No. LightBridge is a stand-alone System that has not to be built-in into the PC and can be placed outside.
No. LightBridge offers full frame grabber functionality together with high operational availability. Optical converters are in comparison less reliable and considerably more expensive.
No. LightBridge is not based on PC technology. A Vision Box offers less computing capacity and has to be placed close to the production area.
Optical cables are considerably cheaper than comparable solutions! They are noteably cheaper than Camera Link cables of the same length. Using optical cables reduces the overall system costs.
The Thunderbolt™ technology is intensely driven forward and enhanced by Intel and Apple. Thunderbolt™ technology is the safe decision in regard to demanding applications of the future. You will find Thunderbolt™ technology in each Apple MAC computer – and Hewlett-Packard decided to equip all their notebooks with Thunderbolt™ technology. Thunderbolt™ technology will take root in the high-end field, while USB3 will be the alternative in the low-cost field.
Thunderbolt™ technology is 100 percent based on PCI Express. There are no drivers required and you can use the Silicon Software SDK without any limitations. With LightBridge, Thunderbolt™ technology is not used as a camera interface. Therefore, there is no need for a Vision standard.
There is a simple solution for this. For PCs that do not support that technology, you can get an extension card (pluggable into a PCIe x4 slot) directly from Silicon Software.
Well-known manufacturers offer industrial-suited and screw-mountable Thunderbolt™ cables which can be ordered off-the-shelf in various versions and lengths.