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Predator 2 Single channel CoaXPress 12G Frame Grabber

Key Features:

  • Single CoaXPress™ 12.5Gbps channel
  • PCIe Gen2 x4 interface with up to 12.5Gbps throughput
  • CoaXPress™ V2.0 compliant
  • On board image processing
  • PoCXP support with 20W
  • Flexible GPIO interface
  • Sophisticated GUI and SDK support

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Predator 2 is a low-cost Frame Grabber supporting CoaXPress 2.0 standard and certified by the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA). The Predator 2 is capable of receiving video streams from a single CoaXPress link. The Frame Grabber supports standard CoaXPress bitrates up to 12.5 Gbps including PoCXP. This CoaXPress Frame Grabber is ideally suited for industrial, defense and aerospace Machine Vision Systems applications.

The Predator 2 can easily receive video stream on the CoaXPress link and transmit it to computer memory through the PCIe interface. This product also provides an external on bracket GPIO for machine control signals such as triggers, shaft encoders, exposure control and general I/O, which can be controlled aside the video stream acquisition.
The Predator 2 uses standard Micro-BNC connector as a CoaXPress interface to the camera and standard D-sub Panel Mount connector for general purpose I/O. The Frame Grabber utilizes PCIe Gen2 x4 links for communication with Host PC for video uploading and configuration.

