Ascella USB 3.0 Camera Reference Design Kit Supports 4K Recording at 30 fps

Cypress Semiconductor and THine Electronics have recently introduced Ascella USB 3.0 camera reference design kit based on Cypress EZ-USB CX3 USB 3.0 camera controller and THIne THP7312 ISP that supports 13-megapixel resolution at 21 frames per second, and 3840x2160p recording at 30 fps using MJPEG compression.

Ascella-CX3-USB3.0-Camera-KitThe kit is composed of 5 boards with an OV13850 13MP camera board, an LED board, the ISP board, Cypress CX3 board, and a debug board with USB 3.0 and a debug interfaces.

Main specifications and features:


  • Cypress EZ-USB CX3 ARM9 based Programmable MIPI CSI-2 to USB 3.0 Camera Controller
  • THine THP7312 image signal processor based on a 32-bit RISC CPU
  • OmniVision OV13850 Image sensor interfaced through a four-lane MIPI CSI-2 interface
  • High Intensity LED Board for Low light environment
  • SPI Flash for firmware storage
  • Supports auto-focus, auto-exposure, auto-white-balance and the ability to select from 20 picture resolutions
  • Support for streaming of live video at 4K with 30 fps and 1080p with 60 fps
  • USB – USB 3.0 OTG port, USB Video Class compliant
  • Debugging – micro USB 2.0 connector for debugging through UART and JTAG Interface
  • Kit dimensions (lxbxh) – 40mm x 46mm x 60mm

The kit comes  with the an enclosure, a USB3.0 Type-A to Micro-B cable, as well as a Quick Start Guide. The companies provide “optimized” firmware, a software development kit, reference circuit schematics (except for ISP and LED boards), and related materials as well as Ascella camera application available for Windows 7/8/8.1, and soon Linux.


Supported Resolutions and Frame Rates
Supported Resolutions and Frame Rates

The 4K USB 3.0 camera kit can be used to develop cameras for consumer, industrial, medical, educational and automotive applications such as notebooks/tablets, machine-vision, microscopes, document scanners, gaming consoles, TV conference systems and other imaging systems.

Ascella USB 3.0 camera reference design kit can be purchased on e-Con Systems store for $249.

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One Reply to “Ascella USB 3.0 Camera Reference Design Kit Supports 4K Recording at 30 fps”

  1. Hi I’m looking at building a custom drone/inspection unit, what can I use to record the footage taken by this camera. Thanks


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