Pleora’s iPORT CL-U3 External Frame Grabber works by allowing systems manufacturers and integrators to have cost and design flexibility advantages by converting Camera Link cameras into native USB3 Vision cameras.
Benefits of External Frame Grabbers
With these external frame grabbers, Camera Link cameras can transport high-speed imaging and video data over the widely available USB 3.0 bus. These cameras can also be used with a broader selection of smaller form factor, low-power computing platforms to help reduce system costs.
The CL-U3 delivers extra benefits including high bandwidth output, extended operating temperature range, and extensive GPIO functionality enabling real-time, low-jitter triggering of cameras, and synchronisation of other vision system components.
The CL-U3 transmits video from Base and Medium mode Camera Link cameras with low, predictable latency over a USB 3.0 link. The workstation connection is a standard USB 3.0 port, eliminating the need for a desktop computer with an available peripheral card slot for a traditional frame grabber. Because of this designers are able to reduce system size, cost, and power consumption by using computing platforms with smaller form factors, such as laptops, embedded computers, and single-board computers.
The iPORT CL-U3 is supported by Pleora’s feature-rich eBUS SDK application tool kit and drivers. With this software suite, designers can rapidly prototype and deploy production-ready software to support video transmission over GigE, 10 GigE, USB 3.0, and wireless using the same application programming interface (API).