FMC-CL, CameraLink FMC

FMC/CL is a Camera Link FMC (FPGA Mezzanine Module) that interfaces to quad BASE, MEDIUM, and dual FULL and Extended FULL Camera Link compatible cameras.

The FMC/CL has variety of I/O capabilities – 2 x SATA connectors and 4 CL connectors that can also be used as a general purpose I/O.

Table below shows the mode and the support provided by the hardware based on FPGA card used.

LPC Carrier
HPC Carrier
Single Base CL
Dual Base CL
Quad Base CL
Single Medium CL
Dual Medium CL
Single Full / Extended Full CL
Dual Full / Extended Full CL
1x SATA-3
2x SATA-3


  • Dual Base, Quad Base, Medium, Full and Extended Full CL configuration
  • PoCL (Power over Camera Link) support
  • Up to 85 MHz data rate
  • ESD protection for all Camera Link signals
  • Optional Dual SATA for direct disk interface
  • LPC (low pin count) and HPC (high pin count)
  • Commercial and Industrial grades
  • Supports Sundance DSP Video Generator


  • High-end image processing
  • Defense
  • Machine vision
  • Video analysis
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FMC-CL solder side Auxiliary card top side Auxiliary card bottom side

Block Diagram

Block diagram

FMC-CL is supported by Sundance DSP PXIe700, and K800 PCIe FPGA boards using Xilinx Kintex series. The IP core for capturing the frames from the camera(s) is included. An extension PC bracket and flex cables allows the use of two cameras in Full/Extended modes.

PXIe700 and K800 are 100% user programmable with an open FPGA that enables users to implement their proprietary image and signal pre-processing algorithms. Custom functions can use XC7K325T-1FFG900C or XC7K410T-1FFG900C (optional industrial grade) FPGAs. This module can be expanded/pipelined using additional FPGAs if necessary. PXIe700 has also 2 banks of DDR3 memory, 1GB each, 32-bit wide and 128 MB FLASH. PXie700 has 10Gb Ethernet or Fiber Optics communication links.

In conjunction with PXIe700, FMC/CL can be used as a video generator supporting Sundance DSP VideoGuru a professional video analyzer and generator for both analog and digital signals.