Fan-Cooled CoaXPress Frame Grabbers to Address Thermal Management Challenges

BitFlow frame grabbers designed to protect industrial mini-computers where airflow cannot dissipate FPGA heat

  • May 11, 2021
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  • Fan-Cooled CoaXPress Frame Grabbers to Address Thermal Management Challenges
    Fan-Cooled CoaXPress Frame Grabbers to Address Thermal Management Challenges

Small Form Factor (SFF PC) pose challenges in space-constrained embedded vision applications. They are generally fanless to save space making them prone to overheating if airflow isn’t sufficient to dissipate heat from FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) processors. Bitflow has thus developed two new purpose-built frame grabbers featuring board-mounted micro fans to draw in cool air to replace hot air in the SFF PC. This new design increases heat transfer from the FPGA while reducing the overall system size, resulting in higher computing performance and avoiding costly downtime.

Quad-channel frame grabbers developed from the existing architecture of their fanless counterparts

BitFlow Cyton CXP4-V and Claxon CXP4-V quad-channel frame grabbers enable the integrators to have complete confidence when selecting either of these field-proven designs for their vision systems. 

The Claxon CXP4 frame grabber is a quad CXP-12 PCIe Gen 3 frame grabber that supports one to four CXP-12 cameras and multi-link CXP-12 cameras, with CXP speeds from 3.25 to 12.5 Gb/S. Each connected camera has its own I/O and can draw up to 13 W of power. The Cyton CXP4 frame grabber is based on the CoaXPress 1.1 standard and has a Gen 2.0 x8 PCI Express bus interface on its back-end for high-speed access to host memory in multi-camera systems.

Both frame grabbers support simple triggering modes and complicated, application-specific triggering and control interactions within any hardware environment. This permits to deliver extremely fast data transfer plus offer the added value of cooling protection.

Graduated in political sciences and international relations in Paris, Anis joined the team in early 2019. Editor for IEN Europe and the new digital magazine AI IEN, he is a new tech enthusiast. Also passionate about sports, music, cultures and languages. 

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