D3 announces rugged FPD-Link™ III camera modules for automotive and industrial vision

Rochester, NY – August 2, 2018 – D3 Engineering has introduced a new line of rugged camera modules for automotive and industrial vision. The new DesignCore® D3RCM Rugged Camera Modules integrate OmniVision® or SONY® image sensors with Texas Instruments’ FPD-Link™ III SerDes for full digital performance and superior resolution. The miniature cameras in sealed enclosures are designed to meet IP69K standards.

D3 has drawn on its extensive experience in embedded vision and autonomous systems to create the new product line. Automotive vision applications include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as surround view, backup camera, mirror replacement, and blind spot monitoring. Industrial vision applications include unattended surveillance systems, process automation, and machine vision.

DesignCore D3RCM Rugged Camera Modules offer the smallest size, very light weight (less than 10 g excluding lens), and excellent thermal management. Several models feature on-sensor and internal image signal processing (ISP). Power over coax (PoC), with multiplexed video stream and control channel, simplifies system integration.

The rugged camera modules are manufactured with actively aligned optics and 100% unit inspection. The sealed housings have integrated FAKRA connectors. They are designed and manufactured to deliver cost-effective vision in high-performance applications.

Qualification tested and fully validated models are available for automotive production. Other models are production-ready for customer validation. The cameras are available in volumes from 10 to 10,000 or more.

Available Models

The first DesignCore D3RCM Rugged Camera Modules feature Sony or OmniVision image sensors and FPD-Link III SerDes. Additional modules in development include image sensors from ON Semiconductor and others, along with GMSL2 SerDes.

Model MP Sensor FPD-Link™ III Feature
D3RCM-OV10640-953 1.3MP OmniVision OV10640 TI DS90UB953A Fully validated for automotive systems production
D3RCM-OV10640-913 1.3MP OmniVision OV10640 TI DS90UB913
D3RCM-OV10640-OV490-913 1.3MP OmniVision OV10640 TI DS90UB913 With internal ISP OV490
D3RCM-OV10635-913 1 MP OmniVision OV10635 TI DS90UB913 With on-sensor ISP
D3RCM-IMX290-953 2.1MP Sony IMX290 TI DS90UB953A
D3RCM-IMX390-953 2.1MP Sony IMX390 TI DS90UB953A


Specifications, price and availability

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Sample quantities are available now from $299.  Contact D3 for volume pricing and lead times.

Integration and System Development Support

D3 Engineering helps its OEM customers integrate its rugged camera modules on the OEM’s hardware platform of choice. Camera integration services include custom ISP tuning, software drivers, and verification assistance.

D3 also provides full embedded system development services on its DesignCore platforms or the customer’s hardware platform. D3RCM Rugged Camera Modules are compatible with D3’s DesignCore Development Kits based on NVIDIA’s Jetson, Intel’s FPGA, and Texas Instruments’ TDA2P, TDA3x, TDA2x, DM50x, and AM57x vision processors. D3 leverages its DesignCore kits to accelerate technology evaluation, prototypes, and vision system development for its customers.

About D3 Engineering

D3 Engineering provides embedded electronic design services for original equipment manufacturers in commercial, industrial, transportation, infrastructure, medical, and defense industries. Its DesignCore™ platforms and proven stage-gate development processes help D3’s OEM partners to minimize the cost, schedule and technical risks of their new product development. D3 specializes in autonomous systems, embedded vision, connected automation, motor control, and digital power solutions for performance-critical applications. Systems development services include hardware and firmware design, validation testing, transition to production, and OEM/ODM products.

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