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K-Team S.A., the world leader in miniature mobile robots, is actively promoting Linux as an operating system for autonomous robotics (see Real Time Linux). However, development is currently limited by the small number of video capture devices supported under Linux.  By supporting video capture cards compatible with the PC104 standard, K-Team aims at advancing their use in miniature autonomous robotics.

We have chosen Video for Linux 2 (V4L2) because this overhauled API is more flexible and extensible than Video for Linux 1 (V4L). A user wishing to use the new API installs the V4L2 files, replacing the original API.  However, our packages save you this effort by including a copy of the V4L2 driver.

We plan to support the following video capture devices:

  • Matrox Meteor (Standard, PPB, RGB & RGB/PPB)
  • HiQVideo (Chips & Technologies 6555X / 690X0)

For the Matrox Meteor II, see the Meteor2 project maintained by Cord Seele.

For any other, see the People & Projects page maintained by Bill Dirks for other supported boards like the BrookTree-848/878.

Source Code

This package contains everything required for use, including the v4l2 base driver.  Instructions for installing these drivers are simple:

  • You need a kernel version 2.2.x or 2.4.x .
  • For the Meteor, you need to reserve an area of RAM above the operating system for the frame buffer (mem=???M).  See Readme.
  • Perform make in the main directory.
  • Do make install as user root.
  • Test the applications by running one of them in the apps directory.

See the readme file in each archive for additional information.

Currently only the Meteor driver is supported.  The HiQVideo driver does not yet work properly due to I2C troubles.  If anybody would like to help us in the design of those drivers please feel free to contact us at info@k-team.com.
 
Video for Linux Two Drivers Source Code

Meteor Driver

meteor_v4l2_20020411.tgz

2002-04-11

HiQVideo Driver

hiqvid19991112.tgz

1999-11-12 

These drivers are covered by the GPL.

 

 
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