO compatible
Each MIO module adds four optically isolated inputs and four relay outputs. A maximum of twenty isolated inputs and twenty isolated outputs is achieved with five MIO modules. For more details about MIO, click here.

Characteristics

Size
63 mm x 107 mm / 2.48 in x 4.21 in
Typical power consumption
Module Pro 3: 0.3 W (20 mA @ +12 V, 5 mA @ -12 V)
Module 12 Pro 3: 0.2 W (10 mA @ +12 V, 5 mA @ -12 V)
Certification
Module Pro 3: FCC class B and CE
Module 12 Pro 3: FCC class B and CE

 




 

 

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