Event Detection Intelligent Camera

EDICAM (Event Detection Intelligent Camera) is an FPGA based high-speed digital camera developed by Wigner RCP, Cerntech Ltd., Adimtech Ltd., and ProDSP Ltd. for diagnostic applications in the field of plasma physics. It can detect and process events autonomously, and has several intelligent, adaptive control functions, like speeding up frame rate on the image regions of interest. The concept was to develop an event driven imaging device, which is capable of focusing image readout to Regions of Interests (ROIs) where and when predefined events occur.

EDICAM (Event Detection Intelligent Camera)

The system consists of a Camera Head and a PCIe card based Image Processing and Control Unit. The two components are connected with a high-speed 10 Gb/s optical link. The development of the FPGA firmware in both units have been carried out by ProDSP and Cerntech.

camera head

Camera Head

Turning on a lightbulb at 3000 frame/sec

Imaging Performances

  • Optical range: visible and infrared range
  • 1.3 Mpixel resolution, LUPA-1300 CMOS sensor
  • 12-bit sampling, @40 MS/s
  • High frame rate: 440 frame/s @1280×1024 pixels, 10 000 frame/s @32×32 pixels

Camera Features

  • ROI readout and exposure cycles are decoupled, several different ROI readouts simultaneously
  • Built-in image processing
  • Data directly transferred to PC memory
  • Magnetic field resistance up to 3 T


  • Accepts Nikon F-Mount lenses
  • Single, proprietary 10 Gb/s optical link
  • User replaceable XFP optical transceivers
  • EDICAM Receiver built around an x8, Gen1 PCI Express ALTERA FPGA board
  • DC-isolated external clock & trigger I/O-s
  • Single power supply