BitFlow, Inc. reported that a free software driver supporting National Instrument LabVIEW for the CoaXPress standard has recently become one of the most frequently downloaded products from its website, www.bitflow.com, underscoring the rapidly expanding adoption of this interface by the machine vision industry. The company also announced the immediate availability of a CXP driver for LabVIEW 2017, the latest version of the popular systems engineering software. The drivers are for use with BitFlow Aon and Cyton CoaxPress frame grabbers.
First independent frame grabber supporting LabVIEW
"BitFlow has a long history of spearheading the development of third party drivers optimized for easier access to the full functionality of our frame grabbers, along with much faster image acquisition, and minimal CPU usage," explained Donal Waide, Director of Sales for BitFlow. "We first offered a NI LabVIEW driver in 2009 for our Camera Link frame grabbers. In 2011, we expanded that to include support for our CoaXPress frame grabbers."
Waide continued, "In essence, BitFlow was one of the first independent frame grabber companies to offer support for LabVIEW. This is very typical of the company who offered a 3rd party driver for Halcon back in 1997. Development of third party drivers represents our continuous commitment to adding value to our CXP customer relationships and to help in the acceleration of the CXP standard throughout the scientific, military and industrial vision markets."
Strategic collaborations and compatibility
One of the many game-changing advantages of BitFlow drivers is that they support all of the company's current product families. As a result, only one driver is required for any given application regardless of which BitFlow frame grabber is being deployed.
Strategic collaboration between BitFlow and software developers has resulted in a massive library of third-party drivers. BitFlow plug-and-play drivers seamlessly integrate its frame grabbers within virtually any application environment, eliminating the need for new coding, while helping to achieve more stable systems.
Aside from LabVIEW, BitFlow offers dedicated drivers for AB Software ImageWarp, Cognex Vision Pro, MVTec HALCON, Mathworks MATLAB, NorPix StreamPix, IO Industries Streams, Adaptive Vision Studio and Stemmer Imaging Common Vision Blox.