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Picolo Tetra

PCI 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)
  • PCI 64-bit 66 MHz bus
  • Four 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



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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
  • Eight cameras can be connected using the BNC connectors on the bracket and one [1203] VEB: Acquisition at 6.7 (NTSC) or 5.6 (PAL) frames per second per camera
  • Twelve cameras can be connected using the BNC connectors on the bracket and two [1203] VEBs: Acquisition at 4.6 (NTSC) or 3.8 (PAL) frames per second per camera
  • Sixteen cameras can be connected using the BNC connectors on the bracket and three [1203] VEBs: Acquisition at 3.5 (NTSC) or 2.9 (PAL) frames per second per camera


Windows and Linux drivers available
Windows and Linux drivers available


Mechanical
Form Factor PCI card
Format Standard profile, half-length, 64-bit Conventional PCI card
Dimensions L 168 mm x H 107 mm
Host bus
Standard PCI 64-bit, 66 MHz, 3.3 V and 5 V signaling
DMA 32-bit
Power consumption Max. 8 W (1.3 A @ +5V, 120 mA @ +12V, 5 mA @ -12V)
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 four cameras
Number of cameras 16
Number of cameras (at full frame rate) 4
Line-scan cameras supported No
Video delivery
Raw video format(s) Planar, packed, YUV and RGB color formats
Deliverable video resolution (SD) Frame, field, CIF, QCIF and custom image formats
General Purpose Inputs and Outputs
Number of lines 13 I/O lines (IO)
Connectors DIGITAL I/O: 16-pin two-row 0.1" shrouded header on the PCB
Usage General purpose IO
Electrical specifications IO: TTL-compatible I/O lines
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
EMC - Emission
  • EN 55022:2010 Class B
EMC - Immunity
  • EN 55024:2010 Class B
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
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