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Turnkey MIPI CSI-2 optical modules for AI vision systems

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By Nick Flaherty

Teledyne e2v has launched its first optical modules used a native MIPI CSI-2 high speed interface.

The 2Mpixel Optimom 2M modules use Teledyne e2v’s proprietary low-noise, global shutter image sensor technology to provide sharp images of fast-moving objects and have been designed to minimise the development effort required for vision-based embedded systems for robotics, logistics, drones or laboratory equipment.

The MIPI CSI-2 protocol is a scalable, high-speed protocol for the transmission of still and video images from image sensors to application processors. The specification, originally introduced in 2005, supports a broad range of use cases that require high performance, low power and low electromagnetic interference (EMI). Version 4.0, released in February this year, supports advanced machine-vision applications across multiple application spaces, such as mobile, augmented and virtual reality, drones, the Internet of Things (IoT), medical devices, industrial systems and automotive designs.

The modules have a FPC connector to link with embedded processing boards and are supported with a dedicated Development Kit that includes both an adapter board for hardware integration and Linux drivers for straightforward software integration with Nvidia Jetson or NXP i.MX controllers.

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The family of optical modules is built with the same 25 mm square outline, enabling a single mechanical design to fit in highly constrained mechanical systems. The Optimom 2M can also be tailored for multiple scenarios with monochrome or RGB options and three lens options: multi-focus, fix-focus, or lens free. The lens is supplied installed and focused, eliminating the need for lens selection and assembly.

“The acceleration of product life cycles and the multiplication of vision-use cases leave vision system makers today with no choice but to invest less time and money in new developments and focus on their added value. Leveraging our core imaging expertise and long experience in customized solutions, Optimom 2M aims to address this very challenge with a ready-to-use imaging solution that can be fine-tuned for any project,” said Marie-Charlotte Leclerc, Product Marketing Manager at Teledyne e2v in Grenoble, France.

Documentation, samples, and an evaluation kit are available now upon request.

imaging.teledyne-e2v.com

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