e-con Systems Launches SONY STARVIS® IMX290 based Ultra-low Light Camera for NVIDIA® TX2
e-CAM21_CUTX2 – SONY STARVIS® Series 1/2.8” IMX290 Sensor based Full HD Camera for NVIDIA® Jetson TX2, Uncompressed image streaming Full HD – 1080p @120fps
ST. LOUIS, USA and CHENNAI, India – Jan 24, 2018, e-con Systems Inc., a leading imaging solutions company and NVIDIA® Preferred Partner announces the launch of the much-awaited SONY STARVIS® series IMX290 CMOS Sensor based MIPI CSI-2 camera module for NVIDIA® Jetson TX2 developer kit – e-CAM21_CUTX2. The STARVIS® is back-illuminated pixel technology used in Sony CMOS image sensors for Smart Surveillance camera applications. Its excellent low-light sensitivity realizes high picture quality in the visible-light and near infrared light regions. e-CAM21_CUTX2 produces outstanding visibility under the starlight. The IMX290 is a RGB 10/12-bit Bayer format image sensor that can stream 1080p @ 120fps. e-con Systems partnered with NVIDIA® to develop this camera leveraging the powerful Image Signal Processor of NVIDIA TX2. e-con Systems worked closely with NVIDIA on the driver development, image sensor characterization and ISP tuning for realizing excellent image quality under various lighting conditions including near darkness. The e-CAM21_CUTX2 camera is an ideal camera for smart applications powered by Machine Learning and Deep Learning technologies on the powerful Tegra X2 platforms including smart surveillance, smart parking and other innovative applications requiring cameras with excellent image quality.
Fig 1: e-CAM21_CUTX2 – 2MP Ultra-Low light MIPI camera Fig 2: e-CAM21CUTX2 connected with NVIDIA® Jetson TX2
The distinguishing feature of e-CAM21_CUTX2 is its capability to realize stunning images at absolute darkness. This has been possible with high level of image quality tuning for this sensor on the ISP of Tegra X2.
Another highlighted feature of this sensor is its sensitivity in the near IR region of the light spectrum. Hence, this camera can be used for capturing images using IR lighting.
Fig 3: Light Source: Infrared
e-con Systems distributes a sample camera viewer, running on the Ubuntu distribution of Jetson TX2 development board, leveraging on NVIDIA’s ‘libargus’ camera APIs that demonstrates the video preview and still capture capabilities. e-con’s Full HD IMX290 camera module along with the adapter board allows developers to incorporate this camera in to their designs, in a turnkey basis, with ease.
“As a Jetson Camera Partner, we are delighted to launch our first camera module leveraging sophisticated Image Signal Processor of NVIDIA Tegra X2. Combining our expertise in camera imaging technology with advanced ISP capabilities of NVIDIA Tegra X2, our e-CAM21_CUTX2 produces excellent images in low light conditions and supports 120fps in Full HD 1080p resolution. The e-CAM21_CUTX2 camera will be an ideal camera for AI-powered smart video/imaging applications based said Mr. Ashok Babu, President, e-con Systems Inc. “As NVIDIA Preferred Partner, e-con can also support virtually any image sensor utilizing the state-of-the-art ISP of NVIDIA Tegra CPU family”, he added.
Fig 3: Comparison of e-CAM21_CUTX2 – Sony IMX290 MIPI camera vs Normal low-light camera
NVIDIA Preferred Partner, e-con Systems has pioneered in bringing out various cameras for NVIDIA Jetson TX2 kit. Earlier, e-con Systems had launched e-CAM30_HEXCUTX2 – Six Synchronized Full HD Cameras, e-CAM131_CUTX2 – 13MP UltraHD camera, 4MP RGB-IR camera, e-CAM31_TX2 – 3.4 MP Liquid Lens Autofocus camera and e-CAM30_CUTX1 – 3.4MP low light sensitive camera boards for NVIDIA Jetson TX1/TX2.
The e-CAM21_CUTX2 Full HD Camera Module interfaces with the TX2 processor over 4-lane MIPI CSI-2 interface. e-con Systems has developed the V4L2 media-controller sensor kernel driver API based camera drivers, on top of JetPack 3.1 version from NVidia. JetPack 3.1 features new APIs for efficient low-level camera and multimedia streaming with Jetson TX2, alongside updates to Linux for Tegra (L4T) R28.1 with Ubuntu 16.04 aarch64 and Linux kernel 4.4. The e-con’s e-CAM21_CUTX2 + TX2 ISP, exposes the standard camera controls such as exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation, white balance, gamma, gain, sharpness, etc. through the NVIDIA’s ‘libargus’ APIs.
The e-CAM21_CUTX2 is provided with the S-mount (M12) lens holder which allows customers to choose and use the lens according to their requirement. This Starlight camera uses NVIDIA’s on-board Jetson TX2 Image Signal Processor (ISP) to perform all the Auto functions (Auto White Balance, Auto Exposure control) and significantly, improved image quality. The e-CAM21_CUMI290_MOD supports 4-lane MIPI CSI-2 interface for video transport and the standard I2C interface for camera control. Through the 4-lane MIPI CSI-2 interface, this camera supports Full HD (1080X1920) video streaming RBG 10 bit at 120 frames per second.
e-CAM21_CUTX2 is currently available for evaluation. Customers interested in evaluating the e-CAM21_CUTX2 with on NVIDIA® Jetson TX2 developer kit can order samples from e-con Systems’ online store.
For more information, please visit the product page of 2MP Sony Ultralow light full HD Jetson TX2 Camera Board or watch demo of e-CAM21_CUTX2 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gwt7mFOxBs