MATRIX VISION - mvBlueFOX Technical Documentation
Technical data

Power supply

Symbol Comment Min Typ Max Unit
UUSBPOWER_IN mvBlueFOX power supply via USB 4.75 5 5.25 V
IUSBPOWER_IN (@ 5V / 40MHz)     280 500 mA
IUSBPOWER_IN (Power Off Mode - only with mvBlueFOX-IGC / mvBlueFOX-MLC)     66   mA

Standard version (mvBlueFOX-xxx)

Dimensions and connectors

Figure 1: Connectors mvBlueFOX
mvBlueFOX
Size without lens (w x h x l) 38.8 x 38.8 x 58.5 mm (CCD version)
38.8 x 38.8 x 53.1 mm (CMOS version)
General tolerance DIN ISO 2768-1-m (middle)
Figure 2: Dimensional drawing of tripod adapter

D-Sub 9-pin (male)

Figure 3: D-Sub 9-pin (male), digital I/O
Pin Signal Description
1 IN0- Negative terminal of opto-isolated input 1
2 OUT0- Negative terminal of opto-isolated output (emitter of npn-phototransistor)
3 OUT1- Negative terminal of opto-isolated output (emitter of npn-phototransistor)
4 IN1- Negative terminal of opto-isolated input *
5 N/C  
6 IN0+ Positive terminal of opto-isolated input *
7 OUT0+ Positive terminal of opto-isolated output (collector of npn-phototransistor)
8 OUT1+ Positive terminal of opto-isolated output (collector of npn-phototransistor)
9 IN1+ Positive terminal of opto-isolated input *

1 Voltage between + and - may be up to 26V, input current is 17mA.

Characteristics of the digital inputs

Open inputs will be read as a logic zero.

When the input voltage rises above the trigger level, the input will deliver a logic one.

Symbol Comment Min. Std. Max. Unit
UIN_TTL High level input voltage TTL logic 3 5 6.5 V
Low level input voltage TTL logic -0.7   1 V
IIN_TTL Current TTL logic   8.5 12 mA
 
UIN_PLC High level input voltage PLC logic 12   24 V
Low level input voltage PLC logic -0.7   8 V
IIN_PLC Current PLC logic   17 25 mA
Figure 4: DigIn mvBlueFOX-xxx

In wxPropView you can change between

  • TTL ("DigitalInputThreshold = 2V") and
  • PLC ("DigitalInputThreshold = 10V")

input behavior of the digital inputs using the DigitalInputThreshold property in "Digital I/O -> DigitalInputThreshold":

Figure 5: wxPropView - DigitalInputThreshold

Characteristics of the digital outputs

  Umin [V] Umax [V] Imin [mA] Imax [mA]
Output   30   100 (on state current)
Figure 6: DigOut mvBlueFOX-xxx

Connecting flash to digital output

You can connect a flash in series to the digital outputs as shown in the following figure, however, you should only use LEDs together with a current limiter:

Figure 7: Connecting flash (LEDs) to DIG OUT

USB connector, type B (USB 2.0)

Figure 8: USB B connector (female)
Pin Signal
1 USBPOWER_IN
2 D-
3 D+
4 GND
Shell shield
Note
The mvBlueFOX is an USB device!
Attention
Do not connect both USB ports at the same time.

4-pin circular plug-in connector with lock (USB 2.0)

Figure 9: 4-pin circular plug-in connector (female)
Pin Signal 'R' version Signal 'U' version
1 USBPOWER_IN Power out from USB
2 D+ not connected
3 GND GND
4 D- not connected

Manufacturer: Binder
Part number: 99-3390-282-04

Note
Differentiation between 'R' and 'U' version is obsolete. New mvBlueFOX versions have both connectors (circular connector and standard USB). The pin assignment corresponds to the description of 'R' version.
While mvBlueFOX is connected and powered via standard USB, it is possible to connect additional power via circular connector (only power; the data lines must be disconnected!). Only in this case, the power switch will change the power supply, if the current entry via standard USB is equal to or under the power supply of "circular connector".
Attention
Do not connect both USB ports at the same time.

