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  • Acquisition Technology

    Cognex vision software provides fast, reliable image capture for the most demanding machine vision applications. Designed with pipelined processing for low latency and high throughput, Cognex acquisition supports all types of image capture: analog, digital, color, monochrome, area scan, line scan, high resolution, multi-channel and multiplexed. Choose from a wide range of analog frame grabbers or use the latest digital standards such as GigE Vision®, FireWire® or Camera Link®.



    GigE Vision

    GigE Vision digital cameras connect directly to a standard GigE network card on PCs. The high-speed GigE Vision interface uses Gigabit Ethernet protocol to transmit monochrome or color images with resolutions from 640x480 up to multi-megapixel. Cognex supports the GenICam standard, ensuring compatibility with a wide selection of cameras.

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    FireWire digital cameras connect directly to PCs without requiring a frame grabber. The FireWire high-speed digital interface uses a serial bus to transmit monochrome or color images with resolutions from 640x480 up to multi-megapixel. Cognex supports both the IEEE 1394a FireWire standard and the high speed IEEE 1394b FireWire B cameras.

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    Camera Link

    Cognex MVS-8600™ series frame grabbers provide the highest bandwidth digital acquisition using the latest Camera Link technology. These frame grabbers are ideally suited for high-speed and high-resolution machine vision applications requiring rapid processing of large amounts of monochrome or color image data. They also feature on board I/O, and support for both PCI and PCIe buses. The MVS-8602e also supports Power over Camera Link.

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    High Speed Analog

    The Cognex® MVS-8500™ Series of machine vision frame grabbers supports the latest high-speed analog camera technology. Two new additions to the Series support PCI-Express bus architecture and quad-speed analog cameras.

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    Learn about VisionPro® and CVL® (Cognex Vision Library) support for other frame grabbers >

    Contact your Cognex sales engineer to learn about support for other acquisition technologies.