The RCX C-Link is a Camera Link extension module (repeater) that adapts Camera Link digital image data to fiberoptic cable, providing remote location up to 300 meters using standard transceivers, up to 10 kilometers with long-range transceivers, or even 100 kilometers with special-purpose transceivers.
Note: In 2015, EDT introduced the next-generation VisionLink RCX which supports base mode Camera Link over the complete 20-85MHz camera pixel clock range. The VisionLink RCX is recommended for new base mode extension applications, and the VisionLink XF is recommended for new medium/full/80-bit extension applications. Nevertheless, the RCX C-Link will remain in production for the foreseeable future.
The RCX C-Link, similar in size to a Camera Link cable connector, attaches directly to the MDR-26 connector on the back of the camera. An LC duplex fiberoptic cable then plugs into the back of the module. Adapter cables are available to connect to SDR devices and for situations where tight tolerances are a factor.
A single module at the camera end can connect via fiber to a second module at the frame grabber end, or directly to (legacy) EDT fiberoptic (FOX) frame grabber for base mode image capture. Multiple modules can be used to connect one or more cameras to any Camera Link frame grabber for base, medium, or full mode image capture.
The RCX C-Link is similar to the newer VisionLink RCX, and is compatible in Base mode (single-connector) configurations.
The block diagrams below show some of the many possible configurations. For details and ordering options, visit the following links:
Extension cord configurations for Base mode Camera Link
Extension cord configurations for Medium and Full mode Camera Link