Global Vision Standards Update

Global Vision Standards Update is a quarterly newsletter of the AIA that shares information on our industry's standards.

Bob McCurrach, AIA Director of Standards Development

The Director's View

Hello! Here we are at the end of 2014 and I hope you have had a successful and prosperous year. VISION 2014 at Stuttgart, Germany; and the ITE show in Yokohama, Japan were both well attended, with reports of high levels of activity. Here are some of the key highlights for Global Standards:

  • Very successful standards activities at VISION 2014 at Stuttgart in early November and at the ITE show in Yokohama in early December
  • Teledyne DALSA, Matrox, PCO and Silicon software launch first Camera Link HS products at VISION 2014!
  • VDMA officially joined the "Cooperation Agreement on Global Coordination of Machine Vision Standardization"
  • Learn about the latest developments in standards at Automate in Chicago March 23-26, 2015
  • Spring International Vision Standards Meeting (IVSM) to be hosted by Active Silicon in London, UK the week of April 27th, 2015
  • Latest News for Camera Link, Camera Link HS, GigE Vision and USB3 Vision standards
  • Latest Global Lighting Standard Activities
  • VDMA participates in a guideline on successful machine vision projects
  • AIA's 2015 PlugFest dates

Read on for more details on all these happenings and other interesting news.

Standards Activities at VISION 2014 in Stuttgart

VISION 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany in November 2014 was a very busy venue for Vision standards activities. EMVA hosted the International Vision Standards booth (IVSB) with an impressive display of demos from AIA, EMVA and JIIA. Many thanks to all the companies who volunteered their time and equipment to the IVSB. AIA demos included interoperable products from the following companies:

GigE Vision IEEE 1588 demo:

  • Basler
  • National Instruments

USB3 Vision multi-camera demo:

  • Alysium-Tech
  • Basler
  • Baumer
  • Components Express
  • IDS
  • Intercon 1
  • Newnex
  • Point Grey
  • Sentech
  • Toshiba Teli

The Coordinating Committees for Camera Link, Camera Link HS, GigE Vision, and USB3 Vision met to discuss the latest hot topics for their respective standards. Read below for specific updates on these standards. Additionally, JIIA chaired a meeting discussing future enhancements to global lighting standards. Again, more on this below.

First Camera Link HS products at VISION 2014!

Teledyne DALSA, Matrox, PCO and Silicon Software launch first Camera Link HS (CLHS) products at VISION 2014!

CX4 copper interface:
Teledyne DALSA - Piranha XL Camera and Xtium CLHS PX4 Frame Grabber

Matrox - Radient eV-CLHS Frame Grabber

Teledyne DALSA Pirhana XL Camera   Teledyne DALSA Xtium CLHS PX4 Frame Grabber  

Matrox Radient eV-CLHS Frame Grabber

Fiber interface:
PCO - Edge 4.2 and 5.5, & Flow Cameras

Silicon Software - microEnable 5 Ironman CLHS Series Frame Grabbers

PCO Edge Camera

Silicon Software microEnable 5

Additionally, sales of the CLHS IP core are moving along steadily, showing the value of the reference design and pointing even more products on the horizon. For information on the IP Cores, click here.

VDMA Officially Joins the “Cooperation Agreement on Global Coordination of Machine Vision Standardization”

The "G3" held its last meeting at VISION 2014 where there was an official signing event to welcome the VDMA to the existing 3 associations in the cooperation agreement. VDMA, a long time supporter of the vision industry, announced that they have some ideas on streamlining the relationship between vision integrators and end users. Additionally, the cooperation agreement associations continue to reach out to other associations across the globe to promote vision standards!

Learn About the Latest Developments in Standards at Automate in Chicago March 23-26, 2015

AutomateThe Automate 2015 show is fast approaching and we will be presenting the latest in standards, including a Camera Link HS demo provided by Matrox featuring their Radient eV-CLHS frame grabber and the Piranha XL camera from Teledyne DALSA.

Spring 2015 International Vision Standards Meetings

The Spring IVSM is being hosted by Active Silicon in London, UK the week of April 27th, 2015. The activities will include technical committee meetings for GigE Vision, Camera Link, Camera Link HS, GenICam, USB3 Vision and CoaXPress; as well as a Future Standards Forum Meeting and an open PlugFest. The AIA standards meetings are for Technical Committee members only. The schedule is:

Monday, April 28
Tuesday, April 29
Wednesday, April 30
Thursday, April 31
Friday, May 1

PlugFest/Future Standards Forum
Camera Link HS/CoaxPress/GigE Vision
Camera Link HS/CoaxPress/USB3 Vision
Latest News for AIA Standards

Camera LinkCamera Link:

  • Defining Camera Link on FPGA requirements and testing
  • HDR/SDR standoff proposal

Camera Link HS:Camera Link HS

  • Stuttgart Product demos/announcements: M physical layer: 2 Frame grabbers
    and 1 camera; X physical layer 1 Frame Grabber and 3 Cameras
  • Continuing work on CLHS Rev 2: Multiple ROI, data types/bit depths within single frame
  • Updating the CLHS IP core to Rev 2
  • X protocol core now includes Forward Error Correction (FEC) and the Physical Coding Sublayer (PCS)
  • Clarification of Revision 1 specification continues for PlugFest at Spring Standards meeting.

