D3 Engineering (Rochester, NY), New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY), and Sunex (Carlsbad, CA) have teamed up to create a new OEM SmartCamera Developer’s Kit. The kit allows engineers to develop and integrate camera systems.

D3 Engineering integrates Texas Instruments’ DaVinci™ DSP with the M3-F focus module from New Scale Technologies. The M3-F module uses patented closed-loop piezoelectric smart actuator technology to deliver precise lens motion in a 1" cubed form factor. The device moves lenses up to 5 grams, allowing use of advanced glass and polymer materials. Users can customize their kits by choosing from a range of standard and custom Sunex lenses. Sunex offers lenses with patented aspheric optical technology, proprietary high-index optical materials, and integral optical filters. Kits can also be customized with the user’s choice of image sensor, with resolution up to 14MP.

D3 Engineering’s SmartCam electronics incorporate 256 MB DDR2 onboard memory, HDMI and NTSC video output, and 10/100 Ethernet. For prototyping and evaluations, daughtercard connections allow access to all processor peripherals and GPIO.

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