CamSim Camera/Machine Simulator

The Gidel CamSim™ is a flexible high-performance camera simulator that
generates CoaXPress and Camera Link video stream and test patterns for
testing frame grabbers or vision/imaging systems. The system supports
all CoaXPress v1.1 and Camera Link™ v2.0 configurations and can be customized
for any user-defined camera protocol and interface.

The CamSim enables most development to be done in a low-cost lab environment. Thus, the CamSim significantly improves productivity and reduces the overall expense of developing vision and imaging systems. Gidel’s CamSim data flow repetition capability ensures that algorithms are validated and work as expected with pertinent input. Moreover, once the rare bug is detected, its respective data flow can be accurately reconstructed to locate the bug and quickly fix it.

The CamSim suite includes:

  • Application Software: An intuitive GUI enabling full control of the image simulation, including: transmitting image from user files or from the pattern generator files, configuring the camera link parameters, defining signal timing, and displaying images transmitted.
  • API Methods: A set of CamSim API methods that can be used to develop a customized user application. The API methods run on both Windows and Linux.
  • Gidel PCIe Board: A PCIe FPGA board incorporating Gidel CamSim firmware for transmitting the image data.

Contact Information

North America:

+1 408 969 0389


+972 4 610 2500

Asia Pacific:

+972 4 610 2500

  • Simulates all CoaXPress 1.1 pixel formats, including Raw, Mono, Planar, Planar Raw, Bayer, RGB, RGBA, YUV, YCbCr601, YCbCr709
  • Simulates all camera link v2.0 configurations (base / medium / full/80-bit (DECA))
  • Supports BMP and RAW input image files
  • Pattern generator for transmitting color and grayscale test patterns
  • Fully programmable image timing and data parameter configuration via user-friendly GUI
  • API methods for developing user simulator applications
  • User-configurable Camera Control (CC) lines for triggering options
  • Camera Link throughput capabilities of 1-10 pixels simultaneously at 7,000-85,000 KHz. Pixel bit depth varies from 8 to 36 bits per pixel
  • 1 or 8 GB image buffer
  • 4x DIN 1.0/2.3 connectors for simulating up to 4x 6.25 Gb/s cXp links
  • Two SDR-26 connectors for simulating all Camera Link modes

System Block Diagram

CamSim system block diagram
CamSim System Overview
CamSim System Overview

Target Applications


  • Vision Algorithms Development
  • Image Processing Application Testing
  • Machine Vision Integration
  • Vision System Reliability Testing
  • Debugging the Rare Bug

Technical Specifications

CoaXPress Link ModesUp to 4x 6.25 Gb/s links
Camera Link Modes1 80-bit (Deca), Full, Medium or Base Camera Link
Pixel FormatsRaw, Mono, Bayer, RGBA (8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 bits/color), RGB (8, 10 and 12 bits/color), YUV, YCbCr601, YCbCr709
Max. ResolutionHorizontal: 16 K pixels (24-bit) Vertical: 65 K lines (16-bit) or infinite in Line scan simulation
Camera Link ConfigurationsAll configurations as defined by the Camera Link standard, including 80-bit (Deca): 10 taps/8bits, 8bits/10taps.
Camera Link Pixel ClockUp to 85 MHz
Connectors4x DIN 1.0/2.3 (CoaXPress), 2x SDR26 (Camera Link), 15-pin header I/O
Frame Buffer 1 or 8 GB
Board Form FactorLow-profile PCIe
Software SupportCamSim GUI, API, and examples
Host BusPCIe x8 Gen. 3,
Camera TypesArea and Line
OS SupportWin 10 and Server 2012 (64-bit) and Linux (kernel 2.6.x- 4.19.11).
Linux version doesn’t support GUI, only API.

Ordering Information

ModelsOutputsHost BusImage BufferFeatures
CamSim-CLSingle base/ medium/ full/80bit (DECA)PCIe x8 Gen. 38 GBIncludes: CamSim board, application GUI and API suite for developing custom application
CamSim-CL-LiteSingle base/ medium/ full/80bit (DECA)PCIe x8 Gen. 31 GB Includes: CamSim board, application GUI and API suite for developing custom application.
CamSim-X 4x CoaXPress, 1.25-6.25 Gb/s (CXP-6) PCIe x8 Gen. 3 8 GB Includes: CamSim board, application GUI and API suite for developing custom application.
CamSim-X-Lite4x CoaXPress, 1.25-6.25 Gb/s (CXP-6) PCIe x8 Gen. 3 1 GBIncludes: CamSim board, application GUI and API suite for developing custom application.
Download our data sheet for the CamSim Camera Simulator.