You’re likely thrilled to see the constant flow of cutting-edge machine and embedded vision devices being released. But do you find it hard to keep up with the latest standards? Not quite sure what’s compatible with your setup?
Standards are critical to machine and embedded vision. Users require the highest standards of precision, consistency, and speed. Some proven standards have been around for a while, while others are new or have been updated to accommodate changing trends.
GigE Vision® Standard
If you’ve been in the machine vision industry for over 15 years, you got to see the GigE Vision® Standard released. It’s still an exciting standard that’s being used for device control and video transfer. GigE Vision® uses a standard Ethernet network and even allows for Wi-Fi connectivity. All kinds of devices can use it, including cameras, frame grabbers, and embedded interfaces.
Users and vendors can trust that GigE Vision® compliant imaging devices will work together seamlessly. This time-tested standard capitalizes on the speed, reliability, and performance of Ethernet networks. Likely, your current switches, NICs, and standard cabling are probably all you need, making GigE Vision® a cinch to add to your machine and embedded vision system.
Camera Link® & Camera Link HS® Standards
Camera Link® cameras use a special serial communication protocol to transfer data fast, with speeds up to 850 MB/s. This standard is appropriately used for streaming video. When quality control is of key concern, Camera Link® can offer the quality and speed you need. It also includes a complete interface for precise camera timing and real-time signaling.
Camera Link HS® was an improvement made to the standard in 2012 and was announced two years later at the Vision 2014 conference in Stuttgart, Germany. Camera Link HS® offers greater reliability, cuts out jitter, and reduces latency. It’s common to see this updated standard used for flat panel inspection.
USB3 Vision™ Standard
You probably use USB 3.x for many of your devices, ranging from external hard drives to your smartphone to your digital camera. It has a bandwidth of up to 350 MB/s, making it fast enough for plenty of applications. USB3’s plug-and-play nature gives it an edge when it comes to mobility.
USB3 Vision™ has been widely accepted in the medical and industrial fields. As well, many programming interfaces and design factors have made good use of this new standard released in 2013. It offers power and data on the same cable for enhanced versatility.
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