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

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
  • 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
  • Hardware trigger for up to four cameras
  • With configurable noise removal filter and optional delay
  • 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
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
  • 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
Electromagnetic - EMC standards
  • European Council EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
  • 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 61000-4-5
  • 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
Optional accessories 1203 - VEB

Low cost image acquisition from industrial analog cameras for inspection machines

Take advantage of the lowest-cost industrial cameras available on the market with the Domino and Picolo series cards.

Standard and high-definition image acquisition

Endoscopy applications

Standard and high-definition image acquisition 1

Dental applications

Standard and high-definition image acquisition 2

Video-guided surgery applications

High-definition image acquisition

Offline inspection stations

High-definition image acquisition 1

Laboratory and measuring microscopes

Video acquisition from multiple cameras

Associated products
Picolo Alert PCIe

Video acquisition from multiple cameras

Associated products
Picolo Alert PCIe
  Download File size Operating system
Release Notes multicam-release-notes-6.13.641.pdf 1.1 MB Windows, Linux
Documentation grablink-documentation-update-6.13.641.pdf 1.8 MB Windows, Linux
grablink-multicam-parameters-6.13.640.pdf 2.7 MB Windows, Linux
multicam-linux-documentation- 58 MB Linux
multicam-win-documentation- 91 MB Windows
grablink-tap-geometries-2.2.0.pdf 1.5 MB Windows, Linux
multicam-storage-formats-1.5.0.pdf 1.5 MB Windows, Linux
grablink-gpio-user-guide-1.2.0.pdf 1.1 MB Windows, Linux
multicam-acquisition-principles-1.1.0.pdf 1.8 MB Windows, Linux
grablink-migration-guide-1.0.0.pdf 5.5 MB Windows, Linux
Setup Files multicam-win- 25 MB Windows
multicam-win-readme- 1 kB Windows
multicam-linux- 19 MB Linux
multicam-linux-readme- 1 kB Linux
Sample Programs multicam-linux-sample-programs-description-6.13.641.pdf 0.8 MB Linux
multicam-win-sample-programs-description-6.13.641.pdf 0.8 MB Windows
multicam-win-sample-programs- 0.6 MB Windows
multicam-linux-sample-programs- 17 kB Linux
  • Windows XP was supported up to MultiCam 6.9.8
  • Grablink Expert 2 was supported up to MultiCam 6.9.8
  • An incorrect "Signature is corrupt or invalid" error message appears after downloading multicam- with Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Please ignore this message.
  • 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
    • 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
Please select the boxes above to find supported cameras you’re looking for!

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