LED states

State LED
Camera is not connected or defect LED off
Camera is connected and active Green light on

Components

  • FPGA for image processing
  • pixel clock up to 40 MHz
  • reliable image transfer
    • using bulk-mode
    • image data surrounded by headers
  • several trigger modes
    • auto, SW, external
  • flash control output
    • using opto-isolated outputs
  • opto-isolated I/O
    • 2 inputs, 2 outputs on D-Sub 9 connector
  • bus powered
    • no external power supply needed
  • two USB connectors
    • standard USB or circular plug-in connector 4 pin locked
  • ambient temperature operation: 0..45 deg C / 30..80 RH
  • ambient temperature storage: -20..60 deg C / 20..90 RH

Additional features of mvBlueFOX-2xx:

  • 8 Mega-pixel image memory (FiFo)
  • new ADC
  • 10 Bit mode

Board-level version (mvBlueFOX-Mxxx)

Dimensions and connectors

Figure 10: mvBlueFOX-M12x (CCD) with C-mount
Figure 11: mvBlueFOX-M10x (CMOS)
Lens mount
Type "FB"
C-Mount 17.526
CS-Mount 12.526
Figure 12: Backside view of the board
Note
The mvBlueFOX-M has a serial I²C bus EEPROM with 64 KBit of which 512 Bytes can be used to store custom arbitrary data.
See also
UserDataEntry class description

4-pin Wire-to-Board header (USB 2.0)

Pin Signal Comment Cable
1 USBPOWER_IN Supply voltage red
2 USB_DATA- Data white
3 USB_DATA+ Data green
4 GND Ground black

Manufacturer: JST
Part number: B4B-PH-K

12-pin Wire-to-Board header (Dig I/O)

Pin Signal Comment
1 FPGA_IO0 Digital In 0
2 FPGA_IO1 Digital In 1
3 FPGA_IO2 Digital In 2
4 FPGA_IO3 Digital In 3
5 FPGA_IO4 Digital Out 0
6 FPGA_IO5 Digital Out 1
7 FPGA_IO6 Digital Out 2
8 FPGA_IO7 Digital Out 3
9 MAINPOWER Current from the USB cable
10 GND Ground
11 VCC24V 24 V output (10mA)
12 GND Ground

Manufacturer: JST
Part number: B12B-PH-K

Attention
Do not connect Dig I/O signals to the FPGA pins until the mvBlueFOX-M has been started and configured. Otherwise, you will risk damaging the mvBlueFOX-M hardware!
See also
High-Speed USB design guidelines

Contact

Figure 13: Contact, dimensions in mm (in.)
Application wire Q'ty / reel
mm2 AWG # Insulation O.D. mm (in.)  
0.05 to 0.22 30 to 24 0.9 to 1.5 (.035 to .059) 8.000

Material and finish: phosphor bronze, tin-plated
Manufacturer: JST
Part number: SPH-002T-P0.5S

Housing

Figure 14: Housing, dimensions in mm (in.)
Circuits Dimensions in mm (in.) Q'ty / box
  A B  
4 6.0 (.236) 9.8 (.386) 1.000
12 22.0 (.866) 25.8 (1.016) 1.000

Material and finish: nylon 66, UL94V-0, natural (white)
Manufacturer: JST
Part number: PHR-4 / PHR-12

See also
Suitable assembled cable accessories for mvBlueFOX-M: What's inside and accessories

Characteristics of the mvBlueFOX-Mxxx digital I/Os

Dig I/O max. values

Symbol Comment Min Max Unit
UDIG_IN Input voltage -0.3 3.6 V

Characteristics of the digital inputs

Symbol Comment Min Nom Max Unit
UDIG_IN_LOW low level input voltage (IIN = 1.67mA) -0.3 0 0.9 V
UDIG_IN_HIGH high level input voltage (IIN = 1.67mA) 2.2 3.3 3.6 V
IIN input current (@ 3.3V) 0.4   1.7 mA
Figure 15: Digital input mvBlueFOX-Mxxx

Characteristics of the digital outputs

Symbol Comment Min Nom Max Unit
IDIG_OUT current at digital output +-12   +-24 mA
UDIG_OUT_HIGH digital output (IOUT=12mA) 1.6     V
Digital output (IOUT<2mA) 2.6   3.4 V
UDIG_OUT_LOW digital output (IOUT=2mA)     0.2 V

UDIG_OUT_HIGH min = 2.8 - IOUT * 100

Figure 16: Digital output mvBlueFOX-Mxxx
Attention
The Dig I/O are connected directly via a resistor to the FPGA pins and therefore they are not protected. For this reason, an application has to provide a protection circuit to the digital I/O of mvBlueFOX-M.
Note
The Dig I/O characteristics of the mvBlueFOX-M are not compatible to the Dig I/O of the mvBlueFOX standard version.

