Helping a major Austrian industry tablet provider integrate a high-end camera module for barcode scanning

e-con Systems empowered a top Austrian provider of custom-tailored automation and robotic solutions by adding a high-quality camera module to their industrial tablets. We integrated our finely-tuned module into the client’s rugged industrial tablet so that it can carry out essential data collection tasks in factories across the world.
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About the client

Based in Austria, the client develops cutting-edge laboratory instruments and process measuring systems. They are popular for custom-tailored automation and robotic solutions like industrial tablets.

Key Challenges and customer's expectations

The client approached e-con Systems to seek our expertise in adding a camera module to their industrial tablet that was used for applications like barcode scanning, OCR, and image capture for documentation.

Since the client used a camera to capture and process images, along with an ARM processor, they wanted a MIPI CSI-2 camera module with support for Linux/Android and the iMX6 processor. Some of the client’s unique requirements were:

  • 13MP still image capture, with superior color reproduction
  • Auto exposure to ensure performance in harsh lighting conditions

Selection of the camera module

e-con Systems provided an off-the-shelf camera module, e-CAM130_MI1335_MOD, a 13MP Autofocus MIPI camera module. We selected the module based on the image resolution, high quality, and small form factor.

We also had to take into consideration other needs like ISP tuning for true color reproduction, optimal power management, high-speed image capture, and ability to do barcode scanning, AF hunting, etc.

How e-con Systems™ delivered a hassle-free solution

Since the camera module housed a compatible lens with VCM controlled autofocus, it could be used with any application processors that came with a MIPI interface. We interfaced the camera module with the targeted iMX6 processor and customized the drivers/HAL for Android compatibility.

e-con Systems also provided the ISP in a castellated PCB to overcome mechanical fitment and form factor challenges that were previously huge hurdles for the client. Other module highlights included:

  • AR1335 CMOS image sensor with advanced 1.1m pixel BSI technology
  • Custom driver support for i.MX6 processor
  • High-quality images in the post-processing stage

Business benefits

  • Off-the-shelf camera solution – shorter product development cycles
  • Seamless support to meet the qualitative nature of all imaging requirements
  • Improved ability of the industrial tablet to perform in rugged conditions
  • Accurate barcode scanning at varying distances

Talk to us

Want more information on why e-con Systems can be a partner of choice to make your industry tablets the game-changers of factory floors and warehouses?

Connect with our product manager, who worked on this vision-based solution, and get started!
Gomathi Shanker
Phone: +1-408-766-7503

About e-con Systems™

e-con Systems™ is a leading OEM camera manufacturer with 17+ years of experience and expertise in embedded vision. It focuses on delivering vision and camera solutions to industries such as retail, medical and industrial. The company’s wide portfolio of products includes MIPI camera modules, GMSL cameras, USB 3.1 Gen 1 cameras, stereo cameras etc.

e-con Systems™ strives to become a global leader in the embedded vision space through continuous innovation, and helping its customers accelerate product development and reduce time to market. It has built over 250+ product solutions and shipped over millions of cameras around the globe. What sets the company apart is its deep expertise in building customized product designs while ensuring rapid prototyping and custom modifications in hardware as well as software.

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