EMVA launches GenICam 2.1

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The European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) has released an enhanced version of the GenICam standard. Version 2.1 offers enriched user experience, broadened SFNC, and a fourth module specific to Camera Link.

The GenICam standard is created for developers looking to have a single application programming interface to control any compliant camera, regardless of its vendor, interface technology, or feature set.

'With more than 70 companies worldwide cooperating on this initiative,' said Dr Fritz Dierks, chair of the GenICam committee, 'the adoption of the GenICam standard continues to grow at extremely promising rates.' Available since 2006, this latest release was officially premiered at Vision 2010.

With the goal of continually improving the user experience, the GenApi module of GenICam 2.1 includes a tutorial as well as additional utility classes. As more advanced features are being incorporated into compliant devices, the SFNC module has also been expanded to support version 1.2 of the GigE Vision standard. Finally, the GenTL standard text has been clarified in response to user feedback.

Of particular interest is that this release marks the first appearance of the CLProtocol module. This fourth module in the GenICam standard enables GenICam compliant Camera Link cameras to be controlled via the GenApi.

'The new CLProtocol module and the support granted by CoaXPress and Camera Link HS, is a significant step forward, because now the GenICam standard is not only applicable to all Gigabit Ethernet-based interfaces but also to all frame grabber-based interfaces,' commented Dierks.

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