Abaco introduces modules to upgrade Camera Link-based systems

Abaco Systems has introduced the FMC422 Dual Camera Link FMC (FPGA mezzanine card). The FMC422 is VITA 57.1 FMC-compliant and designed for mission-critical video processing applications that require high performance capture or output together with FPGA processing.

The FMC422 is suited to high bandwidth deployments such as degraded visual environments, active protection systems and autonomous vehicles. According to Abaco Systems, the FMC422 can be used for new systems as well as a straightforward technology refresh/performance upgrade for existing systems. Users can also benefit from the latest FPGA boards from Abaco such as the VP880, a 3U VPX FPGA board featuring a Xilinx Ultrascale FPGA and Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC as well as Abaco’s range of FPGA carrier cards.

Using the FMC422, customers can substantially minimise the time, cost and risk of developing mission ready systems for low latency video applications,” said Pierrick Vulliez, vice president, Advanced RF and DSP at Abaco Systems. The comprehensive support package lessens development effort, says the company, decreasing cost and time-to-deployment.

Modular solutions leverage proven interfaces for customers to refresh their legacy systems rather than having to completely re-architect them.

Camera Link has low latency and high bandwidth characteristics and is suitable for video processing applications. However, monolithic video processing boards with Camera Link inputs can make it challenging to upgrade to the latest technology. Transitioning to the FMC422 and an FPGA board can enable tech insertion today, as well as provide a simpler path to future FMC module upgrades, says Abaco Systems. This modular approach can also significantly mitigate the impact of obsolescence, counsels the company.

The FMC422 offers three advantages, says the company. The first is a direct LVDS connection to the FPGA. Older generation transceiver technology cannot operate with modern FPGAs, advises Abaco Systems. Another advantage is the potential to run at a faster data rate than the standard because of the direct connection to the FPGA. Finally, customers can leverage Abaco’s systems expertise as well as ease integration complexity by using one partner for multiple aspects of their system development. 

Camera links up to and beyond the industry standard are provided by the FMC422, while Power over Camera Link (PoCL) reduces the requirement for customers to add power cables to their camera. Pairing the FMC422 with an FPGA carrier enables extensive support for legacy cameras as well as future products.

Software support includes Microsoft Windows and Linux, a board support package that includes an open source VHDL reference design and open source C/C++ reference examples and Stellar IP, an FPGA tool to simplify and speed system development.



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