SGET, the Standardization Group for Embedded Technologies e.V., has released an addendum to the 2.0 version of the Qseven standard. The standard, originally developed by the Qseven consortium in 2007 has been adopted by SGET e.V. in 2012. The addendum specifies how a MIPI-CSI2 compatible camera can be connected to a Qseven module via a standard feature connector to enable cost-optimized high-resolution camera systems.

“This is a great example how quick and flexible the SGET Standard Development Team (SDT) can react to customer demands”, Engelbert Hörmannsdorfer, Chairman of the SGET e.V., proudly explains. “Our customers recently came to us and asked for a cost-effective, high resolution camera interface solution, and we just did it. Now they can easily connect up to two cameras directly to a Qseven module while maintaining compatibility to other Qseven modules.”

MIPI-CSI2 (Mobile Industry Processor Interface-Camera Serial Interface) is a high resolution, serial camera interface standard which is today mainly used in cell phones and tablets. The very high volumes in these markets result in inexpensive devices at good quality.

Qseven is a well established, legacy-free standard for technology-independent small form factor computer modules (COMs) which includes standardized thermal/mechanical interfaces. Qseven was the first Standard that supports X86 and ARM technologies in COM-compatible environments. For developers of small form factor devices this is a strategic and cost saving benefit, as the decision for one or the other hardware does not affect the mechanical design of the devices. This enables risk-free changes between the platforms and a wider scalability by means of cost, performance and specific features.

The Addendum to the Qseven specification (2.0 Specification and 2.0 Errata sheet) will be freely available for download on the SGET website according to the SGET terms of membership – both for Qseven developers as well as for users and carrier providers.
Supported processor platforms for Qseven include ARM technology from Nvidia, Freescale and Texas Instruments as well as x86 technology from Intel and AMD.

Other companies in the embedded computing industry are invited to join the SGET e.V. and contribute their ideas. Apart from embedded computing manufacturers on board and system level, also chip and connector manufacturers, research and educational institutions as well as embedded system integrators, OEM solution providers and industrial users are most welcome.

The addendum of the new Qseven camera feature is available for download here:


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