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DENEBOLA (See3CAM_CX3RDK) - Cypress® CX3™ Reference Design

Cypress Reference Design Kit, Denebola (See3CAM_CX3RDK) is an USB 3.0 - USB video class (UVC) camera RDK for Cypress® Semiconductor's EZ-USB® CX3™ USB 3.0 peripheral controller. The Cypress EZ-USB® CX3™ is a USB 3.0 peripheral controller that enables developers to add USB 3.0 connectivity to any image sensor compliant with the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Camera Serial Interface Type 2 (CSI-2) standard.

The Denebola RDK developed using EZ-USB® CX3 is a complete RDK and has the OmniVision® OV5640 CMOS image sensor interfaced to it through a two-lane MIPI CSI-2 interface. This is a fully functional camera RDK that can stream uncompressed 720p60, 1080p30, and 5 MP at 15 fps. Denebola RDK is a two-board solution containing a base board designed around the Cypress CX3 USB 3.0 peripheral controller and the camera daughter board designed using the OmniVision® OV5640 CMOS image-sensor-based autofocus camera module. e-con Systems, a Silver level partner of Cypress Partner program, has developed this reference design kit for EZ-USB® CX3 from Cypress Semiconductors.

The Denebola RDK support various CMOS image sensors and e-con provides add-on camera daughter boards that can be plugged on to the RDK. For a complete list of supported CMOS sensors, please view accessories tab.

Customer Speaks:

We purchased Denebola, See3CAM_CX3RDK. We are extremely impressed with Denebola because we were able to modify the firmware to access the camera module resisters, Read More..

- Yuki Ikku, Advanced Photonics Inc.

  • Two board solution containing baseboard based on CX3 and camera daughter board based on e-CAM52A_MI5640_MOD
  • Two-lane MIPI CSI-2 interface between the CX3 and OV5640 camera image sensor
  • Optional daughter boards supporting various CMOS image sensors planned
  • RS232 level UART port for debugging and other communication
  • SPI Flash and I2C EEPROM for firmware storage. Default firmware is already loaded in the kit
  • JTAG interface for debugging the firmware
  • User Configurable GPIOs from the GPIO header
  • OmniVision OV5640 daughter board interfaced through 2-lane MIPI CSI-2 interface
  • USB bus powered. Support for external 5V supply through a switch
  • Maximum frame rates for Preview and Capture
  • YUV422
    VGA 60 fps
    HD (720p) 60 fps
    Full HD (1080p) 30 fps
    5MP (2592x1944) 15 fps
  • Still Image Capture
    1. 5MP (2592x1944) resolution
    2. YUV422 (16 bits per pixel) format
  • Preview format: YUV422 (16 bits per pixel)
  • Launched on: 11 Sep 2013

The Denebola RDK is a two-board solution containing a base board designed around the Cypress CX3 USB 3.0 Peripheral controller and a Camera daughter board designed using the OmniVision OV5640 CMOS image sensor based autofocus camera module. e-con also supports various camera sensor daughter boards that can be used to evaluate the CX3 performance with various CMOS Image sensors. For a complete list of supported CMOS sensors, please view accessories tab.

Block Diagram of Cypress EZ-USB CX3 development kit

Based on the proven EZ-USB FX3 Platform, CX3 comes with an ARM9 CPU and 512KB SRAM that provides 200 MIPS of computational power. The CX3 supports MIPI CSI-2 version 1.01, up to 4 data lanes with data speed up to 1Gbps per lane, for a total bandwidth of 4 Gbps. CX3 is ideally suited for high-definition or high-speed image-capturing applications. CX3 supports multiple peripheral interfaces such as I2C, SPI, and UART, which can be programmed to support Pan, Tilt and Zoom or other camera control functions.

Please contact for any customization requirements.

Kit Contents:

    • Denebola CX3 RDK (with e-CAM59CX3 camera board)
    • USB 3.0 Type-A to Micro B cable
    • Quick Start Guide

Add on Boards:

5.0 MP Custom Lens Camera (ACC-CX3RDK-CU9P031)

ACC-CX3RDK-CU9P031 is an Add on board to Denebola – CX3 RDK to evaluate e-CAM50_CU9P031_MOD, a 5 Mega pixel camera module based on MT9P031 (Monochrome) image sensor

5.0 MP OV5680 Camera Board (ACC-CX3RDK-5680)

ACC-CX3RDK-5680 is an Add on board to Denebola – CX3 RDK to evaluate e-CAM58_MI5680_MOD, a 5 Mega pixel camera module based on OV5680 (RAW Bayer) image sensor.

5.0 MP Custom Lens Camera Board (ACC-CX3RDK-CU5640)

ACC-CX3RDK-CU5640 is an Add on board to Denebola – CX3 RDK to evaluate e-CAM51_CU5640_MOD, a 5 Mega pixel camera module based on OV5640 (Color) image sensor.


Default Camera Board:

5.0 MP MIPI Camera Board (e-CAM59CX3)

e-CAM59CX3 is a default camera board to Denebola – CX3 RDK to evaluate e-CAM52A_MI5640_MOD ,   a 5 Mega pixel camera module based on OV5640 image sensor.

Note: Denebola RDK includes e-CAM59CX3. Customers can also purchase e-CAM59CX3 camera separately.

Supported Camera Modules:

e-CAM50_CU9P031_MOD - 5MP Custom Lens Camera Module

The e-CAM50_CU9P031_MOD is a 5.0 MP custom lens Camera module (Monochrome) based on the Aptina / ON Semiconductor MT9P031 CMOS image sensor with S-mount lens holder attached to it.



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e-CAM51_CU5640_MOD - Custom Lens Camera Module

e-CAM51_CU5640_MOD is a small form-factor, Omnivsion OV5640 based pluggable camera module targeted for applications where custom lens is required. Moreover, a wide variety of interchangeable lenses can be used on this custom camera.



The Denebola (See3CAM_CX3RDK) can be used for EZ-USB® CX3™ based product design and this can also be used by our customers to evaluate the EZ-USB® CX3. e-con Systems also provides customization for our customers interested in USB 3.0 cameras.

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