LVDS / RS-422 frame grabber for PCI

This product has been discontinued, and is no longer supported. The information on this page is provided for reference only.

  • Single PCI local bus slot
  • Interfaces LVDS digital CCD cameras to PMC/PCI computers
  • Supports 8 through 16 bit resolution
  • Direct memory access to host memory — camera resolution independent
  • PCI Local Bus data rates up to maximum supported by host
  • 33Mhz, 32-bit board
  • Supports AIA serial command interface over RS-422 serial lines
  • Device drivers for Linux, Windows, MacOS
  • PMC bus (PMC DVK) option available

The PCI DVK provides high-resolution image capture for AIA Monochrome, Category 1, extended single and dual channel digital cameras. 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 DVK is similar to the PCI DV, the primary difference being the connector (68-pin versus 80-pin).

Cameras Supported

The PCI DVK’s 68-pin connector makes it the best choice for cameras with standard 68-pin SCSI II type cables/connectors, such as the Kodak / Redlake MEGAPLUS i and ES models. Cables are also available for the Texas Instruments TMC-1001PF, Raytheon Infrared Radiance 1 and HSX, Cincinnati Electronics Irris 256 ST, and most Hamamatsu* cameras. Most other AIA monochrome, Category 1, extended single and dual channel digital cameras are also supportable, but may require a custom cable. See Cables for more information.

* Requires PCI DVK RS-422 option.


The PCI DVK comes with 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 camera when the driver is loaded. Thirty-two RS-422 or LVDS 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 DVK does not include frame buffer memory. Video data is stored in host memory as required by the camera and application.


SDK and device drivers for Linux, Windows MacOS.

PCI Bus Compliance

PCI 2.1s
32 bits


The PCI DVK is designed to be used with Kodak’s 68-pin to 68-pin RS-422 AIA cable, part #03000172-001, or one of EDT’s equivalent cables, part number 016-01731 (10′), 016-02285 (15′) or 016-01562 (10m). Kodak’s RS-232 breakout cable (part #03000173-001) may be used, but is not recommended since it diverts the RS-232 signals to the COM port via a pigtail, so serial commands needed for set-up and control will need to be done manually through a terminal program or other COM port based tools instead of through the PCI DVK’s built-in UART. When using our cable or the straight-through Kodak cable, you will likely need to switch the camera via serial to RS-422 control and save the setting — refer to the camera Users Guide for how to accomplish that step.

Most other category 1, extended single and dual channel digital cameras are also supportable. However the PCI DVa is recommended for most since there are more cables available for that board. See the PCI DV Cable list for information on which cables are available for which products.


Single PCI Local Bus slot
Dimensions: 3.3″ x 5.87″ x 0.5″
Weight: 3.8 oz.
Connector: AMP high density 68-pin (from AMP Inc., 800-522-6752);
for connector pinouts, go here


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



Operating: 10° to 40° C
Nonoperating: -20° to 60° C
Heat Output: 5 W


Operating: 20% to 80% noncondensing @ 40° C
Nonoperating: 95% noncondensing @ 40° C


0 DB


150,000 hours

System Requirements

Note: This outlines the minimum recommended requirements for a typical application that uses EDT interface boards. In practice, few situations are “typical.” Read this for a broader discussion on making sure your system is adequate for the task of accepting high speed DMA data with an EDT interface board.


Processor: Pentium III or IV/400Mhz+, or AMD Athalon
Memory: 512 Mb minimum
Cache memory: 256 Kb.
PCI Bus: Adequate bandwidth for camera in use (see system requirements).
Video: AGP Display (NOTE: Using PCI video boards on the same bus as an EDT I/O board is NOT recommended)
OS: Linux, Windows, MacOS (by request).
Patches: Windows NT service pack 6, Windows 2000 service pack 1


EDT provides several levels of customer support, from phone consultations 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). It is usually helpful to know which camera is being interfaced to as well.


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