Linux-based, programmable cameras from VRmagic (Cambridge, MA) are now available with miniature connectors. For its Linux-based intelligent cameras, VRmagic offers a back end with Picoblade™ connectors for Ethernet, USB 2.0 Host, RS232, and General Purpose I/O Analog Video Output. Additionally, a PCB with DVI or HDMI output can be connected to the cameras. The external board is connected with the PCB stack via a flexible printed circuit cable (FPC). Synchronized image recording and display is also possible via DVI or HDMI up to 60 Hz.
The cameras are equipped with the DaVinci processor from Texas Instruments, featuring a 300 MHz ARM9 processor running the Linux operating system, and a 600 MHz DSP with 4800 MIPs. The cameras include 256 MB RAM and a 512 MB flash module. With a standard Debian Linux operating system, the intelligent camera provides developers with a platform for programming their own applications and transferring them to the camera by means of cross-compilers. The host system and camera have the same API.
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