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 McCurrachIt has been an exciting time in the standards arena with an unprecedented level of activity.

Our key highlights:

  • All released AIA Standards are now available free of charge on Vision Online.
  • Camera Link® 2.0 and GigE Vision® 2.0 standard specifications have been released.
  • Camera Link HS™ (Draft Release Candidate 5) has been approved by the Technical Committee, and is currently in final review before release (May 2012).
  • USB3 Vision™ information has been added to our website.
  • The standards area of Vision Online has been updated to add even more useful information and to reflect the changes in our standard distribution process.
  • All AIA standards have been endorsed as “Global Standards” according to the Cooperation Agreement on Global Coordination of Machine Vision Standards (between AIA, EMVA and JIIA), reaffirming their importance in the global marketplace.

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

Successful USB3 Vision Meeting in Vancouver
Point Grey hosted the AIA Winter 2012 Vision Standards Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. In February, a total of 29 leading industry players from 22 companies met to continue development on interface standards.

The first two days were dedicated to USB3 Vision. The group agreed on key architectural decisions regarding the design of the standard, including device discovery and control, event handling, data streaming and a commitment to leveraging the existing GenICam standard. The group agreed on an outline for the standard and will have a draft ready for The Vision Show in Boston, Massachusetts USA, May 8-10, 2012. The overall goal is to introduce products at VISION 2012 in Stuttgart, Germany this November.

AIA Vision Standard Specifications are Now Free
As part of the AIA’s “Vision of the Future” forward-looking changes you’ve seen this year, the AIA now distributes all its standard specification documents free of charge. Vision Online has been updated and Camera Link 2.0 and GigE Vision 2.0 can be downloaded there.

Camera Link 2.0 Released
AIA has released Camera Link® version 2.0 to the public. Camera Link 2.0 consolidates individually approved changes to Mini Camera Link connectors; Power over Camera Link® (PoCL); PoCL-Lite® (a smaller, minimized PoCL interface) and Appendix D, the Camera Link cable specification. Request to download here.

GigE Vision 2.0 Released
GigE VisionThe GigE Vision® standard version 2.0 has been released to the public. GigE Vision 2.0 introduces support for faster data transfer through 10 gigabit Ethernet and link aggregation. It also enables transmission of compressed images (JPEG, JPEG 2000 and H.264), accurate synchronization of multi-camera systems and enhanced support for multi-tap sensors. Request to download here.

Camera Link HS Under Final Review
Camera Link HSCamera Link HS is the next generation advancement to the Camera Link® standard. It features scalable bandwidths from 300 MB/s to 16 GB/s, data reliability (packet re-transmit is in this version), low jitter, plug and play ease-of-use, cable lengths of up to 300 meters on fiber optic and 15 meters on copper cable. It is GenICam compliant which allows for an easy transition from Camera Link to Camera Link HS.

The Camera Link HS Technical Subcommittee has approved the draft standard (Release Candidate 5) and it is currently out for final review by the Camera Link Coordinating Committee and all other stakeholders for its global review. If you would like to review it and provide comments, click here. The Camera Link HS standard v1.0 is scheduled to be released at The Vision Show in Boston, Massachusetts USA, May 8-10, 2012.

The Technical Committee is also working on a reference design which will be available for purchase through the AIA. This Intellectual Property (IP) core will enable companies to get a quick start on Camera Link HS development and guarantees product interoperability, which in turn, reduces support costs. This IP core is targeted to be available by The Vision Show in Boston as well.

Camera Link HS will be demonstrated in a very special presentation on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 from 10:30am – 11:00am in the Presentation Theater on the show floor of The Vision Show, Boston. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss it!

Visit the International Vision Standards Booth - Korea Vision Show
The AIA is pleased to join with the KMVIA and JIIA in presenting live demonstrations of popular interoperability standards. In addition to GigE Vision, you’ll also see GenICam and CoaXPress. Stop by and envision how these standards can help your business by improving processes and productivity.

Visit the International Vision Standards Booth - The Vision Show, Boston
The AIA is pleased to host an International Standards Booth at The Vision Show, May 8-10, 2012 at Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts USA. This includes demonstrations of GigE Vision, GenICam, Camera Link HS, Camera Link, and USB3 Vision interoperability standards. JIIA will participate with demonstrations of the standards they host as well. The booth is located at the front of the show (Booth 701) and is staffed by knowledgeable engineers who can answer general or technical questions. Come learn which standard best fits your needs.

How You Can Get Involved with AIA Industry Standards
How You Can Get Involved with AIA Industry StandardsThe 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.

The GigE Vision Committee is currently chaired by Eric Carey, R&D Director at Teledyne DALSA.

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.

Camera Link, PoCL, PoCL-Lite, Camera Link HS, GigE Vision, and USB3 Vision are the registered trade names and trademarks of the AIA. GenICam is the trade name and trademark of the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA). CoaXPress is the trade name and trademark of the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA).




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