While the carrier board sold with the dev kit definitely makes development easier, many of the more useful connections are on those monster Samtec 120-pin connectors. In my case, I want to experiment with using all CSI-2 and all I2S connections at once.
Q1: Does anyone make breakout boards, either for the entire dev kit, or for the 120 pin qsh connectors? I’m aware of the Connecttech astro carrier board (http://www.connecttech.com/sub/products/ASG001-Astro.asp), but it does not bring out all the signals I need, and it is really a replacement for the nvidia carrier board.
Q2: I could conceivably lay out my own board, put the mating connectors on it (http://suddendocs.samtec.com/catalog_english/qth.pdf), and then use the linking cables (http://suddendocs.samtec.com/catalog_english/hqcd.pdf) which, btw, digikey does not carry, so I hope I can get small quantities from samtec directly. The biggest problem here is that we don’t have in-house expertise yet of doing this kind of layout work, so this would introduce a long delay to our development plan.
Any other suggestions/workarounds that do not involve answers of the form “use USB” or “put your cameras on another computer and connect them over ethernet”?