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Matrox GevIQ

Smart network interface cards for efficient high-bandwidth GigE Vision acquisition

Matrox® GevIQ is the industry’s first network interface card (NIC) offering generic GigE Vision® acquisition offload at speeds up to 25 Gigabits/s per port. With GigE Vision packet processing performed directly onboard, Matrox GevIQ boards enable capture from one or more cameras without any image data loss.

GigE Vision is a camera interface standard that delivers rapid image transfer over distances up to 100 m using standard copper, and up to 5,000 m using standard fiber-optic Ethernet cabling. The standard supports physical links from 1 to 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE). Use of 10 and 25 GbE by cameras are gaining industry popularity as they are ideal for vision applications requiring the utmost imaging speed and resolution. Machine vision applications requiring cameras with a 10+ GbE interface can, however, be challenging—they benefit from a high data transmission rate but suffer from increased demands on the host system, resulting in corrupted or dropped image frames, and increased processing latency.

Matrox GevIQ NICs provide a more versatile and widely compatible alternative to custom-built or proprietary solutions based on 10+ GbE. The board is equipped with two 25 GbE ports and acquires from these with very little host CPU usage. Multiple 1, 2.5, 5, or 10 GbE cameras can be aggregated at each port for a total of up to 32 input sources. Support of the standard SFP28 connector allows users to select from standard direct attach copper (DAC) or fiber-optic Ethernet cables for their specific installation requirements.

Product Tabs

    Overview

    Matrox GevIQ at a glance

    • Reliably and efficiently acquire at up to 25 Gigabit/s per port through onboard packet processing
    • Maintain maximum flexibility with support for generic GigE Vision cameras
    • Readily and cost-effectively support multi-camera setups through two ports, together capable of handling up to 32 cameras
    • Cater to a range of cabling needs with support for copper and fiber-optic Ethernet cabling
    • Directly license Matrox Imaging software with integrated license fingerprint and storage
    • Monitor and troubleshoot acquisition performance in detail using Matrox Gecho event-logging tool

    Camera configuration and test utility

    Matrox Capture Works is a utility that allows users to rapidly evaluate the performance and functionality of virtually any GigE Vision-compliant camera or 3D sensor. Matrox Capture Works will list all detected GigE Vision-compliant devices connected to each allocated board. It can start or stop capturing images, display acquired images, save the last grabbed image, send a software trigger, as well as browse and control the selected device's features. Users can view and change acquisition properties, as well as view acquisition statistics. Matrox Capture Works is distributed with MIL X software; it is also available with MIL-Lite X.

    Thorough acquisition monitoring utility

    Offered with the above-mentioned software is Matrox Gecho, a logging utility that records events generated by the Matrox GevIQ device driver and saves these to a JSON or CSV file. The utility is made to run concurrently with the application to log acquisition activity for the purpose of troubleshooting capture errors as well as measuring latencies and execution times to identify performance bottlenecks. Resulting trace files can be loaded into Google Perfetto for viewing on an interactively navigable graphical timeline. Matrox Gecho helps developers optimize image capture and make sure it runs as intended.