Panasonic Area Sensor-to-Parallel Bridge

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To support the ever-growing need for high resolution images, Panasonic has introduced a 720P and a full 1080P sensor, the MN34081 and the MN34041. Because the resolution and frame rate of the MN34081 & MN34041 are very sizable, an interface of higher bandwidth and lower noise than a standard CMOS parallel bus is required. Panasonic has chosen a differential high-speed serial interface instead of using a traditional CMOS parallel interface.

The MN34041 outputs two serial data streams up to 3 bits wide and each stream has its own clock. The MN34081 outputs two serial data streams with 2 bits for each stream and its own clock. Each signal is sub-LVDS and can operate up to 500Mbps. To interface this sensor to a parallel bus ISP, Lattice has implemented a reference design to convert the MN34041 or MN34081 serial data to a parallel format. One can either use the Lattice MachXO2 or the Lattice XP2™-5 non-volatile FPGA to provide an efficient and cost-effective solution for Panasonic Area sensor-to-parallel bridging.


  • Complete Reference Design targeting MachXO2 or XP2
  • Designed to Emulate Parallel Sensor Output
    • Output bus widths of 10 or 12 bits
  • Supports 12 Bits, 2 Channels, 2 Ports, up to 60 fps
  • The full data rate up to 500Mbps is supported
  • Bridge Device Offered in Space-saving 8x8 mm 132-Ball csBGA. TQFP Packages Also Available.
  • Requires No External PROM
  • Sensor board available. Part number is LF-PNV-EVN
  • Tested with Panasonic MN34041 Sensor and TI's DM814X IP camera. Also tested on the HDR-60
  • Parallel Interface can be Configured for 1.8V, 2.5V or 3.3V LVCMOS Levels

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