Matrox Morphis is a family of cost-effective peripheral boards based on atruly versatile design. As a frame grabber board, the Matrox Morphis is ideal for video surveillance applications that require sequential capture from multiple standard sources with minimum latency. A modular design and simple standard connections provide additional flexibility and cost savings for video surveillance applications that require a scalable number of inputs. A real-time standard image compression and decompression accelerator for video archiving and/or transmission further qualifies Matrox Morphis for video surveillance applications. As an image compression and decompression board, Matrox Morphis is perfectly adapted for standard medical image archiving and transmission.
Dual/quad video decoder architecture
An elaborate and finely tuned design featuring up to four video decoders working in tandem enables Matrox Morphis to rapidly switch between multiple video sources for sequential capture. The design also allows for the simultaneous capture from up to four independent standard video sources. A large dedicated buffer guarantees reliable image capture to the on-board compression accelerator1 or the host PC, including display. Moreover, video images can be formatted in real-time during capture. Formatting features include cropping (ROI), horizontal and/or vertical flipping and subsampling.
Matrox Morphis integrates a hardware accelerator for JPEG2000 image compression and decompression. JPEG2000 is an industry standard from the Joint Photographic Experts Group for wavelet-based compression and decompression. This new standard was developed to provide a superior compression ratio without compromising quality, or superior quality at a given compression ratio when compared to conventional JPEG. An intricate algorithm makes JPEG2000 computationally intensive, so hardware acceleration is required for real-time performance at typical video rates. For video surveillance applications, the JPEG2000 hardware accelerator can handle up to two standard video streams, whether monochrome or color, in lossy or lossless mode. It can also handle high resolution monochrome formats with high dynamic range found in medical imaging applications.
In addition to the core video capture and compression/ decompression functionality1 , Matrox Morphis incorporates a variety of features to simplify overall integration. These features include an integrated watchdog timer4 for automatically recovering from application or system failure, integrated auxiliary I/Os4 that eliminate the need for a separate I/O board, and an RS-485 serial interface4 mapped as a PC COM port that can be accessed through the Win32® API.
Field-proven application development software
Matrox Morphis is supported by the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL), a comprehensive collection of software tools for developing industrial imaging applications. MIL features interactive software and programming functions for image capture, processing, analysis, annotation, display and archiving. These tools are designed to enhance productivity, thereby reducing the time and effort required to bring your solution to market. Refer to the MIL datasheet for more information.
– PCIe® x1, PCI (-X2) or PCI-104 form factor
– captures from NTSC, PAL, RS-170 and CCIR video sources
– dual/quad video decoder architecture for ultra-fast channel switching
– connect and switch between up to 16 CVBS, up to 8 Y/C or a combination of inputs
– two trigger inputs
– real-time JPEG2000 image compression and decompression1
– 16 TTL auxiliary I/Os and RS-485 serial interface
– watchdog timer for monitoring overall system integrity
– programmed using Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) sold separately
– supports 32/64-bit Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista®/7 and 32/64-bit Linux®