Cognex Vision Library now supports Linux

12 December 2011

Linux is now supported by the Cognex Vision Library (CVL), it machine vision toolset.

“This will open new markets for our products, so that machine builders using Linux platforms will also have access to the same Cognex machine vision tools that have been available for years to our OEMs on Microsoft Windows,” said Dr. Markku Jaaskelainen, vice president and business unit manager for Vision Software.

The new CVL 7.0 CR7 release supports Linux kernel 2.6 and later versions, and works with Debian, Fedora, Red Hat, and Ubuntu distributions. It makes use of the XLIB graphics library for display, and directly supports the latest GigE cameras. Cognex’s image acquisition SDK lets users integrate other camera interfaces, such as USB and CameraLink.

Linux can offer numerous advantages for machine builders in high speed, precision manufacturing operations, including more deterministic behaviour and greater control over operating system upgrades. It also works with a variety of microprocessors, including those on low-cost embedded processor boards.

CVL is intended for professional vision programmers who need to meet demanding performance requirements. It includes PatMax, PatInspect and other Cognex alignment, inspection, and ID tools, as well application-specific packages for semiconductor, LED, PV solar, and touchscreen display inspection manufacturing

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