In 2009, Point Grey was the first company to introduce a USB 3.0 camera prototype which offered integrators a way to attain a maximum throughput of 400 Mbytes/s, which is 10 times faster than its USB 2.0 predecessor. Four years later, Point Grey has had its Flea3 and Grasshopper3 officially certified as USB3 Vision compliant by the Automated Imaging Association (AIA.)
The first official public certification event for USB3 Vision compliance was completed in October at the International Standards Meeting in Schongau, Germany, under the support of the global G3 group (AIA, EMVA, and JIIA). Testing includes the AIA’s validation suite, which evaluates USB3 Vision protocol behavioral requirements and the Command Verifier Tool from the USB Implementer’s Forum, which evaluates enumeration and ensures the device responds correctly to standard control requests based on the USB 3.0 specification, according to Point Grey.
Point Grey’s Flea3 and Grasshopper3 cameras successfully passed all required tests during the International Standards Meeting’s plugfest. In addition, plug and play testing with third-party imaging libraries and software was conducted. Streaming and device control tests were performed using National Instruments LabVIEW, MVTec HALCON, and Matrix Vision Imaging Library.
"We are excited the USB3 Vision committee has formalized the compliance testing suite and officially certified the Flea3 and Grasshopper3 camera families," said Michael Gibbons, Director of Sales and Marketing at Point Grey in the press release. "We have been working for many months on interoperability testing with third-party libraries in order to ensure consistent behavior between USB 3.0 products. Compliance testing formalizes this process and is aimed at giving customers confidence in USB3 Vision and a positive overall user experience."
Since the launch of the first USB 3.0 camera, Point Grey has been actively involved in developing USB 3.0 cameras and working on interoperability. Recent examples include:
- USB 3 Vision: Extending camera to computer interfaces
- Grasshopper3 cameras used to text Newnex USB 3.0 active cable repeaters
- USB3 Vision enables compatibility between Point Grey Flea3 cameras and NI LabVIEW
- Point Grey's latest Grasshopper3 USB 3.0 camera features 4.1MPixel CMOS image sensor
- Point Grey camera is first to offer 9.1 Mpixel CCD resolution on USB 3.0 interface
View more information on USB3 Vision compliance.
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