BitFlow, Inc. (Boston, MA) has introduced the Cyton™ CXP4 fourchannel frame grabber based on the CoaXPress standard. Key to its success is the incorporation of the Gen 2.0 x8 PCI Express bus interface on its back-end, an advancement that doubles the data rate of the Gen 1.0 bus for the ultimate high speed access to host memory in multi-camera systems, while using the same compact footprint and connectors.

By supporting the CoaXPress (CXP) standard on its front end, the Cyton CXP4 facilitates video capture speeds of up to 6.250 Gigabits/second (Gb/S) in applications deploying one to four CXP-6 cameras. CXP also allows control commands, triggers and power to be sent to and from cameras over the same 75 Ohm coaxial cable, reducing installation costs. Cyton CXP4 boards will work not only x16 and x8 PCI slots, but also, as is becoming a trend, x4 and x1 slots that use x16 connectors. It is fully backwards compatible with Gen 1.0 motherboards to assist in the cost-effective migration to Gen 2.0.

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