EMBEDDED IMAGE SENSOR ECOSYSTEM

Fast and Easy Vision Development from Concept to Production
Sensor Module Ecosystem

Embedded Vision applications have specific vision requirements. Image sensors (IMS) are not only part of stand-alone camera systems anymore. Today, IMS are very tightly integrated with processors into heterogenous “Embedded Systems“. The FRAMOS Ecosystem of Sensor Modules and Adapters provides vision engineers and developers with ready-to-use compositions of hardware, software and reference designs to accelerate time-to-market and optimize resources.

The FRAMOS Ecosystem of Sensor Modules and Adapters

Every Embedded Vision system has specific requirements that, in most cases, only a custom solution can solve. The integrated imaging application is realized by connecting image sensors directly to SoCs (System-on-Chip) providing outstanding efficiency, by integrating powerful micro-processors with dedicated ISP, GPU, and AI engines into one device. With the FRAMOS Embedded Vision Ecosystem of interchangeable components, vision engineers and developers can quickly and easily connect those components and develop their products from concept to market.

The System is more than simply an Off-The-Shelf Product

Promptly Get to a Working Proof of Concept

FRAMOS provides you with the glue and logic needed to put your vision-based building blocks together and works with you during your entire development process from concept to mass production and beyond.

Sensor Modules (FSM)

Sensor Modules Adapters (FSA)

Processor Board Adapters (FPA)

FRAMOS Sensor Modules (FSM)

Electrical engineers design hardware, but most of them underestimate the difficulties of integrating image sensors as they require specific digital and analog design know-how. The speed of their design process depends on their experience with imagers especially in the analog domain, as it defines the robustness and grade of the image quality. Respins of new sensor designs, which means producing hardware each time, are unpredictable in that process. Each loop takes a couple of weeks or months to localize the source of an unwanted behavior, redesign hardware, produce it, and repeat testing. 

FRAMOS provides sensors on modules with standardized connectors and mechanical design. The design is based on almost 20 years of camera design experience. Each module has been fully tested and verified by several customers. It contains all components required at the imager, power generation, clock generation, and trigger logic are separated. This allows the customer to decide where this part is positioned within the system, and to protect the sensor from heat and disturbances.

Key Benefits

FSM-IMX297 FSM-AR0144 FSM-IMX296 FSM-IMX327 FSM-IMX290 FSM-IMX462 FSM-HDP230 FSM-IMX421 FSM-AR0521 FSM-IMX464 FSM-IMX335 FSM-IMX264 FSM-IMX415 FSM-IMX334 FSM-IMX485 FSM-IMX477 FSM-IMX577 FSM-AR1335 FSM-IMX412 FSM-IMX304 FSM-IMX283 FSM-IMX530

Adapters in the FRAMOS Ecosystem

It is key for a project‘s success to start verification of the individual software application as early as possible using actual hardware. In any vision system, this hardware is primarily the image sensing part, combined with a processing part which is able to run the customer‘s implementation. However, different applications have different requirements for these components and need easy scoping and quick adjustment of the components where needed.

Hardware re-designs consume a lot of resources and time and can put the whole project at risk. Thus, one significant part of the FRAMOS Embedded Ecosystem is the accessibility of adapters for a large variety of sensor-processor combinations. They act as a glue and are at one time off-the-shelf connectivity and proven reference design for later phases. Therefore, main function groups are split into two separate boards: FRAMOS Sensor Adapters (FSA) and FRAMOS Processor Adapters (FPA).

Sensor related functions by FSA

FRAMOS Sensor Adapters (FSA) feature individual voltages, reference clocks, and processing functions like data conversion and signal processing. Therefore, they can be implemented by the customer at any point in the final system; individually, close to the sensor, on the processor board, or mixed in different ways.

Key Benefits

FRAMOS Sensor Adapters (FSA) feature individual voltages, reference clocks, and processing functions like data conversion and signal processing. Therefore, they can be implemented by the customer at any point in the final system; individually, close to the sensor, on the processor board, or mixed in different ways.

FRAMOS Sensor Adapters (FSA)

Processor Board Connectivity by FPA

FRAMOS Processor Adapters (FPA) cover individual connectors, signals, voltages, and communication channels to 3rd-party processor boards. This adapter (an individual part) is the reference to implement the image sensing front-end into the customer central processing system. The FPA boards make it plug and play to use the sensor module portfolio to work with a large number of processor boards, providing ecosystem standard interface on various processor boards.

Supported Processor Development Kits

FRAMOS Processor Adapters with MIPI CSI-2 routing are provided off-the-shelf for the NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX2, Jetson AGX Xavier™, Jetson Nano™, and Jetson Xavier™ NX developer kits, as well as for the 96Boards Consumer Edition ecosystem with its over 16 single board computers. Further, a Xilinx specific FMC adapter establishes SubLVDS, SLVS, SLVS-EC and MIPI CSI-2 connectivity to a number of Xilinx development boards.

FRAMOS Sensor Adapters (FSA)

Software Support

With the hardware in place, there is still one significant, but often underestimated element missing, until one sees the first image on screen, or can even use it with his algorithms; the device driver. Working with proprietary hardware interfaces on both sensor and processor platform side requires solid know-how and time to understand and use the individual underlying architecture. Establishing communication and basic data streams is only the first difficult step, adding up with the complex sensor initialization sequences, and configuration scripts for every single feature. As a result, tuning the sensor settings for an immaculate image can become an issue and require a lot of time.

Ecosystem Software Package

To support a smooth start and unburden developers from starting from scratch, the Software Pack, along with the ecosystem, provides reference drivers for all sensors on selected processor platforms. The focus is to enable a quick start demonstrating the implementation of the fundamental functions that are required to utilize the sensor and receive one or multiple image streams. The application specific finalization of the driver can then happen seamlessly on project base by the customer or FRAMOS, extending or porting the Software Pack utilizing the provided driver sources.

Platform Support

Lead platform for all driver activities are the NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX2, Jetson AGX Xavier™, Jetson Nano™, and Jetson Xavier™ NX developer kits. Drivers for further platforms already exist and are available on request or can be designed on project basis.

 

Development Kit

The FRAMOS Module Ecosystem consists of a large number of modules, adapters, and accessories. To start right away, we provide several development kits which include everything that is needed for a smooth startup. On request, this basic list can be individually extended by additional components:

Software Pack Contents

FRAMOS’ Embedded Vision Services

With its practical industry and project experience, Framos serves their clients as a technical consultant, development partner, and external supplier enabling our customers to develop cutting-edge imaging solutions while shortening their times to market.

 

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