RS-422 frame grabber for Sbus

The SDV is a discontinued product, and is no longer supported. This information is is provided for reference only.

  • Interfaces digital video cameras to SBus
  • Supports 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 24 bit resolution
  • Data rates to 40 MB per second
  • Direct memory access makes SDV camera resolution independent
  • Programmable mode, exposure time, gain, black level and triggering
  • SUN SPARCstation compatible
  • Device drivers for Solaris 1.x (SunOS 4.1.x) and Solaris 2.6+ (SunOS 5.x)
  • Single SBus slot

The SDV provides high-resolution image capture for digital video 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. Firmware to support various camera models is available.

Cameras Supported
  • KODAK MEGAPLUS Camera Models1.4, 4.2, and XHF
  • KODAK MEGAPLUS Camera Models 1.4i, 1.6i, 4.2i, 6.3i, 16.8i, ES 1.0, or other AIA Monochrome, Category 1, extended single and dual channel digital cameras
  • Xillix Technologies, Corp. Micro Imager 0400, 1400 and 1412
  • Cohu 411 X Series digital camera
  • Raytheon Amber Radiance 1
  • Hitachi KP-F100
  • DALSA CA-D4 and D7 series
  • DALSA CA-D1, D4, D7 and other area scan and line scan cameras. 1
  • Hamamatsu C4742, C4880, and C4880-81/82 digital
  • DVC Company camera Models DVC-8, DVC-10
  • Cincinnati Electronics IRC-160 or IRC-160ST digital camera
  • Astromed 4100 digital camera2
  • PULNiX TM-1000 and TM-9700 digital camera
  • Pyramid Vision PV-I
  • Contact EDT for updated list

1. Contact EDT for details on specific models of DALSA cameras supported.
2. Requires supplemental software supplied by the camera manufacturer. Contact EDT for details.
3. Support is limited to a subset of the camera’s functions. Contact EDT for details.


The SDV comes with a configurable device driver, a C language interface library, example programs, and an X-Windows based camera control and image capture display program. The device driver provides direct virtual memory access for the Sun SPARCstation, including features for controlling the device and determining its status. Example programs demonstrate this capability using the functions provided in the library. An FCodes PROM is included on the card for identification and initialization.

  • Computer-assisted manufacturing
  • Computer microscopy
  • Image archiving
  • Image processing and 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-two 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 SDV contains no memory. Video data is stored in host memory as required by the camera and application.


Drivers for Solaris 1.x (SunOS 4.1.x) or Solaris 2.x (SunOS 5.x)

SBus Compliance

DMA bursts of 2, 4, 8, or 16 words, as supported by the host
Slave transfers used: byte, half word and word
25 MHz maximum clock
Level 5 interrupt
Fujitsu FCN 2341 PO96-GO connector or Honda PCS-96MD connector

Some SBus hosts may not support the SBus bandwidth required by a given camera. Contact EDT, Inc. for advice on selecting the appropriate host.


Ten-foot cables compatible with the camera supported are included. Longer cables available at an additional charge.


Occupies one standard SBus slot
Dimensions: 3.3″ x 5.87″ x 0.5″
Weight: 6 oz.
High density 80-pin connector
AMP PN759075-8


5V DC, 1 A



Operating: 10° to 40° C
Nonoperating:-20° to 60° C


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


EDT provides several levels of customer support, from phone consultation to custom design of hardware, software, or FCode drivers, at hourly rates.