Frame grabbers
Matrox Meteor-II / Multi-Channel
Low-cost frame grabber for monochrome or component RGB interlaced or progressive scan video acquisition.
Matrox Meteor-II/Multi-Channel
Matrox Meteor-II/Multi-Channel is part of the Matrox Meteor-II family of high
performance frame grabbers for cost sensitive applications. Designed to capture
from standard or variable analog monochrome or component RGB frame scan
sources, it specifically supports acquisition from interlaced or progressive
scan component RGB cameras and single or dual-channel progressive scan
monochrome cameras. Matrox Meteor-II/Multi-Channel combines extensive
functionality with unprecedented value in a frame grabber. OEMs and integrators
use this technology to build powerful, yet cost-effective PC-based imaging systems.
VIA: At the heart of the Matrox Meteor-II family
Key features
PCI or PC/104-PlusTM form factor
Common to all Matrox Meteor-II boards is the custom-designed Matrox Video
Interface ASIC (VIA). It is a sophisticated memory controller for managing
real-time acquisition into on-board memory with advanced reformatting
captures from interlaced or progressive
scan component RGB and single or dual
channel monochrome analog video sources
capabilities and, in parallel, streaming image data out over the PCI bus
sampling rates up to 30 MHz
Real-time capture to system or display
three 256 x 8-bit LUTs
connect two RGB or up to six monochrome
video sources
trigger input and timer outputs
32-bit / 33 MHz PCI bus-master
real-time transfer to system or VGA memory
extensive on-board buffering for
reliable capture
support for packed or planar transfers of
color or multiple monochrome streams
power output1 and RS-232 serial interface2
available software is sold separately
and includes Matrox Imaging Library (MIL)/
ActiveMIL, MIL-Lite/ActiveMIL-Lite and
Matrox Inspector
support for Microsoft® Windows® 2000
and Windows® XP
third-party support for Linux
without requiring constant host CPU intervention.
Matrox Meteor-II/Multi-Channel can transfer acquired images to either
system (host CPU) memory for processing or display (VGA) memory for live
video-in-a-window at sustained rates up to 130 MB/second.
Matrox Meteor-II/Multi-Channel
DC OUT
1
12V DC
CLK1
CLK2
Hsync
Vsync
Ext. Trigger
Exposure1
Exposure2
Aux Input
Aux Output
TTL
Drivers
and
Receivers
PSG
Timers
FPGA
2
/
/
PLL
2
Ext. Trigger
Aux Input
5V DC
optocoupler
2
/
4 MB
Sync
Separator
Sync In
4:1 MUX
DB-44
/ 64
Video In 1
2:1
MUX
Video In 2
2:1
MUX
A/D
8
/
Memory
Port
A/D
8
/
LUTs
3 x 256 x 8-bit
Video In 3
2:1
MUX
A/D
24
/
Grab
Port
8
/
/ 32
Host 32-bit PCI bus
RX
TX
RTS
CTS
RS-232
Drivers
and
2
Receivers
U
A
R
T
Image formatting
Image data can be reformatted by Matrox VIA in real-time prior
to transfer to host system or display. Features of Matrox VIA
include cropping (ROI capture), independent horizontal and
vertical sub-sampling from 2 to 16 (by decimation).
Matrox VIA can also perform reformatting operations specifically
designed for reconstructing images from multi-tap cameras
in real-time. Image data presented simultaneously in either
odd/even pixel, odd/even line, opposite scan segments or a
combination, can be re-ordered into a proper image with little
or no host CPU involvement.
Power output1
Matrox Meteor-II/Multi-Channel can supply 5 or 12V DC power
to cameras. Power is taken directly from the PC power supply,
preventing any overload to the PCI bus.
RS-232 serial interface2
Matrox Meteor-II/Multi-Channel features an RS-232 serial
interface to enable remote programming of a camera (i.e., gain,
gamma control, operation mode), motion control unit or PLC.
PCI interface
Matrox Meteor-II/Multi-Channel features a 32-bit PCI bus
master/slave host interface. The bus master mode performs
transfers without requiring continuous host intervention at rates
up to 130 MB/second sustained.
Extensive buffering ensures reliable real-time transfer of
incoming image data to host memory even under high bus
latency conditions, which typically occurs in systems with
concurrent image capture, display, graphics, network access,
disk access and general external I/O. The PCI interface supports
image data sub-sampling from 2 to 16 (by decimation) to further
reduce required PCI bus bandwidth.
