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Point Grey Research Fast-Tracks Development of 1394b

FLIR Systems, Inc.

1394bOctober 21, 2003 - Stuttgart, Germany - At the recent Vision 2003 Show in Stuttgart, Germany, Point Grey Research (PGR) demonstrated its first prototype camera using the new 1394b technology.  As a follow up to the very popular 1394a (Firewire) standard, this next generation promises up to double the data transfer rate at 800 Mbps and extended cables lengths up to 100m.

PGR was able to fast-track the development of their 1394b camera by designing their own 1394b LINK layer in an FPGA from Xilinx instead of waiting for a semiconductor vendor to supply these 1394b components.  Specific to the camera shown at Stuttgart, a CMOS HDTV image sensor from Rockwell Scientific was used to deliver 1920x1080 high quality, uncompressed images at 30FPS, generating 62MB of sustained bandwidth.

‘‘The HDTV camera was just a demonstration, but we are actively integrating the 1394b technology into our products.  We believe we will be one of the first to market,’‘ says PGR's Vladimir Tucakov.

Point Grey Research is a worldwide leader in the development of advanced digital camera technology products. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, PGR designs, manufactures and distributes IEEE-1394 cameras, stereo vision cameras and spherical digital video cameras to a broad spectrum of industries. Through a close working relationship with its customers, PGR continues to be at the forefront of innovation.

For further information on Point Grey Research and its products, contact Vlad Tucakov by phone at 604.730.9937.  For media inquiries contact Ana Dimapilis.

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