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! Summer is here and there is exciting news in the vision standards arena. Here are some of the key highlights for Global Standards:

  • The China Machine Vision Union (CMVU) joins the G3 Standardization Initiative!
  • Automate 2015 Show Highlights
  • Very successful Spring 2015 International Vision Standards Meeting (IVSM) hosted by Active Silicon in London, UK the week of April 27th, 2015
  • Fall 2015 International Vision Standards Meeting (IVSM) to be hosted by Components Express, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, USA the week of October 12th, 2015
  • Latest News for Camera Link, Camera Link HS, GigE Vision and USB3 Vision standards
  • Link for all AIA Standards Forms!
  • AIA’s 2015 PlugFest dates

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

The China Machine Vision Union (CMVU) joins the G3 Standardization Initiative!

The CMVU is now part of the G3 Standardization initiative. This is exciting for many reasons, but to me primarily because it starts to open communication channels with such a large portion of the world. When the G3 formed with North America, Europe and Japan in 2009, one of the key impacts was simply sitting around the same table and developing a common agenda. While, of course, it is much more than that, it is the necessary first step. I look forward to this exciting period where we start working together, as well as invite other vision organizations to consider joining. See the complete story.

Standards Activities at the Automate 2015 Show

The Automate 2015 Show March 23-26 in Chicago, IL USA was a great success with record attendance over 60% above 2013. I like Automate because it draws from all 3 areas that our umbrella organization, the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), represents: robotics (RIA), vision + imaging (AIA) and motion control (MCMA). Attracting manufacturers and customers from all 3 areas helps point to the not-to-distant future where these 3 categories are even more closely integrated. More information on the Automate 2015 show.

AIA set up a standards booth in the A3 Campus with 2 tables containing literature on all digital interface standards, a Camera Link HS demo provided by Matrox and Teledyne DALSA; and the USB3 Vision Technical Committee’s multi-camera demo. Remember, it’s all about interoperability!

We also trialed the first ever Vision Standards User’s Group meeting. The idea here was to provide a public forum to both promote standards and provide a channel for public feedback. I provided an overview of vision standards, highlighting the new standards brochure, and key members from each Technical Committee provided a brief update on their standards.

Spring 2015 International Vision Standards Meetings

The Spring IVSM was hosted by Active Silicon and EMVA in London, UK the week of April 27th, 2015. The activities included 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 a PlugFest. The event was well organized and continues the successful organization of the standards meetings amongst the G3 standards association.

Latest News for Camera Link, Camera Link HS, GigE Vision and USB3 Vision Standards

Camera LinkCamera Link:

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

Camera Link HS:

  • Camera Link HSContinuing work on CLHS Rev 2: Multiple ROI, data types/bit depths within single frame, 3D Pixel format support
  • Updating the CLHS IP core to Rev 2
  • X protocol core now includes Forward Error Correction (FEC) and the Physical Coding Sublayer (PCS)

GigE Vision:

  • GigE VisionFinalizing 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.

USB3 Vision:

  • USB3Uwe Hagmaier from Matrix Vision was elected as the Vice Chair to the Technical Committee
  • High frame rate optimization
  • Multiple image streams
  • Cable compliance testing
  • Type C Locking connector in coordination with UBB-IF

Next PlugFests

AIA’s PlugFests for 2015 are planned at the following venues:
  • Fall 2015 IVSM hosted by CEI, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, IL, USA, October 14th, 8:00AM – 2:30PM.
  • ITE Show, Pacifico Conference Center Yokohama, Japan, December 2nd/3rd, 4:00PM-5:00PM (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.

Link for all AIA Standards Forms!

AIA standards are free to download/evaluate, but when you start to develop a commercial product, you need to contact us to license the technology. The first step is filling out the license application, followed by the applicable compliancy process. All the AIA standards forms are available here.

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 (available 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 Coordinating Committee or the Technical Committee, please follow these links:

Coordinating Committee

Technical Committee

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

The Camera Link Committee is chaired by Steve Kinney, General Manager of Business Development at CCS America and Reynold Dodson, President at BitFlow, Inc. The Camera Link HS Technical 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 and Uwe Hagmaier, Manager – Product development – Matrix Vision GmbH

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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