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BeagleBone Camera Cape gains Android 4.1.2 support

May 20, 2013 — by Rick Lehrbaum 3,929 views

QuickLogic has released Android 4.1.2 support for its custom Parallel Camera Interface (CAM I/F) chip for TI’s Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 SOC (system-on-chip). The new support, which comes in addition to earlier Linux support, adds Android compatibility to the BeagleBone’s 3.1-megapixel Camera Cape.

The QuickLogic CAM I/F CSSP (customer-specific standard product) targets a wide range of Sitara-based embedded applications, including mobile point-of-sale terminals, commercial tablets, home security systems, barcode readers, portable navigation devices, and ruggedized handheld equipment. It connects between the ARM335x’s general-purpose memory interface (GPMC) and the parallel CAM I/F of various camera sensors, supports up to 5MP/10fps cameras, provides DMA data transfer support, and consumes “roughly 150mW less power than typical USB” alternatives says QuickLogic.

CAM I/F CCSIP system and chip diagrams
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The CAM I/F CSSP is a key component of the BeagleBone’s Camera Cape plug-in board, which adds an 3.1MP Aptina image sensor to the BeagleBone. In addition to the QuickLogic interface chip, the Camera Cape provides a power indicator, an EEPROM for cape identification, and pin muxing configuration options.


BeagleBone Camera Cape with QuickLogic CAM I/F CSSP


“Our CAM I/F solution provides an off-the-shelf solution for the diverse enterprise market and enables customers to expand their served available markets, reduce their BOM and shorten their design cycles,” says Mehul Kochar, senior business development manager at QuickLogic.

The QuickLogic CAM I/F CSSP is available now. Additional information is available on QuickLogic’s TI CAM I/F CSSP page.

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