For high-resolution, high-speed machine vision applications that require fast processing of large amounts of data, Cognex Corp. has launched the MVS-8600 series Camera Link frame grabbers. They use state-of-the-art digital hardware that supports up to 12-bit image acquisition and that is less susceptible to noise than analog frame grabbers. Onboard triggers and general-purpose input/output eliminate the need for additional input/output hardware in the PC. For line-scan applications, encoder inputs simplify synchronization of the vision system with the line speed. The software tools locate objects and patterns, measure their geometric properties, detect defects, and read characters and codes.