MVTec Software GmbH has released HALCON 13.0.1, a machine vision software for ARM-based platforms running the Linux operating system. According to the company, this version integrates the HALCON software into ARM-based computing platforms and expands the range of devices on which customers can deploy their machine vision applications, opening up new opportunities and use cases for solution providers.

The latest version of HALCON also offers a number of improved features including better grading of data-codes and optimisations for developers using the Visual Studio extension, MVTec said.

In previous versions, MVTec has been custom porting HALCON to embedded platforms, such as Android, BeagleBoard-xM, and DragonBoard as well as other embedded systems. This provides companies with the ability to run an extensive machine vision library on compact and robust hardware devices such as smart cameras and mobile vision sensors. Customers can develop their machine vision applications on a standard platform, a PC, for example, then run the application on an embedded system, and thereby employ an extensive machine vision library.

HALCON 13.0.1 supports ARM-based platforms as a standard without the need for customised porting. The system also includes standard image acquisition interfaces such as GenICam and GigE Vision. Developers in the Visual Studio environment will also benefit from the improved and accelerated visualisation of graphic objects. The new release also supports VB .NET.

The new HALCON version was tested on a number of hardware platforms, including Raspberry Pi 3B, NVIDIA Tegra TK1 and Xilinx Zedboard. The software will be available June 1, 2017 on the MVTec website.