High-End Automotive Camera Projects

We are your development partner!

In the automotive field, Kappa takes the lead as the camera developer of cutting-edge innovations for concept cars and series. Our emphasis rests on pioneering visualization systems for next generation vehicles. We focus above all else on highly regulated, safety-related uses that lie far beyond the level of ordinary driver-assistance systems. Our goal here as well is to offer the outstanding image quality that drivers are already accustomed to in other areas of their lives.

 

Complex light conditions

Slow, fast, bright, dark, forward, backwards, disturbing optical effects: technologically, thanks to multi-level application-specific control algorithms we master typical driving situations and the specific, complex light relationships in road traffic. Pulsed light, highlights, and sun low on the horizon – problems solved.

 

Robust cameras for rough environmental conditions

Especially rugged cameras are our forte. For use in passenger vehicles, we develop shock- and vibration-resistant cameras. IP 69K (waterproof) is standard. 

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Robust Kappa automotive camera, board design

Rigid-flex technology for the smallest design

Cameras in passenger vehicles must be designed to be extremely space saving, as a rule. Here, we rely on Rigid-Flex PCB technology. It allows us to combine the necessary mobility in optics, electronics, and mechanics, and still fit into the tightest spaces available. One further advantage of this technology is the elimination of disruptive effects caused by connectors.

 

Application-specific signal processing

For demanding automotive applications, the complete spectrum of Kappa’s signal processing is fully ex-ploited, stretching far beyond current camera standards. We offer exhaustive, application-specific signal processing and algorithms to compensate for unavoidable optical characteristics such as distortion and trimming correction. Overlays can be superimposed onto images and camera data can be made available to other on-board networks.

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Optics design

To address future applications, adaptive optics design is another key issue. As a consortium leader, Kappa draws upon a strong network of highly specialized partners, particularly in the high-end area. We work closely with renowned institutes and optics manufacturers.

 

Standardized processes for development and manufacturing, ISO 26262 etc.

Safe technology: our safety management assures our products’ functional safety using required methods such as FMEA, FTA, fault simulation and failure rate prediction – performance that Kappa fully guarantees.The relevant procedures and analyses apply to all phases of design and manufacture. Thus, our cameras qualify for approval as a critical component of the vehicle anywhere in the world.

Set up for series production

All concepts and their technical realization, from components to manufacturing procedures, are conceptualized and designed for industrial mass production.  The applied technologies can be transferred into ASIC and can be produced and tested using automated procedures.

 

Robust Automotive Interface

For automotive applications, we work with, among others, the APIX® (Automotive Pixel Link) interface from Inova Semiconductors. This interface is designed for the specific needs of the auto industry and offers data rates of up to 3 Gbit/sec.

 

Technical Details

Perfectly tuned to the dimensions of video and camera networks in the vehicle.

Distances from a few centimeters up to 15 meters.

Data rates of up to 3 Gbit/sec.

Bidirectional single cable connection for control, uncompressed video signals and power supply.

Accessories such as plug connectors and conductive material for the demands of the automotive field.

 

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Anna Asbrand

Key Account Manager

Tel.: +49.5508.974.190

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Christian Koziol

Kappa USA

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