Embedded vision is the key to the perfect integration of image processing in your serial device - efficient, cost-effective and optimized for high-volume production. 

Powerful microcontrollers with an integrated camera interface make the implementation of camera sensors easier and cheaper. At PHYTEC, digital image processing is embedded in a wide range of microcontroller modules and development services.

     

     

    Camera modules _ Embedded imaging with a system

    The phyCAM concept enables the simple integration of camera sensors in embedded vision systems. The four interface systems phyCAM-P, phyCAM-S, phyCAM-M and phyCAM-L allow optimal adaptation to all circumstances. Thanks to the compatibility of the interfaces, the cameras can also be easily replaced on the hardware side - even during the design phase. All camera modules are standardized in terms of dimensions and have the same attachment points.

    The parallel phyCAM®-Variant offers a cost-effective way of integrating cameras. Data and control signals are transmitted in parallel via a 33-pin FFC cable. This minimizes the interface effort and still enables compatibility of the camera types.

    The phyCAM®-S-Interface based on LVDS brings even more flexibility: The phyCAM®-S-Cable only needs eight wires and can be up to 5m long. This also enables the camera head and main unit to be separated.

    The phyCAM®-M-Interface is based on the MIPI CSI-2 standard and also defines a plug connector for professional applications. This means that different camera modules are compatible. The internal cable routing can be up to 15 cm and can be planned flexibly. The phyCAM®-M-Plug takes into account different supply voltages and additional control lines.

     

     

    MIPI CSI-2 for industrial applications

     

    The CSI-2 standard of the MIPI Alliance is an interesting solution for the internal connection of camera modules. It enables high data throughput through several bundled LVDS lanes. Originally from the consumer sector, its use in industrial and professional products was difficult for two reasons: On the one hand, camera sensors were practically only available for the consumer market. With the establishment of the CSI-2 standard in the automotive sector, however, the first sensors are now coming onto the market that meet professional requirements - also with regard to long-term availability.

    On the other hand, the CSI ‑ 2 standard does not contain a definition for the physical connector, so that modularity and interchangeability were not given. As a solution for this, PHYTEC has developed the phyCAM ‑ M interface. It takes into account industrial design criteria such as interchangeability and flexibility in cable routing. Thanks to the optionally switchable supply voltages of 3,3 V / 5 V, the interface is platform-open and can be easily adapted if necessary.

    The phyCAM‑L Interface connects board-level cameras and MIPI CSI ‑ 2 interfaces via a simple coax cable with a length of up to 15 meters. The flexible coaxial cable is both a data channel and a power supply. Another cable is not required. Subminiature plugs and single-board construction make phyCAM ‑ L camera boards small and inexpensive. The system designer is given new freedom when it comes to camera placement and cable routing. The data is transmitted using the FPD ‑ Link III protocol, which has been tried and tested in the automotive sector.

    Each camera is optional as pure PCB version or with lens holders for C / CS mount or M12 lenses available. The adaptation to the optical requirements of the application can also be carried out in a simple manner.

    phyCAM-M series
    MIPI CSI-2 data interface

    Model Image resolution (max.) Sensor Shutter image sensor Optical
    Size
    Full-Size
    Frame rate (max.)
    frame rate
    (Std. Video)
    trigger Strobe Lens connection
    without / M12 / C-CS
    EEPROM dynamics HDR
    VM-017-COL-M 5 MP (2592 x 1944) Color Rolling AR0521 1 / 2.5 " 60 fps 60 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 40 dB -
    VM-017-BW-M 5 MP (2592 x 1944) Mono Rolling AR0521 1 / 2.5 " 60 fps 60 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 40 dB -
    VM-117-COL-M (Mini) 5 MP (2592 x 1944) Color Rolling AR0521 1 / 2.5 " 60 fps 60 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / - 40 dB -
    VM-117-BW-M (Mini) 5 MP (2592 x 1944) Mono Rolling AR0521 1 / 2.5 " 60 fps 60 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / - 40 dB -
    VM-016-COL-M 1 MP (1280 x 800) Color Global AR0144 1 / 4 " 60 fps 66 fps (HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 63,9 dB -
    VM-016-BW-M 1 MP (1280 x 800) Mono Global AR0144 1 / 4 " 60 fps 66 fps (HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 63,9 dB -
    VM-116-COL-M (Mini) 1 MP (1280 x 800) Color Global AR0144 1 / 4 " 60 fps 66 fps (HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 63,9 dB -
    VM-116-BW-M (Mini) 1 MP (1280 x 800) Mono Global AR0144 1 / 4 " 60 fps 66 fps (HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 63,9 dB -

