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BitFlow's Latest in CoaXPress: The Claxon CXP4

05 Nov 2020

CXP-12 is the latest CoaXPress standard, now transmitting video at 12.5 Gb/s.  Despite doubling its speed, BitFlow engineers kept the overall architecture of the Claxon-CXP4 identical to the company's previous generation Cyton CXP-6 frame grabber, allowing users to easily swap-out slower CXP 1.1 cameras with more powerful CXP-12 cameras without major software changes or system downtime.  It accommodates capture from up to four CXP-12 cameras simultaneously, plus has high speed inputs and outputs to support an array of sensors and motion encoders.  With four cables and four CXP-12 cameras, the maximum data transfer rate is 5 GB/S, the highest data acquisition rate in the industry today, even at cable lengths up to 40 meters.

By harnessing the speed of CXP 2.0, the Claxon-CXP4 accelerates uplink to 41.6 Mbps, a benefit that enables a host to send triggers to a camera at rates of 600 kHz in single trigger mode or almost 300 kHz in dual trigger mode, all without requiring a dedicated high-speed uplink cable.  Performance is also improved by the frame grabber's use of Micro BNC connectors which are more robust and run at higher speeds than traditional DIN 1.0/2.3 connectors.  A heartbeat packet has also been added which supports time synchronization of multiple cameras, along with the ability to host event packets so that asynchronous messages can be sent from the camera.

Adding the Claxon-CXP4 to an application is simplified by the BitFlow SDK supporting 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems, or by downloading free drivers from the company's website for 3rd party machine vision packages.  Applications can be developed using C/C++/.NET and the company's sophisticated buffer management APIs.  The software included with the Claxon-CXP4 is compatible with all other BitFlow frame grabbers, making the pivot from Camera Link to CXP fast and trouble-free.

Also available in the Claxon family is the Claxon-CXP1 which is a single channel Gen 2 PCIe CXP-12 frame grabber.  The Claxon-CXP2, a dual channel Gen 3 PCIe CXP-12 frame grabber will be available in Q1 of 2021.

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