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Unified programming interface and SDK

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Sony Europe's Image Sensing Solutions division has released a unified programming interface and software development kit for its complete range of GigE and FireWire (IEEE1394b) camera modules.

The upgraded driver enables Sony customers to switch easily from FireWire to GigE camera modules, and use their existing software and function libraries.

The driver builds on Sony's highly rated ZCL camera driver – currently used in its FireWire devices – to deliver advanced bus management features, such as broadcast delivery and bus-reset detection for FireWire-based systems or Chunk Data handling for GigE Vision systems.

It also integrates several new functionalities, including support for the Windows 64-bit operating systems.

Sony's 2012 upgrade to the driver will include support for GigE Vision 2.0, and will be backwards compatible.