Glamo camera interface (Was: Weird hardware mod ???)

Rask Ingemann Lambertsen rask at
Sat Mar 14 02:03:41 CET 2009

On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 02:44:50AM -0800, scholbert wrote:
> after having a deeper look into the schematics of freerunner, i realized
> that most of the pins of the Glamo camera interface are physically
> accessible at the resistor networks RP1801..1804.
> This led me to a wicked idea:
> Solder some thin wires to the dedicated signals and use this interface for a
> camera module.
> I thought about ripping it off from another phone (e.g. Nokia 6600 or 6680)
> and attach it to the freerunner.
> Of course a kernel driver would also be needed.
> Are there any details known about this interface of the Glamo?

   Perhaps someone who has signed the NDA could tell if the documentation
seems to sufficient for writing a driver as well as what's in it on the
hardware side. Does it look like it will connect to an off-the-shelf image
sensor without a lot of glue components?

   Also, what are the chances of getting the documentation, under NDA or
not, now that SMedia has been bought by ITE Tech? The Glamo isn't even
listed on their product page.

   The reason I'm asking is that I opened the two web cameras I have and
concluded that fitting the optics will be a challenge and fitting the PCB will
be impossible. A custom PCB without the USB stuff and hopefully with fewer
voltage regulators seems to be the only hope.

Rask Ingemann Lambertsen
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