Japan Vision Market Is Alive, Well, and Seeking Innovation
Adimec had a high profile presence at last week’s ITE Exhibition in Yokohama, Japan, one of the major gathering points for the machine vision and other industrial camera markets. In addition to being a showcase for many new products and technical innovation, ITE is a good gauge of the state of the industry in Japan, which of course is a hotbed of activity in imaging. Based purely on the numbers, this year’s show is a good indicator that the economy is turning around a bit and there’s reason for some optimism: both the number of exhibitors (212) and attendees (17,814) were up from last year.
Adimec showcased its latest camera products, including a version of its Quartz Q-4A180 with new near infrared (NIR) sensitivity, and the Opal -8000 with CoaXPress (CXP) connectivity. We also discussed our roadmap to 8- and 12-megapixel versions of the Quartz series, which we expect to formally announce early in the new year.
Adimec 12 Megapixel CMOSIS camera (Quartz Q-12A60)
CMOS-sensor based image products, and in particular the CMOSIS sensor based cameras, were especially interesting to the exhibition visitors. More and more of the market is moving toward this more-cost-effective and performance-enhancing approach that continues to improve its quality. Adimec uses the latest global shutter CMOS sensor technology from CMOSIS to achieve new levels of performance in our cameras, and then adds our own secret recipe that we call True Accurate Imaging to optimize the quality of the images. Adimec is one of the few companies that has this camera in production achieving close to CCD-like image quality.
Another big discussion point at ITE was interface standards. Specifically, the latest option for connecting imaging systems, CoaXPress, was on many customers’ list of things to see. CoaXPress is a high bandwidth connectivity standard based on the use of coaxial cable as a medium for digital image signal transport. It delivers high speed connectivity (6.25 Gbps) and enables longer and more flexible cabling than previous generation solutions [more information on CoaXPress standard]. This combination of performance and cable length, as well as several other improvements in how imaging systems are connected, is another important aspect of the evolution going on in the vision industry.
Adimec 8 Megapixel camera with CoaXPress (Opal-8000/CXP)
The CoaXPress standard is being overseen by the Japan Industrial Imaging Association (JIIA) and they released the formal Version 1.0 of the standard specification at the show. Several suppliers, including Adimec, demonstrated CoaXPress-compatible products at the show and there was a general sense of momentum behind the standard. Our own Chief Scientist Jochem Herrmann, who chairs the CoaXPress Consortium, gave an update presentation on the standard. And at the end of his presentation handed over the microphone to JIIA to officially announce the CoaXPress version 1.0 Japanese standard. In 3 months the other Machine Vision associations AIA and EMVA will automatically adopt the CoaXPress standard 1.0 as well which will make it an official world-wide standard.
Chief Scientist, Jochem Herrmann of Adimec and the CoaXPress Consortium presenting at ITEThe Japanese market is an exciting one for Adimec and there are many opportunities for our high-end machine vision solutions. The organizers of ITE did their usual excellent job in preparing a first rate conference, and we also thank the JIIA for its continued efforts in helping bringing the CoaXPress standard to reality.