April 1, 2014 – Richmond, BC, Canada – Point Grey, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced the addition of a new GigE power-over-ethernet (PoE) network interface card to its growing ecosystem of Gigabit Ethernet cameras and accessories.
The new two-port GIGE-PCIE2-2P02 network interface card (NIC) is fully designed and manufactured by Point Grey at the company’s headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada. Each port provides up to 15.4 watts of power and has a dedicated Intel® 82574L Gigabit Ethernet Controller that supports jumbo packets and maximum GigE bandwidth of 120 MByte/s. Combined bandwidth of 240 MByte/s is easily handled using the card’s PCI Express Gen2 x1 interface, the most commonly available on modern PC motherboards, and the low-profile board design makes the GIGE-PCIE2-2P02 ideal for 1U, 2U and other small form factor enclosures. The cost-effective design allows customers to use a single 2-port GIGE-PCIE2-2P02 card to replace multiple GigE NICs and PoE injectors and achieve savings up to 60%*.
Point Grey’s FlyCapture SDK includes a proprietary low-level GigE image filter driver that can be installed on the GIGE-PCIE2-2P02 and can be used to reduce GigE packet load on the CPU by filtering out GigE Vision stream protocol (GVSP) packets. The GIGE-PCIE2-2P02 is compatible with all Point Grey Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet cameras, as well as third-party devices, and presents a significant cost advantage over competing two-port NICs.
“Manufacturing our own GigE host adapter is another key step to providing users with a reliable and cost-effective GigE Vision imaging system,” says Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey. “This new card enables customers to reduce system costs compared to externally powered GigE Vision or analog camera systems, particularly when dealing with multiple cameras. Further savings can be achieved when combining it with low-cost GigE Vision cameras such as those from our Blackfly BFLY-PGE series.”
The GIGE-PCIE2-2P02 network interface card is list priced at $120 / 96 EUR and is available to order now from Point Grey, its network of distributors, and the online store (for North American, Australian, and EU customers).
*Based on pricing for two ACC-01-1100 and two ACC-01-9012, available through www.ptgreystore.com