MARS enables users to reconfigure cameras with different lenses, image sensors, ISPs and communications options for prototyping and experimentation.
ON Semiconductor has developed the Modular Automotive Reference System (MARS) that is a ready-to-use camera with optional lenses, image sensors, signal processors and communication.
It offers shorter design cycles, reduced engineering costs and assists design teams in the implementation of imaging systems by providing them with a mix-and-match solution. It can be used for the full spectrum of automotive camera applications including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), surround and rear viewing systems, in-cabin cameras like gesture recognition, driver eye monitoring or light level inspection purposes and autonomous driving.
Figure 1: ON Semiconductor MARS' configurable prototyping platform for ADAS, viewing, in-cabin, autonomous driving and its features.
The platform supports communication standards such as GMSL, FPD-Link, LVDS, MIPI and Ethernet, enabling direct interfacing with existing vehicle electronic control units (ECUs). It is supported by a complete ecosystem, encompassing software development tools, schematics, gerbers, bill-of-materials (BOM) and others.
MARS development boards are available now. Board pricing is available on request and enables fully configured cameras at $1,000 or less.