A machine vision interface connects a camera to a computer, transferring image data for processing and analysis. What you choose will impact your application, your system component options, and your results for a long time to come.
Machine vision interfaces have changed dramatically over the years, and a radically different future lies on the horizon. Selecting the wrong interface now could leave you with an expensive vision system that can’t reliably achieve the performance you require. Today there are five primary machine vision interfaces: Camera Link, GigE Vision, CoaXPress, Camera Link HS, and USB3 Vision. 10GigE, which is 10x the bandwidth of GigE Vision, and most recently, 5GigE are new interfaces that have just emerged. Currently under development is the newest version of CoaXPress, CXP-12, as well as more GigE Vision standards, 25GigE and 50GigE.