Hobbynet SANE pac20x vidcam backend under development

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Goal for this page is to collect data about the PAC207BCA-32 single chip camera and to give
information about the start of writing of a SANE pac20x Vidcam backend. 
No working driver found yet, description which usb commands are needed to init and read frames 
from the webcam? also frame decompression/unshuffle?.

Info, links, documents
Camera info
Q-TEC Webcam 100 USB
Mead-Bresser, BinOcular
Orite SC-120
iConcepts Desktop Mini Webcam

other camera's
Meade MicrOcular     usb vid 0x093a pid 0x2468 contains a PAC207BCA-32
Cibox PC-188         usb vid 0x093a pid 0x2468
Conceptronic funcam. usb vid 0x093a pid 0x2468

V4L kernel module driver
spca5xx Michel Xhaard

chip info
Single chip manufactuer: PixArt
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Q-TEC Webcam 100 USB vid 0x093a, pid 0x2460
Interface usb 1.1,
Optical Resolution:   352x288, 320x240, 176x144, 160x120.
		      fileformat: frameheader and frame data, compressed or raw data
Q-TEC Webcam 100 USB: CIF single chip:   PixArt PAC207BCA-32
                      USB Bridge:  Embedded  .........
                      Sensor:      Embedded PixArt PAS106 sensor
		      Document:    PAC207BCA_Spec_V12.pdf from PixArt
                      Lens:        .....
21-02-2005 .. 21-02-2005 .. xcam frontend screenshot:
                         pac207-q-tec-screenshot.jpg size ~83k] 

For using these skeleton files SANE pac20x backend the following files need to be patched/placed:

sane backends (use version 1.0.18 or higher):
placed in backend directory:       pac20x.c, pax20x.h, pax20x.conf.in,

patched in backend directory:      Makefile.in, dll.conf
patched                            configure.in
patched in tools/hotplug           libsane.usermap (add line with vid and pid webcam)

sane-frontend (use version 1.0.14 or higher).

patched /etc/hotplug/              blacklist (add line with: ????? kernel module)

see also download link

At this moment there are two frontends which can be used with the pac20x backend:
1. xcam: for display (no streaming video (SANE bugreport 300832) only snapshots in 
   display and save to file is possible).
   If a modified version is used, only streaming frames is possible 
   remove first "stop_camera ();" line in routine "input_available".
2. scanimage: for writing in batch mode to files (files can be one file
   each time overwritten or each time a frame is written to a new file).
   scanimage -B -d pac20x:libusb:001:002 --batch=out.pnm --batch-count 5 --mode "Color RGB"
   for different files use =out%d.pnm
3. saned: not tested yet.
4. USB network?   see usbip

Using other frontends will be a problem, no idea if for example
writing a gstreamer-sane plugin will be a lot of work and/or difficult.
Another solution could be to use a frontend which can read the file from
scanimage which is refreshed at a rate of .. fps.

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23-02-2005 01-11-2005 .. Working on compressed/shuffled frames.
21-02-2005 21-02-2005 .. Working on usb commands.
17-02-2005 21-02-2005 .. Working on skeleton files pac20x.c, pac20x.h and pac20x.conf (ready)
17-02-2005 26-02-2005 .. See file for some collected data pac207, such as lusb output, usb commands
                         register info, header frame info,pac207.txt
17-02-2005 Start of webpage, some test done (lsusb -v, sane-find-scanner -v -v).
	   No working driver found yet.
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17-02-2005 See Downloads page
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TO DO list
1. Usb commands
2. Detect the frame header in data stream and place frame in buffer.
3. Unshuffle/decompress raw frame
4. Isochronous mode routine at the moment bulk mode is used.
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