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Image acquisition development platform runs Linux

Oct 19, 2007 — by Jonathan Angel — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

India-based embedded board specialist E-con Systems and U.K. distributor Direct Insight have collaborated on an image acquisition development platform based on Marvell PXA270 or PXA320 processors. The “Triton-Cam” is said to be available with Linux 2.6 support.

(Click here for a larger view of the Triton-Cam MI, with touchscreen and baseboard)

According to the companies, the Triton-Cam camera module incorporates an Omnivision OV9653 1.3 megapixel fixed-focus CMOS image sensor, which supports resolutions up to 1280 x 1024. An optional autofocus 3 megapixel camera version will be available during the fourth quarter, the companies say.

The Triton-Cam MI, baseboard, and Triton processor module

The camera module interfaces to the development system via a Multimedia Interface (MI) board, which provides an optional QVGA (320×240) touchscreen LCD. The MI board, in turn, plugs onto a custom baseboard. The baseboard also provides a slot where the user adds an SODIMM-sized, PXA270- or PXA320-based “Triton” processor module. The baseboard is intended to be modified for customers' own purposes, using schematics and other documentation supplied with the setup, the companies said.

Triton-320 (upper) and Triton-270 (lower)
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The SODIMM-sized processor modules appear identical in functionality and layout to the Triton-270 and Triton-320 processor modules previously announced by Strategic Test. In addition to a PXA320 processor clocked at 806MHz, the Triton-320 has 128MB of onboard SDRAM, and 64MB of flash memory. The Triton-270, meanwhile, is based on a 520MHz PXA270 and comes with 64MB of DRAM and 16MB of flash memory.

In addition to Linux 2.6, E-con Systems says it also supports the Triton-Cam and MI board with Windows CE 5.0 and 6.0.


While pricing was not provided, the Triton-Cam camera module and associated components are said to be “available immediately” in Europe and the Americas from Direct Insight, and in Asia-Pacific regions from E-Con Systems. The companies also offer various design and customization services for the Triton-Cam and the other components, including baseboard design, camera driver deign, and integration of codecs. Additionally, certain of the board designs and driver source-code are available for licensing.

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