The system's architecture supports multitasking and its modular software design lets various functional blocks be combined and used as needed. Software modules include part detection, pin 1 detection, package location, mark inspection/ opticalcharacter verification, 2D ball-grid array inspection, chip-scale packaging pad inspection, device-lead inspection, pattern recognition, package-surface inspection, ECC080 and ECC200 datamatrix decoding, 1D bar-code decoding, optical-character recognition, and general-purpose measurement tools. The system is configured with a FireWire camera/lens/lighting combination and can be outfitted with cards that support computer-controlled illumination, I/O, and networking.

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