HawkEye-CL frame grabber

Camera Link Frame Grabbing and Image Processing System

  • Camera Link Rev. 2.0 compliant
  • Camera Link modes: Base, Medium, Full, 80-bit (Deca)
  • Option for connecting 2 Base cameras
  • Huge frame buffers of up to 16 GB
  • Host interface: PCIe Gen. 3 x8
  • Option for inline image processing and compression

The Gidel HawkEye-CL Camera Link frame grabber and real-time image processing system provides the core infrastructure required to support the most demanding Vision and Imaging applications.

The HawkEye series offers a number of options to accommodate diverse application needs, from plug-and-play high- performance frame grabbers to a full system solution that comprises acquisition, open-FPGA image processing, and a flexible custom camera interface.

The HawkEye-CL is Camera Link Rev. 2.0 compliant and supports 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 host throughput. Huge data buffers of up to 16 GB fortify the acquisition bandwidth and the image processing capabilities on powerful Arria 10 FPGAs.

Target Application Examples:

  • Automotive and Inspection applications demanding real-time analysis and system response.
  • Military & Aerospace applications combining real-time and post-acquisition analysis.
  • Medical & Scientific applications requiring high-resolution imaging capabilities.
  • Traffic & Transportation applications processing high-volume data
Standard Features:
Camera Interface
1x 80-bit (Deca), Full, Medium or Base Camera Link or 2x Base Camera Links with option for PoCL
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
Tap Configuration
All configurations as defined by the Camera Link standard, including 80-bit (Deca): 10 taps/8bits, 8bits/10taps.
2x SDR26 (mini Camera Link)
VGA15-pin for connecting GPIO
Pixel Clock
Up to 85 MHz
Host Bus
PCIe x8 Gen. 3
Frame Buffer
1-16 GB
Form Factor
PCIe low-profile
> million hours
Camera Types
Area and Line Scan
RS422, opto-coupler, LVTTL and 30V at 0.9A
RoHS, Conflict Minerals, ISO
Advanced features:
Selective ROI acquisition

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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.
  • Option for grabbing ROIs.
  • Optimized for line scan cameras.
  • ProcFG may not be used for compressed data.
  • FPGA Option
    Open FPGA | Closed FPGA
    FPGA Type
    Arria 10 160 | Arria 10 480
    Active | Passive Cooling

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

    HawkEye-CL FPGA resource comparison
    Base modelHawkEye-CL-OHawkEye-CL
    FPGAArria 10 480-3Arria 10-160-2
    FPGA 18x182,736312
    Peripheral Memory:
  • DRAM A capacity
  • 1 GB1 GB
  • DRAM A sustain bandwidth
  • 5.6 GB/s6.4 GB/s
  • SoDIMM B capacity
  • 8, 16 GB-
  • SoDIMM B sustain andwidth
  • 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.

    PDF file
    HawkEye-CL frame grabber datasheet

    PDF file - 494 KB

    Gidel HawkEye-CL Camera Link frame grabber system diagram
    Block diagram

    Typical HawkEye acquisition and processing implementation

    Gidel frame grabbers video
    Video: Gidel Frame grabbers introduction

    Gidel high-performance frame grabbers at Embedded World 2022


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