Grablink Full

Frame grabber for one full-configuration Camera Link camera

At a glance
  • For one Camera Link 80-bit, Full, Medium or Base configuration camera
  • Directly compatible with hundreds of Camera Link cameras available on the market
  • ECCO: Extended Camera Link cable length
  • PCIe x4 bus: 850 MB/s sustained delivery bandwidth
  • Feature-rich set of 10 digital IO lines

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ECCO: Extended Camera Link Cable Operation

  • Use longer, up to 15 meters long, Camera Link cables!
  • Download this document for more information


High-performance DMA (Direct Memory Access)

  • Direct transfer into user-allocated memory
  • Hardware scatter-gather support
  • 64-bit addressing capability


Line-scan triggering capabilities

  • The Grablink frame grabber controls the camera scanning rate based on the signals received from a motion encoder. When the parts move faster, the acquisition line rate of the camera increases. When the parts move slower, the acquisition line rate of the camera decreases.
  • The Grablink boards interpret A/B signals from quadrature motion encoders to know in which direction (forward or backward) the part is moving.
  • Optionally, the Grablink can be instructed to acquire lines only when the object is moving forward or only when the object is moving backward.
  • A feature called Backward Motion Cancellation stops the acquisition when a backward motion is detected. The line acquisition automatically resumes when the motion is again in the forward direction, at the exact place where the acquisition was interrupted.
  • A Rate Converter allows the camera to acquire lines at any programmable resolution lower or higher than the resolution of the motion encoder. This gives the designer incredible freedom and flexibility during the development of the application.
  • A Rate Divider allows the camera to acquire lines at a resolution lower than the resolution of the motion encoder. It divides the frequency of the incoming encoder signal by a programmable integer.


Directly compatible with hundreds of Camera Link cameras available on the market

Check out our camera compatibility page (in the Support menu) to download the relevant CamFiles


Area-scan triggering capabilities

  • A trigger is used to start the acquisition when the part is in position. Hardware triggers come from the Grablink's I/O lines. Software triggers come from the application.
  • An optional trigger delay is available to postpone the acquisition for a programmable time.
  • A trigger decimation function allows to skip some of the triggers.
  • Camera exposure control allows the application to control the exposure time of the camera.
  • When the acquisition starts, at the appropriate timing, the Grablink board generates a signal to control an illumination device connected to one of its output lines.


Flexible line-scan camera operation with the rate converter.

  • The rate converter is a smart, programmable frequency multiplier/divider.
  • Used with motion encoders and line-scan cameras, it allows the user to choose the aspect ratio of the pixels in the image.
  • It provides a way to calibrate the acquisition chain to easily reach square (1:1 aspect ratio) pixels.


General purpose I/O lines

  • Compatible with a wide range of sensors and motion encoders.
  • High-speed differential inputs: Quadrature motion encoder support up to 5 MHz.
  • Isolated current-sense inputs: 5V, 12V, 24V signaling voltages accepted, up to 50 kHz, individual galvanic isolation up to 500VAC RMS.
  • Isolated contact outputs.


Line-scan triggering capabilities

Grablink supports continuous web scanning (to inspect infinite, continuously moving surfaces without losing a single line) and discrete object scanning (to acquire the image of objects moving in front of the camera).

  • A trigger is used to start the acquisition when the part is in position. Hardware triggers come from the board's I/O lines. Software triggers come from the application.
  • After it is started, the acquisition either:
    • Continues indefinitely (for web inspection applications)
    • Continues for a programmable number of lines (to acquire the image of objects of a known length)
    • Continues until an end trigger is received (to acquire the image of objects of a variable length)
  • An optional trigger delay is available to postpone the beginning of the acquisition for a programmable number of lines.


Windows and Linux drivers available


Mechanical
Form Factor PCI Express card
Format Standard profile, half length, 4-lane PCI Express card
Cooling method Air-cooling, passive heatsink
Mounting For insertion in a standard height, 4-lane or higher, PCI Express card slot
Connectors
  • 'BASE' on bracket:
    • 26-position Shrunk Delta Ribbon (SDR) socket
    • Camera Link Base connector
  • 'MEDIUM/FULL'
    • 26-position Shrunk Delta Ribbon (SDR) socket
    • Camera Link Medium/Full/80-bit connector
  • 'EXTERNAL I/O' on bracket:
    • 26-pin 3-row high-density female sub-D connector
    • I/O lines and power output
  • 'INTERNAL I/O' on PCB:
    • 26-pin 2-row 0.1" pitch pin header with shrouding
    • I/O lines and power output
  • 'POWER INPUT' on module:
    • 4-pin MOLEX power socket
    • 12 VDC power input for I/O
Dimensions L 167.65 mm x H 111.15 mm