    phyCAM-L series
    FPD-Link III data interface

    Model Image resolution (max.) Sensor Shutter image sensor Optical
    Size
    Full-Size
    Frame rate (max.)
    frame rate
    (Std. Video)
    trigger Strobe Lens connection
    without / M12 / C-CS
    EEPROM dynamics HDR
    VM-017-COL-L 5 MP (2592 x 1944) Color Rolling AR0521 1 / 2.5 " 60 fps 60 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 40 dB -
    VM-017-BW-L 5 MP (2592 x 1944) Mono Rolling AR0521 1 / 2.5 " 60 fps 60 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 40 dB -
    VM-016-COL-L 1 MP (1280 x 800) Color Global AR0144 1 / 4 " 60 fps 66 fps (HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 63.9 dB -
    VM-016-BW-L 1 MP (1280 x 800) Mono Global AR0144 1 / 4 " 60 fps 66 fps (HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 63.9 dB -

    phyCAM-S series
    LVDS data interface

    Model Image resolution (max.) Sensor Shutter image sensor Optical
    Size
    Full-Size
    Frame rate (max.)
    frame rate
    (Std. Video)
    trigger Strobe Lens connection
    without / M12 / C-CS
    EEPROM dynamics HDR
    VM-011-COL-LVDS 5 MP (2592 x 1944) Color Rolling MT9P006 1 / 2.5 " 12,5 fps 50 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 67 dB -
    VM-011-BW-LVDS 5 MP (2592 x 1944) Mono Rolling MT9P031 1 / 2.5 " 12,5 fps 50 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 67 dB -
    VM-012-BW-LVDS 1,3 MP (1280 x 1024) Mono Global and Rolling Vita1300 1 / 2 " 37 fps 50 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ opt. 60 dB 90 dB
    VM-009-LVDS 1,3 MP (1280 x 1024) Color Rolling MT9M131 1 / 3 " 15 fps 30 fps (VGA) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ opt. 71 dB -
    VM-016-COL-S 1 MP (1280 x 800) Color Global AR0144 1 / 4 " 60 fps 66 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 63,9 dB -
    VM-016-BW-S 1 MP (1280 x 800) Mono Global AR0144 1 / 4 " 60 fps 66 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 63,9 dB -
    VM-010-COL-LVDS 0,36 MP (WVGA) (752 x 480) Color Global MT9V024 1 / 3 " 60 fps 60 fps (WVGA) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ opt. > 55 dB > 80 dB
    VM-010-BW-LVDS 0,36 MP (WVGA) (752 x 480) Mono Global MT9V024 1 / 3 " 60 fps 60 fps (WVGA) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ opt. > 55 dB > 80 dB
    VM-008 PAL / NTSC (720 x 576) Digitizer - - - 30 fps 25 fps (PAL) - - - opt. - -

