Active optical cables enhance MIPI-based camera interconnect

Active optical cables enhance MIPI-based camera interconnect

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By Peter Clarke

Silicon Line GmbH (Munich, Germany) and Leopard Imaging Inc. (Fremont, Calif.) have partnered to demonstrate active optical cables (AOC) for MIPI-D PHY based camera interconnects at CES 2024.

The demo is designed to show how D-PHY AOCs can transport 4K video from cameras over 30m cable lengths for applications in industrial, security, robotics, aviation and medical applications. Silicon Line’s SL8501x serializer/de-serializer IC is integrated the AOC.

Jerome Py, CEO of Silicon Line, said: “Existing copper wire–based cables used for transmitting camera video are thick, bulky and limited in length. They also have difficulty supporting higher resolutions like 4K and consume a lot of power. AOCs using our unique and patented ultra-low-power MIPI optical serialization technology solve these problems and can easily be customized for different applications. They are compatible with MIPI sensors from all leading sensor manufacturers. We are pleased to bring this solution to the market together with Leopard Imaging, a leading global provider of camera solutions for many markets.”

Bill Pu, president and co-founder of Leopard Imaging, said: “By using Silicon Line’s fiber-optic technology, Leopard Imaging is able to create industry-leading camera solutions with high bandwidth and long transmission. And because the cable is optical, it can be used in very noisy electrical environments where EMI is an issue. This new, unique solution can benefit machine vision, agriculture technology, autonomous machinery, and robotic vision applications. We are excited to collaborate with Silicon Line to create this ground-breaking camera solution.”

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