GigE Vision:GigE Vision

  • James Falconer from Pleora was elected to the position of vice-chair of the GigE Vision committee.
  • Finalizing the content of 3D data support which is now ready for integration into the text of the spec., including the necessary changes to the GenICam Pixel Format Naming Convention
  • Discussions to progress the standardization of a locking connector, trying to maintain compatibility with already available GigE Vision cameras. The locking connector specification will likely be a complementary document to the GigE Vision specification.
  • Pursuing a GigE Vision accessory program to allow the registration of products that have been designed to supplement GigE Vision products, but are not implementing the full GigE Vision standard. For instance, this could be a Power-over-Ethernet switch that offers locking connectors compatible with GigE Vision cameras.
  • Next version of the specification to be released in the first half of 2015.

USB3 Vision:

  • USB3High frame rate optimization
  • Multiple image streams
  • Cable compliance testing

Global Lighting Standard Activities

A number of lighting companies across the globe have contacted AIA and EMVA regarding future enhances to standards covering LED and laser lighting. AIA and EMVA are in the process of forming working groups to help support JIIA, who is the global host of the existing lighting standard. Current topics under discussion include:

  1. Performance Metrics - LEDs
  2. Performance Metrics - Lasers
  3. Command and Control
  4. Connectors
  5. Safety

If you are interested in joining any of these teams, please contact Bob McCurrach. We are establishing email discussion groups and file repository systems for each of these teams to help recruit and involve a good cross section of companies for each of these teams.

VDMA Participates in Guideline on Successful Machine Vision Projects
VDMA has participated in a VDI committee that has developed VDI/VDE 2632 Part 2 - "Machine Vision - Guideline for the preparation of a requirement specification and a system specification." This guideline is intended to facilitate the communication between vision suppliers and users. Click here for more information.

Next PlugFests

AIA’s PlugFests for 2015 are planned at the following venues:

  • Spring 2015 IVSM in London, UK, April 27th at the St. Giles hotel (During the Spring IVSM)
  • Fall 2015 IVSM, in the Chicago, USA area, exact venue and timing TBD.
  • ITE Show in Yokohama, Japan, 1st week in December 2015 (Device verification only)

For PlugFests held at the IVSMs, if you are not on the Technical Committee but are a licensed user of the standard(s), you may attend.

For any of these PlugFests, please contact Bob McCurrach and provide the number of attendees and what equipment/software you intend on testing.

Global Machine Vision Interface Standard BrochureGlobal Machine Vision Interface Standard Brochure Available on AIA's Vision Online!

Remember, you can get your copy of the Global Machine Vision Interface Standards brochure, covering:

  • What vision standards are and why they are useful
  • What are the major hardware vision standards
  • What are the major software vision standards
  • Comparison tables of both hardware and software standards

It is available on the AIA website for viewing as a pdf or you can request a hard copy (avilable in English and Mandarin) to be mailed to you. Response to this brochure has been overwhelmingly positive, so check it out!

Linkedin “Global Vision Standards Discussion Group”

AIA recently started the above Linkedin group. This is a place for anyone interested in the application of vision standards to engage and learn from the experience of others. Click here to join and add to the discussion!

How You Can Get Involved with AIA Industry Standards

The AIA-hosted standards working committees are made up of a large group of companies who develop product for our industry. This dedicated group of people lends their time and expertise to advancing standards to benefit suppliers and customers alike. If you would like to get more involved by joining the Technical committee, please follow this link:

Technical Committee

The GigE Vision Committee is currently chaired by Eric Carey, R&D Director at Teledyne DALSA and James Falconer, at Pleora Technologies.

The Camera Link Committee is currently chaired by Steve Kinney, Director of Technical Pre-Sales & Support at JAI and Reynold Dodson, President at BitFlow, Inc. The Camera Link HS Technical Committee is chaired by Mike Miethig, Technical Manager at Teledyne DALSA.

The USB3 Vision committee is chaired by Eric Gross, Senior Software Engineer - Vision at National Instruments.

Bob McCurrach is AIA's Director of Standards Development and supports and oversees the committee work. If your company would like to get involved and contribute to standards development work, please contact Bob McCurrach or call + 1 734-994-6088.

For details on becoming an AIA member, visit Become a Member.

More information on Vision Standards can be found on Vision Online.

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