L-1030e.A0 VM-017-L FPD-Link III Starter Kit Getting Started Guide

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L-1030e.A0 VM-017-L FPD-Link III Starter Kit Getting Started Guide
Document TitleL-1030e.A0 VM-017-L FPD-Link III Starter Kit Getting Started Guide
Document TypeHardware/Software Guide
Article NumberL-1030e.A0
Release Date08.07.2021
Is Branch ofL-1030e.Ax VM-017-L FPD-Link III Starter Kit Getting Started Guide Head

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The SBC (Single Board Computer) kits from PHYTEC represent an ideal basis for testing and the first design steps with phyCAM camera modules. The kit forms the starting point for your development project. The kit can be used to develop and test application software before your own adapted hardware is available. It is also an optimal platform for testing special hardware extensions before you create a complex application board.

This optional step secures your design while at the same time provides software developers with an opportunity to adapt newly added hardware components. Extensions can be easily connected via the extension interfaces of the baseboards included in the kit. In the simplest case, a freely wired hole grid structure is sufficient.

For certain combinations of controller modules, camera modules, and lenses, we offer ready-made kits. If the combination you require is not available, we recommend that you first put a similarly-equipped kit into operation and then connect the camera you require to the kit.

We will be happy to advise you on the best way to carry out your project.

SBC Kit Start-Up

Before you try out the camera and image processing functions, we recommend that you first familiarize yourself with the basic functions of the kit and the associated development environment. Each kit contains a Quick Start Guide that guides you through installing the software on your development PC and configuring the hardware.

Before You Start

The following components are required for the camera setup:

  • PHYTEC SBC-Kit with power supply and serial connection (RS232 or USB)
  • Camera module with camera cable, lens holder, and lens

If you have ordered the corresponding kit as an Embedded Imaging Kit, all hardware components required for installation are already included.

As a rule, both the extension of an existing kit by one camera and the extension of an existing video kit by additional cameras are possible without problems with an existing phyCAM interface.

Before connecting and starting up the camera, carry out the first steps of the "Quick Start Instructions" of the respective kit. To start the scripts on the module, follow the steps to establish a serial connection with the module. You can use the terminal program suggested in the manual or your own terminal program.

To transfer saved image files to a PC (host) via Ethernet, follow the steps to establish an FTP connection. You can use the FTP server suggested in the manual or your own FTP server.

Connecting and Starting the Camera


Depending on the kernel version, the software installation may differ in some details from the described procedure.

When you purchase an SBC kit, you will receive the PHYTEC guarantee. If you encounter any difficulties during installation, PHYTEC support will help you!


The Kit contains the following components:

  • VM-017-COL-L-M12 (color) or VM-017-BW-M12 (monochrome), phyCAM-L camera module with lens
  • phyCAM-L coaxial cable 1m
  • VZ-018, phyCAM-L to phyCAM-M bridge (converter)

Recommend component:

Embedded controller system with MIPI CSI-2 interface, like:

  • Embedded Imaging Kit Pollux
  • Embedded Imaging Kit Polis
  • Embedded Imaging Kit Nunki

VM-017-_-L Camera with phyCAM-L to phyCAM-M Converter (VZ018) Block Diagram

Camera Connector on the VM-017-_-L

The camera board VM-017-_-L is based on the OnSemi camera sensor AR0521. The sensor has a MIPI CSI-2 interface.

On the board, this signal is converted into an FPD-Link III signal and supported at the phyCAM-L interface on the board.

  • connect the phyCAM-L coaxial cable at the UMCC Mico coax connector

phyCAM-L Camera Interface on VM-017

Camera Connectors on the VZ-018

The phyCAM-L to phyCAM-M bridge VZ-018 had 2 phyCAM-L interfaces and one phyCAM-M interface.

On the board, the FPD-Link III (phyCAM-L) signal is converted into a MIPI CSI-2 signal and supported at the phyCAM-M interface on the board.

  • connect the phyCAM-L coaxial cable at the UMCC Mico coax connector Port0 (X9)

phyCAM-L Camera Interface on VZ-018

  • connect the phyCAM-M FFC cable at the connector X11 with the phyCAM-M connector on the used PHYTEC Embedded Imaging Kit

phyCAM-M Camera Interface on VZ-018

Open the lock of the 30-pin FFC connector on the camera by lifting the lock upwards.

phyCAM-M Flip Lock – FCC Socket Camera Connection

  1. Plug the 30-pin FFC cable into the FFC socket with the contact surfaces facing downwards until you feel the stop. The reinforcement of the FFC cable (usually highlighted in color) points to the bracket of the socket.
  2. Lock the FFC socket by carefully pressing it down on the bracket.

Software Support for VM-017 phyCAM-L Starter Kit

To use the VM-017 camera board you need a camera driver for the camera sensor AR0521. Farther is the initialization of the FPD-Link III serializer (TI DS90UB953) and deserializer (TI DS90UB954) necessary. Before the VM-017 camera driver is loaded, the initialization of the bridge must be completed.

For PHYTEC Imaging Kits, these points ready or planned:

  • Embedded Imaging Kit Pollux
  • Embedded Imaging Kit Polis
  • Embedded Imaging Kit Nunki

Please ask PHYTEC for the current state.

If the Kit supports VM-017-_-L, the details to load the camera driver and start of the demo scripts in the kit specific descriptions of the different boards:

  • phyCAM with phyBOARD-Pollux iMX 8M Plus Getting Started Guide
  • phyCAM with phyBOARD-Polis iMX 8M Mini Getting Started Guide
  • phyCAM with phyBOARD-Nunki iMX6 Getting Started Guide

For self-integration with your own embedded controller board and the MIPI CSI-2 interface, we recommend the following documentation:

Revision History



Preliminary Manual