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NATICK, MA, USA March 24, 2009

New Release for Cognex Hardware-Independent Vision Software

Optimization for multicore PCs and other enhancements make VisionProTM software a smart choice

Corporation (NASDAQ - CGNX), the world's leading supplier of machine vision systems and vision sensors, announces new software expanding the powerful toolset of its hardware-independent VisionPro software. The VisionPro 5.2 release provides an easier to use version of the patented PatMax® technology, enhanced color tools and an enhanced architecture to harness the power of multicore PCs.

The release includes new SearchMaxTM and Color ExtractorTM color tools. SearchMax uses color features to search for objects. It is extremely powerful in applications where geometrical data is insufficient to align the part. ColorExtractor locates colored regions in complex scenes, with very minimal training . It is optimized for high speed applications such as those required in the food and packaging industries.

Additionally, the new release includes multicore support for image filtering tools as well as for PatMax® and PatInspect®. Customers can manually adjust the way cores are used, or rely on the operating system to get the best application speed regardless of the number of cores available.

VisionPro 5.2 also simplifies the acquisition from any imaging source. Now any combination of frame grabbers or direct connect cameras can be used in a single application. The Acquisition Alliance program, announced in January, provides Cognex customers with best-in-class, integrated machine vision solutions through access to major camera vendors.

“This latest VisionPro release continues to make ease-of-use for the customer a priority,” said Markku Jaaskelainen, Executive Vice President and Vision Software Business Unit Manager. “Optimizing for multicore systems, enhancing color vision tools and adding tools to help in complex applications, show the Cognex commitment to provide the most comprehensive vision software product on the market for all users.”

VisionPro 5.2 is currently available. Download the free trial of VisionPro software at www.cognex.com/software.

Annmarie Latta
Gray & Rice Public Relations
Phone:  (617) 367-0100 ext. 168
Email: alatta@gr2000.com

About Cognex

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors, and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses, and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify, and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process.

Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 1 million vision-based products, representing over $4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details visit Cognex online at http://www.cognex.com.

Cognex, PatMax and In-Sight and EasyBuilder are registered trademarks and PatMax RedLine and In-Sight Explorer are trademarks of Cognex Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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