NI Camera Link I/O Extension Board

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Overview

This document provides information needed to configure and use an NI Camera Link I/O Extension board with a PCIe-1427, PCIe-1429, PCIe-1430 or PCIe-1433.

Table of Contents

  1. Hardware Setup
  2. Software Setup
  3. Additional Resources

1. Hardware Setup

The NI Camera Link I/O Extension Board is not capable of operating on its own without your frame grabber and therefore will not show up in either Measurement & Automation Explorer or in Windows Device Manager.  You will see your frame grabber in both of these places, but not the Camera Link I/O Extension Board.   

When connecting signals to the Camera Link I/O Extension Board refer to the manual linked below.  Note that there are two pinouts, one for the 37 pin breakout option and one for the 44 pin breakout option.  You do not need to connect power to the Camera Link I/O Extension Board unless you want to use the 12V and 5V outputs on the breakout board.

The NI Camera Link I/O Extension Board allows you access to the isolated I/O and external I/O (TTL signals).  For the PCIe-1429, PCIe-1430, and PCIe-1433 external line 0 is the SMB connector on the front of the frame grabber and the Camera Link I/O Extension Board provides access to external I/O lines 1-8.  

 

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2. Software Setup

You can use the IMAQ Configure Trigger 3 VI and IMAQ Trigger Read2 VI to set up and read your trigger.  The Line Number and Trigger Number inputs on these VIs both correspond to the TTL or ISO line with that number on the Camera Link I/O Extension Board.  For example, if you wire in External and 1 to Trigger Type and Line Number, respectively, you are referencing TTL I/O 1 on the Camera Link Extension Board.  The snippet below shows how to use TTL I/O 1 to trigger the start of your acquisition.

 

 

Note: Ensure that your camera is in a triggered mode and not a free run mode.

 

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3. Additional Resources

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