iPORT CL-U3 External Frame Grabbers

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iPORT CL-U3 External Frame Grabbers

Simple to integrate USB3 Vision video interface for Camera Link Cameras

Pleora’s iPORT™ CL-U3 External Frame Grabbers provide systems manufacturers and integrators with cost and design flexibility advantages by converting Camera Link® cameras into native USB3 Vision™ cameras. With these external frame grabbers, Camera Link cameras can transport high-speed imaging and video data over the widely available USB 3.0 bus. The cameras can also be used with a broader selection of smaller form factor, low-power computing platforms to help reduce system costs.

The CL-U3 family transmits video from Base and Medium mode Camera Link cameras with low, predictable latency over a USB 3.0 link. The connection at the workstation is a standard USB 3.0 port, eliminating the need for a desktop computer with an available peripheral card slot for a traditional frame grabber. As a result, designers can reduce system size, cost, and power consumption by using computing platforms with smaller form factors, such as laptops, embedded computers, and single-board computers. Integrated PLC and GPIO capabilities allow end-users to control, trigger and synchronize cameras and other vision system elements.

Pleora’s CL-U3 External Frame Grabbers help systems manufacturers and integrators to leverage the performance attributes of USB 3.0, including high-bandwidth output, power over cable, and plug-and-play usability. The iPORT CL-U3 External Frame Grabber family delivers a range of solutions for designers to meet specific system requirements, including products supporting extended temperature operating range, extensive GPIO functionality, and power over Camera Link (PoCL).  

The CL-U3 complies fully with the USB3 Vision and GenICam™ standards, ensuring interoperability with third-party equipment in multi-vendor environments. The CL-U3 is bundled with Pleora’s feature-rich eBUS™ SDK application toolkit.


  • Transmits video from Camera Link Base or Medium mode cameras over USB 3.0, with low, predictable latency
  • Plugs into a wide range of computing platforms without needing a PCI/PCIe frame grabber
  • Compact and low power
  • Mountable enclosure
  • Line scan and area scan modes
  • 128 MB frame buffer to accommodate multi-mega pixel sensor sizes
  • Throughput approaching 3 Gb/s
  • Record and playback functionality
  • USB3 Vision and GenICam compatible
  • Power, control, and video over the same USB 3.0 cable
  • Power over Camera Link (PoCL) with models CL-U3B-IND and CL-U3M-IND (external power supply required)
  • Sophisticated on-board programmable logic controller (PLC) allows users to precisely measure, synchronize, trigger, and control the operation of other vision system elements

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