April 9, 2018
Matrox® Imaging has announced the Matrox Rapixo CXP, a new series of multi-link CoaXPress 2.0 frame grabbers. Leveraging the latest version of CoaXPress®, the Rapixo CXP boards support data rates of up to four times 12.5 Gbps, with a PCIe® x8 host computer interface to match, as required in high-speed, high-resolution machine vision applications. Rapixo CXP features up to four connections, and further simplifies integration with support for Power-over-CoaXPress (PoCXP) that combines power, command, and data interfaces onto one cable.
Matrox Rapixo CXP boards also offer custom onboard image processing using their field-programmable gate array device (FPGA) and can also host the license for Matrox Imaging software, avoiding the need for a separate hardware key.
“The Matrox Rapixo CXP family provides immediate benefits and access to customers looking to leverage the CoaXpress 2.0 standard,” says Mathieu Larouche, product manager, Matrox Imaging. “The added speed over a single link looks to be a boon for interfacing to cameras that will integrate a new generation of still higher-resolution and higher-rate sensors in the most straightforward way.”
Higher speed with CXP 2.0
The major feature of the CoaXPress 2.0 standard is the increased data rate; now to up to 12.5 Gbps. The doubled bandwidth per connection is thoroughly ready for the new generation of high-resolution high-rate image sensors.
Rapixo CXP supports up to four connections to either interface with up to four CXP 2.0-compliant cameras or to accommodate higher data rates from one or two cameras through connection aggregation. The PoCXP design streamlines system set up by combining the camera’s power interface with its command- and data-interface onto the same coaxial cable.
Custom FPGA-based image processing
Rapixo CXP makes use of a FPGA device from the Xilinx Kintex® UltraScale™ family for not only integrating the control, formatting, and streaming logic of the various interfaces, but also allowing developers to incorporate Matrox Imaging- or user-developed custom image pre-processing operations—developed in C/C++—to offload from the host computer.
Supported by Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) software
Applications using the Rapixo CXP are programmed using the latest MIL software development kit (SDK) and can target either 64-bit Windows® or Linux®. The frame grabber series also facilitates application deployment through an integrated license fingerprint for MIL software.