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How to connect multiple cameras with FIREFLY to PC


XIMEA offers xiX line of compact and high speed cameras suitable for embedded vision and especially for Multi camera setups.
While the main approach is to interconnect multiple of these cameras directly through the xSwitch platform, also included in the portfolio of options are the PCIe (PCI Express) camera versions with so-called Firefly connectors.
Contrary to FPC (Flexible printed circuit) cable the Firefly enables lengths of 1 to 4m with copper (ECUE type) and 5m to 100m with fiber (PCUO type with MTP trunk cable).
In cases where instead of xSwitch a connection to PC is required, there are two ways how to set up a system with these cameras - Copper and Fiber.

Copper

This is the succession of components needed for a setup with copper cables. It starts with the camera:



1. xiX camera with Firefly connector

Note: Choose the camera part numbers ending with FF



2. CBL-ECUE-X4G3-xM0 - Firefly cable

Note: The low x in the cable part number stands for 1, 2, 3, 4m.



3a. ADPT-MX-X4G3-FF-IPASS - Adapter from Firefly to Ipass

With CBL-ADPT-PWR-0M10 + power supply


OR 3b. ADPT-MX-X4G3-FF-M2-AVM

Only for Auvidea JN30 Jetson Nano Carrier board



4. Copper or optical iPass cable



5. Host adapter for Gen3 x4


Fiber

This is the sequence of components for a setup with Fiber cables.
In this case, the cameras have to be powered using the GPIO connectors on the camera.
The details for power supply and synchronization or triggering are shown HERE
The connection starts with the camera:



1. xiX camera with Firefly connector

Note: Choose the camera part numbers ending with FF



2. CBL-PCUO-X4G3-0M10 - Optical cable

This is a fragile part that needs to be fixed and encapsulated.


3. MECH-OPA-S-ALIGNED - Optical patch adapter

Note: This is the Aligned version.



4. CBL-MTP-X4G3-FF-xM0 - MTP fiber cable

The x stands for 5, 10, 20, 30m.



5. PEX4-G3-MTP-X1 - Host adapter card for MTP cables

X1, X2 or X4 - depending on how many cameras are used in parallel.