Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced that Raytrix GmbH has selected Cypress's EZ-USB® CX3™ USB 3.0 camera controller for its new 3-D camera.
The EZ-USB CX3 controller, which is now in full production, delivers 5-Gbps performance to the innovative R42 3-D Light Field Camera. The R42 supports up to 40-Megapixel resolution and 4,000 images, leveraging the CX3 solution's throughput to provide 3-D images with extended depth-of-field. The versatile camera is small enough for convenient use in a variety of applications, including machine vision, motion tracking and surface inspection.
EZ-USB CX3 is the industry's most flexible USB 3.0 camera controller. It allows developers to add USB 3.0 connectivity to any image sensors supporting the Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Camera Serial Interface Type 2 (CSI-2) standard. CX3 is ideally suited for high-definition (HD), high-speed image-capturing applications and is capable of streaming uncompressed video at 1080p at 30 frames per second or 720p at 60 fps. The CX3 solution is supported by the new Denebola reference design kit from Cypress's partner, e-con Systems. The kit accelerates time to market for HD cameras with a ready-for-production reference board that leverages CX3's SuperSpeed USB performance to seamlessly process large image files and stream HD video without compression, which degrades image quality.
"The EZ-USB CX3 USB 3.0 controller delivered exactly what we needed for the R42 camera," said Dr. Lennart Wietzke, founder of Ratrix GmbH. "CX3's SuperSpeed USB 3.0 performance enables the R42 to provide images with unparalleled 3-D depth. And the unique EZ-USB flexibility, along with the strong technical support from Cypress, shortened our design cycle."
"Cypress has been a technology leader in USB since 1996, with unparalleled Low-Speed and High-Speed USB solutions. With the addition of the CX3 camera controller to our unique FX3, FX3S and HX3 solutions, we now have the industry's strongest portfolio of SuperSpeed USB as well," said Mark Fu, Senior Director of the USB 3.0 Business Unit at Cypress. "We're excited at the customer response to CX3, as shown by its design win in Raytrix's groundbreaking R42 3-D camera."
Fu added, "The robust reference design kit from e-con Systems extends our design support for CX3. The kit streamlines the design process, making it easier than ever to bring top quality HD cameras to market quickly."
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"We worked closely with Cypress to develop our new Denebola reference design kit around the CX3 camera controller," said Ashok Babu, President of e-con Systems. "The USB 3.0 camera market is gaining momentum with machine vision, industrial, scientific, medical and consumer products, and CX3 is a strong fit for these applications. With Cypress's detailed collateral, designers can use our kit to efficiently create USB Video Class cameras that 'plug and play' with major operating systems."