Version 2.4 GenICam standard released

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The GenICam Standard Group has released version 2.4 of GenICam. Two additional modules, GenTL SFNC 1.0 and GenCP 1.0, have been added since the last release; the other four modules, GenApi 2.4, SFNC 2.1, GenTL 1.4, and CLProtocol 1.1, have been updated.

In the core module, GenApi 2.4, which provides the widely used reference implementation for the generic programming interface to access all camera features, the new interface type IntegerSet and support of Visual Studio 2012 were added and the log4cpp library was updated. Also, GenApi 2.4 includes chunk and event adapters for USB3 Vision now.

The GenICam Standard Features Naming Convention (SFNC), defining the standardised set of device features including their name, values, and behaviour, has been extended. Under the new release, SFNC 2.4, new feature definitions for Features Change Sequencer Control and Software Signal Control have been added. An update has also been made to the transport layer-specific feature definitions for GigE Vision and CoaXPress.

In the driver-related module, GenTL 1.4, which defines the software interface for arbitrary transport layers, new features were added, such as new payload types, info commands and error codes. Furthermore, GenTL 1.4 provides the standard event type Module Event and references to the standardised PFNC (pixel format naming convention) and the recently established GenTL SFNC, which defines the standardised set of features for the underlying transport layer.

The next meeting of the GenICam Standard Group will take place at the end of March in San Jose, California, USA. Here, major tasks on the agenda will be the inclusion of 3D sensors in the standard and the release of GenApi 3.0 which is planned for the end of 2014.

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