The PCI interface also supports packed or planar transfers
of color or multiple monochrome streams. Acquisition-related
events such as start and end of frame, and field or sequence
capture can be routed to the host CPU as interrupts to optimize
concurrent acquisition and processing (double-buffering).
2
Software
Software support is available for Microsoft® Windows® 2000
and Windows® XP, and consists of Matrox Imaging Library
(MIL)/ActiveMIL or MIL-Lite/ActiveMIL-Lite development toolkits
for creating custom applications. Matrox Meteor-II/MultiChannel is also supported by Matrox Inspector Windows®-based
interactive imaging software.
Specifications
Acquisition
• three-channel analog variable frame scan
• monochrome or RGB interlaced or progressive scan
• sampling rate up to 30 MHz
• SNR of 47 dB
• pixel jitter of ± 1.5 ns
• variable gain amplifier
• 10 MHz input low pass filter
• adjustable ADC references
• three 256 x 8-bit programmable LUTs
• separate TTL pclk (in and out), hsync (in or out), vsync (in or
out) and two timer (exposure) outputs
3
• two opto-isolated differential auxiliary inputs and two TTL
auxiliary inputs and outputs
• opto-isolated differential and TTL trigger inputs (synchronous
and asynchronous to video)
• connect and switch between 2 RGB or up
to 6 monochrome sources
Formatting
input cropping (ROI capture)
• independent horizontal and vertical sub-sampling from
2 to 16 (by decimation)
Power output1:
• 5 or 12V DC at 3A
• from PC power supply (not PCI slot)
Host interface
32-bit PCI bus master/slave
• up to 130 MB/second sustained
• 4 MB buffer
• support for packed or planar image data formats
• independent horizontal and vertical sub-sampling both from
2 to 16 (by decimation)
• interrupts for start and end of field, frame and
sequence capture
• universal 32-bit card edge connector
•
Connector pinouts
To see connector pinout diagrams for the Matrox Meteor-II/
Multi-Channel, please visit the product section of the Matrox
Imaging web site:
http://www.matrox.com/imaging/products/meteor 2_mc
Dimensions and environmental information
PCI version4:
- 16.5 L x 10.67 H cm (6.5" x 4.2")
TM
5
• PC/104-Plus version :
- 11.56 L x 9.6 H cm (4.55" x 3.78")
• operating temperature: 0° C to 55° C (32° F to 131° F)
• relative humidity: up to 95% (non-condensing)
• FCC class A
• CE class A
• RoHS-compliant
•
•
RS-232 interface2
supports RX, TX, RTS and CTS signals
• not visible to OS (controlled through MIL API)
•
Software Environment
drivers for Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and Windows® XP
• programmed using MIL/MIL-Lite (‘C’ DLLs) with
Microsoft® Visual C++® (.NET 2003)
• programmed using ActiveMIL/ActiveMIL-Lite (ActiveX
controls) with Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET 2003 or C++®
.NET 2003
•
3
Ordering Information
Notes:
Hardware
1.
2.
3.
4.
Part number
METEOR2-MC/4* (PCI)
Description
Power output not available on PC/104-PlusTM version.
RS-232 interface not present on PC/104-PlusTM version.
TTL inputs on PC/104-PlusTM version.
Vertical dimensions are from bottom edge of goldfinger to top edge of board.
Horizontal dimensions are from edges of board excluding bracket.
5. Vertical and horizontal dimensions are from edges of board.
6. Contact local representative or Matrox Imaging Sales for availability.
Standard/non-standard
analog RGB/monochrome frame grabber.
MET2-MC+*(PC/104-Plus™)
Ordered separately:
Software
Part number
Description
MIL LITE 8 WIN
MIL-Lite board control library for Microsoft®
Windows® 2000 and Windows® XP
(see MIL-Lite brochure for more details).
MIL 8 WIN P or U
Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) for Microsoft®
Windows® 2000 and Windows® XP
(see MIL brochure for more details).
INSPECTOR 8 P or U6
Matrox Inspector interactive Windows®
imaging software.
Input cables
DBHD44-TO-8BNC
2.13 m (7') input cable, high density DB-44
to eight BNCs.
DH44-TO-8BNC/0
1.82 m (6') input cable, high density DB-44
to eight BNCs and open end (to access
sync. and control signals).
Corporate headquarters:
Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd.
1055 St. Regis Blvd.
Dorval, Quebec H9P 2T4
Canada
Tel: +1 (514) 685-2630
Fax: +1 (514) 822-6273
For more information, please call: 1-800-804-6243 (toll free in North America) or (514) 822-6020
or e-mail: imaging.info@matrox.com or http://www.matrox.com/imaging
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