AI-enabled SurveilsQUAD camera features Jetson AGX Xavier

AI-enabled SurveilsQUAD camera features Jetson AGX Xavier


SurveilsQUAD (e-CAM20_CUXVR) is a synchronized multiple camera solution for NVIDIA® Jetson AGX Xavier™ Developer Kit that consists of four 2MP camera board and a base board to interface with the NVIDIA® Jetson AGX Xavier™ Developer Kit. Each camera is based on the camera module e-CAM21_CUMI290_MOD, a SONY® Starvis IMX290 color CMOS image sensor.

E-con Systems has launched a SurveilsQUAD (e-CAM20_CUXVR) camera system with a V4L2 Linux driver and a sample Linux app with source. The Linux-driven, AI-enabled “SurveilsQUAD” camera system features Nvidia Jetson AGX Xavier or TX2 with 4x 2-megapixel cameras with HD or FHD resolution connected via MIPI-CSI-2.

Just like the robotics focused e-CAM130_CUXVR kit which was launched in January, the SurveilsQUAD has four 4-lane MIPI-CSI-2 connected cameras and is built to function with the Linux-powered Nvidia Jetson AGX Xavier Development Kit, but the SurveilsQUAD cameras are 2-megapixel instead of 13MP. This seems like a set back to me, because of performance. The application is surveillance augmented via AI and deep learning applications running on the Xavier module’s high-end Nvidia Volta GPU. It supports applications like smart surveillance, parking lot management, intruder detection, and object tracking.

The SurveilsQUAD, which can also function with the developer kit for the lower-powered Jetson TX2, is designed based on E-con’s e-CAM21_CUMI290_MOD camera, which integrates a Sony Starvis IMX290 color, 1/28” CMOS image sensor. SurveilsQUAD’s 2-megapixel camera supports HD (1280 x 720) and FHD (1920 x 1080) at 30fps in sync mode and 120fps or 60fps in async mode, which hinges on if it is 10-bit or 12-bit output being used. The system utilizes the Xavier Image Signal Processor (ISP) for processing Auto White Balance and Auto Exposure control functions.


  • Sensor: 1/2.8″ Optical format CMOS Image sensor
  • Focus Type: Fixed focus
  • Resolution: 2.0 MP
  • Pixel size: 2.9 µm x 2.9 µm
  • Sensor Active Area: 1945H x 1097V
  • G sensitivity: 1.3 V @ 12-bit HCG mode, 0.65 V @ 12-bit LCG mode
  • Output Format: RAW 10/12 bit
  • Shutter type: Electronic Rolling Shutter
  • Holder: S-Mount
  • ISP: External ISP
  • DFOV : 132°(with the lens provided by e-con)

The SurveilsQUAD’s S-Mount compatible system comprises of the camera board and a baseboard to interface with the Xavier Developer Kit. The product page states the system supports -30 to 85°C temperatures and ships with 5x 30cm micro-coaxial cables, and an SD card with the Linux code. According to Nvidia, the 105 x 87 x 16mm Jetson AGX Xavier module has more than 10x the energy efficiency, and more than 20x the performance of the Jetson TX2.

Getting Started

The module enables 8x ARMv8.2 cores, a 512-core Nvidia Volta GPU with 64 tensor cores and also 2x Nvidia Deep Learning Accelerator (DLA) engines. Available also is a 7-way VLIW vision chip, 16GB 256-bit LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB eMMC 5.1. The module is available through a $1,300 Xavier Development Kit. The SurveilsQUAD (e-CAM20_CUXVR) camera system is available now in single-unit test samples till July 23 for $549 plus shipping, after which the price will increase to $599.

More information can be found on E-con Systems’ SurveilsQUAD product and shopping page.

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