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  Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

 
1. FAQ - Lyra
 
  1.1 What is See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK kit?
  1.2 I already have Denebola CX3™ RDK / Ascella ISP RDK / Tania ISP RDK. What is the difference between the Denebola CX3™ RDK / Ascella ISP RDK / Tania ISP RDK and the See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK?
  1.3 Can I program the FPGA used in the kit? What are the tools required?
  1.4 Can I get the source code of the FPGA project in the kit?
  1.5 My camera module has MIPI CSI-2 interface. Does your kit support this camera module?
  1.6 Can I have the datasheet of IMX236 camera module?
  1.7 How can I get the datasheet of IMX236 sensor?
  1.8 I want to buy the IMX236 modules alone. Can we get these from e-con Systems?
  1.9 What is the lens used in camera module? Can I use some other lens?
  1.10 If I want to build a USB 3.1 Gen1 camera based on your See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK, would e-con Systems support me?
  1.11 Do I get the schematics of See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK kit?
  1.12 Who is Helion Inc. and what does their ISP do?
  1.13 I want to use another Sony image sensor instead of IMX236. How can I configure Helion ISP to support my sensor?
  1.14 Can I have access to the Helion ISP?
  1.15 Can I get access to its tuning tools?
  1.16 I want to use a different image sensor. Can I use this kit to interface? Will your ISP support any sensor?
  1.17 Can I get access to ISP registers?
  1.18 Is there any license fee or royalties to be paid for using this FPGA with Helion ISP?
  1.19 I want to produce 100 units of See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK for my project. But I want to make it as single board. How can I do that?
  1.20 Can I get access to camera module registers?
  1.21 How can I program FX3 chip used in the See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK?
  1.22 I don't want to use USB UVC protocol. I want to use CDC protocol. How to change the firmware to do that?
  1.23 Is the See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK refundable?
  1.24 Can I get a free sample for testing?
  1.25 What sort of support does e-con Systems provide along with the kit?
  1.26 Is there any software available with the kit?
  1.27 Can I get the source code of your e-CAMView software? I want to modify the same for my application.
  1.28 I would like to use a different lens. How to do that?
   
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 1. Lyra - FAQ
  
1.1 What is See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK kit?
 
See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK is a USB 3.1 Gen1 (5Gb/Sec.) UVC (USB Video Class) Reference Design Kit developed using Cypress® Semiconductors' EZ-USB® FX3™ and Lattice ECP5 FPGA and a powerful Image Signal Processor (ISP) from Helion Vision implemented in FPGA. It has a 2MP color fixed focus camera module based on SONY IMX236 image sensor.
 
1.2 I already have Denebola CX3™ RDK / Ascella ISP RDK / Tania ISP RDK. What is the difference between the Denebola CX3™ RDK / Ascella ISP RDK / Tania ISP RDK and the See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK?
 
