HawkEye-CXP-12 frame grabber

CoaXPress Frame Grabbing and Image Processing System

  • Grabbing from 4x CXP-12/6 links
  • Up to 4 CoaXPress cameras
  • Supports CoaXPress 2.0
  • Acquisition bandwidth of up to 50 Gb/s
  • Huge frame buffers (up to 16 GB)
  • Host interface: PCIe Gen. 3 x8

The Gidel HawkEye-CXP-12 CoaXPress frame grabbing and real-time image processing system provides the core infrastructure required to realize 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 comprising acquisition, open-FPGA image processing, and flexible custom camera interface.

The HawkEye-CXP supports up to four CoaXPress (cXp-12/cXp-6) links enabling connecting 1 – 4 CXP-12/6 cameras. The HawkEye-CXP family is based on PCIe Gen. 3 x8, providing CPU-free ultra-fast offload bandwidth. Large data buffers of up to 16 GB fortify the acquisition bandwidth and the image processing capabilities on powerful Arria 10 FPGA.

Target Application Examples

  • High-end Machine Vision
  • Industrial Inspection/Automation
  • Broadcast
  • Medical Imaging
  • Traffic & Transportation
Standard features:
Camera Interface
4x CoaXPress (cXp -12/6), PoCXP
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 50 Gb/s acquisition rate
Host Bus
PCIe x8 Gen. 3
Frame Buffer
1-16 GB
Camera Types
Area and Line Scan
> million hours
Operating Ambient Temperature
0 – 54°C, relative humidity up to 90% (non-condensing)
Form Factor
PCIe low-profile
1, 2, or 4x HD-BNC
VGA15-pin I/O
RS422, opto-coupler, LVTTL and 30V at 0.9A
Advanced features:
Selective ROI acquisition
Optional features:
Image processing
For open FPGA grabber version, option for adding image processing code on Intel Arria 10 FPGA
Ecosystem support:
ProcVision Kit enabling tailoring, debugging, and verifying of the FPGA image processing and data flow
Image Compression
JPEG, Lossless, and Quality+
InfiniVision/ProcFG Grabbers
InfiniVision and ProcFG software and APIs (see Software tab)
Supports GenICam GenTL API
Support for MVTec Halcon machine vision software

HawkEye-CXP-12 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.
  • 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
    PoCXP 32W | PoCXP 42W
    Active (fan) | Passive
    CXP Links
    1, 2, or 4 CXP-12 links

    HawkEye-CXP 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
    Base ModelHawkEye-CXP-48 HawkEye-CXP-16
    FPGA Arria 10 480 GX Arria 10 160 GX
    FPGA-ALM 182K61K
    FPGA - 18x18 Multipliers2,736312
  • 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.


    PDF file
    HawkEye CXP-12 Frame Grabber Datasheet

    PDF file - 537 KB

    Gidel HawkEye-CXP CoaXPress frame grabber system diagram
    Block Diagram

    Typical HawkEye acquisition and processing system implementation

    Gidel frame grabbers video
    Video: Gidel Frame grabbers introduction

    Gidel high-performance frame grabbers at Embedded World 2022


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