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
Hello! Here are some of the key highlights for AIA Standards:
  • USB3 Vision v1.0 released in conjunction with Automate 2013 in January in Chicago 
  • Camera Link HS™ IP Core committee released v1.1 update to the IP Core Solution
  • Pixel Format Naming Convention (PFNC) v1.1 released on the AIA web site
  • Spring International Vision Standards Technical Committee Meeting hosted by Vieworks in Seoul, Korea scheduled for April 15-19
  • AIA's next PlugFest will be held on April 17th in conjunction with the Spring International Vision Standards Technical Committee Meeting in Seoul, Korea
  • Look for an upcoming article in Assembly Magazine highlighting vision standards
  • Thank you to all companies who lent the AIA hardware, software and their valuable time for the extensive standards demonstrations we have delivered over the past year

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

USB Vision v1.0 Released
USB3 Vision v1.0 was released in January in conjunction with a very successful Automate 2013. The standard passed with unanimous approval from the Technical Committee and we are experiencing very heavy download volumes from the Vision Online web site.  Like all the AIA standards, it is available free from our Vision Online web-site. Licensing is then required if you chose to develop and market commercial products. If you would like to get more involved by joining the Coordinating Committee or Technical committee, please follow these links:

Coordinating Committee

Technical Committee

Please contact if you would like more information.

V1.1 of the Camera Link HS IP Core Solutions Released
Camera Link HS
Back 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
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Pixel Format Naming Convention (PFNC) v1.1
PFNC v1.1 has been released on the AIA web site and is free to download. The PFNC 1.0 was created in November 2011 by the GigE Vision committee to generalize the definition and layout of various pixel formats so they can be re-used by the various machine vision standards. Version 1.1 introduces an appendix to list the recommended pixel format ID to be used as unique identifier for a given pixel format. These IDs are available as 32-bit and 16-bit values. This enables the different camera interface standards to share the same values, hence simplifying software development. GigE Vision 2.0, USB3 Vision 1.0 and CoaXPress 1.0 are all supported by this new appendix. Additionally, PFNC 1.1 adds some new pixel formats to support the USB3 Vision 1.0 specification.

Spring Vision Standards Technical Committee Meeting
The Spring International Vision Standards Technical Meeting is being hosted by Vieworks in Seoul, Korea from April 15-19, 2013. These twice annual meeting rotate between North America, Europe and Asia and have now expanded in scope:

- include all internationally recognized standards of the AIA, EMVA, JIIA

- local support is provided by the local vision standards organization

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

Next Plug Fest
AIA's next PlugFest will be held on April 17th from 9AM to 3PM in conjunction with the Spring International Vision Standards Technical Committee Meeting in Seoul, Korea. If you are not on the Technical Committee but have a license and wish to attend, please contact , giving the number of people and what equipment/software you intend on testing. The meeting address is:

Center Mark Hotel Seoul
38, Insadong 5-gil
Jongno-gu, Seoul Korea  110-704
Phone: +82-2-731-1110

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.

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.

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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