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MVTec is a leading manufacturer of standard software for machine vision. MVTec products are used in all demanding areas of imaging: semiconductor industry, web inspection, quality control and inspection applications in general medicine and surveillance. MVTec has more than 30 established distributors located throughout North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. In addition, MVTec, LLC works out of Boston, Massachusetts (USA), to better serve the North American market since 2007.

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HALCON USB3 Vision Interface

POSTED 12/03/2013

MVTec's standard software for machine vision HALCON 11 now offers an interface to the new USB3 Vision standardAs 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

HALCON is the comprehensive standard software for machine vision with an integrated development environment (IDE) that is used worldwide. It enables cost savings and improved time to market: HALCON's flexible architecture facilitates rapid development of machine vision, medical imaging, and image analysis applications. HALCON provides outstanding performance and a comprehensive support of multi-core platforms, SSE2 and AVX, as well as GPU acceleration. It serves all industries with a library of more than 1800 operators for blob analysis, morphology, matching, measuring, identification, and 3D vision, to name just a few. HALCON secures your investment by supporting a wide range of operating systems and providing interfaces to hundreds of industrial cameras and frame grabbers, including GenICam, GigE Vision, and IIDC 1394.

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