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THEIA-CAM - 13MP PDAF UVC Camera Reference Design Kit (RDK)

Last Updated: 
May 19, 2021

Cypress Semiconductor Corp and THine Solutions, Inc. developed the THSCU101, a 13MP PDAF UVC Camera Reference Design Kit (RDK), the first camera RDK in THine's THEIA-CAM family.

This new THEIA-CAM Kit is based on Cypress’ EZ-USB® CX3 USB 3.0 camera controller and THine’s THP7312 image signal processor (ISP). It uses a 13MP Phase-Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF) camera module based on Sony’s IMX258 CMOS image sensor. The ISP firmware compensates for unit-to-unit differences in the CMOS camera module characteristics, allowing customers to scale for high image quality consistency in production. With optimized firmware, software development kits, reference circuit schematics and related materials, the Kit accelerates customers’ time-to-market without expensive initial costs for developing embedded systems.

The Kit improves upon the Ascella Kit which was introduced by THine and Cypress. In addition to delivering high resolution performance such as full HD and 4K Ultra HD, it adds Phase-Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF) technology to provide ultra-fast autofocus functionality preferred for live video streaming applications. The Kit's single 35 x 36 mm board allows flexible integration. Also, every Kit is fully calibrated to perform perfect unit-to-unit image quality for scaled production.


THine's THP7312 ISP supports high-resolution performance up to 16 megapixels with industry-leading throughput, low latency, and low power consumption. Cypress' CX3 adds SuperSpeed USB connectivity to any image sensor that is compliant with the MIPI Camera Serial Interface 2 (CSI-2) standard. The Kit enables plug-and-play operation, and it includes firmware optimized for all USB camera functions, significantly shortening development time and reducing engineering costs. Developers can use this smart reference design kit as a production-ready final product and can also utilize it as a development tool for high-resolution camera systems.

Each THSCU101 Kit provides a great out-of-the box user experience. It includes a camera board pre-installed in a protective clear case along with a USB cable. To view video streaming through the THSCU101, the user simply connects the USB cable to a PC, launches a PC Camera application, and selects "change camera".

To purchase this Kit (Part Number THSCU101), please visit Digi-Key website at


This THIEIA-CAM Kit addresses wide-ranging camera applications including Bodycams, Barcode Reading Devices, Surveillance Cameras, Webcams, AR Glasses, Biometric Devices, Vision Assistance Glasses, Microscopes, Medical Scopes, Document Scanners, and Machine Vision systems.

Key Features

  • High resolution including but not limited to 13Mega Pixel, 4K2K, 1080p
  • Phase-Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF)
  • Well-Optimized Image Quality along with Auto Focus, Auto White Balance, and Auto Exposure
  • USB Video Class Control and extensions
  • Scalability for high volume production

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  Resolution Frame Rate Data Format
USB 3.0 1080p (1920x1080) 30fps YUV422
1080p (1920x1080) 60fps MJPEG
3MP (2052x1536) 30fps YUV422
4K (3840x2160) 30fps MJPEG
13MP (4160x3120) 20fps MJPEG
USB 2.0 1080p (1920x1080) 30fps MJPEG