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The USB3 Vision Standard

The USB3 Vision Standard

The USB3 Vision Standard represents the standard for the USB 3.0 interface for industrial image processing. It was officially adopted in January 2013 and is managed by the AIA (Automated Imaging Association) with the goal of creating a uniform regulation of USB 3.0 communications and structure.

Prerequisite for successful market establishment

Before the publication of the USB3 Vision Standard, there was no regulation of USB devices in the image processing industry. Individual solutions from the various manufacturers existed, creating a range that was difficult for the end customer to understand. While this was sufficient in most cases, there was no guarantee of product stability, long-term availability of components, or overall system robustness. History has shown that the logical implementation of an interface and a corresponding standard are crucial for a technology to become successfully established and spread in the machine vision market.

Multiple advantages for users

The design of the USB3 Vision Standard draws on the GenICam standard, the common programming interface for all modern industrial cameras. USB3 Vision and GenICam bring users stability and low latency in image data transfer and camera control. The use of USB3 Vision certified cameras, software, and accessories has many advantages for users:

  • Cameras are interchangeable, allowing easy changes or upgrades
  • Standard communication among different hardware and software components allows faster system setup
  • Harmonized mechanical designs (including how cable connections are mounted) increase the robustness of the interface and ensures components are interchangeable

Flexible, fast & reliable

The USB3 Vision standard defines its own transport layers, which are specifically tailored for vision technology. The Control and Event Transport Layers allow asynchronous events to be transmitted from the device to the host. Meanwhile, the Stream Transport Layer ensures that data can be transported reliably, quickly, and with low overhead.

Advantages of the USB 3.0 interface (USB 3.1 Gen 1):

  • Transfer bandwidths of up to 350 MB/s
  • Excellent real-time capability
  • High stability and very good error management
  • Easy integration into all image processing applications (3rd party libraries)
  • Standardization through USB3 Vision

Vision System Configurator

Our helpful Vision System Configurator provides an overview of all Basler USB 3.0 cameras. The tool determines the right cameras for your needs based on a variety of criteria, including resolution, sensor and optic dimensions.

Have additional questions about the benefits of USB technology? Want to see if you can improve your system's performance using the USB3 Vision standard?
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