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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Boson UVC and CMOS video outputs?

The Boson UVC output can be interfaced to many single board computers or SoCs with USB controllers and which implement the UVC protocol with “Y16 “ (16 bit thermal grey-scale) or “i420” (colorized and contrast enhanced) video format options. This makes camera evaluation and development tasks easy using a common PC, and can also be used in some final designs.

The Boson CMOS parallel video output provides an easy way to interface Boson cameras to custom designed digital logic, or to Cameralink frame grabbers using the Boson Cameralink adapter module. The CMOS interface will have lower and more predictable video latency than the UVC option, and allows Boson cameras to be more “tightly integrated” into the design solution, without the overhead of USB controllers.

It is possible to use the UVC video output at the same time as Boson composite analog video, however the composite video cannot be used at the same time as the Boson CMOS video output. Note also that the CMOS and UVC video outputs can be used at the same time in various combinations of video formats.