- Complete, ready-to-use parallel Camera Interface solution (CAM I/F)
- Supports up to 5MP camera for latest generation of industrial handheld / mobile devices
- QuickLogic BeagleCam Camera Cape eliminates the need to use scarce USB resources
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TI's new low-cost, low-power, feature-rich AM335x processor enables new robust end products. The AM335x processor is ideal for a variety of portable devices that support high-resolution cameras. While many cameras require the standard USB interface, the processor's USB controllers are often already used by other peripherals. Moreover, the processor's USB controller can consume up to 150mW more power than QuickLogic's CAM I/F-enabled CSSP solution, making it impractical for many handheld and mobile applications. QuickLogic's CSSP provides the CAM I/F, connecting the TI general-purpose memory controller (GPMC) and the camera sensor. The GPMC includes direct memory access (DMA) capability, allowing QuickLogic to support high-resolution cameras. With this new low-power solution, TI can now support up to five megapixel cameras without using sometimes-scarce USB ports, and address a much wider range of applications.
BeagleBone Reference Design Platform
To ease integration of TI's AM335x processor, BeagleBoard.org created BeagleBone, a ready-to-use, open-source hardware platform for rapid prototyping and firmware and software development. This low-cost BeagleBone follows on the heels of BeagleBoard.org's successful BeagleBoard platform for mid-range and upper-end applications. BeagleBone is highly extensible, allowing developers to add many features and interfaces via add-on boards or Capes. The camera cape, including the QuickLogic CSSP, will connect to a BeagleBone and an Aptina image sensor.
"With the launch of the AM335x processor, we have been looking to quickly expand market opportunities for new end-product segments," said Russell Crane, product marketing manager, Sitara ARM processors, TI. "With its CAM I/F solution, QuickLogic has provided an opportunity to make significant breakthroughs into the portable device market where camera and video input is required."
"System designers are constantly challenged with processor interface and peripheral component mismatches," said Mehul Kochar, senior business development manager for QuickLogic. "We have taken full advantage of the flexibility inherent in our CSSPs to deliver a fast time-to-market solution to this market requirement."
The QuickLogic BeagleCam Camera Cape solution is available today as a ready-to-use CSSP, or as a Proven System Block (PSB) for inclusion in other CSSPs. For additional information, please go to www.quicklogic.com/ti-camif.
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