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FLIR Oryx 10GigE Camera Wins Innovator's Award

Judgment of products receiving a Vision System Design Innovators Award is based on originality, innovation, and fulfilment of an unmet market need, as well as their impact on productivity, designers, systems integrators, and end users.  This year, FLIR’s new Oryx 10 Gigabit Ethernet camera met these high standards and was recognized with an award.

Advantages Oryx offers Designers, Integrators, and Users

The Oryx provides designers and integrators with the latest sensors while using the familiar GigE Vision standard and interface for minimal disruption.

With the latest global shutter CMOS sensors, a 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface, and advanced onboard image processing, Oryx allows system designers to:

  • Replace multiple low-resolution cameras with a single, ultra-high-resolution camera while maintaining high frame rates.
  • Accelerate development and increase reliability by reducing system complexity.
  • Reduce the need for multi-image HDR processing by running high-resolution sensors at their full bit depth while maintaining high frame rates.
  • Reduce system costs with inexpensive cables and eliminate the need for frame grabbers.
  • Use GigE-Vision-compliant hardware and software for development and testing.

Overcoming Technical Challenges

FLIR’s electrical and mechanical engineers have overcome the challenge of physical layer (PHY) power dissipation. This was the biggest obstacle to the widespread adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet cameras using a 10GBASE-T PHY. FLIR's Oryx offers optimized FPGA programming and system architecture, maximizing power efficiency while providing a level of performance that guarantees it will be ready for the next generation of faster, higher-resolution sensors. Engineers designed and tested Oryx to run continuously at full speed in still, 50 °C ambient air. Proven GigE Vision drivers minimize the CPU use required for host-side packet assembly. FLIR’s tests show host CPU use as low as 0.65% on an Intel Core i7 processor, maximizing host-side power efficiency.

Leveraging 10GBASE-T

The IEEE 10GBASE-T standard used by Oryx cameras has a much greater install base compared to other implementations of 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The widespread deployment of 10GBASE-T hardware as network infrastructure lead to the development of a wide range of competitively-priced switches, NICs and cables. The CAT6A cables specified by the 10GBASE-T standard are much less expensive than the Direct Attach Copper or optical fiber cables used by SFP+-based 10 Gigabit Ethernet standards.

What’s Next?

 The first Oryx models using the IMX253 12MP Sony Pregius sensor will be available in Q4 2017.