Global Vision Standards Update

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

The Director's View
Bob McCurrach, AIA Director of Standards DevelopmentHello! Here are some of the key highlights for vision standards:

  • USB3 Vision Technical Committee to release detailed compliancy process this summer.
  • Camera Link HS™ IP Core committee released v1.1 update to the IP Core Solution.
  • Camera Link HS first products to be released by the 4th quarter this year.
  • Successful Spring International Vision Standards Technical meeting held in Seoul Korea in April, hosted by Vieworks.
  • Fall International Vision Standards Technical Committee Meeting to be hosted by Sensor to Image in Schongau Germany scheduled for October 21 - 25.
  • AIA’s next PlugFest will be held week of October 21 in conjunction with the Fall International Vision Standards Technical Committee Meeting in Schongau, Germany.
  • JIIA has released an update of their lighting standard LI-001-2013.

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

USB3 Vision Compliancy Process To Be Released This Summer
The USB3 Vision Technical Committee has been hard at work developing the compliance process and expects to release it this summer. The process will be very similar to the GigE Vision and Camera Link compliance processes involving:

  • License application form
  • Electrical and cable compliance tests
  • Compliance matrix
  • Software validation suite for devices
  • PlugFest for public demonstration of devices and venue for software to interoperate with three different cameras

USB3 Vision is currently in an advance registration process but this will end with publication of the completed compliance process when we'll start registering compliant products. Please contact if you would like more information. 

V1.1 of the Camera Link HS IP Core Solutions Released
Camera Link HSBack in May of 2012, the Camera Link HS Technical Committee released v1.0 of the IP Core Solutions for the M and X Protocol. In March of this year, the very active committee released an update (v1.1) which makes the IP cores even easier to use.  These IP cores will vastly reduce the time to market and the cost of support by giving your development team a ready-to-use reference implementation, saving as much as six months development time. The Camera Link HS IP Core solution is a group of FPGA-ready cores implementing the message layer of the Camera Link HS standard. The solution provides cores for both camera and frame grabber devices for the M and X protocols. It can be used on Altera and Xilinx FPGAs but can be easily extended to other FPGA technologies. These cores feature:

  • Full bridge between the Camera Link HS Message Interface and a 10Gbs Ethernet PCS/PMA core
  • Compliant with revision 1.0 of the Camera Link HS standard
  • Implements the full Camera Link HS message layer with packet priority engine
  • Simple signaling  user interface  
  • Open Architecture
  • VHDL-93 RTL format
  • Both camera and frame grabber cores included

Both M Protocol and the X Protocol include a VHDL/Java test bench, Modelsim simulator, core user guide and a validation user guide. The cores can be purchased directly from the AIA. Visit the AIA web site for more information.

Camera Link HS First Products To Be Released By the 4th Quarter This Year
Camera Link HS Teledyne DALSA and PCO AG have both announced that their first Camera Link HS products. Teledyne DALSA’s Xtium-CL PX4 frame grabber will be available in the 3rd quarter with upcoming models and products to support Camera Link HS’s copper interface. PCO AG has announced their new pco.flow camera to be available in the 4th quarter. This high speed camera has a CMOS 12 MP image sensor and maximum frame rate of 298 frames per second (fps) @ 10 bits or 335 fps @ 8 bits. It operates over Camera Link HS’s fiber interface in single, dual or quad modes.

While the focus of the technical subcommittee members is on developing products within their companies, the group continues to meet to work on the standard’s IP Cores and future enhancements to the standard.

Successful Spring International Vision Standards Technical Meeting 
The Spring International Vision Standards Technical Meeting was hosted by Vieworks in Seoul, Korea from April 15-19, 2013. This was the first technical meeting mutually sponsored by the three major vision association standards groups: AIA, EMVA and JIIA. These twice annual meetings rotate between North America, Europe and Asia.

This expanded scope ensures that the vision industry is served by a well-coordinated, global focus on standards development as the industry continues to grow and mature.

Fall International Vision Standards Technical Meeting
The Fall International Vision Standards Technical Meeting is being hosted by Sensor to Image in Schongau, Germany from October 21-25, 2013. The detailed schedule for each of the standard's Technical Committees, including an open PlugFest, will be developed soon.

Next PlugFest
The next PlugFest will be held during the week of October 21 in conjunction with the Fall International Vision Standards Technical Meeting in Schongau, Germany. Like the technical committee meeting intself, its scope will include AIA, EMVA and JIIA standards. If you are not on the Technical Committee but have a license, you may attend. Please contact and provide the number of people and what equipment/software you intend on testing. Look for the specific timing of the meeting in our next Standards Update.

JIIA Reporting Standard Updated
JIIA has released LI-001-2013, available on their website

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 Coordinating Committee or Technical Committee, please follow the links.

How You Can Get Involved with AIA Industry StandardsThe GigE Vision Committee is currently chaired by Eric Carey, R&D Director at Teledyne DALSA and Geoff Roddick, Manager of Applications Engineering 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 Subcommittee 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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