New HALCON USB3 Vision Interface

Key benefits of the new USB3 Vision standard are the high bandwidth in excess of 350 MB/s and an easy-to-use plug and play interface.

As of now, the new universal interface to MVTec's standard machine vision

software HALCON is available for image acquisition with all USB3 Vision
compliant cameras.

Key benefits of the new USB3 Vision standard are the high bandwidth in
excess of 350 MB/s and an easy-to-use plug and play interface. Moreover,
power and data are carried via the same cable. Easy software access is
managed by the well-established GenICam programming interface.

With USB3 Vision, hardware and software from different vendors work
seamlessly over USB 3.0 connections. Most recently, the newly developed
HALCON USB3Vision interface has been officially validated by the AIA test
procedures. In particular, it was successfully tested at the AIA plugfest on
October 23, 2013 with Basler, Baumer, MATRIX VISION, Point Grey, and XIMEA
cameras. The interface is available for HALCON 11 on Windows 7/8 (32-bit and
64-bit). In the near future, the availability under Linux is planned.

Because of its benefits, the USB3 standard surely will enter the market,
says Christoph Zierl, MVTec's product manager. For MVTec it is important to
enable our customers the use of any sort of USB3 Vision camera early. This
follows MVTec's policy to provide HALCON users free choice in using any
image acquisition device. Thus, MVTec actively supports the development of
standards, such as USB3 Vision, GigE Vision, and GenICam.

Existing HALCON users will be familiar with the new interface to USB3 Vision
because its use is very similar to the already existing interfaces for GigE
Vision and GenICam GenTL.

For downloading the new HALCON USB3Vision interface, see
For more information about the USB3 Vision Standard, see

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