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Camera on Toradex Computer on Modules

 

Article updated at 21 Jan 2021
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Introduction

This article aims to provide an overview about cameras on Toradex computer on modules. Toradex computer on modules provide various interfaces to connect a camera, such as Parallel Camera Interface, USB 2.0/3.0, Ethernet, MIPI CSI-2.

Note: Not all modules support USB 3.0, CSI interface, please refer datasheet of the module to check if required interface is supported or not.

Camera support on Linux

Parallel Camera Interface

Toradex modules do not support the native Analogue camera interface but one can use Analogue Camera Adapter to connect a 4x analogue camera but can channel only one camera at a time. Also there is third-party support for the Multi Camera Module using EPSON chip, for more information refer this article.

All Toradex modules(except Apalis TK1) support the parallel camera interface. Refer this article for more details on how to set up a parallel camera.

Ethernet

All Toradex modules have native Ethernet support. The Colibri family supports 10/100Mbit and the Apalis family supports up to 1Gbit Ethernet. Most of the IP cameras support MJPEG or H264 RTSP. Please refer this article for more details.

USB

USB 2.0 Host interface is available on all the modules to connect USB Cameras. We have an article explaining how to set up a USB camera in Linux. USB 3.0 interface is only available on the Apalis TK1 module.

MIPI CSI-2

  • The Apalis module family provides MIPI CSI-2 interfaces on type-specific pins.
  • The Colibri module family does not provide MIPI-CSI interfaces. Some SoMs, as the Colibri iMX8X, have a MIPI CSI-2 interface exposed in an additional FFC connector.
  • The Verdin module family provides one quad-lane MIPI CSI-2 interface on reserved pins. That means that, as long as the SoC used in a Verdin SoM has MIPI CSI-2, we make sure it's always exposed on fixed pins.

Toradex is looking for a solution to replace our CSI Camera Module with the 5MP OV5640 sensor which reached end-of-life. Scroll down this article to find preferred cameras from our partners, as well as other cameras that have been reported working at least once in our camera database.

Our partner Antmicro Ltd. authored a blog post about using CSI with Toradex Apalis modules.

Camera support on Windows CE

Parallel Camera Interface

Toradex modules do not support the native Analogue camera interface, but one can use Analogue Camera Adapter to connect a 4x Analogue camera.

All Toradex modules(except Apalis TK1) support the parallel camera interface. Refer this article for more details on how to set up a parallel camera on a Tegra-based module. If you plan to use parallel camera interface on an IMX6-based module you can find additional information in the respective Using iMX6 Camera Interface in Windows CE article.

Ethernet

All Toradex modules have native Ethernet support. The Colibri family supports 10/100Mbit and the Apalis family supports up to 1Gbit Ethernet. Most of the IP cameras support MJPEG or H264 RTSP. Windows CE supports MJPEG Software codec. H264 software codec is not yet available for WinCE.

USB

USB 2.0 Host interface is available on all the modules to connect USB Cameras. We have an article explaining how to set up a USB camera in WinCE.

USB 3.0 interface is only available on the Apalis TK1 module but there is no WinCE support.

MIPI CSI-2

The Apalis module family provides MIPI CSI-2 interfaces on type-specific pins.

The Colibri module family does not provide MIPI-CSI interfaces.

Please get in touch with Toradex Support to learn more about future support, or if you have questions or feedback.

Camera Partners

E-con Systems

e-con Systems, a leading MIPI CSI-2 camera module manufacturer, has partnered with Toradex to provide embedded vision camera solutions with/for Toradex Computer On Modules.

Currently, there are 4 camera modules:

Note: Each of the devices above is integrated into our Cameras Database.

Please refer to the e-con Systems page to know more about.

Cameras Database

Browse below for Cameras that should work on Toradex Computer on Modules.


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Focus: Fixed Focus
Housing: Bare Board
Integrated ISP
Lens Mount: S-mount
Pixels: 5MP
Resolution: 2592 × 1944
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor: AR0521

Housing: Box Housing
Lens Mount: C-mount
Pixel Depth: 12 bits
Pixels: 1.3MP
Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor: EV76C560

Alvium 1500 C -500

MIPI CSI-2

Housing: Box Housing
Integrated ISP
Lens Mount: C-mount
Pixels: 5MP
Resolution: 2592 × 1944
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor: AR0521

Auto Focus
Housing: Bare Board
Pixels: 5MP
Resolution: 2592 × 1944
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor: OV5640

e-CAM130_MI1335_MOD

MIPI CSI-2

Focus: Autofocus
Housing: Bare Board
Integrated ISP
Pixels: 13MP
Resolution: 4192x3120
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor: AR1335

Focus: Fixed Focus
Housing: Bare Board
Integrated ISP
Lens Mount: S-mount
Pixels: 13MP
Resolution: 4192x3120
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor: AR1335

Focus: Fixed Focus
Housing: Bare Board
Lens Mount: S-mount
Pixels: 5MP
Resolution: 2592 × 1944
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor: AR0521

Housing: Box Housing
Lens Mount: C-mount
Pixels: 1.3MP
Resolution: 1280 x 1024
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor: EV76C560