Product / FeaturePredator 2 CoaXPress Frame Grabber with single channel
Form FactorPCI Express card
FormatLow profile, half length, 4-lane PCI Express card
Cooling methodAir cooling, passive heatsink
MountingFor insertion in a low profile, 4-lane or higher, PCI Express card slot
ConnectorsPort 0 on bracket
1x Micro-BNC female connector
CoaXpress host interface
1x External on bracket GPIO connector
D-sub Panel Mount connector
26-pin 3-row, through hole, right angle
1x Auxiliary power input (PoCXP) on PCB
6-pin PEG power socket 12 VDC power input for PoCXP camera(s)
Lamp indicatorsPort 0 on bracket
1x bi-color red/green LEDs
CoaXPress Host connector indicator lamps
FPGA Status indicators on PCB:
- 4 Green LEDs
- Active blinking indicator
- PCIe link indicator
- PCIe x4 link indicator
- PCIe Gen2 link indicator
DimensionsL 167.65 mm x H 68.9 mm
L 6.6 in x H 2.71 in
Host bus
StandardPCI Express 2.0
Link width4 lanes
1 or 2 lanes with reduced performance
Link speed12.5 Gbps (PCIe 2.0)
Maximum payload size512 bytes
DMA• 32- and 64-bit
• Scatter gather support
• Phisical address support (GPU transfers)
Peak delivery bandwidth2,000 MB/s
Effective (sustained) delivery bandwidth1,700 MB/s (Host PC motherboard dependent)
Power consumptionTyp. 7 W , excluding camera and I/O power output
Camera / video inputs
Interface standard(s)CoaXPress 2.0
Connectors1x Micro-BNC
Status LEDs1 CoaXPress Host connection status per connector
4 System status LEDs
Number of cameras1
Number of links per single camera1
Syncronisation between camerasYes
Line-scan cameras supportedYes
Maximum aggregated camera data transfer rate12.5 Gbit/s
Supported CXP down-connection speeds• 1.25 GT/s (CXP-1)
• 2.5 GT/s (CXP-2)
• 3.125 GT/s (CXP-3)
• 5 GT/s (CXP-5)
• 6.25 GT/s (CXP-6)
• 10 GT/s (CXP-10)
• 12.5 GT/s (CXP-12)
Number of data streams (per camera)1 data stream per camera
Maximum stream packet size8,192 bytes
PoCXP (Power over CoaXPress)• PoCXP Safe Power:
• 13 W of 24V DC regulated power per CoaXPress connector
• PoCXP Device detection and automatic power-on
• Overload and short-circuit protections
• On-board 12V to 24V DC/DC converter
• A +12V power source must be connected to the auxilary poewer input connector
Camera types• Area-scan cameras:
• Gray-scale and color (RGB and Bayer CFA)
• Single-tap (1X-1Y) progressive-scan
• Line-scan cameras:
• Gray-scale and color RGB
Camera pixel formats supportedRaw, Monochrome, Bayer, RGB, YUV, YCbCr and RGBA (PFNC names):
• Raw
• Mono8, Mono10, Mono12, Mono14, Mono16
• BayerXX8, BayerXX10, BayerXX12, BayerXX14, BayerXX16 where XX = GR, RG, GB, or BG
• RGB8, RGB10, RGB12, RGB14, RGB16
• YUV411_8, YUV411_10, YUV411_12, YUV411_14, YUV411_16
• YUV422_8, YUV422_10, YUV422_12, YUV422_14, YUV422_16
• YUV444_8, YUV444_10, YUV444_12, YUV444_14, YUV444_16
• YCbCr601_411_8, YCbCr601_411_10, YCbCr601_411_12, YCbCr601_411_14, YCbCr601_411_16
• YCbCr601_422_8, YCbCr601_422_10, YCbCr601_422_12, YCbCr601_422_14, YCbCr601_422_16
• YCbCr601_444_8, YCbCr601_444_10, YCbCr601_444_12, YCbCr601_444_14, YCbCr601_444_16
Area-scan camera control
TriggerPrecise control of asynchronous reset cameras, with exposure control.
Support of camera exposure/readout overlap.
Support of trigerring from encoder or timer
Support of external hardware trigger, with optional delay, filtering and trigger decimation.
StrobeAccurate control of the strobe position for strobe light sources.
Support of early and late strobe pulses.
Line-scan camera control
Scan/page triggerPrecise control of start-of-scan and end-of-scan triggers.
Support of external hardware trigger, with optional delay and filtering.
Support of trigerrring from encoder
Support of infinite acquisition, without missing lines.
Line triggerSupport for quadrature motion encoders, with programmable filters, selection of acquisition direction and backward motion compensation.
Line strobeAccurate control of the strobe position for strobed light sources.
On-board processing
On-board memory4 GB
Bayer De-MosaicFull 16bit resolution
• Bilinear 3x3
• Bilinear 3x2 for linescan with gradient correction
Color TransformationFull 16bit resolution 18bit coefficiens table
• Color space conversion
• Gain and Offset
DecimationLine skip
Additional featuresUnpacking of 10-/12-/14-bit to 16-bit with justification to LSb
Frame Timestamp64bit with 8ns precision
Data stream statisticsMeasurement of:
• Frame/Line rate
• CRC Errors
• Dropped frames
• Received packets
• Test packets
Event signaling and countingThe application software can be notified of the occurrence of various events:
•Newly aquired buffers
•Camera and Illumination control events
•I/O events
•Timer events
•Encoder events
General Purpose Inputs and Outputs
Number of lines20 I/O lines:
1 differential inputs
1 differential outputs
4 singled-ended TTL inputs/outputs
4 singled-ended LVCMOS inputs/outputs
4 opto-isolated inputs
4 opto-isolated outputs
UsageAny System I/O input lines can be connected to any I/O line
Any I/O line can be used to decode A/B and Z signals of a motion encoder
Any I/O line can generate any trigger event
Any I/O line can trigger a timer
Electrical specificationsDifferential lines - LVDS compatible
TTL lines - 6V TTL compliant
LVCMOS lines - 6.5V LVCMOS compliant
Isolated lines - opto isolated lines with voltage range up to 30V
Filter controlGlitch removal filter available on all System I/O input lines
Configurable filter time constants:
for DIN and TTLIO lines: 50 ns, 100 ns, 200 ns, 500 ns,1 µs
for IIN lines: 500 ns, 1 µs, 2 µs, 5 µs, 10 µs
Polarity controlYes
Encoders8 quadrature encoders with A/B and Z inputs
32bit position counter
Forward and backeward counting
Position trigger support
Noise filtering
Timers8 general purpose timers
Configurable delay and duration
32bit accomulator
Event reporting64bit system timestamp event reporting
Each I/O line can generate event on configurable edge
Each Timer can generate event
Each encoder can generate event
Frame grabber syncronisation
SyncronisationPrecise area and linscan cameras syncronisation across different frame grabbers
Host PC Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7, Windows 10
Linux open source driver compatible with a wide range of distributions, tested and precompiled for Ubuntu 14.04 , Ubuntu 16.04, RedHat 6.5 , CentOS 7
32- and 64-bit versions
Buffer managementCircular buffer support
Accomulation of several frames/lines to single buffer to reduce CPU load
DMA Buffer filling directly to system memory
GenICam GenTL producer libraries compatible with C/C++ compilers:
x86 dynamic library designed to be used with ISO-compliant C/C++ compilers for the development of x86 applications
x86_64 dynamic library designed to be used with ISO-compliant C/C++ compilers for the development of x86_64 applications
Plug-ins modules for Matlab, HALCON and Labview
GUISupported for Windows and Linux OS
Debuging capabilityesEvent logging
Statistics counters
GeniCamSupport of genicam up to 2.4
Full camera and frame grabber parameters configuration
Environmental conditions
Operating ambient air temperature0 to +50 °C / +32 to +122 °F
Operating ambient air humidity10 to 90% RH non-condensing
Storage ambient air temperature-20 to +70 °C / -4 to +158 °F
Storage ambient air humidity10 to 90% RH non-condensing
Electromagnetic - EMC standardsThe European Council EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
The Unites States FCC rule 47 CFR 15
EMC - EmissionEN 55022:2010 Class B
FCC 47 Part 15 Class B
EMC - ImmunityEN 55024:2010 Class B
EN 61000-4-3
EN 61000-4-4
EN 61000-4-6
FlammabilityPCB compliant with UL 94 V-0
RoHSCompliant with the European Union Directive 2011/65/EU (ROHS2)
REACHCompliant with the European Union Regulation No 1907/2006
WEEEMust be disposed of separately from normal household
Ordering InformationKY-FGP2
Optional accessoriesGPIO Expansion bracket
Low profile bracket

Example System Block Diagram

The Predator 2 Frame Grabber supports the following mode of configuration and system topology.

Single Camera Topology:
Single CoaXPress link with up to 12.5 Gb per link topology.
Maximum throughput to PCIe of 12.5 Gb/sec.