THine Solutions has unveiled new THEIA-CAM family of camera Reference Design Kits.
The first Kit in the family is the THSCU101, a 13-megapixel Phase-Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF) USB Video Class (UVC) camera Reference Design Kit.
“This is truly a disruptive solution for many vision system integrators because other solutions are simply not as good as this one,” said Tak Iizuka, Chief Solution Architect of THine Solutions. “We have many years of experience in camera systems. Over these years, we have found many cameras being marketed that are full of bugs and/or are poorly calibrated. Due to our extensive experience developing and manufacturing ISPs, we have learned the best practices along with best design techniques for these systems from PCB layout to ISP firmware development. Likewise, Cypress has similar experience with applications and firmware for the USB controller. In addition, we understand the need for scalability to production. We developed this Kit specially to achieve the same high image quality for every single unit in any high-volume production application. As a result, customers can be confident to use this reference design in their production systems.”
The THSCU101 Kit is based on THine’s THP7312 image signal processor (ISP), Sony’s IMX258 13MP CMOS PDAF image sensor, and Cypress’ EZ-USB CX3 USB 3.0 camera controller.
It provides users with optimized ISP and USB control firmware, reference circuit schematics, and scalability for high image quality in production. In addition, further customization of the Kit performance is easily achievable using THine’s GUI-based Software development tools.
As a result, the THSCU101 accelerates customers’ time-to-market without expensive initial costs for developing embedded camera systems.
This new THEIA-CAM improves upon the Ascella Kit previously introduced by THine and Cypress. In addition to delivering high-resolution performance such as full HD and 4K Ultra HD, it adds PDAF technology that provides the ultra-fast auto-focus functionality preferred for live video streaming applications.
THine’s THP7312 ISP supports the high-resolution performance of up to 16 megapixels with industry-leading throughput, low latency, and low power consumption.
Each THSCU101 Kit provides a great out-of-the-box user experience. It includes a camera board pre-installed in a protective clear case along with a USB cable. To view video streaming through the THSCU101, the user simply connects the USB cable to a PC, launches a PC Camera application, and selects “change camera”.