Picolo Alert PCIe

PCIe video capture card with four BNC connectors for up to 16 standard PAL/NTSC cameras

At a glance
  • 4x BNC connectors on the bracket, expandable to 16 with three [1203] VEB modules (sold separately)
  • PCIe x1 bus
  • Sixteen shared video decoders, 100/120 images per second (200/240 fields per second)
  • Real-time acquisition from 4 cameras, fast switching between up to 16 cameras
  • Independently-programmable frame rate and acquisition parameters for each video input

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Video input configurations

  • Four cameras can be connected using the BNC connectors on the bracket: Acquisition at 30 (NTSC) or 25 (PAL) frames per second per camera
  • Sixteen cameras can be connected using the BNC connectors on the bracket and three [1203] VEBs: Acquisition at 7.5 (NTSC) or 6.25 (PAL) frames per second per camera


Windows and Linux drivers available


Mechanical
Form Factor PCI Express card
Format Standard profile, half length, 1-lane PCI Express card
Dimensions L 167.65 mm x H 106.65 mm
L 6.6 in x H 4.38 in
Host bus
Standard PCI Express 1.0
Link width 1 lane
Link speed 2.5 GT/s (PCIe 1.0)
DMA 32-bit
Peak delivery bandwidth 256 MB/s
Effective (sustained) delivery bandwidth 180 MB/s (Host PC motherboard dependent)
Power consumption Max. 9.5 W (2.9 A @ +3.3 V)
Camera / video inputs
Interface standard(s) NTSC-M, PAL-B/G, RS-170, CCIR
Connectors
  • VIDEO 1 to VIDEO 4: BNC female connectors on the bracket for composite video inputs
  • VEB LINK 0 to VEB LINK 3: 10-pin shrouded header connectors on the PCB for VEB modules
Termination resistor Selectable using switches on the bracket
Native resolution Square pixels, broadcast and custom resolutions
Frame rate
  • Up to 25/30 images per second, 50/60 fields per second per input
  • Total 100/120 images per second with up to 16 cameras
Number of cameras 16
Number of cameras (at full frame rate) 4
Line-scan cameras supported No
Video delivery
Raw video format(s)
  • Packed RGB color formats: RGB15, RGB16, RGB24, RGB32
  • Planar RGB color formats: RGB24PL
  • Packed YUV color formats: YUV411, YUV422, YUV444
  • Planar YUV color formats: YUV411PL, YUV422PL, YUV444PL, YUV411PL, YUV422PL
  • Monochrome formats: Y8
Deliverable video resolution (SD) Frame, field, CIF, QCIF and custom image formats
Area-scan camera control
Trigger
  • Hardware trigger for up to four cameras
  • With configurable noise removal filter and optional delay
Strobe
  • Hardware strobe signal for up to four cameras
  • With programmable position and duration
General Purpose Inputs and Outputs
Number of lines 9 I/O lines:
  • 4 contact closure inputs (IN)
  • 5 solid-state relay outputs (OUT)
Connectors I/O: 20-pin dual-row 0.1" shrouded header on the PCB
Usage General purpose IO
Electrical specifications
  • IN: Polarity-free inputs, compatible with TTL, 12V and 24V signals, opto-couplers, relays and switches
  • OUT: Opto-isolated potential-free and polarity-free solid-state outputs, compatible with signals up to 30V, with 4 µs fall time, isolated up to 500V
Watchdog Yes
Software
Host PC Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2
  • Linux, from kernel version 2.6 to 4.10, compatible with a wide range of distributions
  • 32- and 64-bit versions
APIs
  • MultiCam 32- and 64-bit binary libraries (Windows and Linux), for ISO-compliant C/C++ compilers
  • DirectShow 32- and 64-bit filters (Windows only), for Microsoft Visual C++ compilers
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
  • European Council EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
  • United 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 61000-4-5
  • EN 61000-4-6
Flammability PCB compliant with UL 94 V-0
RoHS European Union Directive 2011/65/EU (ROHS2)
REACH European Union Regulation 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
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