FTDI's USB 3.0 Bridging IC supports video class operation

November 09, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
FTDI Chip has introduced a series of USB 3.0 UVC class bridge ICs. The company’s FT602 devices support the streaming of video content from high definition camera equipment. This means that imaging systems which would have previously only been capable of delivering relatively low resolution material can gain substantially elevated video quality but still run at 60 fps frame rates.

The FT602 series complements FTDI Chip’s FT600 and FT601 product offerings; the latest devices are capable of providing both USB 3.0 SuperSpeed (5 Gbps) and USB 2.0 High Speed (480 Mbps) interfacing. They each incorporate a 32-bit parallel FIFO interface for data streaming and a UART interface for control path configuration. Supplied in 76-pin QFN packages, they have a specified working temperature range spanning from -40°C to 85°C. Among the key applications for this series of ICs are surveillance/security, machine vision, home/building automation, metrology, and real-time microscopy.

 

Viewing captured imaging data via standard UVC enabled hardware and commonly used media player platforms (such as VLC Player) can be supported with minimal investment to upgrade existing systems, or to design and deploy new systems from scratch. No custom drivers are required, thereby permitting straightforward plug-and-play implementation.

 

“There are a myriad of different sectors where enhanced levels of video quality are now proving to be highly desirable. Low resolution video is simply no longer enough, as real-time examination needs to be carried out in much greater detail,” states Fred Dart, CEO and founder of FTDI Chip. “By adding a UVC enabled solution to our range of USB 3.0 interface ICs, we are well positioned to address this growing demand, accelerating the migration to high definition video systems, but at the same time mitigating any concerns about system cost effectiveness.” “Since USB first started to see widespread uptake, FTDI Chip has been at the heart of its technological progression. This latest IC introduction proves that we are still setting the pace as USB enters its next era,” he concludes.

 

FTDI Chip; www.ftdichip.com