The FLIR Camera Link expansion board can be used to acquire 16-bit digital video from a Boson camera directly into a PC that is equipped with a Camera Link frame grabber.
The Camera Link Module takes CMOS-type digital data from the Boson camera and converts it to Camera Link format digital video. Besides a Mini-Camera Link connector for digital video, the Camera Link Module includes a mini-USB connector for power and communications, and an MCX connector for analog video.
Note that the module does not include a Camera Link cable, frame grabber, or data acquisition/processing software. (There are too many options and possible combinations of HW, SW.)
The Boson camera is powered through the mini-USB connector. The camera uses serial communication by creating a virtual COM Port on the computer used for USB communications. The Baud Rate is selected using auto-Baud and the camera will communicate at the first Baud Rate in which it receives a valid command until it is powered off.
The digital data complies with Base Camera Link standards and should be compatible with any brand Camera Link frame grabber and software. FLIR has tested the ImperX FrameLink Express model VCE-CLEX01 frame grabber (http://imperx.com/frame-grabbers/framelink-express). It is important to note that the Camera Link module provides access to digital data only, and the other portions of the Base Camera Link specifications are not met. Camera control, external frame sync, and power through the Camera Link connector are not supported.
Third-party software must be used for digital data acquisition. The ImperX frame grabber comes with FrameLink Express software that allows for recording single or multiple images (BMP, JPG, TIF, and RAW) as well as standard AVI clips.
The Camera Link module is effectively a pixel-in, pixel-out device – lines are not buffered.
The Camera Link accessory outputs both analog and digital video simultaneously. Digital data is available at the Mini-Camera Link connector. The NTSC / PAL analog video signal is available at the MCX connector.