USB UVC cameras

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e-con Systems Inc., a leading embedded camera solution provider company, has launched the FRAMEsafe™, a new family of USB UVC Cameras with internal buffer that ensures reliable transfer of images over USB interface. Powered by e-con's proprietary FloControl™ technology, FRAMEsafe™ cameras support on-demand image capture capability which can be controlled from the host application. The effective decoupling of camera image capture from the USB communication allows multiple FRAMEsafe™ cameras to be used on the same host processor without losing the frames from any camera. FSCAM_CU135 is a first frame buffer camera in the FRAMEsafe™ camera series.

FSCAM_CU135 has a powerful 13 MP resolution-based 1/3.2-inch AR1335, a 1.1-pixel BSI CMOS image sensor from ON Semiconductors™ and is equipped with a S-mount (M12) lens holder that enables customers to pick a lens of their choice. It is powered by the Xilinx Spartan® series FPGA - with on-board DDR memory for storage.

It has 2 Gb DDR3 SDRAM to store and access frames at very high speeds. It can store up to five 13 MP (4208 x 3120) uncompressed UYVY frames, without any streaming disruptions. It is a perfect-fit for any mission-critical applications, where host is busy and dropping the data.

FSCAM_CU135 is a game-changer for industries such as 3D scanning, photogrammetry and parking lot management. This camera can be effectively used in clusters; for instance, multiple cameras can be connected to a single host system. The automatic bandwidth sharing feature ensures the streaming of all the connected cameras without any disruptions. It is the perfect fit when hundreds of cameras, with in-built image pre-processing capabilities, need to capture images at various angles of the same object without losing a single frame.

“With FSCAM Series of cameras, e-con brings the reliable image transfer mechanism for USB UVC cameras allowing customers to connect multiple cameras to a single host system without worrying about the reliability of image transfer from individual cameras. Powered by proprietary Flow Control technology, customers can retrieve images from FSCAM cameras on-demand at any frame rate while operating cameras in their maximum frame rate, thus minimizing the exposure artifacts”, said Ashok Babu, President of e-con Systems Inc. “Our FSCAM series of cameras will be ideal for applications where customers want to connect multiple cameras over a single host and reliably receive images from each of these cameras” he added.

Additionally, FSCAM_CU135 can be customized with different sensors or lenses to meet every application requirement. Some of its application usages for customers include:

· Connect many (100 or more) cameras through a USB, capture one frame from all of them simultaneously, and leisurely transfer the images to PC one-by-one

· Capture multiple images without missing even a single frame, transfer all the images and easily retry to get the images to host

· Capture only one frame per second on request through a simulated trigger and transfer the most recent image or current frame

· Use Android with USB 2.0 interface and get 13 MP images without corruption

FSCAM_CU135 streams Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps and 4K Cinema (4096 x 2196) at 30 fps over USB 3.0 in compressed MJPEG format. It also streams FHD (1920 x 1080) at 60 fps and HD (1280 x 720) at 60 fps in both uncompressed (UYVY) and compressed MJPEG formats.

The Multi Frame Buffer Camera form factor of 50 x 30 x 31.3 mm (with lens) and 50 x 30 x 30.2 mm (without lens) consists of 1/3.2-inch AR1335, a 1.1 pixel BSI CMOS image sensor from ON Semiconductor® and the lens mounted on S-Mount holder (also known as M12 lens mount).

FSCAM_CU135 supports Type-C connector for USB3.0 interfaces with USB2.0 backward compatibility.

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