I was wondering if there was a way of having a Firewire port somehow connected to LeopardBoard? Currently, the only ways to import external video to Leopard are analog (composite and component), and it would really be great to get digital video from the start, avoiding the lossy A/D conversion process.
I know DM36x doesn't have 1394 embedded, but I saw a .pdf from TI which suggests TSB43EA42 (an integrated 1394a phy and link) as a complimentary analog device for DM365 (http://www.ti.com/lit/ml/sprt512/sprt512.pdf). Could TSB43EA42 be connected to the LeopardBoards camera module slot, or perhaps in some other way? How demanding or complicated would it be to make such an expansion board? Would a new device driver have to be made, or would it work with generic Linux 1394 drivers?
Please, if anyone else has interest in this, or knowledge how to make this work please contact me. Perhaps together we could make this happen! :)
If anyone is interested, I think I've found a possible simple solution to this problem. It is a Vydeo Aries module ( ITU-R BT.656 to DV over 1394a encode/decode video format converter - www.vydeo.com/.../aries.html). What it can do is convert iee1394 DV stream to 8-bit parallel bt.656 digital video stream understood by dm36x. I guess this could be easily implemented, since for example tvp5146 driver gets video using bt.656.
Is there a chance someone from Leopard Imaging could contact the people from Vydeo and ask about availability and prices? :)