L 6.6 in x H 4.38 in
Weight 133 g, 4.69 oz
Host bus
Standard PCI Express 1.0
Link width 4 lanes
Link speed 2.5 GT/s (PCIe 1.0)
Maximum payload size 1024 bytes
DMA 32- and 64-bit
Peak delivery bandwidth 1,024 MB/s
Effective (sustained) delivery bandwidth
  • Up to 833 MB/s for a PCI Express payload size of 256 bytes and 64-bit addressing
  • Up to 844 MB/s for a PCI Express payload size of 256 bytes and 32-bit addressing
  • Up to 754 MB/s for a PCI Express payload size of 128 bytes
Power consumption Max. 6.9 W; Typ. 5.7 W (0.48 A @ 3.3V;0.34 A @+12V)
Camera / video inputs
Interface standard(s) Camera Link 2.0
Connectors 2 Shrunk Delta Ribbon (SDR) Miniature Camera Link (MiniCL)
ECCO - Extended Camera Link Cable Operation ECCO
Number of cameras One 80-bit (10 x 8-bit taps), Full, Medium or Base camera
Line-scan cameras supported Yes
Maximum aggregated camera data transfer rate 6.8 Gbit/s (850 MB/s)
Camera Link configuration Base, Medium, Full, 80-bit (10 x 8-bit taps)
Camera Link clock frequency range From 20 MHz up to 85 MHz
Camera types
  • Gray-scale and color (RGB and Bayer) cameras
  • Area-scan and line-scan cameras
Camera pixel formats supported Monochrome, Bayer, and RGB (PFNC names):
  • Mono8, Mono10, Mono12, Mono14, Mono16
  • BayerXX8, BayerXX10, BayerXX12, BayerXX14, BayerXX16 where XX = GR, RG, GB, or BG
  • RGB8, RGB10, RGB12, RGB14, RGB16
Area-scan camera control
Trigger
  • Precise control of asynchronous reset cameras, with exposure control.
  • Support of camera exposure/readout overlap.
  • Support of external hardware trigger, with optional delay and trigger decimation.
Strobe
  • Accurate control of the strobe position for strobed light sources.
  • Support of early and late strobe pulses.
Line-scan camera control
Scan/page trigger
  • Precise control of start-of-scan and end-of-scan triggers.
  • Support of external hardware trigger, with optional delay.
  • Support of infinite acquisition, without missing line, for web inspection applications.
Line trigger
  • Support for quadrature motion encoders, with programmable noise filters, selection of acquisition direction and backward motion compensation.
  • Rate Converter tool for fine control of the pixel aspect ratio.
  • Rate Divider tool
Line strobe
  • Accurate control of the strobe position for strobed light sources.
On-board processing
On-board memory 128 MB (64 MB for image data)
Image data stream processing
  • Unpacking of 10-/12-/14-bit to 16-bit with selectable justification to LSb or MSb
Input LUT (Look-Up-Table)
  • Monochrome: 8-bit, 10-bit or 12-bit per pixel, up to 1000 MPixel/s
  • RGB: 3x8-bit, 3x10-bit or 3x12-bit per pixel, up to 250 MPixel/s
Geometrical operators
  • Cropping (not available for 2YE cameras)
  • Left/right and up/down mirroring
Bayer CFA to RGB decoder
  • Advanced interpolation method using average and median functions on a 3x3 kernel
  • Up to 225 MPixel/s
General Purpose Inputs and Outputs
Number of lines 10 I/O lines:
  • 2 differential inputs (DIN)
  • 4 isolated inputs (IIN)
  • 4 isolated outputs (IOUT)
Usage
  • The input lines can be used by the acquisition channel as:
    • Camera frame trigger source (area-scan only)
    • Acquisition sequence trigger source (area-scan only)
    • Camera line trigger source (line-scan only)
    • Page acquisition trigger source (line-scan only)
    • Page acquisition end trigger source (line-scan only)
    • (Quadrature) motion encoder input (line-scan only)
  • The IOUT 1 output line can be used by the acquisition channel as:
    • Illumination strobe output
  • All the input lines can be used as general purpose inputs
  • All the output lines can be used as general purpose outputs
Electrical specifications
  • DIN: High-speed differential inputs compatible with ANSI/EIA/TIA-422/485 differential line drivers and complementary TTL drivers
  • IIN: Isolated current-sense inputs with wide voltage input range up to 30V, compatible with totem-pole LVTTL, TTL, 5V CMOS drivers, RS-422 differential line drivers, potential free contacts, solid-state relays and opto-couplers
  • IOUT: Isolated contact outputs compatible with 30V / 100mA loads
Filter control
  • Glitch removal filter available only on input lines used as trigger sources
  • Configurable with five time constants:
    • 100 ns, 500 ns, and 2.5 µs for trigger / page trigger / page end trigger sources
    • 40 ns, 100 ns, 200 ns, 500 ns, 1 µs, 5 µs, 10 µs for line trigger sources
Power output Non-isolated, +5V, 1A and +12V, 1A, with electronic fuse protection
Software
Host PC Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP
  • MIcrosoft Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
  • Linux Kernel versions from 2.6 up to 3.13, compatible with a wide range of distributions
  • 32- and 64-bit versions
APIs
  • MultiCam 32-bit and 64-bit binary libraries (Windows and Linux), for ISO-compliant C/C++ compilers
  • DirectShow filters (Windows only) for Microsoft Visual C++ compilers (32-bit only)
Environmental conditions
Operating ambient air temperature 0 to +50 °C / +32 to +122 °F
Operating ambient air humidity 10 to 90% RH non-condensing
Storage ambient air temperature -20 to +70 °C / -4 to +158 °F
Storage ambient air humidity 10 to 90% RH non-condensing
Certifications
Electromagnetic - EMC standards
  • The European Council EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
  • The Unites States FCC rule 47 CFR 15
EMC - Emission
  • EN 55022:2010 Class B
  • FCC 47 Part 15 Class B
EMC - Immunity
  • EN 55024:2010 Class B
  • EN 61000-4-2
  • EN 61000-4-3
  • EN 61000-4-4
  • EN 61000-4-5
  • EN 61000-4-6
Flammability PCB compliant with UL 94 V-0
RoHS Compliant with the European Union Directive 2011/65/EU (ROHS2)
REACH Compliant with the European Union Regulation No 1907/2006
WEEE Must be disposed of separately from normal household waste and must be recycled according to local regulations
Ordering Information
Product code - Description 1622 - Grablink Full

