I-Color
Not your average color frame grabber. Unlike other
Key Features:
High Accuracy
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±2.0 ns pixel jitter
47 dB S/N ratio
16 or 24 bits color
8 bits monochrome
Programmable brightness,
contrast, hue, and saturation
High Performance
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Real-time video streaming
with AVI file creation
120+ MB/second
sustained PCI bus transfers
Simultaneous real-time
transfer to memory
and display
VIP/VMI bus for
connection to industrystandard graphics boards
Video
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4 standard video inputs
Composite color
S-Video
NTSC, PAL, RS-170, CCIR
VCR stabilization
Controls
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Dedicated trigger input
Camera power
Software
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Windows 2000, 98, 95, and
NT support
Software compatible across
I-Series and HI*DEF family
IDEA SDK
Common Vision Blox,
Image-Pro Plus, Optimas,
and TWAIN drivers
Example programs with
source code
Applications:
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Medical Imaging
Scientific Imaging
Machine Vision
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color video frame grabbers, I-Color by Foresight Imaging is
not based upon “reference designs” from the decoder chip
manufacturers. Instead, I-Color is a member of the high
accuracy, high performance I-Series of frame grabbers
and video streamers. I-Color is based upon the I-Series
architecture, guaranteeing the same high speed PCI
bus transfers and video streaming as well as the
superior image accuracy that Foresight Imaging
has built its reputation upon to service demanding
applications in medical imaging, scientific imaging,
and machine vision.
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Accuracy
I-Color delivers the diagnostic-quality and inspection-quality images that demanding customers in
medical imaging and metrology applications require. Low pixel jitter of ±2.0 ns, superior analog
design, and a 47 dB S/N ratio provide the accuracy and precision needed in high performance
applications. Color video digitization is performed at either 16 or 24 bits, while monochrome
acquisitions are 8 bits. Color formats include YUV 4:2:2 and RGB 8:8:8.
Performance
As a member of the I-Series of frame grabbers and video streamers, I-Color has the identical
high-speed PCI bus mastering, scatter-gather technology, and double buffering. This leading
technology delivers over 120 MB/second sustained transfers to system memory. Such high
performance requires minimal CPU intervention so that it is free to work on other tasks or process
the incoming data immediately. Consecutive video images are transferred in real-time to system
memory enabling real-time video streaming applications, such as cine loop cardiology, to utilize the
power of the I-Series. Real-time streaming to disk is also supported with appropriate high
performance disk drives. Real-time display is simultaneously enabled with any one of two methods:
1) Real-time transfer of image data directly to display card memory over the PCI bus,
or 2) Real-time transfer using the VIP/VMI over-the-top bus to industry-standard display cards.
Video
I-Color supports up to four standard video inputs from a variety of cameras and medical input
devices. The four inputs can be mixed between the following video input formats: composite color,
S-Video, monochrome, NTSC, PAL, RS-170, and CCIR. For fine-tuning of the video signal, 8 bit
brightness, contrast, hue, and saturation controls are available. Scaling and windowing of the video
input are provided.
Controls
In addition to its leading performance and accuracy, I-Color provides the controls necessary for
many imaging applications: a dedicated external trigger and camera power at +12 V DC.
Software
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I-Color is supported by the IDEA (Imaging Development Environment for Applications) software
development kit. By using IDEA, developers have the confidence of knowing that they can write
their applications once and have support built-in for the entire I-Series (both current and future) and
HI*DEF product families. Eliminated forever is the need to re-write software every time a new
frame grabber related requirement arises or a new board is introduced. The software compatibility
built into the architecture of IDEA allows the simple movement to other products in the I-Series or
HI*DEF family. With IDEA, ActiveX controls are provided to facilitate easy development with
Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Delphi. Extensive example programs (with source code) are provided
with I-Color. Functions of the example programs include triggered acquisition, video streaming to
AVI files, integration with Pegasus Imaging compression software for streaming, and overlays. For
users with higher level application requirements, drivers are available for Common Vision Blox,
Image-Pro Plus, Optimas, and TWAIN.
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Preliminary. Copyright © 2000 by Foresight Imaging, LLC. All specifications are subject to change without notice.
I-Color Specifications
VIP Interface
4 Video Inputs:
Composite Color, S-Video,
NTSC, PAL, RS-170, CCIR
Video Terminators,
Multiplexer
Video Decoder
(16 or 24 bits color)
(8 bits monochrome)
I-Color
Block Diagram
Memory Controller
Frame Memory
4 Megapixels
(Double Buffered)
Acquisition Control
Camera Power
+ 12 V DC
Controls
Trigger Input
PCI Interface
120+MB/sec
sustained
Video
4 video inputs (4 composite; 2 S-Video & 1 composite;
or 1 S-Video & 3 composite)
Composite video, S-Video, monochrome
NTSC, PAL, RS-170, CCIR
Standard video resolutions and frequencies
VCR stabilization
Real-time scaling and windowing
AGC (on/off )
Input range: 0.5 V pp to 2.0 V pp
Offset: -1.0 V to 2.0 V DC
75 ohm termination
Programmable brightness, contrast, hue, saturation;
8 bits each
AC coupled with DC restoration
Composite sync (analog or TTL)
Bandwidth: 4 MHz
Pixel resolution: up to 640 x 480 NTSC & RS-170;
up to 768 x 576 PAL & CCIR
Performance
120+ MB/second sustained to system memory via PCI bus master
Real-time video streaming
Real-time transfer to VGA memory
Real-time transfer to industry-standard VGA boards via
VIP/VMI over-the-top bus
Storage memory: 4 Megapixels; double buffered
Image Quality
Pixel jitter: ±2.0 ns
S/N ratio: 47 dB
Linearity: Better than 99%
A/D conversion: 16 or 24 bits color; 8 bits monochrome
Color formats: YUV 4:2:2; RGB 8:8:8
Software
Windows 2000, 98, 95, NT
Example application programs (source code included)
Real-time video streaming with AVI file creation
IDEA software development kit
ActiveX controls
Common Vision Blox, Image-Pro Plus, Optimas, and
TWAIN drivers
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Controls
Dedicated trigger input
Camera power: +12 V DC @ 1.0 A
Physical
Five-eighths size PCI card
One female S-Video connector
One female BNC connector
One female 25 pin D-shell connector
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Cabling
Standard S-Video and BNC cables (user provided)
I-Series general purpose cable (optional)
I-Series multi-BNC cable (optional)
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Preliminary. Copyright © 2000 by Foresight Imaging, LLC. All specifications are subject to change without notice.
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