CoaXPress has quickly emerged as the top contender to be the interface standard of choice for high-performance, high-speed, long distance image system applications. Industry standards are generally a good thing in technology business, but face the never-ending challenge of keeping pace with constant innovations.
A major reason for its fast adoption by the market is because it is ready in time, and an elegant way, to meet the latest developments in camera technology. This new camera technology produces huge amounts of data at fast rates, a by-product of the push to continuously improve accuracy and quality.
CoaXPress uses standard coaxial cable for transmitting large amounts of data at fast rates (6.25 Gbits/s over one coaxial cable). So users get greater flexibility combined with higher speed. You can read more about CoaXPress and how it compares to other interface standards here.
But as capable as CoaXPress is in terms of enabling new and better imaging systems (it won the Vision Award in 2009 as the Best New Technology), its success depends on an ecosystem of support from a variety of suppliers. Everything is now in place to make the standard effective and not just on paper, such as several options of supporting products in production.That ecosystem is now happening.
The Ecosystem of CoaXPress
Adimec is moving full speed ahead with cameras that support CoaXPress. Our Opal Series cameras are the first to offer support for the new standard. And, we’ll be rolling out additional new camera products in the coming months that support it.
We are also pleased to see announcements coming from other suppliers, too, like this one, from EqcoLogic, a supplier of chips for image systems. It highlights EqcoLogic’s support for CoaXPress through new transceivers that enable routing data and power over a standard coaxial cable. Other new products were demonstrated at the Automate 2011 show include line scan cameras from Nippon Electro-sensory Devices (NED), and frame grabbers from Active Silicon, BitFlow, and Aval Data.
We expect to see many more products coming to market soon, when Version 1.0 of the standard specification is ratified by the Japanese Industrial Imaging association (JIIA), the AIA, and the EMVA to achieve global standardization status.
In all there are more than 70 companies which are involved with the CoaXPress standardization effort, in addition to the backing of all three major machine vision industry groups (JIIA, AIA and EMVA).
It takes an ecosystem to enable any new standard and it’s great to see CoaXPress up and running so quickly.