Camera Link is a serial communication protocol designed for point-to-point automated vision applications. It is based on the Texas Instruments* (formerly National Semiconductor) Channel Link interface that has been extended to support general-purpose LVDS data transmission.
Maintained by the Automated Imaging Association (AIA), the Camera Link specification standardizes the camera interface, cables, and frame grabbers used to convert and transmit camera data to a computer, usually across PCITM or PCIe* buses. You'll find the Camera Link interface used in applications like machine vision systems and smart cameras.
Benefits of Using FPGAs in Camera Link Applications
As the following figure illustrates, you can take advantage of low-cost FPGAs—such as Cyclone® IV and Cyclone® V devices — to create high-performance Camera Link applications that lower your TCO and increase your return on investment (ROI). If you need an even higher level of performance, use Intel® Cyclone® 10 FPGA, Intel® Arria® 10 FPGA, or Intel® Stratix® 10 FPGA.