Not much progress with the 10373 board in the last 3 weeks – just cleaned up debug wiring and prepared the board for the visit from SlimLogic Ltd. The software for the 373 camera is going to be based on OpenEmbedded and I would like to set up everything correctly before getting deep in the modifying the existent codebase.
Meanwhile we tested the redesigned sensor board (will work with the 373 camera too) to make it smaller. All the current sensor boards (but the ones with a large Kodak CCD) were the same size – 31.4mm x 31.4mm – it did not change since the times of old Zoran 1.3MPix sensor. Since then the sensors became smaller and less components were needed for the power conditioning too.
The sensor board size is especially important for the panoramic video were it is desirable to keep lenses as close together as possible to reduce the effect of the parallax. For the still imagery panoramic photos it is possible to rotate a camera precisely around the entrance pupil of the camera lens, but for the video (or even some imagery) it is not a solution.