Global technology solutions provider, Avnet, introduced the 96Boards ON Semiconductor Dual Camera Mezzanine development and prototyping platform for the AP1302 imaging processor, coupled with dual imaging camera modules. According to the company, the platform will enable design and system engineers to create cost-effective embedded vision applications utilizing industry-standard technologies.
The two Imager Access System (IAS) camera modules that ship standard on this Mezzanine use the AR0144 monochrome digital image sensor from ON Semiconductor. The AR0144 is a 1-megapixel Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) sensor (1280 horizontal by 800 vertical resolution) and will run at 60 frames per second at full resolution. Its global shutter pixel design is designed for accurate and ideal capture of moving scenes while producing digital images. The ability to capture clear images is ideal for applications such as scanning, industrial inspection, and drone navigation.
By using the 96Boards standard, this card can enable low-latency vision system prototyping by leveraging capabilities of the Xilinx Ultra96-V2 platform.
The platform utilizes MIPI and the camera serial interface (CSI2) standardizations which are specifications of the MIPI Alliance. The MIPI-CSI2 specification defines the interface between the image sensors, ISP, and a host processor, and is used for high-speed communications output from image sensors in most embedded systems.
The API 1302 image co-processor from ON Semiconductor performs image processing functions within the platform, including turning, configuration, and calibration of the sensors. These processing functions also help to reduce the design efforts of developing an embedded camera system. The AP1302 interfaces the sensors and the host processor using MIPI-CSI2 lanes.