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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! I hope your 2015 is off to a great start. Here are some of the key highlights for Global Standards:

  • Standards Activities at the Automate 2015 Show
  • Teledyne DALSA, Matrox, PCO and Silicon software launched first Camera Link HS products at VISION 2014!
  • Spring 2015 International Vision Standards Meeting (IVSM) to be 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.

Standards Activities at the Automate 2015 Show

AutomateThe Automate 2015 Show is quickly approaching and we have a slight change in our approach this year. Look for us in the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) Campus, Booth 800, where all three daughter associations (AIA, RIA and MCA) each have a display area. Within the AIA section, vision standards will have 2 tables containing literature on all digital interface standards, a Camera Link HS demo provided by Matrox and the USB3 Vision Technical Committee’s multi-camera demo. Stop by and catch up on all the latest information. ¬†Remember, it’s all about interoperability!

From a meeting perspective, this year we will have one meeting for all vision standards. This will be open to the Coordinating Committees and the public. During this first ever Vision Standards User’s Group meeting, I will provide an overview of vision standards, highlighting the new standards brochure, and key members from each Technical Committee will provide a brief update on their standards. The floor will then be opened to address any questions or future wants in the standards from the audience.

First Camera Link HS products at VISION 2014!

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

On the 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.

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 a PlugFest. While the PlugFest is open to any licensee of a particular standard, the AIA Technical Committee meetings are for Technical Committee members only.

The schedule is:

Monday April 27 PlugFest/Future Standards Forum
Tuesday April 28 Camera Link HS/CoaxPress/GigE Vision
Wednesday April 29 Camera Link HS/CoaxPress/USB3 Vision
Thursday April 30

GenICam and Camera Link

Friday May 1 GenICam

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
GenICam
GenICam

Latest News for 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 HS

  • Continuing 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)
  • 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
  • Type C Locking connector in coordination with UBB-IF

Next PlugFests

PlugFest
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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