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XIMEA's newest cameras are stepping up into Thunderbolt™ Technology with10Gbps


UPDATE: You can check XIMEA Thunderbolt™ technology enabled industrial cameras HERE


XIMEA's enabled new levels of Image acquisition performance and convenience, now stepping up into Thunderbolt™ 2 Technology. 10Gbps of interface bandwidth, directly to the PC memory, without any CPU overhead, opens new possibilities for the highest performance requirements of machine vision and scientific applications.


Starting 2 years ago, in development of PCI Express, XIMEA foresaw the development of camera interfaces towards technology which extends the PC local bus all the way to the image sensor.

The major advantage of extending the local PC bus, conveniently provided by the Thunderbolt™ 2 Technology, is elimination of redundant communication protocols, like USB, IEEE1394 or  Gigabit Ethernet,  which require significant resources to maintain their protocol stacks. This also eliminates the need of intermediate storage buffers, thus tremendously reducing image acquisition latency.


Two camera families from XIMEA - CURRERA and HDX, based on PCI Express technology to seamlessly deliver image data to the PC memory, immediately take benefits of recent reincarnation of "Light peak" from Intel in the form of Thunderbolt™ 2 Technology released with new Apple MacBook Pro.


All XIMEA cameras are natively supported by major software image processing libraries via GenICam/GenTL producer and extensive set of image acquisition adapters.


You are welcome to express your opinion on the future of the interfaces for machine vision, industrial and scientific cameras in our blog.


* Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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