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Arrow Electronics, Appletec Ink CCM Supply Agreement for Embedded Applications

Arrow Electronics Inc. has signed a contract with Israeli company Appletec, to which Appletec will produce a range of compact camera modules (CCMs) exclusively for Arrow.

The CCMs are meant for developers who wish to add an embedded vision capability to products used in sectors including industrial, medical, security and automotive. A customization service is going to be open to support a number of interconnect solutions.

The choice of CCM is determined by numerous factors in the requirements of the application. For example, the amount of detail to be captured determines the option of resolution and frame rate, as the selected field of view (FOV) and depth of field will reflect the area to be covered.

The Arrow CCMs use CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) image sensors from onsemi and may utilize the image signal processor (ISP) on the customer's main board where, to minimize cost, they don't include their very own ISP. Two fixed focus CCMs can be found initially, offering 0.3 or 4MP sensors and fields of view which range from 49° to 84°. Frame rates range from 36.7fps (at 720p) and 75fps (at VGA) up to 360fps. A CCM with auto-focus and 13MP sensor will be added soon offering 30fps and 64° FOV.

A fourth CCM, with different 1.26MP, 30fps sensor with integrated Image Flow Processor completes the portfolio, enabling vision functionality even for MCU platforms without additional hardware components, keeping the look economical.

System developers can write their very own software drivers for that CCMs or make use of the driver produced by eInfochips, an Arrow company, which is because of be released at the end of Q1 2022.

Companies that wish to accelerate development times even more can deploy one of the fully plug-and-play camera reference designs announced by Arrow recently, including related technologies.