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C429-RS232 Serial Camera Module
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This highly integrated, compact serial and encoded video camera module can be attached to any host system requiring an economical video or still camera for embedded imaging applications. The module uses an OmniVision™ CMOS MT9V011 VGA color sensor, matched with a versatile Vimicro VC0706 control chip to provide a complete low cost, low power camera system. C429-RS232 has an on-board RS232 serial interface for direct connection to any host PC system with a COMport for control or image communication. Video output in NTSC or PAL is also simultaneously provided. A built-in hard-wired JPEG codec supports up to 30FPS encoding or decoding with VGA resolution. It can compress the captured video stream to M-JPEG stream and output through the UART interface
C429-RS232 comes in a compact form factor (38mm x 38mm x 25mm) with built-in 60deg lens. Simple serial protocol commands instruct the camera to send 640x480 for viewing or storage. Serial transfer rate is at 115.2Kbps for transferring color or monochrome images in VGA (640x480), QVGA (320 x 240), or QQVGA (160x120) resolution. Real-time video output is provided at 30 fps as CVBS signal, NTSC or PAL. C429-RS232 needs only 80mA from a 5V supply
Vimicro’s VC0706 SoC also offers additional processing functions for economical surveillance applications. Motorless pan/tilt/zoom image functions minimize product size and power consumption, eliminating mechanical maintenance. Auto White Balance (AWB), Auto Exposure (AE), and temporal noise reduction automatically enhance video signals under low-light environments. VC0706 also integrates a JPEG codec and a motion detection engine that enable equipment designers to optimize video transfer and storage.
Applications for C429-RS232 include general purpose embedded imaging and control, security and access control systems, elevator and remote monitoring, robotics and vision, object detection, industrial control, automotive and medical instrumentation, electronic toys and learning systems, etc.
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