LVDS / RS-422 frame grabber for PCI

The PCI DV has been discontinued, and is no longer supported. This information is provided for reference only.

  • Single PCI local bus slot
  • Interfaces digital cameras to PCI local bus computers
  • Supports 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 24 bit resolution
  • Direct memory access to host memory-camera resolution independent
  • 33 Mhz, 32-bit PCI board
  • PCI local bus data rates up to maximum supported by host
  • Programmable mode, exposure time, gain black level and triggering
  • Device drivers and software development kit for Windows, Linux, & Mac OS
  • Supports AIA serial command interface over RS-422 and 232 serial lines

The PCI DV frame grabber board provides high-resolution image capture for digital video cameras. The 80-pin connector provides support for most AIA camera models. Spatial and depth resolution and the number of buffers are limited only by the host memory. Images can be captured and displayed in real time.

The PCI DV is similar to EDT’s PCI DVK; the main difference is that the PCI DVK, with its 68-pin connector, allows the use of standard cabling with AIA extended serial cameras such as the Redlake MASD (formerly Kodak) MEGAPLUS-series cameras.

Cameras Supported

Most AIA Monochrome, Category 1, extended single and dual channel digital cameras and some color cameras are supported by the PCI DV. A list of cameras for which EDT has made cables and configuration files is available here.


The PCI DV includes a configurable device driver, a C language interface library, example programs, and an X-Windows or MS Windows™ based camera control and image capture and display program (see screen shots). The device driver provides direct virtual memory access for the host computer, including features for controlling the device and determining its status. Example programs demonstrate this capability using the functions provided in the library. A number of third party products are available as well to provide turn-key solutions to image acquisition needs.

  • Machine vision
  • Manufacturing/Inspection
  • Computer microscopy
  • Astronomy
  • Aerial mapping
  • Image archiving
  • Image processing and analysis
  • Medical imaging
  • Multimedia
  • Security

Video Interface

A programmable gate array is configured for a specific video camera when the driver is loaded. Thirty-five LVDS or RS-422 signals are configured as inputs or outputs, as required by the camera. Outputs can also be configured as single-ended for TTL camera control lines. The PCI DV does not include frame buffer memory. Video data is stored in host memory as required by the camera and application.

PCI Compliance

PCI 2.1s
32 bits


0 DB


150,000 hours


< 1A @ 3V DC (can operate in either a 3.3v or a 5v slot)


AMP 787190-8 high-density 80-pin (mates with AMP 749621-8, backshell 749196-2)*(for connector pinouts, go here [pdf])
*Manufactured by AMP Inc. 1-800-522-6752


Cabling to connect the PCI DV to a variety of cameras is available. For part numbers, refer to our PCI DV cable list. Cables are typically 10 feet long unless otherwise specified. Longer cables can be special ordered.


Single PCI local bus slot
Dimensions: 3.3″ x 5.8″ x 0.5″
Weight: 3.8 oz.


Temperature (operating / non-operating): 10° to 40° C / -20° to 60° C
Heat output: 5 W

Humidity (operating / non-operating): 20% to 80%, noncondensing at 40° C / 95%, noncondensing at 40° C


SDK including device drivers for Windows™ & Linux are included with purchase of the board. Limited support for other operating suystems is also available; contact us for details.



EDT provides several levels of customer support, from phone consultation to new camera integration to custom design of hardware or software at hourly rates. Technical support is also provided though the Technical Information section of this web site.


To order, contact our sales department or your distributor. Be sure to specify which cable will be needed (if any). Usually it is helpful to know which camera is being interfaced to as well.