ExpressCard - Notebook Dual Base Camera Link Frame Grabber

The PIXCI® ECB2 frame grabber provides two interfaces for any two Base camera link cameras. The PIXCI ECB2 is handled by EPIX' software as if two PIXCI ECB1 boards are installed. The ECB2 will accept two trigger signals one for each camera; or allows a single trigger to control capture from both cameras.
A strobe output signal is generated for each trigger. The PIXCI ECB2 frame grabber supports two cameras with a combined sustained bandwidth up to 204 MB/second. Compatible with ExpressCard, the mobile PCI Express interface for notebook computers, the PIXCI® ECB2 frame grabber interfaces to more than 100 of the newest, most advanced, highest bandwidth machine vision cameras available.

The PIXCI® ECB2 offers:

  • 191 megabytes per second, sustained, data transfer rate to laptop. Faster notebooks may provide up to 204 megabytes per second, sustained, data rates. Burst transfers at 250 megabytes per second.
  • Camera specific controls - exposure, bit depth, gain, frame rate, etc.
  • Camera operation in free-run mode for maximum frame rate capture.
  • Camera operation in control (trigger) mode.

The PIXCI® ECB2 is a plug-n-play frame grabber requiring no hardware setup or adjustment. Install the board, load the software, connect the camera, and capture images. Upon startup, the XCAP imaging program reads a camera identification chip on the PIXCI® ECB2 frame grabber, allowing XCAP to load the appropriate video format and display the camera's dedicated Capture & Adjust Dialog.

The XCAP imaging program offers video-to-disk capture subject to the performance of the notebook's hard drive. Capture 1600 x 1200 Bayer pattern color images, 14 frames per second, 8 bits per pixel, directly to notebook hard drive for 2 hours!

Interfaces to almost any base camera link camera. The PIXCI® ECB2 frame grabber requires a computer with an ExpressCard/54 slot. Few cameras exceed the frame grabber's 191 megabyte per second sustained data rate. Support for medium or full camera link cameras in a notebook is available with the PIXCI® EC1. Support for higher bandwidth camera link cameras is available with the PIXCI® E4 frame grabber in a desktop computer with a x4 PCI Express bus. The PIXCI® E4 interfaces to cameras with a bandwidth requirement up to 700 Megabytes (5600 Mbits) per second.

Solutions and Support:

EPIX, Inc. has been providing imaging solutions and support for OEM machine vision manufacturers and engineers since 1984. EPIX, Inc. assembles complete imaging systems with cameras, frame grabbers, and high-performance notebook computers. EPIX imaging systems, custom-built to your specifications, typically feature Intel motherboards and processors. Contact EPIX, Inc., or an authorized distributor of EPIX® imaging products, for help selecting cameras, frame grabbers, imaging software, optics, and computer systems.


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