Get on the Bus!
6-pin to 9-pin locking
IEEE-1394a to 1394b cable
Did you know that 1394b cameras work seamlessly with existing
1394a systems, and offer other benefits like increased bandwidth
and secure connectors?
1394b works with 1394a:
- You can use a combination of legacy 1394a cameras with
newer 1394b cameras, without making changes to the drivers,
cards, or the computer in use. The 9 to 6 pin cable (see
image above) provided with Point Grey's 1394b Flea® 2 Camera
Accessory Kit allows you to plug the Flea2 camera directly
into your existing 1394a card. When plugged into a 1394a
port, the Flea2 behaves just like a 1394a device. This means
you continue to get value out of your existing system while
transitioning to more robust 1394b cameras. Note that operating
on a 1394a bus prevents access to some of the benefits offered
by 1394b cameras.
The benefits of 1394b over 1394a:
- 1394b delivers double the bandwidth of 1394a. For example,
when transitioning a 1394a system that historically incorporated
a single 1024x768 mono Flea2 camera running at full
resolution, 16bit/pixel and 15 FPS, to a 1394b-based
system, the user could run:
a) a single camera in full XGA resolution, 16bit/pixel
at 30 FPS,
b) two cameras in full XGA resolution, 16bit/pixel
at 15 FPS on the same bus.
- More bandwidth also translates into reduced CPU usage
when using cameras with onboard color processing capability.
For example, when the color VGA Flea2 camera is running
on a 1394a bus, the only way to get full resolution, 24bit
color at 60 FPS is to access the 8bit raw Bayer data and
do the color processing on the PC. When using a 1394b bus,
the color processing can be left to the camera as it is
possible to acquire full resolution, full processed 24bit
color data at 60 FPS.
- The Flea2 1394b camera system includes jack screw connector
cables, which guarantee a reliable camera connection, and
reduce stress on internal electronics that can be caused
by cable movement.
- Upgrading to 1394b does not have to cost more. For example,
the Flea2 1394b camera is offered at a lower price point
than the Flea 1394a camera, making it affordable for any
commercial or research application.
- 1394b cameras can be very small yet robust. At 29x29x30mm,
the tiny Flea2 camera packs a lot of functionality into
a tight space.
Flea2 with C-mount
Point Grey Research offers several downloadable
Knowledge Base articles, such as Technical Application Note
2006005 to assist with migrating your custom application from
the Flea to the Flea2. We also recommend Flea camera users
put the Flea2 through a re-qualification process before deciding
to fully migrate over. Our camera Evaluation
Program offers an excellent opportunity to do this.
Watch for news about additions to our Flea camera series
in upcoming issues of the newsletter. In the meantime, if
you would like more information on the Flea2, or to place
an order, email email@example.com or call
1-604-730-9937 option #1.
|Point Grey Flea2 1394b Camera Models
at 60 FPS
BW or Color
at 30 FPS
BW or Color
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