HawkEye 20GigE Vision Frame Grabber/Smart NIC

Zero Frame Loss, CPU Free, High Bandwidth GigE Vision Acquisition

  • Grabbing from 2  x 10 GigEV, 4 x 5 GigEV, etc. cameras
  • Architecture optimized for multi-cameras
  • Zero frame loss
  • Virtually zero CPU utilization
  • Support for Link Aggregation and Chunk data
  • Option for on-FPGA real-time compression (Quality+, .jpg, lossless)

Boost your GigE Vision performance with Gidel’s Hawkeye-20G smart NIC grabber.  The HawkEye-20G is ideal for high performance, high-bandwidth applications based on multiple cameras and/or ultra-high bandwidth cameras.  The HawkEye-20G’s real-time FPGA processing ensures zero frame loss and virtually zero CPU utilization, freeing the CPU for key processing tasks.  Gidel’s innovative InfiniVision grabber is designed specifically for addressing the key challenges of multi-camera systems, including high bandwidth, synchronization, connectivity, scalability and more.

The HawkEye-20GigE series offers a number of options to accommodate diverse application needs, from a plug-and-play high-performance frame grabber to a fully customized system solution comprising acquisition, FPGA image processing, real-time image compression, multi-camera synchronization and complex I/O system control.

The HawkEye-20GigE has an acquisition bandwidth of 20 Gb/s via two SFP+ ports enabling grabbing from 2 x 10 GigE Vision cameras, multi-link cameras or multiple GigE (4 x 5 GigE, 10 x 1 GigE, etc.) cameras via a switch. The HawkEye-20GigE is a PCIe low-profile form factor.

Camera Interface
2 x 10 GigE Links
Advanced Features
Link Aggregation mode
Chunk Data
Selective ROI acquisition
Option for on-FPGA compression
Image Formats
Mono, Bayer, RGBA (8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 bits/color) and RGB (8, 10 and 12 bits/ color)
Max. Resolution
Horizontal: 16 K pixels (64-bit)
Vertical: 65 K lines
Acquisition Rate
Up to 20 Gb/s
Host Bus
PCIe x8 Gen. 3
Frame Buffer
2 GB
Camera Types
Area and Line Scan
Form Factor
PCIe low-profile
2 x SFP+ (copper / fiber)
15-Pin I/O D-SUB
RS422, opto-coupler, LVTTL and 30V at 0.9A
OS Support
Win 10 and 11
Linux (kernel 2.6.x- 5.19)
Linux version doesn’t include the ProcFG/InfiniVision GUI

HawkEye 20GigE is available with following options. Contact us if you need a customized solution!

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Grabber architecture type
The Gidel frame grabber boards can operate in one of two unique frame grabber architectures, ProcFG or InfiniVision, by reprogramming the firmware.
Grabber option #1: InfiniVision
  1. Enables using many synchronized cameras and/or to grab compressed images/videos.
  2. All the cameras' data, including from multiple boards, is organized in a single buffer.
  3. Each camera can have different resolution, and pixel format, and may be changed on the fly.
  4. The frame grabber can have one or more instances of InfiniVision, and all cameras of the same InfiniVision instance must be synchronized.
Grabber option #2: ProcFG
  • Each camera has a dedicated ProcFG instance.
  • Frame size and pixel format must be fixed.
  • Optimized for line scan cameras
  • Option for grabbing ROIs.
  • ProcFG may not be used for compressed data.
  • Camera interface connector
    SFP+ | RJ45
    FPGA Option
    Optional on-FPGA processing using Gidel's libraries (IPs), Gidel's tailored library functions (IPs), or user customized IPs.
    FPGA Type
    Arria 10 160 | Arria 10 480

    HawkEye 20GigE are available in various variants with different FPGA. Contact us if you need assistance selecting the right model for your needs!

    HawkEye FPGA resource comparison
    ResourcesHawkEye 20GigE 48HawkEye 20GigE 16
    FPGA-18*18 Multipliers2,736312
    Peripheral Memory:
  • DRAM A capacity
  • 1 GB1 GB
  • DRAM A sustain bandwidth
  • 5.6 GB/s6.4 GB/s
  • SoDIMM B capacity
  • 0,4,8,16 GB-
  • SoDIMM B sustain bandwidth
  • 9.6 GB/s-


    The ProcFG and InfiniVision are each supported by its unique GUI and API suite for developing the user application.  For description of ProcFG and InfiniVision, refer to the Options tab.

    FPGA Programming Suite:

    The Gidel grabber boards are supported by the ProcVision Suite enabling tailoring, debugging, and verification of the FPGA image processing and data flow.

    Customization can be based on the InfiniVision or ProcFG flow, and can include multi-instances for supporting unique multi-camera topologies, as well as, image processing and compression.

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    HawkEye 20GigE Datasheet

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    Gidel HawkEye 20 GigE frame grabber block diagram
    HawkEye 20GigE frame grabber block diagram

    Block diagram


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