To simplify the development of your own customized camera without starting from scratch, BitSim has released embedded camera blocks which contains the signal chain from camera sensor interface via MJPEG video coding to the Ethernet interface in an FPGA. An RTP Video stream over Ethernet is generated that can be displayed on, for example, a media player such as VLC.
The embedded camera is using MIPI CSI-2 as the standard camera interface, which today is the most popular high-speed serial interface, often used in newer camera designs for RGB-sensors, radar sensors etc. Other camera interfaces can be added as well, for example for IR camera sensors.
Multiple camera channels can be instantiated to create for example a stereo camera or a camera viewing in 360 degrees. Local image processing is possible via custom embedded SW or programmable hardware code.
An evaluation board is available that can be the basis for your own custom board. On this board, the camera sensor used supports resolutions up to 1280 x 720 (HD) at 60 fps or full HD 1920 x 1080 (1080p) at 30 fps. The Ethernet Physical protocols currently available are 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 100BASE-T1 or IEEE802.3bw, the latter also called BroadR-Reach, an adaption for the automobile market.
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