Melexis Launches QVGA ToF Imaging Evaluation Kit

Melexis EVK75023 MLX75023

Melexis has strengthened the support offered for its ground-breaking time-of-flight (ToF) sensing technology. The EVK75023 evaluation kit accompanies its MLX75023 QVGA (320×240 pixels) resolution ToF sensor with high dynamic range DepthSense® pixels. This new hardware platform enables implementation of more advanced human machine interfaces (HMIs).

Melexis MLX75023

Co-developed in association with Melexis technology partner BlueTechnix, the EVK75023 is a compact (130 × 105 × 60 mm) board for assessment of ToF sensing capabilities under even the most challenging of application conditions, where the detrimental influence of ambient light variations must be addressed. Thanks to the constituent MLX75023 imaging device, it can deal with up to 120 klux of background light.

The EVK75023 has a high bandwidth Gigabit Ethernet interface, through which real-time 3D images are output at frame rates of up to 60fps. These can be used to recognize complex gestures. Via a C-based API or via the Matlab SDK, users can easily develop their own communication interface.

The platform consists four main elements:

  • A pair of illuminating units - each with a set of 6 LEDs capable of producing a peak optical output of 10 W.
  • A sensor board - incorporating the MLX75023 sensor, a standard M12 lens mount plus objective with a field of view up to 60°, a quad-channel data converter and programmable logic (through which both the sensor and the LEDs are controlled).
  • An ARM-based processing board - featuring an i.MX6x Freescale microprocessor, which is responsible for compiling the acquired ToF data then subsequently communicating this to a laptop, via the Gigabit Ethernet connection, for analysis.
  • An interface board - on to which all of these different subsystems are placed.
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