UVC camera kit now runs on variety of OS plus SBCs and SoC design platforms

04-03-2022 | THine Electronics | Design & Manufacture

THine Solutions has verified their THEIA-CAM THSCU101 13-MegaPixel Phase-Detection Auto-Focus UVC camera kit performs on Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, Raspberry Pi, and Jetson platforms via the USB port.

Applications for the kit comprises medical scopes, AR glasses, barcode readers, drones, surveillance cameras, vision assistive devices, biometric devices, surgical microscopes, body cams, USB webcams, and machine vision systems. The platforms it now runs use various Operating Systems, including Windows, macOS Big Sur, Android, Linux.

The kit is based on the company's THP7312 ISP, Sony's IMX258 13MP CMOS PDAF image sensor, and Cypress' EZ-USB CX3 USB 3.0 camera controller. It offers users an optimised ISP and USB control firmware, reference circuit schematics, and scalability for high image quality in production. As well as delivering high-resolution performance such as 1080p and 4K Ultra HD, the device adds PDAF technology that offers the ultra-fast auto-focus functionality favoured for live video streaming applications.

The kit's single 35mm x 36mm (1.38" x 1.42") board provides flexible integration. Also, the ISP firmware compensates for CMOS Camera Module variations to attain perfect unit-to-unit image quality in production.

The image quality is well-optimised, with performance exceeding the iPhone12 image quality in several areas.

The company's website now incorporates upgraded Quick Start Guide information in the THSCU101 section explaining how to easily integrate the THEIA-CAM with Windows PC, Mac, Android, Raspberry Pi, and Jetson computers.

"One of the key design feasibility risks between a proof of concept and an actual design is software compatibility to the existing platform," said Tak Iizuka, Chief Solution Architect of THine Solutions. "Even if the proof of concept is evaluated to perform as required, everything would be meaningless if it did not work in the end product. With THEIA-CAM's proven ability to run on a variety of platforms, customers no longer have to 'assume' that the new camera works in their environment. It is a major achievement to be able to support these multiple platforms."

By Natasha Shek