Project Jetvariety: How Arducam Makes it Possible to Use Any Camera Module on the Jetson Nano with One Kernel Driver for All

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Introducing Project Jetvariety – Increase the Jetson Nano Camera Variety

Today we are proud to introduce the Project Jetvariety (short for Jetson variety), which aims to quickly increase the variety of Jetson Nano cameras with our proprietary general-purpose camera solution.

The Project Jetvariety of Arducam allows any camera modules – including the ready-made and the upcoming – to be connected to the high-speed CSI-2 connector on the Jetson Nano. Thanks to our extra hardware and software efforts, it’s not much easier to interface a new camera with ease.

It unleashes the vision performance of Jetson Nano by offering more camera choices for much wider applications for industrial, educational and personal use cases.

Issues with Raspberry Pi Camera V2-like IMX219 Modules

The first and only natively supported camera on the Jetson nano is the Sony IMX219 camera from the Raspberry Pi ecosystem. The IMX219 is cheap and good in some of the use cases, but for machine vision, industrial, medical applications you will need a higher resolution and frame rate, or an externally triggered camera without rolling artifacts. If you want to try and test other cameras than the IMX219, it can be painful to switch between cameras, and even a nightmare to develop and debug a camera driver that is not natively supported.

Arducam now offers a comprehensive camera solution and support to address this problem, including a kernel camera driver for all cameras. Our solution reduces the complexity to integrate new cameras on the Nano and opens up endless possibilities. We want the Project Jetvariety to offer universal compatibility for every camera sensor, as well as universal affordability for every end-user.

Highlights of the Arducam Jetvariety Series

  • Support Arducam Breakout Board from 0.3MP ~ 18MP
  • Support Monochrome and Color Cameras
  • Support Gray,Y10,Y16,RAW8/10 Bayer format (YUV,RGB,JPEG requires extra ISP)
  • Support standard V4L2 framework, Video Nodes and Controls (Exposure, Gain and depending on camera parameters)
  • Support External Trigger Global Shutter Camera
  • Support Dual Camera Synchronization
  • Support Ardcuam Stereo Camera HAT
  • Single Line Driver Installation Command
  • OpenCV Friendly and Provides Source Code Demonstration

A Non-exhaustive list of Supported Cameras:

Rolling Shutter Cameras:

  • 2MP HDR AR0230 with onboard ISP
  • 5MP OV5647 Raspberry Pi V1.3 Camera
  • 8MP IMX219 Raspberry Pi V2.1 Camera
  • 13MP IMX135
  • 16MP IMX298
  • 18MP AR1820HS

Global Shutter Cameras:

  • 0.3MP OV7251
  • 1MP OV9281
  • 2MP OV2311


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