Camera Link Frame Grabber and Image Processing Family

The Gidel HawkEye-CL frame grabber family are  Camera Link Rev. 2.0 compliant supporting all 80-bit Camera Link modes. The HawkEye-CL family offers a number of options to accommodate diverse application needs, from plug-and-play high- performance frame grabbers to a full system solution that includes acquisition, open-FPGA
image processing, and a flexible custom camera interface.

The HawkEye-CL family is designed for high bandwidth combining up to 25 Gb/s acquisition rate, 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 additional bandwidth utilization. The HawkEye family enables the use of  500+ MPixels/s Gidel Lossless and JPEG encoders – twice the pixel frequency of any other available solution.

The HawkEye is supported by Gidel’s  ProcVision Developer’s Suite, which allows 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 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.

HawkEye-CL Camera Link Frame Grabber with short delivery times

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
  • Acquisition rate up to 25 Gb/s
  • 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
Max Acquisition Rate25 Mb/s
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 and JPEG 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
Ecosystem Support• ProcVision Suite for Vision flow customization
• Proc Dev Kit for automatic generation of Application Support Package and efficient development on FPGA
• CertifEye support Image Compression and Decompression IPs
• InfiniVision software for multi-camera aquisition 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