HawkEye-CL Camera Link Frame Grabber

The Gidel HawkEye-CL frame grabbing and real-time image processing system provides the core infrastructure required to realize demanding Vision and Imaging applications.  The HawkEye series offers a number of options to accommodate the diverse application needs starting from plug-and-play high-performance frame grabbers to a full system solution comprising acquisition, open-FPGA image processing and flexible custom camera interface. Off-the-shelf HawkEye solutions include support for Camera Link and CoaXPress cameras.


The HawkEye-CL is Camera Link Rev. 2.0 compliant supporting 80-bit Camera Link modes, including 10-bits/8-tap and 8-bit/10-tap modes. The HawkEye-CL family is based on PCIe Gen. 3 x8 providing CPU-free ultra-fast offload capacity of up to 64 Gb/s.  Huge data buffers of up to 16 GB fortify the acquisition bandwidth and the image processing capabilities on powerful Arria 10 FPGA.  The HawkEye is supported by Gidel’s Proc Developer’s kit comprising ProcFG GUI application, API library and examples for developing a customized application and the ProcWizard application for efficient development of image processing algorithms on FPGA.

Ordering Information

Phone: +972 4 610 2500
Fax: +972 4 610 2501

North America:
Phone: +1 408 969 0389
Fax: +1 408 465 7361

  • Supports Camera Link 2.0, including Base, Medium, Full, and 80-bit (Deca)
  • Supported by user-friendly GUI application, API suite, and application examples
  • Acquisition rate up to 50 Gb/s
  • PCIe x8, Gen. 3 host interface for up to 64 Gb/s
  • Image buffer of up to 16 GB
  • PCIe low-profile form factor
  • Support for Power over Camera Link (PoCL)
  • Option for on-board image processing
  • Powerful tools for efficient development of both software and FPGA code.
  • Automotive and Inspection applications demanding real-time analysis and system response.
  • Military & Aerospace applications combining real-time and post-acquisition analysis.
  • Medical & Scientific application requiring high-resolution imaging capabilities.
  • Broadcasting, Traffic & Transportation applications processing high-volume data from multiple locations.
Camera Interface1 80-bit (Deca), Full, Medium or Base Camera Link or 2 Base Camera Links with option for PoCL
Pixel ClockUp to 85 MHz
Image FormatsMono, Bayer, RGBA (8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 bits/color) and RGB (8, 10 and 12 bits/color).
Max Acquisition RateUp to 50 Gb/s acquisition rate
Host BusPCIe x8 Gen. 3
Host ThroughputUp to 64 Gb/s
Frame Buffer1-16 GB
Max Number of Taps10 taps/8-bits, 8 taps/10-bits
Form FactorPCIe low-profile
MTBF> million hours
Camera TypesArea and Line
GPIORS422, opto-coupler, LVTTL and 30V at 0.9A
Advanced FeaturesSelective ROI acquisition
Software SupportProcFG GUI, API and examples. For open FPGA grabber version, ProcWizard Development tool
OS SupportWin 7, 10 and Server 2012 (64-bit) and Linux (kernel 2.6.x- 3.10.x). Linux version doesn’t include ProcFG GUI
Image ProcessingFor open FPGA grabber version, option for adding image processing code on Altera Arria 10 FPGA
Ordering Code*
(Basic Models)
Arria 10 DeviceOpen FPGASpeed Grade*DDR4 Frame BufferLEsM20K Blocks18×19 Multipliers
HawkEye-CLN/ANON/AOn-board: 1 GBN/AN/AN/A
HawkEye-CL-16GX160YES-2On-board: 1 GB160K8,800312
HawkEye-CL-48GX 480YES-3on-board: 1 GB
M=4-->4 GB
M=8-->8 GB
M=16-->16 GB

*For additional HawkEye-CL models, including PoCL, low profile brackets, 2 GB on-board, and other FPGA speed grades, please contact Gidel Sales.

Download our data sheet for the HawkEye-CL Camera Link Acquisition and Image Processing System.