ZED Link Duo on Xavier NX

This tutorial will help you set up the ZED Link Duo GMSL2 capture card, and use the Stereolabs GMSL2 cameras with the NVIDIA® Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kits.

Prerequisites #

Make sure that you have the following items before starting this guide:

  • 1x NVIDIA® Jetson Xavier NX Developer Kit.
  • 1x ZED Link Duo GMSL2 capture card
  • 1x 1-to-4 GMSL2 Fakra Male to Female cable (included in the box)
  • 1x NVIDIA® Power supplier to power the Development Kit (included with the devkit)
  • 2x FPC Camera Cable 15-pin 1.0mm (not included)*
  • 12V-19V (min 2W) power input (Barrel Jack 5.5 mm outer diameter, 2.5 mm inner diameter) to power the GMSL2 capture card (not included)

* Note: 15-pin CSI cable must not be mistaken for a DSI cable where the active pin connection is on the same side. On CSI, the 15 pins are on the opposite side when looking at the flat cable. The cable can be purchased at UCTRONICS.

Note: MIPI cables transmit video signals. If the length increases, the video signal will be noisy. Max length recommended is 15 cm.

If you encounter any issues during the installation process, please refer to the troubleshooting page or contact support@stereolabs.com.

Install the GMSL2 Capture Card #

Please make sure the DevKit and the capture card are not connected to a power source before beginning the installation process.

Cabling the GMSL2 Capture Card #

Connect the CSI cable at each MIPI 15-pin port of the carrier board. Make sure the correct side is plugged in for each port.

Warning: Inverting the side might damage the carrier board or the capture card.

Both MIPI cables must be connected to have access to 2x ZED GMSL2 cameras on the capture card.

Cabling the Carrier Board #

Connect the CSI cable to the capture card.

Make sure that J9/CAM0 is connected to the centered MIPI port of the GMSL2 capture card.

J1/CAM1 must be connected to the MIPI port close to the edge.

Make sure to respect the side of the MIPI pins, according to the following picture:

Once connected, the setup should look like as in the following picture:

Connect the camera #

Connect the GMSL2 Fakra cable female end to your ZED X. When you hear a click, the cable is securely connected to the camera.

With the capture card still powered off, connect the male end of the cable to the capture card’s GMSL2 input. Again, a click informs you that the cable is secured.

Note: GMSL2 cameras must be ideally plugged before booting up. If it is not the case, you can restart the zed_x_daemon that will be installed by the driver in the next section.

Once the cables are connected, plug the power for the GMSL2 capture card (12V-19V) so that cameras will be powered through the FAKRA cable (PoC).

Then connect optional HDMI/Keyboard/Mouse to USB and the power. Wait for boot up.

Now that the Developer Kit has been correctly set up, we can install the associated software and drivers for the ZED GMSL2 cameras.

Setting up the software #

After setting up your ZED Link GMSL2 capture card, please follow this guide to Install the ZED Link Driver.

Install the ZED SDK #

After installing the ZED Link driver, please follow this guide to Install the ZED SDK on NVIDIA® Jetson.

🎉 Congratulations! You have successfully set up your Stereolabs GMSL2 Capture Card and started exploring its features. Now that you have the camera up and running, it is time to start experimenting and building your projects.

Whether you are using the camera for robotics, computer vision, or something else entirely, the ZED GMSL2 cameras are a powerful tool that can help you achieve your goals. Happy coding!