LED states

State LED
Camera is not connected or defect LED off
Camera is connected and active Green light on

Components

  • 8 Mpixels image memory

Accessories mvBlueFOX-Mxxx

mvBlueFOX-M-FC-S

The mvBF-M-FC-S contains high capacity condensers with switching electronics for transferring stored energy of the condensers to external flash LEDs. It is possible to connect 2 pushbuttons/switches to the 8-pin header (CON3 - Control connector). Additionally, 2 LED interfaces are available. There are two version of mvBF-M-FC-S:

  • Model 1 can be connected to mvBlueFOX-M with a cable via CON5.
  • Model 2 can be mounted on the mvBlueFOX-M via CON1 directly.
Figure 17: Model 1 with CON5 connector
Figure 18: Model 2 with CON1 connector

CON2 - Flash connector

Pin Signal Comment
1 Flash + Flash power
2 Flash - Switched to ground (low side switch)

Manufacturer: JST
Part number: B-2B-PH

CON3 - Control connector

Pin Signal Comment
1 GND LED2 cathode connector / board ground
2 LED2 output LED2 anode connector1
3 GND LED1 cathode connector / board ground
4 LED1 output LED1 anode connector
5 GND Board ground
6 Input2 Switch to ground for setting Input2
7 GND Board ground
8 Input1 Switch to ground for setting Input1

Manufacturer: JST
Part number: B-8B-PH-SM4 TB

Electrical characteristic

Signal Parameter Min Typ Max Unit
GND Board ground     0 V
LED 1/2 output (anode) Output voltage 2   5   V
Internal series resistance 465.3 470 474.4 Ohm
Forward current IF at ULED = 2V 1   6   mA
Input 1/2 (internal 10k pull up to 3.3V) Voltage (open contact)     3.3 V
VIL (low level input voltage)     0.9 V
VIH (high level input voltage) 2.5   5.5 V
Flash + Voltage (open contact) 23 24 25 V
Flash output capacitance 528 660 792 uF
Internal capacitance storage energy   0.190   Ws
Flash capacitance charge current / output DC current   20   mA
Flash 2 IOUT     -2 A
On voltage at IOUTMAX     0.15 V
Off voltage 23 24 25 V

1 Depends on mvBlueFOX-M power supply
2 Attention: No over-current protection!

Figure 19: CON3 schematic

Single-board version (mvBlueFOX-MLC2xx)

Typical Power consumption @ 5V

Model Power consumption (+/- 10%) Unit
-200w 1.09 W
-202a 1.39 W
-202b 1.58 W
-202d 1.28 W
-205 1.37 W

Dimensions and connectors

Figure 20: mvBlueFOX-MLC (without S-mount)
Note
The mvBlueFOX-MLC has a serial I²C bus EEPROM with 16 KByte of which 8 KByte are reserved for the firmware and 8 KByte can be used to store custom arbitrary data.
See also
UserDataEntry class description

Sensor's optical midpoint and orientation

The sensor's optical midpoint is in the center of the board (Figure 21: intersection point of the holes diagonals). The (0,0) coordinate of the sensor is located at the one bottom left corner of the sensor (please notice that Mini-B USB connector is located at the bottom at the back).

Note
Using a lens, the (0,0) coordinate will be mirrored and will be shown at the top left corner of the screen as usual!
Figure 21: Sensor's optical midpoint and orientation

Mini-B USB (USB 2.0)

Figure 22: Mini-B USB
Pin Signal Comment
1 USBPOWER_IN Supply voltage
2 USB_DATA- Data
3 USB_DATA+ Data
4 ID Not connected
5 GND Ground

12-pin Wire-to-Board header (USB 2.0 / Dig I/O)

