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Frame grabber offers flexible connection to multiple inputs

Posted: 30 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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With the new Microspace PC/104-Express peripheral card MSMG104EX, the Swiss-based company Digital-Logic offers a video frame grabber connecting up to 16 video cameras or one S-Video camera. The compact module is equipped with four BT878 frame grabbers with four-channel video multiplexer, a PCIe/PCI bridge and 16 TTL inputs/outputs. The frame grabber supports common image formats like PAL and NTSC. Software supports toggling between both formats. The bandwidth for PAL is 4x 25frames/s and for NTSC 4x 30frames/s. The maximal transfer rate is 133MBps. The video cameras are connected by SMA coaxial connectors, which guarantee a high mechanical robustness caused by bolted connection. Standard pass-through connectors allow the board to be used either above or below other PCI104 modules. It is connected to the PCIe bus via one lane. Included in delivery are drivers for Windows or Linux and optional demo software for display and storage of 16 video streams.

The MSMG104EX has dimensions of 90mm x 96mm x 17mm (W x L x H) and a weight of 120g. It requires a 5V/3.3V power supply and operates within the standard temperature range of -25C to +50#176;C. The MTBF is specified with over 100Khr. Typical applications are security and video surveillance, image recording (digitizing), and image evaluation, which have to meet the highest demands based on the bandwidth and number of channels standards.

- Henri Arnold
EE Times Europe

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