BitFlow Signs Strategic Distribution Partnership with Tietech to Expand Presence in Japan

WOBURN, MA, MAY 27, 2020 — BitFlow, a global leader in frame grabbers powering machine vision systems, today announced it has signed a new distribution agreement with ITANZI, a core company of Tietech Co., Ltd, headquartered in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. With this agreement, BitFlow and Tietech are ideally positioned to meet the growing demand in the Japanese market for high-speed machine vision components required for the Industry 4.0 era. Working together, both companies are poised to capture significant market share by bringing industry-leading vision technology to Japan’s massive industrial base.

Under its distribution partnership with BitFlow, Tietech is now the primary distributor of BitFlow grabbers and accessories in Japan, and is also providing system integration and factory automation services using BitFlow products. In addition, Tietech will provide localized technical support, and has exclusive rights to certain BitFlow products in Japan.

“We at Tietech are very pleased to be entering into this new chapter together with BitFlow. Their products will blend perfectly into our ITANZI portfolio, and we are looking forward to expanding into the Japanese machine vision market together,” said Mr. Masahito Murase, Company Chairman of ITANZI.

Donal Waide, Director of Sales for BitFlow, stated, “This is an exciting time for BitFlow and a chance to consolidate our position in the Japanese market. BitFlow has been present in the Japanese machine vision market for over 15 years and this new partnership will enable us to demonstrate our world class products at the highest level.”

ITANZI is the machine vision brand of Tietech Co., Ltd, a part of the Techno Horizon Holdings group.

Claxon CXP4

BitFlow Shipping its First CoaXPress 2.0 Frame Grabber

New Claxon-CXP4 doubles transmission speeds of previous CoaXPress standard, Offers full feature set of CoaXPress 2.0 specification

WOBURN, MA, MAY 6, 2020 — For over two decades, BitFlow has been known for pushing the limits of what a frame grabber could do in machine vision systems. Today, BitFlow pushed those limits even further by shipping its new Claxon-CXP4, a quad CoaXPress-12 PCIe Gen 3 frame grabber that accelerates video transmission speed to 12.5 Gb/s — or twice as fast as the current CXP 1.1 standard. Now in full production, the new frame grabber will be shipping this month and available through BitFlow’s international distributor network.

“While the Claxon is not the first CXP 2.0 frame grabber on the market, it is certainly one of most stable and feature-rich, since our engineering team built the full CXP 2.0 specification into it rather than pick and choose what capabilities the customer was permitted to use,” said Donal Waide, Director of Sales, BitFlow, Inc. “A machine system designer can only experience the full potential of CXP 2.0 performance by having access to all its capabilities, which they do with the new Claxon. It guarantees BitFlow customers will be thoroughly ready for the increased data demands the latest generation of high-resolution, high-speed cameras in complex high-speed industrial, military and medical applications.”

Despite doubling its speed, BitFlow engineers kept the overall architecture of the Claxon-CXP4 identical to the company’s previous generation Cyton CXP-6 frame grabber, allowing users to easily swap-out slower CXP 1.1 cameras with more powerful CXP-12 or CXP-10 cameras without major software changes or system downtime. It accommodates capture from up to four CXP-12 or CXP-10 cameras simultaneously, plus has high speed inputs and outputs to support an array of sensors and motion encoders. With four cables and four CXP-12 cameras, the maximum data transfer rate is 5 GB/S, the highest data acquisition rate in the industry today, even at cable lengths up to 40 meters.

By harnessing the speed of CXP 2.0, the Claxon-CXP4 accelerates uplink to 41.6 Mbps, a benefit that enables a host to send triggers to a camera at rates of 600 kHz in single trigger mode or almost 300 kHz in dual trigger mode, all without requiring a dedicated high-speed uplink cable. Performance is also improved by the frame grabber’s use of Micro BNC connectors which are more robust and run at higher speeds than traditional DIN 1.0/2.3 connectors. A heartbeat packet has also been added which supports time synchronization of multiple cameras, along with the ability to host event packets so that asynchronous messages can be sent from the camera.

Adding the Claxon-CXP4 to an application is simplified by the BitFlow SDK supporting 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems, or by downloading free drivers from the company’s website for 3rd party machine vision packages. Applications can be developed using C/C++/.NET and the company’s sophisticated buffer management APIs. The software included with the Claxon-CXP4 is compatible with all other BitFlow frame grabbers, making the pivot from Camera Link to CXP fast and trouble-free.

BitFlow Introduces SDK for NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Development Kit

BitFlow has released a Linux AArch64 (64-bit ARM) SDK that enables seamless integration of BitFlow frame grabbers with the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Development Kit.

Donal Waide, Director of Sales for BitFlow, states, “Many of our customers are already using GPU solutions such as NVIDIA for image processing so adding this option to the already large BitFlow suite of adapters was a natural progression for the company. BitFlow has been supporting Linux for several years across a variety of flavors.”

Added Waide, “BitFlow was one of the first frame grabber companies to support NVIDIA’s GPUDirect for Video technology. BitFlow and NVIDIA have worked together for a number of years already.”

With the advent of the new machine vision standard CXP 2.0 where data rates are now up to 50 Gb/S, customers are looking to process more and more data and in shorter timeframes. For this, a GPU can typically perform these tasks much more effectively than a CPU. Even with slower data rates such as Camera Link’s (up to 850 MB/S) the ability to quickly process more complex algorithms is equally important.

The NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier is the first computer designed specifically for autonomous machines. It has six Engines onboard for accelerated sensors data processing and running autonomous machines software, and offers the performance and power efficiency for fully autonomous machines.