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BitFlow CoaXPress Frame Grabbers

CoaXPress (CXP) is a simple yet powerful standard for moving high speed serial data from a camera to a frame grabber.

In 2011, CXP6 (revision 1.1) was ratified and has the following characteristics.

Video is captured at speeds of up to 6.25 Gigabits/Second (Gb/S). Control commands and triggers can be sent simultaneously to the camera at rates up to 20 Mb/S (with a trigger accuracy of +/- 2 nanoseconds). Up to 13 W of power can also supplied to the camera. All of this happens over a single piece of industry standard 75 Ohm coaxial cable.

Multiple CXP links can be aggregated to support higher data rates (e.g. four links provide 25 Gb/S of data).

In 2019, CXP12 (revision 2.0) was adopted effectively doubling the speeds to 12.5 Gb/s per link and adding a host of new features.

The CXP standard opens the door to applications where cable cost, routing requirements, and long distances have prevented the move to high resolution, high speed digital cameras. In many cases, existing coaxial infrastructure can be repurposed for CXP with very low installation costs.

BitFlow offers

  • Cyton CXP (multiple link solutions)
  • Aon CXP (single link solutions)
  • Claxon CXP ( multiple link solution)

 

Cyton CXP SeriesAon CXP SeriesClaxon CXP SeriesDATASHEETS

CYTON CXP2

Cyton Dual Channel CoaXPress frame grabber (2xCXP-6)

Bitflow Cyton Pic

 

The Cyton Platform

To develop the Cyton platform we first started with a clean slate and asked ourselves, “What does a next generation frame grabber need?”. For sure, For sure, it needs a high speed back end for the ultimate high speed access to host memory.  It also needs a sophisticated DMA engine to handle the demands of new camera interface standards. New standards demand flexibility. CXP cameras will soon be able to put out streams of random sized ROIs, something our previous generation DMA engine was not capable of. Finally, we know based on years of experience of making frame grabbers that it needs flexible and powerful I/O, triggering, and routing. The CoaXPress front end is based on our Karbon-CXP, but upgraded and ready for the coming changes in the CXP standards. The Cyton platform is the foundation for today and tomorrow’s frame grabbers, whether it’s CoaXPress, Camera Link, or whatever new standards emerge from the Machine Vision industry.

 

Specifications

  • Half-Size x8 PCI Gen 2.0 Express Board
  • CoaXPress 1.1 compliant (supports 1.0 and 1.1. cameras)
  • Supports one or two CXP-6 cameras
  • Supports multi-link CXP-6 cameras (up to two CXP links)
  • Supports CXP speeds from 1.250 to 6.250 Gb/S
  • Supports simultaneous capture from four 6.250 Gb/S CXP links
  • Provides one CXP-6 uplink to the camera (bulk data uploads, zero latency triggers)
  • Low speed uplink also supported on all links
  • Uses DIN 1.0/2.3 connectors
  • Uses CXP standard connector spacing
  • Provides power for all cameras (up to 13 Watts per link)
  • Provides Safe Power, full protection from all power line faults
  • Cameras are Plug and Play with automatic link speed detection
  • Cable lengths of up to 40 meters are supported
  • Cameras can be accurately synchronized, or can be completely independent
  • PCI Express x8 Gen 2.0 interface (also works in x16 slots)
  • Compatible with PCI Express Gen 1.0 slots
  • Separate I/O for each camera
  • Highly deterministic, low latency frame grabber to camera trigger
  • Supports simultaneous communications to all cameras
  • Windows “sees” a separate frame grabber for each camera
  • FlowThru technology means no on-board memory is needed
  • StreamSync acquisition engine optimizes synchronization between acquisition and DMA
  • StreamSync buffer manager maximize DMA channel efficiency
  • Acquire variable length frames from line scan cameras
  • Acquire image sequences well beyond the 4GB barrier
  • No frame rate limit
  • Triggers and encoders for external control of acquisition
  • Programmable signal generator for camera control (independent for each camera)
  • Quadrature encoder support including sophisticated triggering schemes
  • Encoder divider/multiplier
  • Drivers, utilities and examples for Windows and Linux
  • Supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms
  • Drivers for most 3rd party processing environments (e.g. HALCON, LabView, VisionPro, MATLAB, etc.)
  • Full GenICam support for control and capture
  • All models are “half size” PCIe cards
  • RoHS compliant

