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Raytrix 3D camera packs Cypress' CX3 controller

Posted: 30 Jul 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CX3  R42  camera controller 

Raytrix GmbH has chosen the EZ-USB CX3 USB 3.0 camera controller from Cypress Semiconductor for its 3D camera. The EZ-USB CX3 controller delivers 5Gbit/s performance to the R42 3D Light Field Camera.

The R42 supports up to 40Mpx resolution and 4,000 images, leveraging the CX3 solution's throughput to provide 3D images with extended depth-of-field. The versatile camera is small enough for convenient use in a variety of applications, including machine vision, motion tracking, and surface inspection.

EZ-USB CX3 is the industry's most flexible USB 3.0 camera controller. It allows developers to add USB 3.0 connectivity to any image sensors supporting the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Camera Serial Interface Type 2 (CSI-2) standard. CX3 is suited for high-definition (HD), high-speed image-capturing applications and is capable of streaming uncompressed video at 1080px at 30fps or 720px at 60fps.

 EZ-USB CX3

Cypress' EZ-USB CX3 USB 3.0 camera controller.

The Denebola reference design kit from Cypress' partner, e-con Systems, supports the CX3 solution. The kit accelerates time to market for HD cameras with a ready-for-production reference board that leverages CX3's SuperSpeed USB performance to seamlessly process large image files and stream HD video without compression, which degrades image quality.

"The EZ-USB CX3 USB 3.0 controller delivered exactly what we needed for the R42 camera," said Dr. Lennart Wietzke, founder of Ratrix GmbH. "CX3's SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance enables the R42 to provide images with unparalleled 3D depth. And the unique EZ-USB flexibility, along with the strong technical support from Cypress, shortened our design cycle."

"We worked closely with Cypress to develop our new Denebola reference design kit around the CX3 camera controller," said Ashok Babu, President of e-con Systems. "The USB 3.0 camera market is gaining momentum with machine vision, industrial, scientific, medical, and consumer products, and CX3 is a strong fit for these applications. With Cypress's detailed collateral, designers can use our kit to efficiently create USB Video Class cameras that 'plug and play' with major operating systems."

The Denebola (See3CAM_CX3RDK) USB 3.0 reference board employs the CX3 controller to interface to an OmniVision OV5640 CMOS image sensor through a two-lane MIPI CSI-2 interface. It enumerates as a USB Video Class (UVC) compliant camera and works with the UVC device drivers of major operating systems. The RDK includes built-in SPI Flash and I2C EEPROM for CX3 firmware storage, as well as a JTAG and RS232 interface for firmware debugging.

Designers can use the kit's GPIO headers to connect additional interface boards to add camera control functions such as pan, tilt, zoom, lighting and sync in/out. In addition, designers can also easily replace the OV5640 CMOS image sensor with any other image sensor by quickly developing just an image sensor daughter board that can be plugged on to the Denebola kit and modifying the firmware. E-con also provides additional camera daughter boards as accessories for this Denebola kit.





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