Driver package provides 64-bit system support

APRIL 28, 2009--Release 2.1 of the "pylon" driver package focuses on 64-bit system support for Microsoft Windows.

APRIL 28, 2009--Release 2.1 of the "pylon" driver package focuses on 64-bit system support for Microsoft Windows. Improvements include a DirectShow64 module, multicast support, and reworked installation scripts, even for 64-bit Windows Vista. A free download of the pylon 2.1 release, including the SDK, is available from the company's web site. The 2.1 release is a full new 64-bit version of the IEEE 1394-b, GigE Vision filter, and GigE Vision performance drivers are included in the pylon package. In order to address the full installed memory, pylon's C++ API is now also available in a 64-bit version. Because the API itself has not changed, customer applications can easily be converted to 64 bits. Multicast support makes camera image data available on more than one PC. This capability can be used to display images on several PCs or for shared image processing.
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PRESS RELEASE

Full 64 Bit Driver Support with Basler's pylon 2.1

Ahrensburg, 8 April 2009 - Basler Vision Technologies is launching release 2.1 of its "pylon" driver package. This release focuses on 64 bit system support for Microsoft Windows. Additional improvements include a DirectShow64 module, multicast support, and reworked installation scripts, even for 64 bit Windows Vista. A free download of the pylon 2.1 release, including the SDK, is available from Basler's website.

Standard 32 bit PC systems can directly address up to four GBs of RAM (Random Access Memory) and leave slightly more than half of the memory available for applications. This limitation can cause stability problems, especially in multi-camera applications with complex processing requirements. "The memory swapping schemes forced on a 32 bit system by the four GB memory limit can cause images to be dropped and this is unacceptable for vision systems," says Werner Borchert, Product Manager at Basler Components. "In a 64 bit Windows system, this kind of RAM limitation no longer exists. And since the cost of a GB of memory has dropped tremendously, the investment needed to move to a 64 bit system is small."

The 2.1 release is a full new 64 bit version of the IEEE 1394-b, GigE Vision filter, and GigE Vision performance drivers included in the pylon package. In order to address the full installed memory, pylon's C++ API is now also available in a 64 bit version. Because the API itself has not changed, customer applications can easily be converted to 64 bit.

The new DirectShow64 module in the Basler pylon package also offers full memory access to applications that work with DirectShow technology. The support for extended memory enables the option of using a long, uninterrupted recording time as well as recording at HDTV resolution.

An additional highlight of pylon 2.1 is "multicast" support, which makes the camera image data available on more than one PC. This capability can be used, for example, to display images on several PCs or for shared image processing. This feature opens a range of possibilities for creating distributed inspection systems that use many GigE Vision cameras connected to many PCs. When this multicast capability is combined with pylon's 64 bit support, it means that a new class of inspection system performance can be reached on standard PCs.

The 2.1 release also provides reworked installation scripts that improve the comfort level for Windows Vista installations, even for 64 bit Vista. All six pylon drivers are fully certified by Microsoft, which makes Basler one of the few providers with a full certification.

All of the new features and improvements included in the pylon 2.1 release are listed in the Release Notes, which can be downloaded from Basler's website. A free download of the pylon 2.1 release, including the SDK, can also be found at: www.baslerweb.com.

Basler Components designs and manufactures digital cameras for industrial, medical, and traffic system applications, and also for the video surveillance market. Products include color and monochrome line scan, area scan, and intelligent cameras as well as innovative and flexible IP cameras. Basler has more than 20 years of experience in image processing. We have designed and manufactured high quality digital cameras for over 10 years. Product designs are driven by industry requirements and offer easy interfacing, compact size, and a strong price/performance ratio.

For more information, please contact us at +49 4102 463-500, e-mail us at bc.sales.europe@baslerweb.com, or visit us on the web at http://www.baslerweb.com.

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