MIPI CSI camera works with Intel Atom x7000, Processor, and Core i3 Alder Lake-N processors

Most Intel processors do not come with a MIPI CSI camera, but some Alder Lake-N processors do, and Leopard Imaging has designed the LI-ADL-ADP-IMX415-MIPI-081H MIPI CSI camera module that is compatible with the Intel ADL-N CRB (Alder Lake-N Customer Reference Board) and custom Alder Lake-N boards equipped with a compatible MIPI CSI connector.

The 13MP camera supports resolutions up to 3864 x 2176 and works with boards and embedded systems based on Intel Atom processors x7000E Series, Intel Core i3-N processors, and Intel Processors N-Series processors.

Alder Lake-N MIPI CSI camera

LI-ADL-ADP-IMX415-MIPI-081H specifications:

  • Sony IMX415 CMOS image sensor
  • Diagonal – 6.43 mm (Type 1/2.8)
  • Active Pixels – 3864 (H) x 2176 (V)
  • Pixel Size: 1.45 x 1.45 μm
  • Optical Format: 1/2.8″
  • Effective Focal Length – 4.063 mm
  • Aperture, F/#2.29 ± 5%
  • IR Filter – 650 nm IR cut filter
  • Field of View (FOV) – 81.7˚ horizontal, 44.7˚ vertical; 95.1˚ diagonal
  • Lens Mount – M12 x 0.5
  • Host interface – 4-lane MIPI CSI-2
  • Output format – 10-bit / 12-bit RAW data
  • Dimensions – 38 x 38 x 32.04 mm
  • Weight – 17 grams

The camera module ships with an adapter board (LI-LSHM130-MIPI-ADP-IPEX) and a 30 cm cable in order to be connected to the ADL-N CRB as shown below.

Alder Lake-N Customer Reference Board MIPI CSI camera

I could not find any information about drivers, but since those are embedded parts I’d assume both Windows and Linux drivers are available for the camera. The company also highlights Alder Lake-N processor support for Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel AVX2) and Intel Deep Learning Boost (Intel DL Boost) for accelerated deep learning inference and media processing, so typical use cases for the camera would include robotics, edge AI, industrial machine vision, and autonomous machines applications.

The Leopard Imaging MIPI CSI camera kit is sold for $349, but is currently out of stock. To my surprise, the Intel Alder Lake-N Customer Reference Board can be purchased online on AAEON website, but the price tag is pretty “interesting” ($1,700 without a processor!) as it’s a low-volume part designed for software and hardware development. A few more details may be found in the press release, and the solution was also showcased at Embedded World 2023, but I can’t find any reports about it.

Thanks to TLS for the tip.

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3 Replies to “MIPI CSI camera works with Intel Atom x7000, Processor, and Core i3 Alder Lake-N processors”

  1. When I see this big fan on this small process board, in my mind I see the desperate face of Graeta Thunberg 🙂

  2. Just received an AAEON press release by email saying the Leopard Imaging’s 4K MIPI Camera module covered in this post will also work with the UP Squared Pro 7000 SBC.

    Following its successful demonstration of a MIPI camera solution using the UP Squared Pro 7000 at Embedded World, AAEON have announced a MIPI Expansion Kit for the newly released third generation board.

    Through their collaboration, AAEON and Leopard Imaging will streamline the market deployment of the new Intel® processor platform, giving customers a simple way to harness its features, with the AAEON’s MIPI Interface Expansion Kit acting as a conduit between the UP Squared Pro 7000 and the LI-ADL-ADP-IMX415-MIPI-081H camera.

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