congatec expands embedded vision portfolio based on NXP’s i.MX 8 processor family

congatec expands embedded vision portfolio based on NXP’s i.MX 8 processor family

MIPI camera support: instant application onboard

Germany’s congatec, a leading supplier of standard and custom embedded computer motherboards and modules, has expanded its embedded vision product lineup to include NXP i. The MX 8 processor introduces a new solution platform. For the first time, the application-ready ARM platform integrates all the components needed to support MIPI cameras on a carrier board, enabling plug-and-play camera technology from embedded vision partners such as Basler. Thanks to the modular design of the 3.5-inch base platform and reference to the SMARC standard, OEMs can quickly and cost-effectively customize system solution performance and implement immediately with a complete ecosystem of off-the-shelf parts. Thanks to its long-term availability, durability, low energy consumption and high scalability, the new congatec embedded vision platform is suitable for a variety of embedded vision applications, including automated cashier systems in the retail industry, surveillance and access control in facility management systems, industrial inspection systems in quality assurance, augmented reality maintenance, and image processing in mobile and portable medical technology. In addition, the ready-to-use embedded vision platform is gradually integrating gesture and voice control, and optionally with artificial intelligence (AI), enabling interactive GUI support.

congatec expands embedded vision portfolio based on NXP’s i.MX 8 processor family

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With standardized SMARC Embedded Computer-on-Module connectors, the processor’s performance can be easily scaled on demand or adjusted to suit specific application requirements. congatec currently offers 12 different NXP-based i. Modules for MX 8 series processors, including high-end i. MX8 and ultra-low power i. MX 8M Mini. The modular design concept makes it easy to use the I/O ports and effectively controls the cost. The new platform jointly developed by congatec and Basler’s embedded vision experts also meets the requirements for ease of use. Since the camera driver is integrated into the BSP of the vision tool, the configuration of the platform will not require any hardware programming effort. Customers can directly develop embedded vision systems.
Martin Danzer, Director of Product Management at congatec, said: “Thanks to our close partnership with Basler, we are able to offer our customers a unique embedded vision ecosystem that is perfectly matched to both hard and soft components. With this system, customers can easily access embedded vision The world of vision modules greatly simplifies the development of customized embedded vision solutions.” The modular design also enables rapid I/O port customization, making it ideal for small to medium-sized projects.

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Detailed features

The new congatec NXP i. The MX8 processor family of embedded vision platforms is based on a modular 3.5-inch carrier board with a choice of multiple SMARC embedded computer-on-module configurations and features a 13-megapixel Basler BCON MIPI camera module. The carrier board integrates all necessary components to connect MIPI cameras, so the camera module can be directly connected to the carrier board without the need for an adapter module. In addition to MIPI-CSI 2.0, NXP i. The MX8 ecosystem can use a variety of image segmentation algorithms, support USB, GigE vision cameras, artificial intelligence and neural networks to recognize objects such as traffic signs. On the software side, congatec provides fully compiled binaries, available for download via Github, with bootloaders, Android, standard Linux or Yocto, as well as the corresponding board support package and Basler Embedded Vision for processor-optimized Software – The tools developers need to build systems are here.

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