Parameter Denebola
CX3™ RDK
Ascella
CX3™ ISP RDK
Tania
CX3™ SNI ISP RDK
Lyra
FX3™ FPGA ISP RDK
CMOS Sensor OmniVision® OV5640 SoC CMOS image sensor (with built in ISP) OmniVision® OV13850 RAW (Bayer format) image sensor. Sony IMX230 and IMX258 dual image sensors. Sony IMX236 CMOS RAW BAYER image sensor.
ISP Built-in ISP of OV5640 CMOS image sensor THP7312 ISP from THine® Electronics, Inc. External on-board ISP. Milbeaut® MBG967 (M-12MO) ISP from SocioNext®, Inc. External on-board ISP. IONOS FPGA ISP IP from Helion Vision.
Camera resolution 5 Mega Pixel 13 Mega Pixel 21 Mega Pixel (IMX230) and 13 Mega Pixel (IMX258) 2 Mega Pixel
Maximum Video Resolution (MJPEG) 5MP streaming @ 15fps, 1080p @ 30fps. 13MP @ 21fps, Ultra HD (3840x2160) @ 30fps and 1080p @ 60fps 21MP @ 4fps, 15MP (5256x2952) @ 6fps 13MP @ 7fps MJPEG Not supported**
Maximum Video Resolution (Uncompressed YUV422) 5MP streaming @ 15fps, 1080p @ 30fps. 13MP @ 10fps, 1080p @ 60fps 21MP @ 4fps, 15MP (5256x2952) @ 6fps, 13MP @7fps
  • High resolution and Frame rate 1080P @ 60fps
  • Low resolution and frame rate 720P @ 30fps
Autofocus Voice Coil Motor based. Single Trigger Autofocus Voice Coil Motor based. Single Trigger and Continuous Autofocus Voice Coil Motor based. Single Trigger and Continuous Autofocus M12 Inter-changeable lens with manual focus.
Interface USB 3.1 Gen1 and USB 2.0. UVC compliant. USB 3.1 Gen1 and USB 2.0. UVC compliant. USB 3.1 Gen1 and USB 2.0. UVC compliant. USB 3.1 Gen1 and USB 2.0. UVC compliant.
Schematics Complete schematics available. Open to all. Partial schematics only. For full schematics, customers can request from THine® Electronics, Inc. THine® reserves the right to disclose the schematics. Complete schematics available. Open to all.
  • USB base board schematics is open to customers.
  • IMX236 camera module board schematics is not open to customers.
Firmware and Settings Complete firmware available in source code, except for OV5640 sensor settings library, which is available from e-con directly if the customer has NDA with OmniVision®. Partial firmware only. The ISP firmware, ISP register settings and CMOS sensor settings are not available in source code. Complete firmware source available. CMOS sensor settings not available in source code.
  • Complete firmware source available.
  • CMOS sensor settings not available in source code.
  • FPGA source files are not provided.
Support for other sensors Customers can integrate any other sensor with Denebola and develop the firmware on their own. Supporting new sensors has to be decided on case to case basis based on production volume. Interested customers can contact e-con at sales@e-consystems.com directly. Supporting new sensors has to be decided on case to case basis based on production volume. Interested customers can contact e-con at sales@e-consystems.com directly. Supporting new sensors has to be decided on case to case basis based on production volume. Interested customers can contact e-con at sales@e-consystems.com directly.
Development support Full development support from e-con Systems. As the full design information is already available, customers can develop on their own. Development and customization support are only through e-con Systems Development and customization support are only through e-con Systems Development and customization support are only through e-con Systems

**Contact e-con at sales@e-consystems.com for this support.

 
1.3 Can I program the FPGA used in the kit? What are the tools required?
 
Customer cannot program the FPGA alone in See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK kit. The FPGA source code is not available as part of the kit. Customers have to contact Helion Vision to get the source code of FPGA and then they can program the FPGA.
 
1.4 Can I get the source code of the FPGA project in the kit?
 
Customer can contact Helion Vision at cypress.support@helionvision.com to get the FPGA source code.
 
1.5 My camera module has MIPI CSI-2 interface. Does your kit support this camera module?
 
IMX236 is interfaced to USB base boards through LVDS interface. The customization is required to support MIPI CSI-2 interface. Customer can contact e-con systems at sales@e-consystems.com.
 
1.6 Can I have the datasheet of IMX236 camera module?
 
Please contact Helion Vision at cypress.support@helionvision.com for camera module datasheet.
 
1.7 How can I get the datasheet of IMX236 sensor?
 
You can sign NDA with Sony Semiconductors to get the datasheet.
 
1.8 I want to buy the IMX236 modules alone. Can we get these from e-con Systems?
 
Please contact e-con Systems at sales@e-consystems.com.
 
1.9 What is the lens used in camera module? Can I use some other lens?
 
The lens used is a 4.3mm F2.8 M12 lens. Any compatible M12 based lens can be used.
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1.10 If I want to build a USB 3.1 Gen1 camera based on your See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK, would e-con Systems support me?
 
Yes. Can be supported on case to case basis. Please write to sales@e-consystems.com.
 