    phyCAM-P series
    parallel data interface

    Model Image resolution (max.) Sensor Shutter image sensor Optical
    Size
    Full-Size
    Frame rate (max.)
    frame rate
    (Std. Video)
    trigger Strobe Lens connection
    without / M12 / C-CS
    EEPROM dynamics HDR
    VM-011-COL 5 MP (2592 x 1944) Color Rolling MT9P006 1 / 2.5 " 15 fps 60 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ opt. 67 dB -
    VM-011-BW 5 MP (2592 x 1944) Mono Rolling MT9P031 1 / 2.5 " 15 fps 60 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ opt. 67 dB -
    VM-012-BW 1,3 MP (1280 x 1024) Mono Global and Rolling Vita1300 1 / 2 " 37 fps 50 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ opt. 60 dB 90 dB
    VM-009 1,3 MP (1280 x 1024) Color Rolling MT9M131 1 / 3 " 15 fps 30 fps (VGA) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ opt. 71 dB -
    VM-016-COL-P 1 MP (1280 x 800) Color Global AR0144 1 / 4 " 60 fps 66 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 63,9 dB -
    VM-016-BW-P 1 MP (1280 x 800) Mono Global AR0144 1 / 4 " 60 fps 66 fps (Full HD) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ 63,9 dB -
    VM-010-COL 0,36 MP (WVGA) (752 x 480) Color Global MT9V024 1 / 3 " 60 fps 60 fps (WVGA) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ opt. > 55 dB > 80 dB
    VM-010-BW 0,36 MP (WVGA) (752 x 480) Mono Global MT9V024 1 / 3 " 60 fps 60 fps (WVGA) ✓ / ✓ / ✓ opt. > 55 dB > 80 dB
    VM-008 PAL / NTSC (720 x 576) Digitizer - - - 30 fps 25 fps (PAL) - - - opt. - -

    Thermal imaging camera modules
    parallel data interface (phyCAM-P)

    Model Image resolution (max.) Sensor Object temperature image sensor Temp.
    Resolution
    Accuracy
    (Max.)
    frame rate
    trigger Strobe lens Aperture Therm. Pix.
    Time Const.
    ISP
    VM-050-021-0 32 x 32 Thermopile
    Array
    -20 ...> 1000 ° C HPTA32x32d 0,3 K +/- 2K
    + / - 2%
    8,9 fps - - f = 2,1mm / 90 °
    silicon
    0,8 <4ms ja
    VM-050-050-0 32 x 32 Thermopile
    Array
    -20 ...> 1000 ° C HPTA32x32d 0,3 K +/- 2K
    + / - 2%
    8,9 fps - - f = 5,0mm / 33 °
    germanium
    0,85 <4ms ja
    VM-051-048-0 80 x 64 Thermopile
    Array
    -20 ...> 1000 ° C HPTA80x64d 0,3 K +/- 2K
    + / - 2%
    8,9 fps - - f = 4,8mm / 88x70 °
    germanium
    0,8 <4ms ja
    VM-051-105-0 80 x 64 Thermopile
    Array
    -20 ...> 1000 ° C HPTA80x64d 0,3 K +/- 2K
    + / - 2%
    8,9 fps - - f = 10,0mm / 38x31 °
    germanium
    0,95 <4ms ja

    Imaging Kits _ Development kits for embedded systems with digital cameras

    All the necessary components of an embedded system with integrated image processing are put together in the kits, so that you can create your individual image processing solution quickly and effectively. Due to the flexibility of the standardized phyCAM interfaces, the camera properties can also be adapted as required during the design phase. The required processor computing power can be scaled, for example, by scaling the number of processor cores in the NXP® i.MX6 or i.MX8 possible. The development kits can also be combined with other phyCAM cameras.

    PHYTEC imaging kits contain the appropriate software drivers to address the camera boards from your own applications. Access to the camera driver under Embedded Linux done over V4L2. In order to test camera functions and to display a camera image, we provide demo applications that access the standard interface of the camera driver. This allows image data streams to be displayed and transmitted. Individual images or image sequences can be saved in various formats. On Linux these are scripts for GStreamer and an in C Created demo program, which is also contained as a source in all imaging kits. Middleware in the form of libraries are also included or can be installed. This includes image processing libraries such as OpenCV, Halcon Embedded or GStreamer.

    phyCAM modules _ at the Embedded World 2020

    USB cameras _ Ready-to-use camera heads with standard interfaces for the professional sector

    The ultra-compact cameras of the USB-CAM series can be connected to any computer with a USB interface in just a few steps. The metal housing has fastenings on all four sides. Drivers for Windows10 contain. Under Linux the cameras can be controlled via the UVC interface speak to. The cameras can also be connected to PHYTEC microprocessor boards under Linux via V4L2 possible.

    How do you get from your idea to a professional series product?

     

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