Major Update to Matrox Imaging Library (MIL), Support for IntervalZero RTOS
Major Update to Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) Vision Software Announced
2D and 3D vision enhancements and new productivity tools further empower machine vision developers
Matrox Imaging announced a major update to its core vision software product, Matrox Imaging Library (MIL). MIL 10 Processing Pack 1 will give users even more ready-made tools to solve 2D and 3D vision challenges from within the familiar and proven MIL API along with numerous productivity enhancements that will reduce the development time and effort required to bring solutions to market.
Enhancements for 3D vision include calibration of multiple sheet-of-light and camera systems to work as one; a new, more robust peak detection algorithm and a new 3D surface registration tool. Enhancements for 2D vision include additional image pre-processing, additions to the ID mark reading and verification tools, new color-relative calibration, a new dedicated circle matcher and additional speed optimizations including the use of Intel® AVX2 technology. Productivity enhancements include intelligent code completion and context-sensitive help in Visual Studio®, C#/Python/Visual Basic® scripting and execution and an overhauled Example Launcher utility.
“This rich update to MIL underscores our commitment to continually offer machine vision programmers innovative ways to simplify and accelerate application development,” said Pierantonio Boriero, product line manager, Matrox Imaging. “Our highly-skilled team of computer scientists, mathematicians, software engineers and physicists works tirelessly to foresee and meet industry needs.”
About Matrox Imaging Library (MIL)
First released in 1993, Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) is a comprehensive collection of software tools for developing industrial imaging applications. MIL includes tools for every step in the process: from application feasibility, to prototyping, through to development and ultimately deployment. The toolkit features interactive software and programming functions for image capture, processing, analysis, annotation, display, and archiving.
An early access version of MIL 10 Processing Pack 1 will be available in late 2014 to registered MIL 10 users with valid maintenance subscriptions through the software’s self-update service. The official release is planned for Q1 2015. More information can be obtained by contacting a local sales representative.
Supports IntervalZero RTX64 Real-time Operating System (RTOS) Platform
Vision system developers can create high-throughput, quick-to-respond, deterministic applications using standard Windows-driven PCs
Matrox Imaging and IntervalZero also announced Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) support for IntervalZero’s RTX64 Real-time Operating System (RTOS) Platform.
The result of close collaboration between the two companies, MIL for RTX64 gives OEMs of high-throughput, time- and response-critical machine vision sub-systems an alternative to using expensive, proprietary image-acquisition and processing hardware.
Guidance, inspection and identification applications can be deployed such that the demanding vision and control functions run in RTX64’s highly deterministic environment while the rest of the applications, such as the HMI and archiving operations, run in a familiar Windows environment on standard PCs.
Through a separate real-time scheduler, IntervalZero’s RTX64 real-time software transforms the Windows general-purpose operating system into a fully functional RTOS that runs entirely on x64 multicore hardware. The RTX64 scheduler uniquely enables embedded real-time applications to directly access the 512GB of addressable physical memory available on 64-bit Windows.
“Running the vision applications on RTX64 ensures that the mission-critical portion of the application responds in a predictable and consistent manner, delivering quality, performance and high throughput,” said Brian Calder, vice president, sales, for US-based IntervalZero. “MIL for RTX64 is the right solution for customers who need to implement vision within highly deterministic settings and do it all within the Windows development environment.”
“MIL is the first and only vision library to take advantage of IntervalZero’s ground-breaking real-time software,” said Sam Lopez, director sales and marketing, Matrox Imaging. “This introduction of MIL for RTX64 means that the most demanding machine vision applications can be implemented at a fraction of the previous cost. Proprietary real-time hardware can be replaced by software applications that run on standard PCs, without sacrificing performance or reliability.”
About Matrox Imaging Library (MIL)
First released in 1993, Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) is a comprehensive collection of software tools for developing industrial imaging applications. MIL includes tools for every step in the process: from application feasibility, to prototyping, through to development and ultimately deployment. The toolkit features interactive software and programming functions for image capture, processing, analysis, annotation, display, and archiving. These tools are designed to enhance productivity, thereby reducing the time and effort required to bring machine vision solutions to market.
Early access to support for RTX64 is now available as an update to MIL 10. The update provides support for video capture using GigE Vision® cameras and selected Matrox Radient frame grabbers. Official release is planned for Q2 2015. More information can be obtained by contacting a local sales representative.