Gidel Announces New CameraLink Camera Simulator To Speed Development And Reduce Development Time Of Vision And Imaging Systems

New Simulator Mimics All CameraLink Cameras

November 5, 2007 - Or Akiva, ISRAEL - Stuttgart, Germany. At the Vision 2007 Conference, GiDEL, a leading supplier of FPGA-based compute accelerator systems today announced the new PROC_CamSim product to automatically generate CameraLink images during image and vision system development without the use of real cameras. The PROC_CamSim system consists of the CamSim host-based software application, an FPGA board, and CameraLink driver daughter board.

Key capabilities are as follows:
  • Simulates the behavior of any CameraLink camera
  • Outputs 1-8 pixel channels simultaneously at 7-85 MHz pixel clock
  • Pixel depth varies from 8 to 36 bits per pixel. (30 and 36 bpp are not supported in initial release)
  • Supports continuous line scan mode
  • Fully configurable timing
  • Frame sources can be SW buffer (image or video) or HW generated patterns
Host-based Software Application Automates Setup. The GUI-based CamSim Software provides a fast and easy way to configure the simulator to mimic any CameraLink camera and to output any image to the Grabber side. The software configures all the simulation parameters, including timing and resolution, CameraLink channels structure, etc.. The application also provides the mechanism to decode and load AVI video or image data into the FPGA via the DMA channel and synchronize it with the hardware side. This video/image data can be used in addition to available static test patterns generated in hardware.

All-inclusive Hardware Speeds Implementation. The PROC_CamSim hardware consists of two elements. Primary processing power is provided by either a PROCSparkII system with CycloneII-35 FPGA and PCI bus interface, or a PROCe60 system with Stratix II 60 FPGA. The CameraLink physical layer interface and output to the system under development is provided by a PSDB_CL_OUT daughter board. The reconfigurable hardware generates valid signals at specified timing configuration, generates static test patterns, and restructures data corresponding to the CameraLink channel configuration, and sets up serial communication with the frame grabber.

The CamSim Software configures the programmable FPGA hardware to define the current configuration of the simulator including pixel bit depth, timing, taps, frame source, etc..

Customizability Expands Value. The system provides for customization by the development team. Users may develop their own software controller, based on an automatically generated PROC class, and thus build a custom software application to control the simulator. User can also implement their own custom FPGA designs based on a supplied template, insert their own configuration or control module in the FPGA design, and recompile to create their own simulator. Adding an optional PSDB_IO module extends the simulation IO interface to enable customization into a machine simulator.

Configurations with the PROCSparkII system are available today. Systems with the PROCe system will be available at the end of 2007. Pricing can be obtained by contacting GiDEL. Upgrades of existing PROC systems to PROC_CamSim systems are also available with the additions of the appropriate hardware and software.

About GiDEL
GiDEL Ltd. is a successful, profitable and innovative company which was founded in 1993. GiDEL has become one of the market leaders as a company that continuously provides cutting-edge reconfigurable technology utilizing FPGAs. GiDEL sees it's customers as partners and uses its vast experience at the project-level and FPGA design to focus on its customers' projects' success. Customers in semiconductor, consumer product, communications, machine vision, medical imaging, and military/aerospace markets purchase the PROC family of reconfigurable PROCessors (1) for SoC and ASIC verification, (2) as COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf) acquisition and accelerator boards, and (3) to validate complex algorithms. For more information, contact GiDEL in North America at 408-969-0389, or worldwide at +972 4 610 2505, or on the web at

GiDEL-North America, Ralph Zak, Director, North American Sales, 408.969.0389, Email Contact
GiDEL Worldwide: Shlomo Keisari, WW VP of Sales and Marketing, +972 4 610 2500, Email Contact

GiDEL, PROCWizard, PROCStarIII are registered trademarks and trademarks of GiDEL Ltd. All other names, registered trademarks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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