High speed image acquisition for inspection machines.

The Coaxlink and Grablink cards are dependable industrial frame grabbers that provide robust and stable image acquisition from the fastest digital cameras available. They feature precise camera control and synchronization functions.

  • AOI (Automated Optical Inspection) machines
  • 3D SPI (Solder Paste Inspection) machines
  • 3D lead/ball inspection machines

Very high resolution line-scan image acquisition for inspection machines

The Coaxlink and Grablink cards are dependable industrial frame grabbers that provide robust and stable image acquisition from the fastest digital cameras available. They feature precise line-scan camera control and synchronization functions.

  • Flat Panel Display inspection
  • Solar cell inspection

High frame rate image acquisition for inspection machines

Glass inspection: bottles, vials

Line-scan image acquisition for surface inspection machines

The Coaxlink and Grablink cards are dependable industrial frame grabbers that provide robust and stable image acquisition from the fastest digital cameras available. They feature precise line-scan camera control and synchronization functions.

Line-scan image acquisition for textile inspection

The Coaxlink and Grablink cards are dependable industrial frame grabbers that provide robust and stable image acquisition from the fastest digital cameras available. They feature precise line-scan camera control and synchronization functions.

High speed line-scan image acquisition for printing inspection machines

  • Printing inspection for packages
  • Printing inspection for labels
MultiCam
  Download File size Operating system
Release Notes multicam-6.9.8.2984-releasenotes.pdf 1 MB Windows, Linux
Documentation grablink-documentation-update_4.0.493.pdf 4.2 MB Windows, Linux
multicam-6.9.8.2983-readme.txt 1 kB Linux
multicam-6.9.8.2984-readme.txt 1 kB Windows
Migration Guide for Grablink series.pdf 5.5 MB Windows, Linux
Grablink_TapGeometry_Parameter_Reference_Rev2-2.pdf 1.5 MB Windows, Linux
Using the IO ports of Grablink Base, Grablink DualBase, Grablink Full, and Grablink Full XR_Rev1-2.pdf 1.1 MB Windows, Linux
multicam-linux-6.7.6.474-documentation.tar.gz 39 MB Linux
MultiCam Storage Formats_Rev1-5.pdf 1.5 MB Windows, Linux
multicam-win-6.7.6.474-documentation.exe 40 MB Windows
Setup Files multicam-6.9.8.2984.exe 24 MB Windows
multicam-6.9.8.2983.tar.gz 19 MB Linux
Sample Programs multicam-linux-6.7.0.102258-sampleprograms.tar.gz 10 kB Linux
multicam-linux-6.7-samplesdescription.pdf 77 kB Linux
multicam-win-6.7.0.102256-sampleprograms.zip 0.5 MB Windows
multicam-win-6.7-samplesdescription.pdf 89 kB Windows
  • Grablink Expert 2 was supported up to MultiCam 6.9.8
  • Domino Iota was supported up to MultiCam 6.9.5
  • Grablink Quickpack ColorScan and Grablink Quickpack CFA PCIe were supported up to MultiCam 6.9.4
  • The following boards were supported up to MultiCam 6.9.0.2200:
    • Domino Symphony
    • Grablink Quickpack CFA
    • Grablink Expert 2 cPCI
    • Grablink Value cPCI
    • Picolo Pro 3
    • Picolo Diligent
    • Picolo Diligent Plus
  • Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 were supported up to MultiCam 6.8.2
  • Domino Delta was supported up to MultiCam 6.4.3
  • Windows Server 2003 was supported up to MultiCam 6.4.2
  • Windows 2000 was supported up to MultiCam 6.4.0
  • Picolo Jet-X was supported up to MultiCam 6.3.0