Overview
I-RGB 200 Board

Designed specifically for maritime navigation systems, monitor and display testing, and other high resolution component RGB imaging applications, the I-RGB 200 is the highest accuracy and highest performance frame grabber and video streamer available. The I-RGB 200 is based on the I-Series architecture, guaranteeing the same industry-leading image accuracy and bus transfer performance that Foresight Imaging has built its reputation upon with the I-Series of frame grabbers and video streamers. Further, the I-RGB 200 includes Auto-SYNC, the revolutionary automated video analysis software for both non-standard and standard video sources.

Accuracy

The I-RGB 200 delivers the extreme accuracy and image quality that demanding customers with high resolution, high speed imaging applications require. Extremely low pixel jitter of ±0.5 ns, superior analog design, and a 47 dB S/N ratio provide the accuracy and precision needed in high performance applications. Color video digitization is performed at 8 bits each of R, G, and B (24 bits per pixel). Y-only monochrome acquisitions are at 8 bits per pixel. Color formats include RGB 8:8:8, RGB 5:5:5, and YUV 4:2:2.

Performance

As a member of the I-Series of frame grabbers and video streamers, I-RGB 200 has the identical high-speed PCI bus mastering, scatter-gather technology, and double buffering. This leading technology delivers over 120 MB/second sustained transfers to system memory. Such high performance requires minimal CPU intervention so that it is free to work on other tasks or process the incoming data immediately. Video streaming applications such as display monitoring are enabled subject to the 120 MB/second sustained PCI transfers. Real-time display is simultaneously enabled by real-time transfer of image data directly to display card memory over the PCI bus. The I-RGB 200 also features independent, dual video data paths. For example, this allows the simultaneous display of YUV 4:2:2 color video and the transfer of full 24 bit RGB video data for processing.

Video

The I-RGB 200 acquires images and video streams from both non-standard and standard video inputs of up to 200 MHz via a DVI-analog connector. Input resolution is up to 4 megapixels total area for single buffered acquisition mode and up to 2 megapixels for double buffered acquisition mode. Active RGB loop-through output is provided via a 15 pin D-shell connector (VGA type). The I-RGB 200 also provides H and V sync input/output. For fine tuning of the video signal, 8 bit gain, 8 bit black level, white balance, and phase controls are available. LUTs are available on each of the R, G, B, and Y-only channels.

Controls

In addition to its leading accuracy and performance, the I-RGB 200 provides the controls necessary for integrating demanding applications. These controls include a dedicated trigger input, separate camera power, a dedicated high current digital output, and camera integration control.

Software

But what is superior hardware without excellent software? Consistent with Foresight Imaging's history of complete, easy-to-use software, the I-RGB 200 is supported by Auto-SYNC, Foresight Imaging's flagship, automatic configuration software. Auto-SYNC ensures quick and simple installation and image capture by automatically configuring the I-RGB 200 to the incoming video signal. Included with Auto-SYNC are full video adjustment capabilities to fine-tune the incoming video signal including gain, black level, phase, resolution, and much more. An Auto-SYNC wizard is also included for step-by-step automated video adjustments. I-RGB 200 is supported by the IDEA (Imaging Development Environment for Applications) software development kit. By using IDEA, developers have the confidence of knowing that they can write their application once and have support built-in for the entire I-Series (both current and future) and HI*DEF product families. Eliminated forever is the need to re-write software every time a new frame grabber-related requirement arises or a new board is introduced. The software compatibility built into the architecture of IDEA allows the simple movement to other products in the I-Series or HI*DEF family. With IDEA, ActiveX controls are provided to facilitate easy development with Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Visual J++. Extensive example programs (with source code) are provided with the I-RGB 200. Functions of the example programs include triggered acquisition, video streaming to AVI files, integration with Pegasus Imaging compression software for streaming, integration with third party DICOM software, overlays, and more. For users with higher-level application requirements, drivers are available for Common Vision Blox, Image-Pro Plus, and TWAIN.

Ordering Information

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I-RGB 200 Specifications

I-RGB 200 Block Diagram

Video
  • Video input: RGB, composite video, monochrome
  • Non-standard and standard video resolutions and frequencies
  • Input range: 0.5 V pp to 1.0 V pp
  • Offset: -1.0 V to 2.0 V DC
  • 75 ohm termination
  • 8 bit gain, 8 bit black level, white balance, phase adjustment
  • AC coupled with DC restoration
  • Composite sync (analog or TTL)
  • Offset: -1.0 V to 2.0 V DC
  • Bandwidth: 300 MHz
  • Pixel rate: up to 200 MHz
  • Horizontal frequency: 105 kHz
  • Pixel resolution: up to 4 megapixels total area in single buffered acquisition mode; up to 2 megapixels total area in double buffered acquisition mode
  • H and V sync input/output
Image Quality
  • Pixel jitter: ±0.5 ns
  • S/N ratio: 47 dB
  • Linearity: Better than 99%
  • Gain and offset stability: 1% from 15°C to 40°C
  • A/D conversion: 8 bits each of R, G, & B (24 bits per pixel)
  • Color formats: RGB 8:8:8; RGB 5:5:5; YUV 4:2:2; Y-only
Controls
  • Dedicated trigger input
  • Camera power: +12 V DC @ 1.0 A
  • Camera integration
  • Dedicated high current digital output
 
Performance
  • 120+ MB/sec sustained to system memory via PCI bus master
  • Real-time video streaming
  • Real-time transfer to VGA memory
  • Storage memory: 2 x 2 megapixels in double buffered acquisition mode; 1 x 4 megapixels in single buffered acquisition mode; 12 MB total
Physical
  • Three-quarters size PCI card
  • One female DVI-analog connector
  • One female 15 pin D-shell connector (VGA type)
Cabling
  • I-RGB DVI-analog to DVI-analog cable (optional)
  • I-RGB DVI-analog to VGA cable (optional)
  • I-RGB DVI-analog to multi-BNC cable (optional)
Software
  • Windows XP, 2000, 98, NT
  • Auto-SYNC automatic configuration software
  • Example application programs (source code included)
  • Real-time video streaming with AVI file creation
  • IDEA software development kit
  • ActiveX controls
  • Common Vision Blox, Image-Pro Plus, and TWAIN drivers