What methods are available to acquire digital data using legacy Photon?

This question applies to the legacy Photon camera models. The Photon product line and its accessories have been discontinued. The information here is provided for historical reference.

Currently there are three possible ways to acquire digital data using a legacy FLIR Photon camera:
1) LVDS. Legacy Photon outputs digital data in a serial low-voltage differential signal (LVDS) format. This data is available at the 30-pin SAMTEC connector on the camera core. In addition, serial LVDS is available at the 15-pin wearsaver connector of the legacy Photon 320 camera (26-pin connector for the legacy Photon 640 camera) as well as the digital data port on the I/O module. The wearsaver connector and I/O module are accessory kit items. The Photon User`s Guide provides the necessary pinouts and timing diagrams for interfacing directly to the legacy Photon camera core electrical functions, including digital data.
2) Ethernet. FLIR’s Ethernet Module for legacy Photon provides camera control functions, and converts serial LVDS into real-time streaming uncompressed video data. The Module interfaces into a standard RJ-45 Ethernet network and runs at standard 100 megabit or full gigabit Ethernet speed. The Module includes the Ethernet interface adapter, camera cabling, and power supply. The Module allows acquisition of both 8-bit digital data and the full 14-bit digital data. Analog video is also output via separate BNC connector. The legacy Photon control software (GUI) provides Ethernet Module support to allow camera control and video display in a host computer window. The Photon SDK, a separate optional accessory, also provides this functionality. The legacy Photon 320 Ethernet Module part number is 421-0025-00. The legacy Photon 640 Ethernet Module part number is 421-0031-00. Ethernet Modules require the camera to have either the 15-pin wearsaver connector installed on a legacy Photon 320 camera, or the 26-pin connector (part of the EMI rear cover assembly) installed on a legacy Photon 640 camera.
3) Frame grab board. FLIR’s optional serial-in, parallel-out (SIPO) module (part number 333-0017-00) converts the serial LVDS into a parallel data format that can be accessed via a frame grabber. The SIPO mates directly to the I/O module’s digital data port, and furnishes a 68-pin connector that can be attached to a frame grabber via a digital interface cable. One frame grabber possibility is the National Instruments IMAQ PCI-1422 (LVDS) board using digital interface cable part number 308-0013-00. Another frame grabber option is the Bit Flow RoadRunner Model 14-M board using digital interface cable part number 308-0016-00-03. Both of these computer-based frame grabber boards require third-party software not offered or supported by FLIR.

FLIR supplies camera setup files for both the IMAQ and Bit Flow frame grabber boards, but FLIR does not formally support their use, nor do we claim or guarantee that these setup files will be suitable for any particular use or application. Refer to Software Updates.

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