The FireBird Single CoaXPress Low Profile is a member of Active Silicon’s state-of-the-art FireBird frame grabber family. This board has been optimized for cost-effectiveness and is ideal for use with the new small and affordable single link CoaXPress cameras on the market. It combines competitive pricing with all the advantages of CoaXPress – higher bandwidths, longer cable lengths and the considerably higher reliability of a dedicated vision standard.
FireBird is designed for ultimate performance using Active Silicon’s proprietary DMA engine technology, “ActiveDMA”. This technical innovation applies RISC based processor techniques and guarantees zero CPU usage, providing high speed and low latency image data transfers.
CoaXPress is a leading transmission standard for high-speed imaging in professional and industrial applications. The CoaXPress link supports up to 6.25 Gbps data rates, along with device power up to 13W and device control at 20 Mbps – all on a single coax cable. Very long cable lengths are supported – up to 40m at 6.25 Gbps and over 100m at 3.125 Gbps. Active Silicon was one of the primary authors of the CoaXPress international standard, which is hosted by the JIIA (Japan Industrial Imaging Association). All our CoaXPress products are certified compliant to the specification through the JIIA CoaXPress Product Certification Program.
FireBird is supported by Active Silicon’s software development kit, ActiveSDK. This is available as a separate item and allows rapid system development and integration. It provides comprehensive example applications and optimized libraries, and supports a variety of operating systems via a common API, including Windows and Linux (64-bit environment) and QNX. Drivers for third-party applications are also available such as Cognex VisionPro, HALCON, Common Vision Blox, StreamPix, LabVIEW etc. Full GenICam support is included in the drivers and this includes a GenTL Producer for data streaming as well as register accesses. In addition to functions that control the hardware, the libraries include general purpose functions for the manipulation and display of images. A separate datasheet describes the ActiveSDK in detail.