New 1.5 Mpixel monochrome image sensor provides sophisticated on-chip tools

The STMicroelectronics VD56G3 for machine vision and robotics applications is available for evaluation in a convenient camera module format shared by the ST BrightSense family of image sensors.

The new VD56G3 from STMicroelectronics is a 1.5 Mpixel monochrome image sensor IC for professional and consumer vision applications which provides outstanding performance in the visible and near infrared portions of the spectrum. Featuring an ST proprietary pixel design, the broad toolbox of on-chip functions includes features to optimize data size and frame rates, such as crop, binning, and programmable sequences.

For easy evaluation and integration of the sensor IC, which is supplied by ST as a bare die, design engineers can work with a full-featured camera module paired with an ST interface board. The STEVAL-56G3MAI1 module features a soldered sensor in a PLCC package, an M12 lens holder screwed to the board, and a removable lens. The module also has a flex cable to connect to a broad range of embedded processing platforms. 

The module is one of a family of modules for evaluating various products in the ST BrightSense image sensor portfolio. All share the same standard connector and pinout, to enable easy replacement of one image sensor with another in proof-of-concept or prototype designs. 

All of the image sensor modules are backed by a comprehensive set of enablement software, drivers and evaluation tools, including drivers for a Linux¬ģ operating system. The modules also support GUI software for evaluation when paired with the main STEVAL-EVK-U0I1 evaluation board.¬†

The STEVAL-EVK-U0I1 board has a USB output connector and two input connectors, including one for sensor boards such as the STEVAL-56G3MAI1. The STEVAL-EVK-U0I1 board is screwed to a mechanical board holder, to enable stable image capture in various configurations including on a flat surface or a tripod.

The VD56G3 monochrome image sensor is also available in the VD66GY color RGB version and the VD16GZ RGB-IR version.

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