Note
If you have the mvBlueFOX-MLC variant which uses the standard Mini-B USB connector, pin 2 and 3 (USB_DATA+ / USB_DATA-) of the header won't be connected!
pin Opto-isolated variant TTL compliant variant LVTTL compliant variant (only available for mvBlueFOX-MLC202aG) Cable KS-MLC-USB2-IO-W Cable KS-MLC-IO-W
  Signal Comment Signal Comment Signal Comment    
1 GND Ground GND Ground GND Ground GND  
2 USB_DATA+ Data USB_DATA+ Data USB_DATA+ Data USB_DATA+  
3 USB_DATA- Data USB_DATA- Data USB_DATA- Data USB_DATA-  
4 USBPOWER_IN Supply voltage USBPOWER_IN Supply voltage USBPOWER_IN Supply voltage USBPOWER_IN  
5 I2C SDA Serial data line (the I2C interface is master-only, which means that I2C slaves can only be connected externally) I2C SDA Serial data line I2C SDA Serial data line    
6 I2C SCL Serial clock line (the I2C interface is master-only, which means that I2C slaves can only be connected externally) I2C SCL Serial clock line I2C SCL Serial clock line    
7 USBPOWER_IN Supply voltage USBPOWER_IN Supply voltage USBPOWER_IN Supply voltage red  
8 GND Ground GND Ground GND Ground black black
9 OUT0- Opto-isolated digital output 0 (Negative voltage) OUT1 TTL compliant digital output 1 N.C. Not connected blue blue
10 OUT0+ Opto-isolated digital output 0 (Positive voltage) OUT0 TTL compliant digital output 0 IN2 LVTTL compliant digital input 2 violet violet
11 IN0- Opto-isolated digital input 0 (Negative voltage) IN1 TTL compliant digital input 1 IN1 LVTTL compliant digital input 1 gray gray
12 IN0+ Opto-isolated digital input 0 (Positive voltage) IN0 TTL compliant digital input 0 IN0 LVTTL compliant digital input 0 pink pink
Note
I2C bus uses 3.3 Volts. Signals have a 2kOhm pull-up resistor. Access to the I2C bus from an application is possible for mvBlueFOX-MLC devices using an mvBlueFOX driver with version 1.12.44 or newer.

Manufacturer (suitable board-to-wire connector): Molex
Part number: 0510211200 1.25mm Housing
Link: http://www.molex.com/molex/products/datasheet.jsp?part=active/0510211200_CRIMP_HOUSINGS.xml&channel=Products&Lang=en-US
Manufacturer (multi-pin connector for board-to-board connection): e.g. Garry
Link: http://www.mpe-connector.de/index.php?lang=de&menu=16&mating=1841&id_product=6591 (recommended variant: 659-1-012-O-F-RS0-xxxx; xxxx = length of the pins)

See also
Suitable assembled cable accessories for mvBlueFOX-MLC: What's inside and accessories
High-Speed USB design guidelines
More information about the usage of retrofittable ferrite

Electrical characteristic

Digital inputs TTL

Figure 23: TTL digital inputs block diagram
Note
If the digital input is not connected, the state of the input will be "1" (as you can see in wxPropView).
TTL compliant variant
  Comment Min Typ Max Unit
IIN ILOW (INx)     -0.5 mA
UIN VIH 3.6   5.5 V
VIL -0.3   1.3 V
LVTTL compliant variant
  Comment Min Typ Max Unit
IIN ILOW (INx)     -0.5 mA
UIN VIH 2   3.8 V
VIL -0.3   0.8 V

TTL input low level / high level time: Typ. < 210ns

Digital outputs TTL

Figure 24: TTL digital outputs block diagram
  Comment Min Typ Max Unit
IOUT Dig_out power     +-32 mA
UOUT VOH (IOUT=32mA) 3.8     V
VOH     5.25  
VOL (IOUT=32mA)     0.55 V
VOL 0.1      

TTL output low level / high level time: Typ. < 40ns

Opto-isolated digital inputs

Figure 25: Opto-isolated digital inputs block diagram with example circuit

Delay

Characteristics Symbol Typ. Unit
Turn-On time tON 3 us

The inputs can be connected directly to +3.3 V and 5 V systems. If a higher voltage is used, an external resistor must be placed in series (Figure 25).

