e-con Systems' video decoder board to support NTSC/PAL camera for Freescale i.MX53 QSB

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - February 17, 2012

e-con Systems’ e-CAMNT_MX53x video decoder board can be used as a plug-n-play to interface NTSC/PAL camera. Along with the adapter daughter card, e-con systems also provide drivers for Linux.

Embedded design services company e-con Systems has announced  its video decoder board e-CAMNT_MX53x to support analog camera interface for Freescale's i.MX53 Quick start board (QSB).

e-con's e-CAMNT_MX53x video decoder board can be used in plug-n-play mode to interface NTSC/PAL camera. Along with the adapter daughter card, e-con systems also provide drivers for Linux. The NTSC/PAL video decoder board has interfaces for both S-Video input and Composite video input (CVBS).

“With the e-CAMNT_MX53x, e-con enables customers to use analog video sources on the Freescale i.MX53x platform and takes advantage of the inbuilt deinterlacer of i.MX53x processors. The camera driver from e-con supports the in-built deinterlacer hardware block and displays smooth deinterlaced video from the interlaced analog sources.” said Ashok Babu, President, e-con Systems.



This new NTSC/PAL decoder board measuring 61.5 mm x 54.76 mm is for providing solutions for surveillance, endoscopy, low light camera applications and other customers who use CCD cameras that supports analog interface.

On the backend side, the e-CAMNT_MX53x interfaces with the i.MX53 camera interface also called as the Camera sensor interface (CSI). The CSI is available on the 120 pin header of the QSB. The i.MX53 processor has a hardware deinterlacer and e-con supports Linux driver that makes use of this feature. The e-CAMNT_MX53x converts the analog Video in to YUV and feeds it in to the i.MX53 IPU which takes care of further processing.

Customers who have a Freescale i.MX53 QSB and are interested in i.MX53 camera support can directly plug in their analog cameras to the e-CAMNT_MX53x. e-con Systems provides Linux drivers with full source code and sample applications for accessing the video frames, capturing still images and recording video. 

Customers interested in customizing e-CAMNT_MX53x or integrating other cameras to i.MX53x processors, can contact the company for support. For more information on this board click here and for more information on the e-CAM, the company's reference design featuring a camera board with a camera module interfaced to a processor on its high speed CMOS interface, click here.

e-con Systems also provides sample drivers for WinCE, Linux and Android. For processors that don’t have the Camera ISP pipeline, e-con Systems provides the complete software stack for raw image sensors. e-con also offers individually crafted custom designs for customers interested in camera modules, other than the ones which are currently being offered as “off-the-shelf” solutions.

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