The Colibri modules have a quick capture camera interface (CIF, QCIF), which allows directly to connect a camera chip or a video ADC with the Colibri.
A typical camera sensor uses two interfaces
Sensor parameters need to be configured through I2C (resolution, exposure time, and more).
The real pixel data are then clocked to the CIF under the sensor's control. The Colibri module needs to be setup correctly in order to receive (and transform) the data.
In order to minimize CPU load, Toradex recommends to use a camera which generates an output that can be shown directly on the display without any color transformations or resizing.
Toradex can provide a software libraries including source code to make it easier to use the Quick Capture Interface. See Colibri Windows CE Features.
Colibri PXA270 26MHz Colibri PXA320 48MHz Colibri PXA310 96MHz Colibri PXA300 48MHz
Keep in mind that the maximum usable bandwidth is also depending on other factors like memory bus load.
More information can be found in the PXA Datasheet.
You can find a connector for the camera interface on the Colibri Evaluation Board on "X22 CIF".
Here the pin description:
Pin Signal SODIMM# Description Compatible with all Evaluation Board Versions: 1 +3V3 Power 2 +3V3 Power 3 CIF_MCLK SODIMM_75 Master Clock 4 CIF_PCLK SODIMM_96 Pixel Clock 5 CIF_LV(Hsync) SODIMM_94 Line Clock 6 CIF_FV(Vsync) SODIMM_81 Frame Clock 7 CIF_DD<0> SODIMM_71 Data 0 8 CIF_DD<1> SODIMM_98 Data 1 9 CIF_DD<2> SODIMM_101 Data 2 10 CIF_DD<3> SODIMM_103 Data 3 11 CIF_DD<4> SODIMM_79 Data 4 12 CIF_DD<5> SODIMM_97 Data 5 13 CIF_DD<6> SODIMM_67 Data 6 14 CIF_DD<7> SODIMM_59 Data 7 15 I2C_CLK SODIMM_196 I2C Clock (4k7 to +3V3) 16 I2C_DATA SODIMM_194 I2C Data (4k7 to +3V3) 17 CIF_DD<8> SODIMM_85 Data 8 18 CIF_DD<9> SODIMM_65 Data 9 19 GND Ground 20 GND Ground Compatible with Evaluation Board V3.1: 21 CIF_DD<10> SODIMM_69 Data 10 22 CIF_DD<11> SODIMM_77 Data 11 23 +3V3 Power 24 +5V Power