5 MPixel board-level camera with FPD-Link III interface and mini-coaxial socket

  • 5 megapixel sensor AR0521 monochrome / color
  • Signal transmission up to 15 m
  • A coaxial cable for data and power supply
  • Single-board camera for industrial series use
  • FPD-Link III transmission
  • Optimized for internal and external use 
  • Easy connection to MIPI CSI-2 receivers

34 mm x 34 mm

5 MP rolling

Enabling new reach

With the new camera interface phyCAM-L, Phytec solves the problem of length restrictions of the MIPI CSI-2 interface. If the MIPI CSI-2 allows a maximum of approx. 15 cm between the camera module and the processor board, up to 15 m can be bridged with the phyCAM-L. By using sub-miniature plugs and a single-board solution, phyCAM-L is very compact and inexpensive.
The flexible coaxial cable is both a data channel and a power supply at the same time. Another cable is not required. The data is transmitted using the FPD-Link III protocol, which has been tried and tested in the automotive sector. The camera module even offers a plug connection for extensions.
A special feature of phyCAM-L is that the system is also particularly suitable for internal cabling. This can be done with a millimeter-thin, inexpensive RG1.37 cable. External connections can be tailored to the task using pigtail adapters.

Brilliant performance

The AR0144 sensor from Onsemi enables excellent image recording at a frame rate of 60 Hz. The global shutter also depicts fast-moving subjects without distortion. The 1 megapixel camera has an integrated dynamic defective pixel correction and an automatic exposure control unit.  
The camera module is available with a monochrome or color sensor. The wide temperature range and long-term availability enable the design of professional embedded vision solutions.

Easy integration

A kit with a receiver board is available for development, which can be connected to all processor boards with a phyCAM-M (MIPI CSI-2) interface. The receiver board converts the image data back into the MIPI CSI-2 format and supplies the camera module with power (Power-over-Coax). The kit includes design documentation that makes it easy to integrate the receiver circuitry into your own designs.


Autofocus integration

An autofocus function can be implemented with a customer-specific add-on board (eg Demonstrator Board VZ-019) and a corresponding algorithm. The plug-on board is optionally available with a driver for Corning Liquid Lenses. The focus of the lens can then be adjusted by software via the I²C interface.

Product presentation of the VM-017: phyCAM-L at Embedded World 2022

Resolution 2592 x 1944 (5 MPixel)
Color/Monochrome -COL / -BW
Color Format (-COL/-W) Bayer Pattern / Y
Interface phyCAM-L (FPD-Link III)
Image Sensor (-COL/-BW) AR0521
Sensor Size 1/2.5“ 5.7 mm x 4.3 mm
Pixel Size 2.2 µm x 2.2 µm
Shutter Type Rolling
Frame Rate (full-size image) 60 fps (max.)
Frame Rate (Standard Video) 120 fps (Full HD)
Dynamic Range 40 dB
Features (optional) Strobe / Trigger
Operating Voltage 4.5 - 13.2 V DC
Connector Type (Signal) UMCC Gen1, Coaxial
Operating Temperature -25°C…+85°C (Junction)
Lens Mount plain sensor / M12 / C-CS
Lens optional, customizable
PCB Dimensions 34 mm x 34 mm
Sensor Technology CMOS, Backside Illumination
Sensitivity 18.8 ke−/lux·sec (COL)
36 ke−/lux·sec (BW)
Chief Ray Angle
ROI yes
Skipping 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Binning 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Mirror / Flip yes
Defective Pixel Correction yes
Control Interface I²C
Interface Data Width 8/10/12 Bit
Special Feature I2C / Power / Strobe-Connector
Connector Type Trigger / Sync. JST 3 pin
Mounting Points 4 x M2.5

VM-017: phyCAM-L

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VM-017: phyCAM®-L, monochrome, PCB version

Item No. VM-017-BW-L

VM-017: phyCAM®-L, monochrome, S mount

Item No. VM-017-BW-L-M12

VM-017: phyCAM®-L, color, PCB version

Item No. VM-017-COL-L

VM-017: phyCAM®-L, color, S mount

Item No. VM-017-COL-L-M12

phyCAM-L COL Starter Kit: VM-017-COL-L + VZ-018, 1m

Item No. VM-017-COL-L KIT

phyCAM-L BW Starter Kit: VM-017-BW-L + VZ-018, 1m

Item No. VM-017-BW-L KIT

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