BitFlow Unveils First CXP v2.0 Frame Grabbers at VISION 2018 in Stuttgart

WOBURN, MA, OCTOBER 30, 2018 — BitFlow, a global innovator in frame grabber technology for machine vision, announced today that it will display its first generation of CXP v2.0 frame grabbers at the upcoming VISION Show scheduled for November 6-8, 2018, in Stuttgart, Germany.
Over the past two years BitFlow has furnished input and direction to the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA) on the finalization of the new CoaXPress v2.0 (CXP v2.0) standard — an upgrade that will double the speed of the interface used in the inspection of semiconductors, food and beverage, and pharmaceuticals, among others.
“By coordinating with the JIIA on a standardization roadmap BitFlow is in a better position to develop frame grabbers that will reliably perform up to full potential,” explained Donal Waide, Director of Sales for BitFlow, Inc. “Because BitFlow engineers have been actively involved in every detail of CXP v2.0 development we can ensure our customers that the frame grabbers we are introducing at VISION are fully tested and certified to meet the high quality expectations of system designers.”
BitFlow’s first CXP 2.0 frame grabbers can be viewed at BitFlow’s VISION booth located in Hall 1, Stand 1A06. Additionally, BitFlow will be conducting live demonstrations of its 2.0-ready Aon-CXP and Cyton-CXP CoaXPress frame grabbers, along with its advanced Camera Link models. Another showstopper at VISION will be the BitFlow BitBox, an I/O device that provides an unprecedented 36 inputs and 36 outputs in a compact, DIN-rail mounted form factor supporting TTL, LVDS, open collector, opto-isolated and 24V signaling.
NEEDED UPGRADE IN SPEED
Introduced a decade ago, CoaXPress standard v1.1.1 is currently supported by over 50 vendors of cables, connectors, intellectual property, transceivers, cameras, frame grabbers, simulators, range extenders and software. CXP v2.0 will double the current 6.25 Gbps image data transfer rate to 12.5 Gbps, therefore allowing for higher frame rates or larger camera resolutions. The JIIA and BitFlow have concluded CXP v2.0 is necessary for manufacturers to achieve the extremely high levels of quality, cost efficiencies and productivity needed to gain a competitive edge in the global economy.
Among its many proven advantages, CoaXPress allows video, camera control for triggering, and up to 13W of power to be transferred without latency on off-the-shelf coaxial cables up to 100 meters in length or approximately three times that of USB3 or GigE Vision. Also, because CoaXPress relies on standard coax, many such cables previously installed in legacy defense and security systems utilizing analog cameras can be re-used for migrating to digital imaging, eliminating the cost of new cabling.
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BitFlow SDK 6.30 Released

BitFlow SDK 6.30 has been released.  You can get it on the downloads page.

The primary reason for this release is to support BitFlow’s new BitBox and Aon-CXP. The BitBox is as DIN rail mountable I/O break out box. It provides 36-inputs and 36-outputs to/from a frame grabber. The Aon-CXP is a low cost, single link CoaXPress frame grabber.

This release supports Windows 10 running in secure boot mode.

This release also includes a number of new and innovative software tools:

BitFlow Preview – a new standard in live image view. This tool replaces CiView. The new tools sports a modern interface, provide smooth zooming all the way down to the pixel level. Acquisition is always at the full bit depth of the camera, and images saved from BitFlow Preview are always the full bit depth of the camera (CiView only saved 8-bit images).

The display DLL that Bitflow Preview uses is available as a replacement for the DispSurf display DLL. In fact, a compatibility DLL is shipped which can replace the older DispSurf without requiring any change to your application.

CamML – is a new tool for editing Cyton and Axion camera configuration files (*.BFML). The new tool makes editing these files very simple and easy to understand.

This SDK also provides a number of firmware improvements the Axion and Cyton.

See the “changes.txt” file for a complete list of changes.

This release also includes all the latest camera configuration files and firmware that have been created and updated since the last SDK release.

BitFlow Announces Support for Windows 10

BitFlow, the world’s leading innovator of frame grabbers for machine vision, semi-conductor and scientific imaging, today announced official support for the Windows® 10 operating system for its entire portfolio of frame grabber products. Microsoft® Windows® 10 combines the speed and reliability of Windows 8 with the professional usability of Windows 7. This new operating system is expected to be revealed by Microsoft on July 29, 2015.

BitFlow adds Windows 10 to an extensive list of operating systems already supported by its Software Development Kit (SDK), including the robust multitasking and multiprocessing performance benefits of Windows XP/2003/2008/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8.

Windows 10 support requires BitFlow SDK 5.906 or later.