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FireBird Dual Deca Camera Link .
FIREBIRD CAMERA LINK
Dual Deca Frame Grabber
 Camera Link Frame Grabber
 Supports dual Base, dual Medium, dual Full
and dual 80 bit (Deca) modes, with PoCL
 RISC based DMA engine technology
 8-lane Gen2 PCI Express interface
FEATURES
 Supports the latest v2.0 Camera Link interface.
 RISC based DMA engine gives zero CPU acquisition.
 High speed PCI Express 8-lane Gen2 interface.
 Comprehensive I/O.
 Supports PoCL (Power over Camera Link).
 Standard half-length PCI form factor.
 Supported by the proven Phoenix software SDK.
 Supports GenICam for CLProtocol & GenCP cameras.
 Includes GenICam GenTL Producer.
OVERVIEW
FireBird Camera Link Dual Deca is a member of Active Silicon’s new state-of-the-art FireBird frame
grabber family.
FireBird is designed for ultimate performance providing the very fastest image acquisition without any CPU
intervention using the latest FPGA families, DDR3 memory, and a fast Gen2 PCI Express interface.
FireBird supports the latest version 2.0 Camera Link specification, including both 80 bit modes: 8 bit 10-tap
and 10 bit 8-tap modes – often referred to as Camera Link “Deca”, at clock rates up to 85 MHz. Developed
for high-end multiple camera applications, the FireBird Camera Link Dual Deca supports capture from two
simultaneous Camera Link cameras which could be two Medium, two Full or two Deca cameras.
FireBird is supported by Active Silicon’s Phoenix SDK, allowing easy migration for existing customers using
Phoenix frame grabbers. The Phoenix SDK is available as a separate item, and allows rapid system
development and integration. It provides comprehensive example applications and optimized libraries, and
is available for a variety of operating systems via a common API, including Windows and Linux (32 bit and
64 bit environments) as well as Mac OS X and QNX. Drivers for third party applications are also available
such as Cognex VisionPro, Image-Pro Plus, StreamPix, LabVIEW etc. As well as functions that control the
hardware, the libraries include general purpose functions for the manipulation and display of images. A
separate datasheet describes the SDK in detail.
FireBird also supports GenICam for Camera Link cameras which support CLProtocol, including those using
GenCP. A GenTL Producer is provided as part of the FireBird driver installation which allows the frame
grabber to be used with GenICam GenTL compliant applications.
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SPECIFICATION SUMMARY
Camera Link
Interface:
FireBird is fitted with the 26 way 3M MDR connectors and screwlocks as specified in
the Camera Link v2.0 specification. LEDs by each connector show the link status.
Camera Clock:
FireBird supports effective clock rates from DC to the Camera Link maximum of
85MHz, using the Camera Link Strobe (STB) and Data Valid (DVAL) signals.
PoCL:
FireBird supports Power over Camera Link (PoCL) functionality and is able to
provide power to PoCL enabled cameras via the Camera Link data cable therefore
removing the need for a separate power supply. In addition to this the FireBird
implements SafePower, an intelligent sense mechanism which detects the presence
of a PoCL camera before applying power to it. This safety mechanism ensures that
power is not applied to conventional non-PoCL cameras.
FireBird can supply up to 4W at a nominal 12V to a Base mode PoCL camera, or
8W to Medium/Full/80 bit cameras, as required by the Camera Link specification.
Both Camera Link connectors support PoCL, which with SafePower allows the use
of any combination of PoCL and conventional cameras.
Buffer Memory:
512 MBytes of DDR3 memory is fitted for buffering between the Camera Link
interface and the PCI Express bus.
PCI Express:
8-lane Gen2 interface to support up to 40 Gbps transfer from FireBird to the PC.
I/O:
The following I/O lines are provided for triggers, shaft encoders, exposure control
and general I/O:
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4 opto-isolated inputs.
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4 opto-isolated outputs.
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4 TTL inputs, 5V tolerant.
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4 TTL outputs, 5V logic.
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4 RS-422 inputs.
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4 RS-422 outputs.
All these I/O signals are provided on a 50 way header on the FireBird board.
Fan Controller:
The fan speed is linked to the temperature of the FPGA die for optimum cooling and
noise level.
CONFORMANCE
PCI Express
Interface:
PCI Express Bus eight lane Gen2 interface to Specification Revision 2.0, with a max
payload size of 512 bytes.
FireBird Camera Link Dual Deca supports both Short (32 bit) and Long (64 bit)
Address packets. It also generates Posted Writes for image data, thus achieving
transfer rates in excess of 3.4 GBytes/sec, subject to host performance.
The board requires 16 MBytes of address space.
Camera Link:
FireBird Camera Link Dual Deca conforms to v2.0 of the Camera Link
specification.
Approvals:
EU
USA
 mark for compliance with EMC EN 55022:2010 (class A) and EN
55024:2010 in accordance with EU directive 2004/108/EC.
RoHS compliance to RoHS2 directive 2011/65/EU.
EMC FCC Class A.
The printed circuit board is manufactured by UL recognised manufacturers and has
a flammability rating of 94-V0.
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PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DETAILS
Dimensions:
PCB:
Overall:
Width:
168mm by 111mm.
174mm by 111mm.
Dual-Slot.
Approximate weight:
244g.
Power consumption
(typical):
+3.3 V
650mA
Storage Temperature:
-15°C to +85°C.
Operating Temperature:
0 °C to +85°C (ambient environment).
Relative Humidity:
10% to 90% non-condensing (operating and storage).
+12 V
910mA
Measured during simultaneous
acquisition from two Deca cameras
running at 85MHz.
ORDERING INFORMATION
PART NUMBER
DESCRIPTION
AS-FBD-2XCLD-2PE8
FireBird Camera Link Dual Deca frame grabber.
AS-PHX-SDK-xxx
Software Development Kit for xxx operating system.
For a full list of all supported operating systems please refer to the SDK
datasheet, or contact your distributor.
AS-CBL-CL-MP-D-xM
Camera Link cable x metres in length, suitable for both PoCL and
conventional cameras.
Standard stock lengths are 1m, 3m, 5m, and 7m.
Higher flex rating and longer length cables also available – contact your
distributor for details.
THE FIREBIRD RANGE
The following products are also available in the range:
 High performance CoaXPress frame grabbers in single, dual and quad configurations.
 Camera Link frame grabbers: Base, Medium, Full, Deca (80 bit), Dual-Deca.
 HD-SDI frame grabbers.
Some variants in the range are also available in non-PC form-factors such as PC/104-Express and XMC.
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CONTACT DETAILS
Europe:
USA:
Active Silicon Ltd
Pinewood Mews, Bond Close, Iver,
Bucks, SL0 0NA, UK.
Active Silicon, Inc.
479 Jumpers Hole Road, Suite 301,
Severna Park, MD 21146, USA.
Tel:
Fax:
Email
Website:
Tel:
Fax:
Email:
Website:
+44 (0)1753 650600
+44 (0)1753 651661
info@activesilicon.com
www.activesilicon.com
+1 410-696-7642
+1 410-696-7643
info@activesilicon.com
www.activesilicon.com
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