Cyton CXP4

FLIR Recommends BitFlow Cyton CXP-4 CoaXPress Frame Grabber for ResearchIR Software

BitFlow received an important endorsement of its CoaXPress™ frame grabbers from FLIR®, the world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of thermal imaging infrared cameras. FLIR has recommended the BitFlow Cyton CXP-4 CoaXPress™ as a preferred frame grabber for FLIR ResearchIR™ software, a powerful and easy to-use thermal analysis software package for FLIR Research & Development / Science cameras.

While ResearchIR software is compatible with a variety of PCI Express (PCIe) frame grabbers, FLIR highlighted the Cyton CXP-4 as being an optimal way to maximize its performance. ResearchIR software connects directly to FLIR cameras via a frame grabber to acquire thermal snapshots or movie files, or to customize recording options including start times, end times, and the number of frames to acquire. In addition to ResearchIR, FLIR recommends the Cyton CXP-4 for its Research Studio software and its BHP SDK (Software Development Kit) which is used to write custom GUIs.

In a technical note, FLIR explained that standard CoaXPress frame grabbers may be difficult to get up and running with its BHP SDK. However, it pointed out that when the Bitflow Cyton CXP-4 is resident in a workstation where ResearchIR has been loaded, both the driver and camera configuration files will already be installed, saving the integrator considerable time wasted downloading drivers and additional supporting software.

The BitFlow Cyton CXP4 four-channel frame grabber is based on the CoaXPress standard. It incorporates the Gen 2.0 x8 PCI Express bus interface on its back end, doubling the data rate of the Gen 1.0 bus for high-speed access to host memory in multicamera systems, while using the same compact footprint and connectors. By supporting the CoaXPress standard on its front end, the board facilitates video capture speeds of up to 6.25 Gb/s in applications deploying one to four CXP-6 cameras. It also allows control commands, triggers and power to be sent to and from cameras over the same 75 Ohm coaxial cable.

BitFlow Confirms Coronavirus Will Not Delay Frame Grabber Shipments to Customers

 
WOBURN, MA, MARCH 4, 2020 — Responding to customer inquiries, BitFlow announced today that it does not expect to face delivery delays of its frame grabbers due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak originating in Wuhan, China.
BitFlow’s manufacturing facilities are located within the United States where the virus has not impacted production. The company is now actively managing it’s supply chain, adding domestic sources, and stocking long lead items to offset the effects of anticipated delays in the marketplace and meet global demand.
“In the best interests of our customers, BitFlow is monitoring the rapidly evolving outbreak and wants to reassure the professionals who depend on our products that we expect no manufacturing delays in the coming months,” said Jim Locke, Chief Financial Officer, BitFlow, Inc. “Our hearts go out to all those whose health, loved ones and communities have been affected by the coronavirus.”
As with the vast majority of global industries, machine vision has been put on edge by COVID-19. For example, Laser World of Photonics, scheduled to take place in Shanghai from March 18 to 20, has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Chinese machine vision market that sprung up over the last decade is valued at approximately $1.1 billion dollars, or 11.0% of the global total, according to market research.
About BitFlow
BitFlow has been developing reliable, high-performance Frame Grabbers for use in imaging applications since 1993. BitFlow is the leader in Camera Link frame grabbers, building the fastest frame grabbers in the world, with the highest camera/frame grabber densities, triggering performance, and price. With thousands of boards installed throughout the world, into hundreds of imaging applications, BitFlow is dedicated to using this knowledge and experience to provide customers with the best possible image acquisition and application development solutions. BitFlow, located in Woburn, MA, has distributors and resellers located all over the world including Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Visit our website at www.bitflow.com.

BitFlow SDK 6.30 Released

BitFlow SDK 6.30 has been released.  You can get it on the downloads page.

The primary reason for this release is to support BitFlow’s new BitBox and Aon-CXP. The BitBox is as DIN rail mountable I/O break out box. It provides 36-inputs and 36-outputs to/from a frame grabber. The Aon-CXP is a low cost, single link CoaXPress frame grabber.

This release supports Windows 10 running in secure boot mode.

This release also includes a number of new and innovative software tools:

BitFlow Preview – a new standard in live image view. This tool replaces CiView. The new tools sports a modern interface, provide smooth zooming all the way down to the pixel level. Acquisition is always at the full bit depth of the camera, and images saved from BitFlow Preview are always the full bit depth of the camera (CiView only saved 8-bit images).

The display DLL that Bitflow Preview uses is available as a replacement for the DispSurf display DLL. In fact, a compatibility DLL is shipped which can replace the older DispSurf without requiring any change to your application.

CamML – is a new tool for editing Cyton and Axion camera configuration files (*.BFML). The new tool makes editing these files very simple and easy to understand.

This SDK also provides a number of firmware improvements the Axion and Cyton.

See the “changes.txt” file for a complete list of changes.

This release also includes all the latest camera configuration files and firmware that have been created and updated since the last SDK release.

BitFlow Announces Support for Windows 10

BitFlow, the world’s leading innovator of frame grabbers for machine vision, semi-conductor and scientific imaging, today announced official support for the Windows® 10 operating system for its entire portfolio of frame grabber products. Microsoft® Windows® 10 combines the speed and reliability of Windows 8 with the professional usability of Windows 7. This new operating system is expected to be revealed by Microsoft on July 29, 2015.

BitFlow adds Windows 10 to an extensive list of operating systems already supported by its Software Development Kit (SDK), including the robust multitasking and multiprocessing performance benefits of Windows XP/2003/2008/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8.

Windows 10 support requires BitFlow SDK 5.906 or later.