Saelig, Versatile serial Camera Module, transfer via serial or NTSC, C429-RS232,
Saelig - Versatile Serial Camera Module Transfers Camera Images via Serial or NTSC
News Release from:
Saelig Co. Inc.
28 June 2011
Saelig announces the availability of the C429-RS232 - a highly integrated, compact serial and encoded video camera module which can be attached to any host system requiring an economical video or still camera for embedded imaging applications. The module uses an OmniVision CMOS MT9V011 VGA color sensor, matched with a versatile Vimicro VC0706 control chip to provide a complete low cost, low power camera system. The C429-RS232 has an on-board RS232 serial interface for direct connection to any host PC system with a COMport for control or image communication. Video output in NTSC or PAL is also simultaneously provided.
C429-RS232 comes in a compact form factor (38mm x 38mm x 25mm) with built-in 60 degree lens. Simple serial protocol commands instruct the camera to send a 640x480 image for viewing or storage. Serial transfer rate is at 115.2Kbps for transferring color or monochrome images in VGA (640x480), QVGA (320 x 240), or QQVGA (160x120) resolution. Real-time video output is provided at 30 fps as CVBS signal, NTSC or PAL. The C429-RS232 needs only 80mA from a 5V supply.
The on-board Vimicro VC0706 control IC supports a wide range of functions, including: color control (manual or automatic color; b&w); mirror image; power save; date & time stamp (RTC); flicker control (50/60 Hz); indoor/outdoor modes; back-light compensation; motion detection with alarm output; on-screen display (adding characters to the image for labeling logo, text, date); image control (brightness, contrast, hue, saturation); gamma control; frame buffer control; electronic zoom; etc. Vimicro's VC0706 SoC also offers additional processing functions for economical surveillance applications. Motorless pan/tilt/zoom image functions minimize product size and power consumption, eliminating mechanical maintenance. Auto White Balance (AWB), Auto Exposure (AE), and temporal noise reduction automatically enhance video signals under low-light environments. The VC0706 also integrates a JPEG codec and a motion detection engine that enable equipment designers to optimize video transfer and storage.
Applications for the C429-RS232 include general purpose embedded imaging and control, security and access control systems, elevator and remote monitoring, robotics and vision, object detection, industrial control, automotive and medical instrumentation, electronic toys and learning systems, etc.
C429-RS232 is available now from Saelig Company. Inc. starting at $44.50 USD (qty 1).