The FireBird 1xCLD-2PE4 Camera Link frame grabber from Active Silicon (Iver, UK) conforms to both 8-bit/10-tap and 10-bit/8-tap modes. The Gen2 ×4 PCIe bus sustains a 1.7Gbytes/s throughput. Capture is supported from two simultaneous Base Camera Link cameras, as well as single Base, Medium, and Full configurations. Power over Camera Link (PoCL) is provided.

The frame grabber also uses Active Silicon’s proprietary DMA Engine technology, “ActiveDMA,” which applies RISC-based processor techniques. A Software Development Kit allows integrators to create applications. FireBird is supported under Linux, Mac OS X, QNX, Windows 32-bit, and Windows 64-bit.

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