 

Ordering Information

Part number:  CYT-PC2-CXP2

CYTON CXP4

Cyton Quad Channel CoaXPress frame grabber (xCXP-6)

    The Cyton-CXP is based on BitFlow’s PCIe Gen 2.0 platform. To develop the Cyton platform we first started with a clean slate and asked ourselves, “What does a next generation frame grabber need?”. For sure, it needs a Gen 2.0 PCIe x8 back end for the ultimate high speed access to host memory. It also needs a sophisticated DMA engine to handle the demands of new camera interface standards. New standards demand flexibility. CXP cameras will soon be able to put out streams of random sized ROIs, something our previous generation DMA engine was not capable of. Finally, we know based on years of experience of making frame grabbers that it needs flexible and powerful I/O, triggering, and routing. The CoaXPress front end is based on our Karbon-CXP, but upgraded and ready for the coming changes in the CXP standards. The Cyton platform is the foundation for today and tomorrow’s frame grabbers, whether it’s CoaXPress, Camera Link, or whatever new standards emerge from the Machine Vision industry.

    Specifications

    • Half-Size x8 PCI Gen 2.0 Express Board
    • CoaXPress 1.1 compliant (supports 1.0 and 1.1. cameras)
    • Supports one to four CXP-6 cameras
    • Supports multi-link CXP-6 cameras (up to four CXP links)
    • Supports CXP speeds from 1.250 to 6.250 Gb/S
    • Supports simultaneous capture from four 6.250 Gb/S CXP links
    • Provides one CXP-6 uplink to the camera (bulk data uploads, zero latency triggers)
    • Low speed uplink also supported on all links
    • Uses DIN 1.0/2.3 connectors
    • Uses CXP standard connector spacing
    • Provides power for all cameras (up to 13 Watts per link)
    • Provides Safe Power, full protection from all power line faults
    • Cameras are Plug and Play with automatic link speed detection
    • Cable lengths of up to 40 meters are supported
    • Cameras can be accurately synchronized, or can be completely independent
    • PCI Express x8 Gen 2.0 interface (also works in x16 slots)
    • Compatible with PCI Express Gen 1.0 slots
    • Separate I/O for each camera
    • Highly deterministic, low latency frame grabber to camera trigger
    • Supports simultaneous communications to all cameras
    • Windows “sees” a separate frame grabber for each camera
    • FlowThru technology means no on-board memory is needed
    • StreamSync acquisition engine optimizes synchronization between acquisition and DMA
    • StreamSync buffer manager maximize DMA channel efficiency
    • Acquire variable length frames from line scan cameras
    • Acquire image sequences well beyond the 4GB barrier
    • No frame rate limit
    • Triggers and encoders for external control of acquisition
    • Programmable signal generator for camera control (independent for each camera)
    • Quadrature encoder support including sophisticated triggering schemes
    • Encoder divider/multiplier
    • Drivers, utilities and examples for Windows and Linux
    • Supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms
    • Drivers for most 3rd party processing environments (e.g. HALCON, LabVIEW, VisionPro, MATLAB, etc.)
    • Full GenICam support for control and capture
    • All models are “half size” PCIe cards
    • RoHS compliant

    Ordering Information

    Part number:  CYT-PC2-CXP4

    AON CXP

    Aon Single Channel CoaXPress frame grabber (1xCXP-6)

    Aox-CXP

    The Aon-CXP is low cost single link CoaXPress frame grabber. While it looks tiny, it has all the power of its big brother, the Cyton. It supports CXP camera speeds up to 6.25 Gb/S. The technology that Machine Vision components are built on are advancing rapidly in performance while size and costs are plummeting. CoaXPress cameras, which traditionally were power hungry, large, and expensive, are now small, cool, and affordable. Single link cameras are coming out that are 29mm cubes. While this sounds tiny, they can still receive 6.25 Gb/S worth of data over the link, almost twice the real world data rate of the USB3 Vision standard and significantly quicker than the latest GigE Vision data rates. This means you can get 2 MP images at 300 FPS! The Aon CXP has been designed for this low cost/high-performance market.

