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
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 for x86 (32-bit) and x86-64 (64-bit) processor architectures
  • Linux, from kernel version 2.6 to 4.13, compatible with a wide range of distributions, for x86 (32-bit) and x86-64 (64-bit) processor architectures
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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