What are the differences between mvBlueFOX and mvBlueFOX3?

mvBlueFOX, mvBlueFOX-M, mvBlueFOX-MLC, mvBlueFOX-IGC, mvBlueFOX3

The mvBlueFOX is an industrial USB 2.0 camera, which was introduced in 2004. The unified driver interface for all MATRIX VISION products mvIMPACT Acquire came along with the camera. Because there is no uniform image processing standard for USB 2.0, USB 2.0 camera are addressed via proprietary Interface Layouts. With 8 Mpixel image memory and a wide range of sensors with resolutions up to 5 Mpixel, the camera series is a cost-effective solution for a lot of image processing applications. There are limits concerning the cable lengths of max. 5 meters and the USB 2.0 net bandwidth of max. 280 MBit/s.

In 2013, the mvBlueFOX3, an industrial USB 3.0 camera, was introduced. The camera is compliant to the image processing standard USB3 Vision, which uses GenICam as an unified Interface Layout. The MATRIX VISION driver interface mvIMPACT Acquire supports GenICam. Because USB3 Vision and GigE Vision use the same data transport layer (GenTL) to GenICam, standard compliant cameras can be replaced easily untied from the manufacturers. Due to the higher net bandwidth of USB 3.0 (2400 MBit/s), this interface is suitable for high-resolution sensors and sensors with higher frame rates. Additionally, the mvBlueFOX3 features a 256 MByte image memory and makes it possible to guarantee a loss-free image transfer.