XIMEA has added two new high-speed industrial cameras to its xiB-64 family: the 1280x864-pixel CB013 capable of imaging at 3500fps and the 1920x1080-pixel CB019 capable of imaging at 2500fps. As with all digital cameras, the story for these cameras starts with the sensors. The CB013 camera is based on a LUXIMA Technology LUX13HS 1.1Mpixel sensor and the CB019 is based on a LUXIMA Technology LUX19HS 2Mpixel sensor. Both cameras use PCIe 3.0 x8 interfaces capable of 64Gbps sustained transfer rates. Use of the PCIe interface allows a host PC to use DMA for direct transfers of the video stream into the computer’s main memory with virtually no CPU overhead.
Both cameras are also based on a Xilinx Kintex UltraScale KU035 FPGA. Why such a fast FPGA in an industrial video camera? The frame rates and 64Gbps PCIe interface transfer rate are all the explanation you need. The Kintex UltraScale KU035 FPGA has 444K system logic cells and 1700 DSP48E2 slices—ample for handling the different sensors in the camera product line and just about any sort of video processing that’s needed. The Kintex UltraScale FPGA also incorporates two integrated (hardened) PCIe Gen3 IP blocks with sixteen bulletproof 16.3Gbps SerDes transceivers to handle the camera’s PCIe Gen3 interface.