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Arria 10 module drives high-end embedded camera

Jan 7, 2019 — by Eric Brown 949 views

Critical Link’s “MityCAM-C50000” embedded camera runs Linux on an Intel Arria 10 SX SoC deployed on a “MitySOM-A10S” module and showcases a new 47.5-megapixel, 7920 x 6004 @ 30fps CMV50000 sensor.

In 2017, Critical Link released a Basler-equipped MitySOM Embedded Imaging Dev Kit built around an Intel Cyclone V-based MitySOM-5CSx module, and then upgraded the kit in March of last year to feature dual camera support. Now it has turned to the faster Intel Arria 10 SX SoC in a Linux-driven camera kit for machine vision and video. The camera features AMS’ high-end CMV50000 sensor and offers both U3V and HDMI preview output interfaces.

MityCAM-C50000 (left) and MitySOM-A10S module
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MitySOM-A10S module


The MityCAM-C50000 kit runs on Critical Link’s MitySOM-A10S computer-on-module, which was announced in July. The 101.5 x 101.5mm module runs Linux on Intel’s dual Cortex-A9, up to 1.5GHz Arria 10 SX SoC, which features a 270KLE FPGA fabric, with options for 160KLE or 480KLE.

The module is designed for machine vision, test and measurement, embedded instrumentation, industrial automation and control, and industrial and medical instrumentation. It supports both OpenCL and high-level synthesis (HLS) tools “for accelerating design cycles and targeting C/C++ code to the FPGA,” says Critical Link. It also supports Altera Quartus II and GNU toolchain.

The MitySOM-A10S module ships with 4GB HPS shared DDR4 RAM and 2GB DDR4 dedicated to the FPGA. The module is further equipped with a microSD slot and optional 8GB eMMC. There’s also a micro-USB 2.0 OTG port, JTAG connector, temperature sensors, a PMIC, and an RTC.

MitySOM-A10S block diagram (left) and MityCAM-C50000 rear detail view
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The MitySOM-A10S is touted for its dual-side connectors — 320-pin Samtec and 144-pin Hirose — which enables stack-through configurations. The module supports up to 3x GbE ports, as well as SDIO, 2x UARTs, 4x SPI, and 5x I2C. FPGA driven interfaces include 12x 8Gbps transceivers and PCIe x8.

MityCAM-C50000 kit

The MityCAM-C50000 kit camera kit combines the MitySOM-A10S module with a camera built around AMS’ CMV50000 sensor. The sensor generates 47.5-megapixel stills and 7920 x 6004 @ 30fps video, and offers mono and RGB color options, low dark noise, and high dynamic range. It outputs in subLVDS mode “and provides special capabilities in binning, subsampling, and on-chip corrections,” says Critical Link.

MityCAM-C50000 block diagram
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The camera is available with an AIA USB 3.0 Vision Interface (U3V), and an HDMI preview output interface. Custom options include CoaXPress, Camera Link, and GigE Vision. I/O specifics may be seen in the block diagram and detail view farther above. The 119.3 x 119.3 x 105.9mm, 1,248-gram camera supports 0 to 40°C operation.

Further information

The MityCAM-C50000 camera and MitySOM-A10 module appear to be available now with pricing undisclosed. More information may be found in the MityCAM-C50000 announcement and on the MityCAM-C50000 and MitySOM-A10 product pages.


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