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USB3.0 Camera Shield Datasheet

Introduction

Arducam series USB camera shield is a general purpose USB camera control board for PC and embedded signal board computer. It hides the complex nature of the camera and provides the plug and play camera control interface as well as the ready to use SDK library and demo software source code. The Arducam supports variety camera modules from 0.3MP to 21MP or even higher.

Arducam USB3 camera shield is the latest USB3.0 camera shields, it offers the improved performance and enhanced functions than the previous USB2.0 camera shield. It not only supports high resolution and high frame rate image sensors, but also supports stereoscopy camera and IRCUT control feature. With the given camera configuration files, user can switch between different cameras without any effort. It is the ideal solution for camera evaluation/testing, robot/drone, IoT, machine vision and scientific applications.

Figure 1 Arducam USB3 Camera Shield

Application

  • IoT cameras
  • Robot cameras
  • Wildlife cameras
  • Machine vision 
  • Scientific cameras

Features

  • Support any parallel image sensors (need proper register settings)
  • Support 8/10/12/14/16 bit pixel color depth 
  • Support Stereoscopy mode for dual camera system
  • Build-in IRCUT control
  • Need extra MIPI to parallel adapter board for supporting MIPI interface sensors (see Table1)
  • Provide free binary SDK library and demo software source code, please visit github.com/Arducam 
  • Fully customizable and can be ported to any hardware platform and software OS
Resolution Frame RateCamera ModuleSensor Vendor
0.3MP100fpsOV7251 (MIPI)Omnivision
0.3MP60fpsMT9V022/MT9V034Aptina
1MP120fpsOV9281(MIPI)Omnivision
2MP60fpsOV2311/OG02B10(MIPI)Omnivision
1.2MP50fpsAR0134/AR0135Aptina
5MP15fpsOV5647 (MIPI)Omnivision
5MP30fpsAR0521ONSemi
9MP7fpsMT9N001Aptina
10MP6fpsMT9J001/MT9J003Aptina
14MP5fpsMT9F002Aptina
13MP5fpsOV13850 (MIPI)Omnivision
13MP12fpsIMX135(MIPI)Sony
16MP10fpsIMX298(MIIPI)Sony
18MP8fpsAR1820HS(MIPI)ONSemi
21MP5fpsIMX230(MIPI)Sony

Key Specifications

  • Bandwidth: 5-Gbps USB3.0 PHY
  • Camera Databus: [email protected]
  • I/O Voltage Standard: 3.3V
  • Connector: Micro-USB3.0
  • Size: 40 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 10g 
  • Power Consumption: 5V/300mA
  • Operation Temperature: -10℃~+55℃

Pin Definition

Figure 2 shows the connectors of the USB3 camera shield. There are one Micro-USB3.0 connector which can be connected to USB3.0 host controller, and one connector for motorized IR-Cut filter for both daylight and night vision. There are two camera interface on the bottom of the board, one for 8bit camera data bus and the other for 16bit camera data bus. The pin out definition see Table 2 and Table 3.

Figure2 USB3 camera shield connectors

The 8bit camera interface is the primary camera interface which is used for Arducam standard camera breakout board with 30pin ribbon cable. Although the camera breakout board might has more than 8bit data bus, only the upper 8bit connected to the USB camera shield through this FPC connector.

Table 2 8-bit Camera Interface Pin Definition

(Connector Part Number: Hirose FH28D-30S-0.5SH(05))

Pin No.PIN NAME TYPE DESCRIPTION 
1GNDGroundPower ground
2ReservedNC
3ReservedNC
4VSYNCInputActive High: Frame Valid; indicates active frame
5HREFInputActive High: Line/Data Valid; indicates active pixels
6DOUT11InputCamera Pixel Data Input 11 (MSB)
7DOUT10InputCamera Pixel Data Input 10
8DOUT9InputCamera Pixel Data Input 9
9DOUT8InputCamera Pixel Data Input 8
10DOUT7InputCamera Pixel Data Input 7
11DOUT6InputCamera Pixel Data Input 6
12DOUT5InputCamera Pixel Data Input 5
13GNDGroundPower ground
14DOUT4InputCamera Pixel Data Input 4 (LSB)
15DOUT3InputCamera Pixel Data Input 3 (Unconnected)
16DOUT2InputCamera Pixel Data Input 2 (Unconnected)
17DOUT1InputCamera Pixel Data Input 1 (Unconnected)
18DOUT0InputCamera Pixel Data Input 0 (Unconnected)
19ReservedNC
20PCLKInputPixel Clock output from Camera
21SCLOutputTwo-Wire Serial Interface Clock 
22SDATABi-directional Two-Wire Serial Interface Data I/O 
23RSTOutputSensor reset signal, active low
24GNDGroundPower ground
25GNDGroundPower ground
26STANDBYOutputStandby-mode enable pin (active HIGH)
27~30VCCPOWER3.3v Power supply

The 16-bit camera interface is the secondary camera interface which is used for MIPI camera adapter board, stereo-camera or customized camera adapter boards which support up to 16bit data bus.

Table 3 16-bit Camera Interface Pin Definition

(Connector Part Number: Harwin M50-4302045)

Pin No.PIN NAME TYPE Pin No.PIN NAME TYPE 
1VCC3.3POWER2VCC3.3POWER
3GNDGround4GNDGround
5SDATABi-directional 6SCLInput
7Data10Input8Data12Input
9Data11Input10Data13Input
11Data8Input12Data6Input
13Data3Input14Data0Input
15RSTOutput16Data4Input
17Data7Input18Data9Input
19ReservedNC20STANDBYOutput
21ReservedNC22ReservedNC
23Data14Input24HREFInput
25ReservedNC26VSYNCInput
27ReservedNC28GNDGround
29PCLKInput30GNDGround
31Data1Input32Data5Input
33ReservedNC34Data15Input
35Data2Input36ReservedNC
37ReservedNC38ReservedNC
39ReservedNC40USB_RSTInput

Mechanical Dimension

Mechanical Dimension usb3 shield revE

Figure 3 Mechanical Dimension

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