Welcome to the first post for following along with the build progress for Bottlenose. The original plan was to ship the cameras this month. The team is working very hard and we are very thankful to our partners and vendors who have done a tremendous job!
We would like to use this blog post to provide updates and some sneak peaks behind-the-scene.
The first batch of PCB’s arrived on Friday, the 5th of August 2022. These included our, soon to be released, AMPA™ SOM and the carrier boards that together form Bottlenose cameras. Boards look great and MCAD-ECAD integration works well.
Bottlenose monocular in 3D print and stereo in CNC machined aluminum with PCBs inside.
Reverse side of the stereo camera where you can see that care has been taken to make this camera easy to open and repair. JTAG access is provided from the back for advanced users.
Monocular board from the front, showing the IMX577 image sensor and AMPA underneath.
CS-mount lens housing (minus the threads), with IMX577 visible inside.
Bottlenose stereo version, fully assembled.
Stereo board with AMPA undergoing first boot-up. Power consumption looks very low as per design! In our stress tests we did not exceed 6.5W – this test included AI, depth, and other processing.
We realize soon that some of the connections in our schematics were reversed and that some other design errors will cause issues, and prepare a pizza for sustenance.
We had to add a patch fix to AMPA, but it’s super tiny and requires delicate work.
One of the patches will reverse two of the tiny pins you see here on this ethernet PHY. The clock and control lines got reversed.
Photo from microscope of the patch.
Not so good news: AMPA and baseboard need some minor revisions. We could patch these as above and ship or we could do a design change and ship in a few weeks. AMPA is a very high-density board and requires special processes. Stay tuned for further updates!
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