usb3vision-logoFor industrial applications, cameras using USB vision hadn’t seemed to have gained much traction – until the release and proliferation of the USB 3.0 Vision standard.   Although camera manufacturers have been offering USB interfacing before, over the past few months it seems that many new USB 3.0 Vision camera offerings have sprung up  from a variety of vendors.   With that availability of components, and adherence to the USB 3 Vision standard, this interface appears to be reasonably viable for industrial machine vision.  Multiple cameras can be implemented, with very good bandwidth, easy component integration, up to 5 meter native cable lengths.  Further, many vendors offering this interface are implementing cameras with the somewhat less-expensive, but high-speed CMOS sensors (though many are available with CCD sensors).  In the software arena, NI notably recently announced support for USB 3.0 Vision in their latest acquisition driver release.   I think the USB 3.0 Vision standard starts to look appealing, at least for some, if not many applications.  I have not yet used these products on a project, but will be looking for an appropriate situation to try out this technology.