Camera Link Frame Grabber and Image Processing Family

High Performance Camera Link Grabber

The HawkEye-CL frame grabber is  Camera Link Rev. 2.0 compliant, offering a number of options , from plug-and-play grabbers to a full system solution that includes acquisition and on-FPGA processing. The HawkEye-CL combines  Camera Link 80-bit (DECA) acquisition, PCIe Gen. 3 x8 host interface,  image buffers of up to 16 GB, real-time compression, and ability to offload Regions Of Interest (ROI) for efficient bandwidth utilization. The grabber enables the use of  1+ GPixels/s  Lossless and JPEG encoders – four times the pixel frequency of any other available solution.

Camera Link Edge Computers

The Gidel FantoVision Edge computers are a market unique solution combining Camera Link grabbers with an NVIDIA Jetson computer in an ultra compact  form factor. FantoVision enables image pre-processing on FPGA, including compression, and further real-time processing on the Jetson computer using NVIDIA’s CUDA-based image processing and AI libraries.

FPGA Vision Development Suite

Gidel’s grabber systems are supported by the ProcVision Developer’s Suite that enables users to tailor their Vision flows in an intuitive and simple manner by customizing both the software and the FPGA design code for different frame grabbing flavors. The kit includes the ProcFG and InfiniVision frame grabber GUIs, APIs and supporting libraries. The Gidel Proc Dev Kit enables automatic generation of Application Support Packages (ASPs), and includes Gidel’s CamSim (camera simulator) as well as tools for debugging and verifying FPGA ISP IPs.

Contact Information

North America:

+1 408 969 0389


+972 4 610 2500

Asia Pacific:

+972 4 610 2500

  • Supports Camera Link 2.0, including Base, Medium, Full, and 80-bit (Deca)
  • Pixel formats supported: Mono, Bayer, RGBA and RGB
  • Infrastructure for full Vision/Imaging system solution including image acquisition, real-time image pre- and post-processing
  • Frame buffers of up to 16 GB to enable high-acquisition capacity and to enhance image processing capabilities
  • Host interface: PCIe Gen. 3 x8
  • PCIe low-profile form factor
  • Support for area and line scan cameras
  • Diverse I/O capabilities:
    • RS422 inputs
    • Opto-couplers
    • Current sink drivers
    • Bi-directional GPIOs
  • Powerful ecosystem:
    • ProcVision Suite for developing the Image Processing block and customization pipeline flow
    • Image compression IPs
    • Tools for efficient development of both software and FPGA code
    • InfiniVision software for multi-camera acquisition and synchronization
    • Supports GenICam’s GenTL API and third-party software, including
    • Halcon™ machine vision software
Camera Interface1) Camera Link 80-bit (Deca), Full, Medium or Base
2) Option for Dual Base
3) Option for PoCL
Image FormatsMono, Bayer, RGBA (8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 bits/color) and RGB (8, 10 and 12 bits/color)
Max ResolutionHorizontal: 16 K pixels (64-bit)
Vertical: 65 K lines
Host BusPCIe x8 Gen. 3
Frame Buffer1-16 GB
Image Processing (optional)Image processing code on Intel Arria 10 FPGA (160 and 480)
Image Compression (optional)Lossless, JPEG, and Quality+ encoding
Camera TypesArea and Line Scan
Connectors• 2x SDR26 (mini Camera Link)
• VGA15-pin for connecting GPIO
MTBF (with passive cooling)> million hours
Form FactorPCIe low-profile
GPIORS422, opto-couplers, current sink drivers, bi-directional I/Os
Advanced FeaturesSelective ROI acquisition
Development Ecosystem• ProcVision Suite for Vision flow customization
• Proc Dev Kit for automatic generation of Application Support Package and efficient development on FPGA
• CertifEye flow for simulating and verifying the user image processing IP
• InfiniVision software for multi-camera acquisition and synchronization
• Supports GenICam GenTL API
• Support for third-party software, including as MVTec HalconTM machine vision software
Operating Ambient Temperature0 - 50 C, relative humidity up to 90%
Download the HawkEye-CL data sheet