Used input voltage External series resistor
3.3V .. 5V none
12V 680 Ohm
24V 2 KOhm
  Comment Min Typ Max Unit
UIN VIH 3   5.5 V
VIL -5.5   0.8 V

Opto-isolated digital outputs

Figure 26: Opto-isolated digital outputs block diagram with example circuit

Delay

Figure 27: Output switching times
Characteristics Symbol Test conditions Typ. Unit
Turn-On time tON RL = 100 Ohm, VCC 10V, IC = 2mA 3 us
Storage time tS 3
Turn-Off time tOFF 3
Turn-On time tON RL = 1.9 kOhm, VCC 5V, IC = 16mA 2 us
Storage time tS 25
Turn-Off time tOFF 40
  Comment Min Typ Max Unit
Ion load current     15 mA
Ioff leakage current     10 uA
Von Sat. at 2.4 mA VIH 0 (0.2) 0.4 V
Voff       30 V

LED states

State LED
Camera is not connected or defect LED off
Camera is connected but not initialized or in "Power off" mode. Orange light on
Camera is connected and active Green light on

Assembly variants

The mvBlueFOX-MLC is available with following differences:

  • Mini-B USB connector and digital I/O pin header
    • 1/1 opto-isolated or 2/2 TTL compliant digital I/O
  • USB via header without Mini-B USB connector
  • female board connector instead of pin header (board-to-board connection)
  • 3 different S-mount depths
  • C(S)-mount compatibility using mvBlueCOUGAR-X flange
  • ambient temperature operation: 5..55 deg C / 30..80 RH
  • ambient temperature storage: -25..60 deg C / 20..90 RH

Single-board version with housing (mvBlueFOX-IGC2xx)

Dimensions and connectors

Figure 28: mvBlueFOX-IGC
Lens protrusion C-Mount CS-Mount
X 10 mm 5 mm
Figure 29: mvBlueFOX-IGC-3xxx with adjustable backfocus
Lens protrusion C-Mount
X 8 mm (9.5 mm with max. Ø 20 mm)
Note
The mvBlueFOX-IGC has a serial I²C bus EEPROM with 16 KByte of which 8 KByte are reserved for the firmware and 8 KByte can be used to store custom arbitrary data.
See also
UserDataEntry class description

Mini-B USB (USB 2.0)

Figure 30: Mini-B USB
Pin Signal Comment
1 USBPOWER_IN Supply voltage
2 USB_DATA- Data
3 USB_DATA+ Data
4 ID Not connected
5 GND Ground

4-pin circular plug-in connector with lock (I/O)

Figure 31: 4-pin circular plug-in connector (female)
Pin Signal Comment Color (of cable)
1 IN0 + Opto-isolated digital input 0 (Positive voltage) brown
2 IN0 - Opto-isolated digital input 0 (Negative voltage) white
3 OUT0 + Opto-isolated digital output 0 (Positive voltage) blue
4 OUT0 - Opto-isolated digital output 0 (Negative voltage) black

Manufacturer: Binder
Part number: 79-3107-52-04

Electrical characteristic

Please have a look at the mvBlueFOX-MLC digital I/O characteristics (opto-isolated model) of the 12-pin Wire-to-Board Header (USB / Dig I/O).

LED states

State LED
Camera is not connected or defect LED off
Camera is connected but not initialized or in "Power off" mode. Orange light on
Camera is connected and active Green light on

Positioning tolerances of sensor chip

The sensor's optical midpoint is in the center of the housing. However, several positioning tolerances in relation to the housing are possible because of:

  • Tolerance of mounting holes of the printed circuit board in relation to the edge of the lens holder housing is not specified but produced according to general tolerance DIN ISO 2768 T1 fine.
  • Tolerance of mounting holes on the printed circuit board because of the excess of the holes ± 0.1 mm (Figure 32; 2).
  • Tolerance between conductive pattern and mounting holes on the printed circuit board.
    Because there is no defined tolerance between conductive pattern and mounting holes, the general defined tolerance of ± 0.1 mm is valid (Figure 32; 1 in the Y-direction ± 0.1 mm; 3 in the Z-direction ± 0.1 mm)

There are further sensor specific tolerances, e.g. for model mvBlueFOX-IGC200wG:

  • Tolerance between sensor chip MT9V034 (die) and its package (connection pad)
    • Chip position in relation to the mechanical center of the package: 0.2 mm (± 0.1mm) in the X- and Y-direction (dimensions in the sensor data sheet according to ISO 1101)
  • Tolerance between copper width of the sensor package and the pad width of the printed circuit board
    During the soldering the sensor can swim to the edge of the pad: width of the pad 0.4 mm (possible tolerance is not considered), width of pin at least 0.35 mm, max. offset: ± 0,025mm

Further specific tolerances of other models on request.

Figure 32: Positioning tolerances of sensor chip
Note
There are also tolerances in lens which could lead to optical offsets.