Axiom Developer Edition

As Apertusº have announced the first development release it made sense to publish the specs that this version will support as naturally not everything will be available first time around :

First Generation: For Developers

This first generation Early AXIOM Beta I - Developer Editioncontains the entire PCB stack envisioned for the complete Beta camera, but there are some things that are intermediate solutions or are not fully populated/integrated yet. Therefore we clearly state that this first version the Beta is intended for software and hardware developers primarily. People who want to use the Beta for film-making with a good technical background might already be happy with this hardware, but this version is not for people who expect a finished product yet. We want to give you a full and honest overview of what works and what does not work or has limitations currently:

- Early Beta comes with no enclosure 

- The image sensor and sensor board design is final 

- Early Beta comes with OS (Arch Linux) but only test firmware for FPGA - software updates will be                                  delivered frequently online 

- Lens mount: passive e-mount with Canon EF or Nikon F mount adapter (both passive) 

- Tripod mount (1/4"-20 thread) available on the Canon EF/Nikon F lens adapter only 

- Interface Board is an interim solution with limited capabilities. (only half of the sensor connections are available, thus only half of the maximum bandwidth can be achieved, as a result the optional 180° rotation of the sensor board is not available yet) 

- Power supply with 5V DC only - either dual 5V DC (2500mA) or one larger 5V adapter (5000mA) 

- Current Power Board is an interim solution (dynamic changing of internal supply voltages not yet supported: using a different image sensor module in the future will require manual reconfiguration of power board) 

- Single HDMI 1080p60 module available 

- We might already have a triple HDMI 1080p60 module available at time of ordering (if not you can get one at cost later on as well if you are a crowdfunding voucher holder) 

- No HDMI 4K module available yet 

- Triple PMOD debug module available 

- LED matrix debug module available 

- Cmosis CMV12000 sensor only currently (different image sensor modules will be available later on) 

- Camera controllable only via Ethernet (SSH) or Serial Console (USB) 

- Camera webinterface GUI not working yet (will be fixed with software update) 

- Screw-on IR/UV cut off filter required (we will offer these for purchase) 

- Beta has no Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) - some people consider that a good thing :) 

- Swapping out image sensor module for a different type is not plug and play yet (requires manual reconfiguration of power board) 

- Early Betas come without color calibration yet (we want to develop this process together with the community) 

- Current Beta Mainboard is an interim solution (no configurable data routing to/from shields yet) - new board revision that takes care of this already finished and will be tested soon, if it works we will use the new design in your Beta 

- No addon shields available yet (Genlock, Timecode IN/OUT, Trigger, debug, breakout, etc. shields will be available later on)

Daniel Mulligan June 2015

Posted on June 8, 2015 .