PC System Requirements

System Requirements

  • Recommended:

    • 3rd gen (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core i5 (i5-3xxx) or equivalent

    • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 or RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 5600-XT

    • 8 GBytes RAM

    • Windows 10 Pro (or Enterprise) 64-bit

    • True color 32bits, Full HD (or higher) monitor resolution with a Windows Aero theme enabled

    • 1 TByte Hard Drive (frequent user)

    • Gigabit Ethernet or more

    • Mouse with a scroll wheel and 3 buttons

  • Minimum:

    • 3rd gen (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core i3 (i3-3xxx) or equivalent

    • Nvidia GeForce GT 750M or Intel Iris Pro Graphics 580

    • 4 GBytes RAM

    • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    • True color 32bits, 1280 x 1024 monitor resolution (or 1920 x 1080 at 125% scaling) with a Windows Aero theme enabled

    • 500 GBytes Hard Drive (occasional user)

    • Gigabit Ethernet

    • Mouse or touchpad with 2 buttons

Note

As complexes algorithms are computed on the graphic card, a middle range model will increase speed over an entry level card.

Warning

Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro graphic cards are not tested and therefore not recommended

Warning

The graphic card must be compatible with DirectX 11 or above

Warning

HD resolution (1920 x 1080) at 150% scaling is not supported, many views would be cropped.

Installation Drive

visionCATS can be installed by using:

Communication ports

  • 1x RS232 for each instrument to be connected.

  • If more RS232 COM-ports are needed, use USB to RS232 adapter. 1

  • 1x USB 2.0 or higher for USB to RS232 adapter.

  • 1x USB 2.0 or higher for HPTLC PRO.

  • 1x USB 3.0 or higher for TLC Visualizer 2.

  • 1x 1394a FireWire® (6-pin connector) or 1x 1394 FireWire® (4-pin input with external power adapter and 6-pin output) for TLC Visualizer.

Supported operating systems

  • Recommended:

    • Windows 10 Pro (or Enterprise) 64-bit

    • Windows Server 2022 Standard with Desktop Experience (visionCATS server only)

Important

On Windows Server, only the visionCATS server and the backup tool are supported. Do not install the instrument service or a client on it.

  • Minimum:

    • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard with Desktop Experience (visionCATS server only)

Warning

32-bit Windows are not supported

Warning

Windows Server Datacenter isn’t tested and therefore not supported.

Important

Windows Server should always be installed with Desktop Experience

Network

As a lot of data is transferred between server, clients and instrument services, the whole installation should be inside the same Local Area Network (LAN), with all nodes connected with Gigabit Ethernet (or better).

Warning

Installing part of the system on remote site isn’t supported.

Warning

Installing part of the system on the cloud (like Microsoft Azure) isn’t supported.

Note

visionCATS server (as server only) can be installed on a virtual server, but it should be in the same LAN. Be aware of external firewall and other router rules which may block visionCATS communication.

Color quality

  • Supported with a calibrated monitor (and printer if printing)

System printer (optional)

  • Any laser or inkjet printer supported by the Operating System

Additional software installed

  • Microsoft® SQL Server® 2017 Express 64-bit

  • Microsoft® Visual C++ 2019 Redistributable (x64)

  • .NET Framework 4.8

1

For additional COM-ports a USB to 4-port RS232 adapter – CAMAG part number 958.0608 is recommended. The driver for this adapter can be found on the visionCATS Disk. Other adapters are not supported by CAMAG.