December 9, 2011 – Richmond, BC, Canada – Point Grey, a world leader of advanced digital camera technology, today announced a new addition to its growing family of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 products, the U3-PCIE2-2P01 host adapter card.
Designed and manufactured by Point Grey at the company’s headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, the U3-PCIE2-2P01 is a low-profile PCI Express Gen 2.0 USB 3.0 card that incorporates a Fresco Logic FL1009 Extensible Host Controller Interface (xHCI) chip. The PCIe Gen 2.0 x1 serial link provides data transfer speeds of 5 Gbit/s, and the FL1009’s unique hardware architecture offers a distinct performance improvement over other available chipsets.
Each U3-PCIE2-2P01 card is equipped with two (2) SuperSpeed USB ports, an internal power connector for ensuring reliable power delivery to connected USB 3.0 devices, and both standard and low profile PCIe mounting brackets. Point Grey also offers its own low-level USB 3.0 xHCI driver, which can be optionally used in place of chipset manufacturer drivers to improve streaming performance and provide enhanced bus diagnostics for Point Grey USB 3.0 cameras. Diagnostics can be viewed using the Point Grey FlyCapture image acquisition and camera control SDK. The U3-PCIE2-2P01 is compatible with all Point Grey USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 cameras, as well as third-party USB devices.
"Manufacturing our own interface card is another key step to providing users with a fast and reliable USB 3.0 imaging pipeline," says Michael Gibbons, Product Marketing Manager at Point Grey. "We selected the Fresco Logic USB 3.0 host controller based on its throughput and communication performance over other chipsets. By pairing our card with our own PGRXHCI driver, we minimize our customer’s reliance on chipset or OS vendors to resolve issues or provide driver support."
The U3-PCIE2-2P01, list priced at USD $79, is available now from Point Grey, its network of distributors, and at www.ptgreystore.com (North American customers only).
About Point Grey
Point Grey Research, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the development of advanced digital camera technology products for machine vision, industrial imaging, computer vision, and traffic and surveillance applications. Based in Richmond, BC, Canada, Point Grey designs, manufactures and distributes USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and IEEE-1394 (FireWire) cameras that are known for their excellent quality, performance, and ease of use. A broad range of hardware, software and mechanical engineering skills has allowed Point Grey to successfully bring many innovative and ground-breaking products to market. This drive for innovation has led to many industry firsts, including the world’s first and smallest 1394b digital camera, the smallest GigE camera and the first and smallest USB 3.0 machine vision camera.
Since its founding in January of 1997, the company’s approach to product pricing, quality control, and customer service has attracted thousands of customers worldwide, and its organic growth through product sales has enabled the company to expand significantly without any outside investment. Point Grey currently employs more than 130 people worldwide and has a wholly-owned German subsidiary that provides sales and support services to customers in Europe, Africa and Israel. The company also has a strong network of distributors in Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.ptgrey.com