National Instruments announced yesterday that its first PCI Express-based image acquisition board for high-throughput vision applications – the PCIe-1429 – will be ready for delivery in January 2005.
Each NI PCIe-1429 image acquisition board includes one trigger line and two Camera Link connectors to support any base-, medium- or full-configuration Camera Link camera.
Additional I/O lines for advanced triggering, pulse-train outputs and isolated digital I/O also are available. With the board’s four-lane PCI Express configuration, engineers and scientists can acquire at the full Camera Link bandwidth of 680 MB/sec.
In addition, they can synchronise other data acquisition measurements with each acquired image to analyse activities frame by frame in data-intensive applications such as crash tests.
PCI Express is a high-performance, point-to-point serial interconnect that improves upon PCI by providing scalable bus bandwidth. PCI Express also features a layered model that offers backward compatibility with existing PCI applications at the operating system level.
In September, NI announced the NI PCIe-GPIB controller, its first GPIB controller for PCI Express.