LabVIEW supports USB3 vision standard

14 November 2012

NI vision software and LabVIEW now supports the USB3 Vision camera standard, based on the USB 3.0 protocol.

National Instruments has announced NI LabVIEW support for the new USB3 Vision camera standard through the NI Vision Acquisition Software driver package. The standard is said to offer significant performance and usability improvements compared to USB 2.0 cameras and interfaces, such as GigE Vision, with bandwidth up to 400 MB/sec and 4.5 W to directly power cameras.

USB3 Vision cameras also offer plug-and-play functionality and ease of use through a standardised catalogue of functions.

Commenting on the move, Eric Gross, chair of the USB3 Vision Standardisation Committee and Senior Software Engineer at National Instruments, said: “More than 30 machine vision vendors have participated in the standardisation of USB3 Vision. USB 3.0 ports are becoming mainstream on consumer and industrial computer products and, with this new standard, users can easily adopt cutting-edge technology for a wide array of vision applications.”

René von Fintel, product manager from participating camera vendor, Basler, added: “With the easy connections and adherence to a clear standard, USB cameras are aimed at conventional industrial applications as well as medical systems, motion analysis and microscopy.”

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