3. MIPI CCS camera sensor driver

The MIPI CCS camera sensor driver is a generic driver for MIPI CCS compliant camera sensors. It exposes three sub-devices representing the pixel array, the binner and the scaler.

As the capabilities of individual devices vary, the driver exposes interfaces based on the capabilities that exist in hardware.

3.1. Pixel Array sub-device

The pixel array sub-device represents the camera sensor's pixel matrix, as well as analogue crop functionality present in many compliant devices. The analogue crop is configured using the V4L2_SEL_TGT_CROP on the source pad (0) of the entity. The size of the pixel matrix can be obtained by getting the V4L2_SEL_TGT_NATIVE_SIZE target.

3.2. Binner

The binner sub-device represents the binning functionality on the sensor. For that purpose, selection target V4L2_SEL_TGT_COMPOSE is supported on the sink pad (0).

Additionally, if a device has no scaler or digital crop functionality, the source pad (1) expses another digital crop selection rectangle that can only crop at the end of the lines and frames.

3.3. Scaler

The scaler sub-device represents the digital crop and scaling functionality of the sensor. The V4L2 selection target V4L2_SEL_TGT_CROP is used to configure the digital crop on the sink pad (0) when digital crop is supported. Scaling is configured using selection target V4L2_SEL_TGT_COMPOSE on the sink pad (0) as well.

Additionally, if the scaler sub-device exists, its source pad (1) exposes another digital crop selection rectangle that can only crop at the end of the lines and frames.

3.4. Digital and analogue crop

Digital crop functionality is referred to as cropping that effectively works by dropping some data on the floor. Analogue crop, on the other hand, means that the cropped information is never retrieved. In case of camera sensors, the analogue data is never read from the pixel matrix that are outside the configured selection rectangle that designates crop. The difference has an effect in device timing and likely also in power consumption.

3.5. Private controls

The MIPI CCS driver implements a number of private controls under V4L2_CID_USER_BASE_CCS to control the MIPI CCS compliant camera sensors.

3.5.1. Analogue gain model

The CCS defines an analogue gain model where the gain can be calculated using the following formula:

gain = m0 * x + c0 / (m1 * x + c1)

Either m0 or c0 will be zero. The constants that are device specific, can be obtained from the following controls:


The analogue gain (x in the formula) is controlled through V4L2_CID_ANALOGUE_GAIN in this case.

3.5.2. Alternate analogue gain model

The CCS defines another analogue gain model called alternate analogue gain. In this case, the formula to calculate actual gain consists of linear and exponential parts:

gain = linear * 2 ^ exponent

The linear and exponent factors can be set using the V4L2_CID_CCS_ANALOGUE_LINEAR_GAIN and V4L2_CID_CCS_ANALOGUE_EXPONENTIAL_GAIN controls, respectively

3.5.3. Shading correction

The CCS standard supports lens shading correction. The feature can be controlled using V4L2_CID_CCS_SHADING_CORRECTION. Additionally, the luminance correction level may be changed using V4L2_CID_CCS_LUMINANCE_CORRECTION_LEVEL, where value 0 indicates no correction and 128 indicates correcting the luminance in corners to 10 % less than in the centre.

Shading correction needs to be enabled for luminance correction level to have an effect.

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