Munich, Germany - The power of the 9 cores of one Cell/B.E. processor, each with 3.2 GHz, corresponds to the power of up to 12 conventional PCs. Cell Blades contain 2 Cell/B.E. processors and according to this they offer highest power in little space. For industrial applications, normally PCIe frame grabbers are used, which are placed in a special enclosure or installed next to the Cell Blade into a PCIe adapter. Using PCIe adapter, 7 Cell Blades and 7 PCIe adapters with overall 14 frame grabbers for 14 FULL or 28 BASE CL cameras still fit in a compact BladeCenter H. A 19" rack can hold up to 4 fully mounted BladeCenter.
Frame grabbers integrates 4x PCI Express interfaces
For CameraLink cameras, Matrix Vision offers the frame grabbers mvHYPERION-CLf/Cell and -CLm/Cell with PCI Express x4 interfaces, which are optimized for Cell Blade usage. These frame grabbers feature 2 Mini-CL interfaces, connectors for camera power supply as well as opto-isolated I/Os for trigger and flash control. Alternatively, it is possible to power the CameraLink cameras via Power over CameraLink (PoCL). The frame grabbers sort the mixed image data of sensors with several taps and output them to the main memory linearly. With mvHYPERION-CLf/Cell it is possible to operate one CameraLink camera with FULL, MEDIUM or BASE configuration, while the CLm/Cell model can acquire either two CameraLink cameras with BASE configuration or one CameraLink camera with MEDIUM configuration.
With the Cell optimized frame grabber solutions, a link between the high processing power of Cell/B.E. processors and industrial image processing is created. High-end applications with parallel acquisition and processing of many CameraLink cameras in a compact system even in real-time should not be a problem at all. Furthermore, the scalability offers the advantage that it is easy to add single components during operation. In addition, the redundancy of the critical components of the Blade technology provides highest reliability and minimum down times.