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Harrier 3G-SDI camera interface board 50 Ohm

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Harrier 3G-SDI Camera Interface Board (50 / 75 Ohm)

Part Number: AS-CIB-3GSDI-001-A

  • 3G-SDI and HD-SDI interface solution for the Tamron MP1010M-VC and MP1110M-VC cameras.
  • Simultaneous analog video output (PAL/NTSC) in 720p50/60 modes.
  • HD-VLCTM mode for long cable length applications.
  • Ultra-small micro-coax connector (50 Ohm connector / 75 Ohm compatible).
  • For the MP1110M-VC camera all HD modes are supported, and for the MP1010M-VC all HD modes up to 1080i60/1080p30 are supported.
  • Compliant with SMPTE 274M and SMPTE 296M.
  • Video mode selection switches and built-in test pattern.
  • 3V CMOS/TTL (5V TTL compliant) serial UART comms port for camera control.
  • Interface board may be mounted on the side of the camera, replacing bracket (as shown in product photo).
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The Harrier 3G-SDI Camera Interface Board is a solution for real-time HD-SDI video from the Tamron MP1010M-VC camera and 3G-SDI video from the new MP1110M-VC camera. This module will also support all other prime Autofocus-Zoom camera brands, including the Sony range at 3G-SDI rates. In addition the interface board can provide simultaneous analog output in Standard Definition (SD) video in 720p50/60 modes with options for cropping or scaling for 16:9 displays.

The interface board provides a cost-effective solution to take full advantage of the high definition digital video provided by the camera. It connects directly to the camera’s digital output to provide superior image quality and supports all the 3G-SDI and HD-SDI modes of the camera up to 2.97 Gbps.

A DIP switch located on the board allows the video mode to be selected from power up without the need to send serial commands to the camera. The video mode along with other interface board specific modes may also be controlled by serial communications.

There is a built-in test pattern which conforms to the SMPTE RP-219-2002 specification.

HD Visually Lossless Compression (HD-VLC™) is a technique for compressing HD image data into a standard SDI stream. This mode can be selected via the DIP switch or via serial commands. This allows much greater cable length with no noticeable visual loss of quality. A decoder is required at the other end of the cable to convert back to HD-SDI – shortly available from Active Silicon.

There are OEM options (via custom firmware) for meta-data to be inserted into the stream either in the line blanking period or within the video data itself.

Watch our product video in the video gallery!

Read about high-definition, real-time image acquisition using long cables and how it is possible to transmit video digitally over twisted pair cables up to 150m and coax cables up to 700m, with fiber optic offering the option of many kilometers in our white paper “High-Definition Long-Reach Video Transmission”.

Connector specification

KEL30 Connector

The interface board is fitted with a 30-way miniature connector to link to the matching connector on the camera.

Connector type: KEL USL00-30L.

Mating cable: KEL USL20-30SS-010-C. (100mm micro-coax cable.)

Input/Output Connector

The interface board is fitted with an industry standard 4-way connector for test pattern and reset control, plus VSYNC out.

Connector type: JST SM04B-SRSS-TB

Mating cable: Suitable cable is supplied with the interface board.

See datasheet for PIN assignments and control options.

Power and Control Connector

The interface board is fitted with an industry standard 7-way connector for power, serial control and analog video out.

Connector type: JST SM07B-SRSS-TB

Mating cable: Suitable cable is supplied with the interface board.

See datasheet for pin assignment and output options.

Analog Video Out

Standard resolution composite analog is simultaneously available in HD modes 720p50 (for PAL) and 720p60/59.94 (for NTSC). There are two options for the analog output, selectable via serial control:

(a) the 1280 pixel wide HD image can be cropped to 960 wide, by cropping a 120 pixel strip off each side to make a 4:3 aspect ratio Standard Definition (SD) signal.

(b) by pre-warping the image, such that when displayed on a HD monitor in the monitor’s stretch-to-fit mode, the original full-width HD signal will be displayed correctly at 16:9 aspect ratio. Both methods ensure the displayed pixels remain square and that the image is not distorted.

HD-SDI Output Connector

The interface board is fitted with a Hirose Ultra Small Coaxial 50 Ohm impedance connector. (The HD-SDI driver is matched to 50 Ohm as well).