    A small foot print single link CXP camera mated with the Aon-CXP can provide all the convenience of a GigE Vision or USB3 Vision camera system. It can compete on price; can exceed the cable lengths in many cases; and can provide a host of Machine Vision features missing from GigE Vision or USB3 Vision camera systems (triggers, encoders, strobe, waveform generators, quadrature encoder support, etc.). Furthermore, because of the Aon’s advanced DMA engine, no CPU resources are used in moving images to host memory.

    One of the biggest advantages of buying a frame grabber over a GigE Vision or USB3 Vision camera is that all of the hardware and software components of the capture system are sourced from one manufacturer. It is not a bunch of separate blocks from different manufacturers (including Intel and Microsoft). BitFlow wrote every line of software and firmware and designed all their own hardware, which means if you have a problem we can support you. If the problem is on our side, we can fix it ourselves and get you a solution in a short amount of time.

    Specifications

    • Half-Height, Half-Size x2 PCI Gen 2.0 Express Board
    • Half height bracket available
    • CoaXPress 1.1 compliant (supports 1.0 and 1.1. cameras)
    • Supports one CXP-6 camera
    • Supports CXP speeds from 1.250 to 6.250 Gb/S
    • Uses DIN 1.0/2.3 connectors
    • Provides power for camera (up to 13 Watts per link)
    • Provides Safe Power, full protection from all power line faults
    • Cameras are Plug and Play with automatic link speed detection
    • Cable lengths of up to 135 meters are supported
    • PCI Express x2 Gen 2.0 interface
    • Compatible with PCI Express Gen 1.0 slots
    • I/O connector on bracket
    • Compatible with BitBox external I/O module
    • Highly deterministic, low latency frame grabber to camera trigger
    • FlowThru technology means no on-board memory is needed
    • StreamSync acquisition engine optimizes synchronization between acquisition and DMA
    • StreamSync buffer manager maximize DMA channel efficiency
    • Acquire variable length frames from line scan cameras
    • Acquire image sequences well beyond the 4GB barrier
    • No frame rate limit
    • Triggers and encoders for external control of acquisition
    • Programmable signal generator for camera control
    • Quadrature encoder support including sophisticated triggering schemes
    • Encoder divider/multiplier
    • Drivers, utilities and examples for Windows and Linux
    • Supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms
    • Drivers for most 3rd party processing environments (e.g. HALCON, LabView, VisionPro, MATLAB, etc.)
    • Full GenICam support for control and capture
    • RoHS compliant

    Ordering Information

    Part number: AON-PC2-CXP1

    Claxon CXP

    The Claxon Series is a CoaXPress Version 2.0 double the speed of CXP up to 12.5 Gb/S.
    Available in single,dual, or quad CXP 12 PCle Gen 3 frame grabber.Adding the Claxon-CXP
    to your application is simple with our SDK, which supports both 32-bit and 64-bit operating
    systems. Supports one to four CXP-12 cameras.

    BitFlow CoaXPress Frame Grabber Models

    Series/Family Name Product Name Description Datasheet
    Cyton-CXP CYT-PC2-CXP2 Cyton Dual Channel CXP Frame Grabber (2xCXP-6) PDF
    Cyton-CXP CYT-PC2-CXP4 Cyton Quad Channel CXP Frame Grabber (4xCXP-6)
    Aon-CXP AON-PC2-CXP1 Aon Single Channel CoaXPress frame Grabber (1xCXP-6) PDF
    Claxon CXP CLX-PC3-CXP1 Claxon Single Channel CoaXPress frame Grabber (1xCXP-12) PDF
    Claxon CXP CLX-PC3-CXP2 Claxon Dual Channel CoaXPress frame Grabber (2xCXP-12)
    Claxon CXP CLX-PC3-CXP3 Claxon Quad Channel CoaXPress frame Grabber (4xCXP-12)

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