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NI releases PCIe frame grabbers for camera standards

Posted: 08 Nov 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:National Instruments  NI  NI PCIe-8255R  NI PCIe-8231 and NI PCIe-1427  frame grabbers 

National Instruments (NI) has expanded its digital camera support with the release of three PCI Express (PCIe)-based frame grabbers. With the NI PCIe-8255R, NI PCIe-8231 and NI PCIe-1427 frame grabbers, the company is offering support for every major digital camera bus, including IEEE 1394b, Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) Vision and Camera Link. NI is the only vision component provider to offer PCIe hardware for all three major buses.

The NI PCIe-8255R frame grabber is an IEEE 1394 interface device that can acquire from both IEEE 1394a and IEEE 1394b cameras. The NI PCIe-8255R frame grabber features reconfigurable I/O technology, which combines an IEEE 1394 host adapter with the digital I/O required for industrial control and communication. In general, the IEEE 1394 standard gives engineers a simple, single-cable interface between a camera and a PC. It is suitable for applications requiring higher bandwidth as well as ease of use and stability, such as industrial inspection and machine vision.

"NI offers some of the industry's best image acquisition products," said Malcolm Steenburgh, director of Point Grey Research. "The NI PCIe-8255R frame grabber integrates seamlessly with Point Grey's Flea2 29-by-29-by-30mm IEEE 1394b camera."

The NI PCIe-1427 frame grabber provides low-cost image acquisition for base configuration camera cink cameras. It offers bandwidth up to 225MB/s and built-in industrial digital I/O, including isolation for industrial communication and encoder inputs for synchronising motion with vision. Camera link cameras are suitable for applications that require a large amount of data throughput, such as line-scan applications and colour imaging.

Each frame grabber includes NI vision acquisition software, a single interface for acquiring, saving and displaying images from industrial cameras.

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