The FastX-UXGA frame grabber series is for users who anticipate a demand for extreme I/O requirements or higher bandwidth, complex image processing and real-time fast storage in a cost effective platform. The base Fast-UXGA, is a raw-length PCI board with two (four-muxed) UXGA analog conversion channels using Analog Device's AD9888. The front end data is formatted and preprocessed by a FPGA before being sent to the memory subsection, from zero to four PNX1702 processors before output. Finally, the Fast-UXGA interfaces to the host computer through a 4x PCIe interface for state-of-the-art data acquisition.

Alacron FastXUXGA UXGA frame grabber photo


The Analog Device's AD9888 has the following features for high speed analog signal aquisition

  • 205 MSPS Maximum Conversion Rate
  • 500 MHz Programmable Analog Bandwidth
  • 0.5 V to 1.0 V Analog Input Range
  • Less than 450 ps p-p PLL Clock Jitter @ 205 MSPS
  • 3.3 V Power Supply
  • Full Sync Processing
  • Sync Detect for "Hot Plugging"
  • 2:1 Analog Input Mux
  • 4:2:2 Output Format Mode
  • Midscale Clamping
  • Power-Down Mode
  • Low Power: <1 W Typical @205 MSPS


The diagram below outlines the basic functional section of the FAST-UXGA boards. These are:

  • Dual (four muxed) 205 MHz UXGA A/D convertors
  • Raw PCI form factor board with 1-2 GB dedicated high speed DDRAM for sustained real-time on-board storage
  • Programmable FPGA and memory subsystem for I/O interface configuration and processing
  • From zero to four PNX1702 VLIW processors
  • PCIe x4 bus interface
  • Supported by standard firmware development tools, including fully optimized basic data manipulation, data formatting and image processing routines
  • Drivers for Windows® 2K/XP, Linux, and Solaris™

Alacron FastXUXGA frame grabber photo


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