Point Grey Camera Becomes World's First USB 3.0 Product

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USB 3.0 is here. Or, it might as well be, as Point Grey is already announcing that it'll have a finalized product on display at this week's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. Officially, the USB-IF has yet to announce that any USB 3.0 products are on the chopping block, but considering just how long the protocol has been in the works, we wouldn't be surprised to see Point Grey joined by a host of other outfits with USB 3.0 reveals later this week.

Though, it's somewhat unique that Point Grey, in a sense, has the planet's first USB 3.0 product that's not simply a demonstration. According to the company, it has worked with Fresco Logic to unveil a digital video camera that can take advantage of SuperSpeed USB's increased speed limit. Equipped with a Sony HD image sensor, the camera will utilize aa USB 3.0 host controller from Fresco Logic on an ASUS P7P55D platform, showing onlookers at the show how it can stream uncompressed High Definition (HD) 1080p60 video over USB 3.0.
The prototype camera is designed and manufactured by Point Grey and uses the new 3 megapixel (MP) Sony IMX036 CMOS image sensor, which features high sensitivity, superior color fidelity, low power, and no smear. The sensor also supports an HD 1080p60 mode, which allows the camera to output raw, uncompressed 1920 x 1080 pixel images at 60 frames per second (FPS). Point Grey’s own software driver provides low-level control of the camera via the USB 3.0 bus. The camera is connected to a USB 3.0 interface card on the host side which is powered by the FL1000, a PCI Express to SuperSpeed USB Extensible Host Controller Interface (xHCI) host controller chip from Fresco Logic. The host PC uses an Intel i5-based P7P55D motherboard from ASUS.


Unfortunately, the outfit has yet to make clear when the device will actually ship (and for how much), but we guess we need USB 3.0 expansion cards and/or integrated ports into PCs before we start worrying over that. After all, a USB 3.0 camera isn't much good with six USB 2.0 ports on your machine.
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I guess it's only a matter of time now. Is 2010 expected to be USB 3.0's year?

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ClemSnide replied on Mon, Sep 21 2009 8:38 AM

Ack! Now I have to change my motherboard selection to include USB 3.0 capability. ...And SATA 6.0Gb/s. ...And if I wait long enough, PCIe 3.0.


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3vi1 replied on Mon, Sep 21 2009 9:52 AM

>> 1920 x 1080 pixel images at 60 frames per second

[bracing myself]: "How much does it cost?"

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Kyouya replied on Mon, Sep 21 2009 3:18 PM

why does the design look so...plain? The camera sticks out like a broken monocular pasted into a matchbox.

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starwhite replied on Mon, Sep 21 2009 3:28 PM

The lens seems rather large.

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3vi1 replied on Mon, Sep 21 2009 4:36 PM

I don't know.. it's kind of neat in a modular sort of way. It's like they want to sell us robots, but all they can afford to manufacture for now are the eyes.

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sonicb00m replied on Mon, Sep 21 2009 9:12 PM

The lens is indeed rather large, but when you consider that it is a usb camera that can stream 1080p it's actually rather small. I am amazed. I consider myself somewhat of a camera connoisseur and I did not think we'd be able to put this technology in such a small package so soon.

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sonicb00m replied on Mon, Sep 21 2009 9:13 PM

3vi1:

I don't know.. it's kind of neat in a modular sort of way. It's like they want to sell us robots, but all they can afford to manufacture for now are the eyes.

And i was thinking the same thing lol. It's like something out of short circuit!

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AjayD replied on Sun, Sep 27 2009 1:28 AM

Add some spice to those late night cam sessions with your gf with 1080p@60fps! Now I know what to look for come Valentines Day; the gift that keeps on giving. The only thing missing is a remote control pan, tilt and zoom feature.

 

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