Connector type: Hirose Ultra Small Coaxial Connector (Receptacle), part number U.FL-R-SMT.

Mating connector: Various height and cable width options from Hirose: U.FL-LP-040, U.FL-LP-066, U.FL-LP(V)-040, U.FL-LP-062, U.FL-LP-088. See Hirose documentation “Ultra Small Surface Mount Coaxial Connectors – 1.9mm or 2.4mm mated height.”


Ground pad for optional use as a solder connection point for system grounding.

Connector type: Gold-plated PCB pad.

Video and Control Mode DIP Switch

The interface board is fitted with a 4-way DIP switch to select various video output and control modes. See the datasheet for available options and notes.

Status LED

The interface board is fitted with multi-color LED to indicate camera status.

Solid Green: Camera and interface board are powered and working correctly.

Solid Red: The interface board is powered but there is a fault/problem – e.g. no video data is being received; internal power supply voltages outside specification; internal semiconductor junction temperature is over recommended limit.

Serial Control Commands

The camera may be controlled by the serial VISCA commands (pins 6 and 7 on connector J3). This serial signal is routed through the interface board and on to the camera. However, this serial signal is also connected to the internal processor on the interface board and extended VISCA commands (ones that are not used by the camera) may be used to control the interface board in addition to the camera.

For camera operation using VISCA serial commands, refer to the camera’s user manual.

For interface board operation using VISCA serial commands, refer to the Technical Note from Active Silicon on “Extended VISCA Commands.”



Compliant with SMPTE 274M and SMPTE 296M.


To meet EMC and FCC requirements the interface board has been designed to meet these requirements when housed in a suitable enclosure:

CE – CE marked and compliant with the relevant EU directives as listed below.

RoHS – Conforms to RoHS3, the European Union’s Restriction on Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive 2015/863/EU.

EMC – Compliant with EN 55022:2010 (class A) and EN 55024:2010 in accordance with EU Directive 2014/30/EU Electromagnetic Compatibility.

REACH – Compliant with the requirements of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, EC 1907/2006), the European Union’s chemical substances regulatory framework for Substances of Very High Concern.

UL – All printed circuit boards used in this product are manufactured by UL recognized manufacturers and have a flammability rating of 94-V0.

Mechanical Overview

See “Other Information” tab above for mechanical overview diagram.

Physical and environmental details


45mm by 38.5mm.


8g (interface board only, no cables).
The Tamron MP1010M-VC / MP1110M-VC camera weighs 77g.

Power Supply:

8.25V to 12.25V

Power Consumption:

1.1 Watt (130mA @ 9V) Typical current consumption under normal operating conditions.
Camera and interface board combined draw typically 410mA @ 9V.

Storage Temperature:

-20°C to +70°C.

Operating Temperature:

-5°C to +60°C (ambient environment).

Relative Humidity:

10% to 90% non-condensing (operating and storage).

Ordering Information

Part number Description


3G-SDI output, interface board for the Tamron MP1110M-VC and MP1010M-VC with 50 Ohm impedance output. Analog composite output (when in 720p50/60 operating modes.) Support for HD-VLC compression technology. Board only, no cables included.


AS-CIB-3GSDI-001-A supplied fitted to Tamron MP1010M-VC with AS-CIB-USL30-100MM connecting cable fitted.


AS-CIB-3GSDI-001-A supplied fitted to Tamron MP1110M-VC with AS-CIB-USL30-100MM connecting cable fitted.


Evaluation Kit for AS-CIB-3GSDI-001-A interface board. Includes power supply, cabling and PC serial interface (via USB).


30-way micro-coax cable for connecting between the interface board (J1) and the camera. Length 100mm. (Manufacturer: KEL, part number: USL20-30SS-010-C)


30-way micro-coax cable for connecting between the interface board (J1) and the camera. Length 50mm. (Manufacturer: KEL, part number: USL20-30SS-005-C)


Cable kit for AS-CIB-3GSDI-001-A containing SMA/BNC cable and bare-end control cables for J2 and J3.


Bracket type 1, to fit the interface board AS-CIB-3GSDI-001-A to the side of a Tamron MP1x10M-VC camera after removing the original base bracket.