New Alvium Camera Series are Equipped with MIPI CSI-2 Interface

Press Release Summary:

  • Available in Alvium 1500 C and 1800 U series
  • Support NXP i.MX 6/8-based boards and the Nvidia Jetson boards
  • Can be integrated with the Vimba Suite on Windows, Linux and Linux arm platforms

Original Press Release:

Out Now: First Alvium Camera Series Models from Allied Vision

Allied Vision starts series production of Alvium 1500 C and 1800 U

Stadtroda, Germany, July 11, 2019 – The first series models of the Alvium camera series powered by ALVIUM® Technology from Allied Vision are available. Allied Vision starts the camera series with the release of three 1500 series models with a MIPI CSI-2 interface and one 1800 series model with USB3 Vision interface. To coincide with the launch of the release, the new production facility, specially designed and built for Alvium production, was inaugurated in Stadtroda on June 21st. In the following months, the range of Alvium cameras will be continuously expanded with further models and sensors.  

Unique ASIC for Industrial Embedded Vision
The Alvium camera series is an innovative camera platform that combines the advantages of embedded sensor modules with the performance of industrial cameras for image processing: extensive functions for image correction and optimization, a large selection of state-of-the-art sensors, intelligent energy management, and a cost-optimized and compact design. The camera series is based on ALVIUM® technology, an Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) with integrated Image Signal Processor (ISP) and Image Processing Library (IPL).

The Alvium 1500 Series - Embedded vision made easy
The Alvium 1500 series is the perfect camera for easy hardware and software integration in embedded applications. All models are equipped with a MIPI CSI-2 interface, which is particularly suitable for embedded vision applications as it can address the dedicated hardware of the embedded boards. The Alvium 1500 Series offers a basic feature set. Software integration can be done via Video4Linux2 (V4L2) to GStreamer and OpenCV, or direct register access. Open source drivers for selected processor architectures are provided for V4L2 support, enabling easy integration and fast go-to-market on the customer side. This drastically reduces development time for customers. The image pre-processing functionalities can be configured directly on the ISP in the camera.

1500 series models at a glance

Camera model                                     1500 C-50                                    1500 C-120                                           1500 C-500

Sensor                                         ON Semi PYTHON 480                 ON Semi AR0135CS                               ON Semi AR0521

Resolution                                          0.5 Megapixel                             1.2 Megapixel                                         5.0 Megapixel

Pixel                                                   800 × 600                                     1280 × 960                                            2592 × 1944

Pixel size (µm)                                    4.8 × 4.8                                       3.75 × 3.75                                               2.2 × 2.2

Optical format                                    Type 1/3.6                                       Type 1/3                                                 Type 1/2.5

Shutter                                            Global shutter                                Global shutter                                         Rolling Shutter

Framrate                                            116 fps                                            50 fps                                                      67 fps

(Frames per second)

Interface                                         MIPI CSI-2 D-PHY with 1, 2 or 4 lanes and 1,5 GBps per lane

The Alvium 1800 Series - The Best of Both Worlds
The first model of the 1800 series is equipped with USB3 Vision interface. Models with MIPI CSI-2 are planned. The 1800 series can be used for both industrial embedded vision and machine vision applications. With an extended range of functions for image correction and optimization as well as various trigger functions, the camera series combines the advantages of classic industrial cameras with the advantages of integrated sensor modules. It opens new possibilities for the user to switch from PC-based image processing applications to embedded systems.

1800 series models at a glance

Camera model                                                                                     1800 U-500

Sensor                                                                                                  ON Semi AR0521

Resolution                                                                                             5.0 Megapixel

Pixel                                                                                                      2592 × 1944

Pixel size (µm)                                                                                      2.2 × 2.2

Optical format                                                                                       Type 1/2.5

Shutter                                                                                                  Rolling Shutter


(Frames per second)                                                                             67 fps

Interface                                                                                                USB3 Vision

Easy integration
The ALVIUM® Technology ASIC supports all common sensor interfaces and is designed for a wide range of current and future image sensors with resolutions from VGA to 21 megapixels. For the CSI-2 models, a single driver directly supports all camera models. With minimal development effort, different cameras can be tested with different sensors, different resolution variants of a system can be developed, or existing systems can be converted to new sensors. This not only saves developers time, but also significantly reduces their development costs.

In close partnerships Allied Vision develops Vimba CSI-2 drivers for Alvium cameras. A number of embedded boards, such as NXP i.MX 6/8-based boards and the Nvidia Jetson boards, are initially supported. The USB variants can be easily integrated with the established Vimba Suite on Windows, Linux and Linux arm platforms.

Contact for the press:

Nathalie Többen
Allied Vision
Klaus-Groth-Str. 1
22926 Ahrensburg, Germany
Tel.: +49 4102/6688-194

Francis Obidimalor
Allied Vision
102 Pickering Way
Suite 502
Exton, PA 19341
Tel: +1 978-225-2030

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