CoaXPress frame grabbers speed medical-imaging data transfer

Sept. 11, 2015

Woburn, MA. BitFlow announced that today, by leveraging the high-speed CoaXPress interface, the company is bringing a new generation of frame grabbers to the $32 billion medical imaging market with its Cyton-CXP frame grabber. Capable of delivering Camera Link-type data at GigE-type distances up to 135 meters, it transfers data at 6.25 Gb/s and triggers at 20 Mb/s—all over a single piece of 75-Ω coaxial cable.

In addition, 13 W of power can be transmitted to a camera along the cable, eliminating the need for electrical wiring. In addition, engineers leveraging the Cyton-CXP can easily repurpose the existing coaxial infrastructure in the imaging system, resulting in lower installation costs, reduced complexity, and improved utilization.

Miniaturization and portability of imaging equipment is a major growth driver in the medical imaging market. Thanks to its compact, low-profile dimensions, the Cyton-CXP can help meet these design goals. Cyton-CXP frame grabbers are CoaXPress 1.1-compliant. They support one to four CXP cameras, as well as up to four CXP multi-links.

Adding the new Cyton-CXP to a medical imaging application is simplified by the BitFlow SDK (software development kit) that supports both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. Imaging applications are developed using C/ C++/.NET and BitFlow’s buffer management APIs. In addition, Cyton-CXP models are software-compatible with each other, as well as with all the other current BitFlow frame grabbers. This makes migrating applications from Camera Link or analog to CXP simple.

The company said that for more than two decades, BitFlow has offered frame grabbers to the medical imaging industry to help acquire high-quality video within the human body for the diagnosis of pathological changes and to precisely target therapeutic procedures. BitFlow frame grabbers are deployed in X-rays, ultrasounds, endoscopes, intraoral cameras, and surgical microscopes to transfer complex, high-resolution color images and video in real-time.


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