Optoelectronics

Development kit helps camera subsystem prototyping

26th June 2020
Mick Elliott

Efinix's Trion T120 BGA324 development kit has multiple high-speed MIPI connectors that help prototype a camera subsystem with common camera modules.

The development kit is in stock at distributor Digi-Key.

Customers can also build modules to easily connect to the Trion device's multiple MIPI/CSI ports.

The Trion T120F324 device used in this kit incorporates two fully enabled MIPI D-PHY/CSI-2 pre-engineered transmit/receive hard blocks and a DDR3/LPDDR3/DDR2 controller hard block for optimised performance and I/O speeds.

It is ideal for applications that need to interface with the latest MIPI CSI-2 v1.3 camera sensors and have enough programmable logic to handle image processing functions, merging/overlay, or analysis in a single device (manipulate, interpret, or analyse).

This board can quickly and easily prove architecture and debug system implementation. System-level I/O standards like Ethernet, HDMI, and Raspberry Pi provide a platform for system-on-a-chip implementation for cameras and any general-purpose soft processor, such as RISC-V implementations.

With the purchase of the Trion kit customers receive a single-seat license for the Efinity software with one year of software maintenance, including updates and upgrades.

This software provides a complete tool flow from RTL design to bitstream generation, including synthesis, place-and-route, timing analysis, and a hardware debugger with a logic analyser.

It has a graphical user interface (GUI) that provides a visual way to set up projects, run the tool flow, and view results. The software also has a command-line flow and Tcl command console.

The software-generated bitstream file is used to configure the Trion FPGA on the development board with a custom design.

The purchase of the Trion development kit also includes access to the Efinix support centre, which contains links to documentation, software, code examples, knowledgebase, and forum.

The development kit is avaialble worldwide from Digi-Key.

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