1.11 Do I get the schematics of See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK kit?
 
See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK contains two boards USB base board and IMX236 module board. USB base board schematics is open to customers and this can be downloaded from e-con website. IMX236 module board schematics is not open to customers.
 
schematics diagram
 
1.12 Who is Helion Inc. and what does their ISP do?
 
Helion Vision is a design service and IP company. Helion is offering a wide variety of FPGA IP core for raw sensor data and image data processing. The ISP in this design is implementing the full image signal processing pipeline from raw sensor data to a correct colored YUV image. It includes demosaic/debayer, color correction, white balancing and auto exposure function. It is not using any frame memory and therefore the latency is incredibly low (less than 10 lines which is approx 0.2ms). This ISP is programmed in the FPGA that is used in the kit.
 
1.13 I want to use another Sony image sensor instead of IMX236. How can I configure Helion ISP to support my sensor?
 
Please contact e-con at sales@e-consystems.com.
 
1.14 Can I have access to the Helion ISP?
 
Yes. Two options are for your use. During run time with I2C commands via FX3 or during synthesis time. You can get full access to the reference design after signing the free of charge IP evaluation contract with Helion Vision.
 
1.15 Can I get access to its tuning tools?
 
Third parties, like Imatest, are offering full tuning suites which can be used for any ISPs. Helion can support you during your tuning of the ISP or can perform needed tuning tasks on demand/request and can also provide test setups.
 
1.16 I want to use a different image sensor. Can I use this kit to interface? Will your ISP support any sensor?
 
Yes, can be supported on case to case basis. Please write to sales@e-consystems.com.
 
1.17 Can I get access to ISP registers?
 
No, you will not get direct access for ISP registers. Refer Question 14 for more details.
 
1.18 Is there any license fee or royalties to be paid for using this FPGA with Helion ISP?
 
Yes. The ISP has a yearly license fee which includes up to 5k pieces per year. If your piece count exceeds 5k per year then piece based royalties will appear. Please ask for your personal offer and mass production discounts.
 
1.19 I want to produce 100 units of See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK for my project. But I want to make it as single board. How can I do that?
 
This can be supported by e-con Systems. Please write to sales@e-consystems.com with your requirements in detail.
 
1.20 Can I get access to camera module registers?
 
No, you will not get direct access for camera module registers.
 
1.21 How can I program FX3 chip used in the See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK?
 
Please refer to the Kit User manual document available to download in our website.
 
1.22 I don't want to use USB UVC protocol. I want to use CDC protocol. How to change the firmware to do that?
 
Firmware development can be done using FX3 SDK (For documentation, click here) and firmware built can be flashed into See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK.
 
The default firmware of this kit supports only USB UVC. This firmware is available with source code and you can modify and build the same with FX3 SDK (For documentation, click here) that you can download from Cypress Semiconductors. With the given source code and the FX3 SDK, you can develop your host communication protocol such as CDC class on your own. If you need any additional help, e-con Systems can support you on case to case basis.
 
1.23 Is the See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK refundable?
 
The kit is non-returnable and non-refundable. However, the kit is under warranty and e-con will replace for any failed kit under warranty terms. Please refer Warranty Terms from warranty page
 
1.24 Can I get a free sample for testing?
 
See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK samples are not available for free. You can purchase them from e-con Systems online web store.
 
1.25 What sort of support does e-con Systems provide along with the kit?
 
e-con Systems can support in hardware customization, Firmware customization and FPGA customization.
 
1.26 Is there any software available with the kit?
 
Yes, we provide the e-CAMView (windows) sample application demonstrating the capabilities of this See3CAM_FX3_FPGA_ISP_RDK kit. This can be download by clicking e-CAMView link.
 
1.27 Can I get the source code of your e-CAMView software? I want to modify the same for my application.
 
We license the source code of e-CAMView software to our customers. If you are interested in using this e-CAMView software, please contact sales@e-consystems.com so that we can discuss with you on licensing terms.
 
1.28 I would like to use a different lens. How to do that?
 
Any compatible M12 based lens can be used. Please write to sales@e-consystems.com for assistance in choosing a different lens if required.
 
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