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Advantages of Camera link standard | Disadvantages of Camera link standard

This page covers advantages and disadvantages of Camera link standard and its basics. It mentions benefits or advantages of Camera link standard and drawbacks or disadvantages of Camera link standard.

What is Camera link standard?

Introduction:
This camera standard is developed by consortium of framegrabber and camera manufacturers. This standard based cameras need use of camera files which defines interaction of camera with framegrabber.

Camera link standard camera

The figure depicts camera link splitters used to distribute video from camera to frame grabbers. They are interfaced using camera link standard cables.

Following are the features of camera link standard.
• Achievable bandwidth : 250 Mbps (Base), 850 Mbps (deca)
• Scalability using parallel lanes : Yes
• Maximum cable length : 10 meters
• Power supply via data cable : Yes
• Real time trigger : Excellent

Benefits or advantages of Camera link standard

Following are the benefits or advantages of Camera link standard:
➨It offers higher speed.
➨It supports higher pixel depth.
➨It supports large image sizes.
➨It is easy to configure camera attributes.
➨It uses deterministic trigger and timing.
➨Large amount of data can be processed on CPU using camera link extension.
➨Uniform cabling can be used between camera and image acquisition device manufacturers.

Drawbacks or disadvantages of Camera link standard

Following are the drawbacks or disadvantages of Camera link standard:
➨Very few products are available with this standard.
➨It is expensive compare to IEEE 1394, Gigabit ethernet and analog standards.
➨It requires camera files to be used with NI IMAQ image acquisition.



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