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Use one board to acquire images from two Camera Link cameras

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With the new PCIe-1430 image acquisition board from National Instruments (NI), engineers and scientists can now use a single board to acquire images from two independent base-configuration Camera Link cameras. Using pci express, NI explained, the PCIe-1430 board can acquire images from two Camera Link cameras at speeds up to 255MBps and clock rates up to 85MHz, the maximum defined by Camera Link.

Traditionally, engineers and scientists performing multicamera inspections through a PCI bus with data rates more than 100MBps had to purchase multiple computers and multiple Camera Link frame grabbers. With the introduction of PCI Express and the NI PCIe-1430 image acquisition board, these engineers and scientists can now acquire high-speed data from two independent cameras through a standard PC bus. Unlike other dual-channel frame grabbers, the company said, its PCIe-1430 board can obtain information from cameras with different formats, resolutions, speeds and bit depths. Additionally, several NI PCIe-1430 boards can be used together in a single PC to acquire gigabytes of images per second.

Each PCIe-1430 board includes two independent Camera Link connectors and one triggering line, which engineers and scientists can expand with the NI Camera Link I/O Extension Board to provide camera power and integrate additional triggers, isolated I/O and quadrature encode inputs. The PCIe-1430 board is compatible with any base-configuration Camera Link camera and more than 150 supported cameras. Engineers and scientists can configure their imaging applications with NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection or program them using the NI Vision Development Module with the NI Labview graphical development environment, C/C ++, Microsoft Visual Basic or Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. From a software perspective, the PCIe-1430 board behaves as two independent Camera Link frame grabbers, which makes migration from two frame grabber systems easy, added NI.

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