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iSTAR Firmware Update v1.12.4

ISTAR Firmware Update V1.12.4 - Dated 14/04/2014

We recommend that all users of iSTAR  consider upgrading to the latest version of Firmware.

Important : If you wish to use the SD Card for taking images, you should first delete the firmware file from the card before inserting it back into iSTAR.

hard-disc-drive-97581_640.pngDownload iSTAR firmware v1.12.4

Installation Instructions

To install firmware update v1.10.4 FROM v1.5.2 upwards:

  • Copy the downloaded file "v1.12.4.nctuf" to a blank SD card
  • Insert the SD card into your iSTAR unit
  •  Turn on your iSTAR unit
  • After a moment, the  iSTAR logo appears on the touchscreen
  • After around the 1:10 minute mark,  a message indicating that software is updating is shown on the touchscreen
  • Wait until the update finishes and your iSTAR unit turns off
  • Remove the SD card and turn on your iSTAR unit
  • Delete the contents of the SD card before using it in your iSTAR unit



Release date 14/04/2014

Fix Wifi issues appeared in V1.12.3. dnsmasq.conf file was not updated with the new wifi address network (10.15.1.x, and was giving old addresses (10.0.0.xx, causing crashes.


Release date 08/04/2014

V1.12.2 with the following fixes

  • manage with corrupted istar.props file
  • extend debugTxt buffer length in capture.cpp
  • githhub #136: north value is now north-240 in INF.TXT and raw file.


Release date 27/03/2014

Driver: 1.9.12 Linux kernel: 1.10.11 (compiled) Linux fs: 1.10.4 istar/istarui: 1.10.4 (compiled) moved to 1.10.11 state, minus record and SATA.


Driver: 1.9.12 Linux kernel: 1.10.11 (compiled) Linux fs 1.10.4 istar/istarui: 1.10.4


Release date: 26/03/2014

Driver: 1.9.12 Linux Kernel: 1.10.11 (compiled) minus SATA, NTFS, EXT3 Linux fs: 1.10.4 istar/istarui: 1.10.4


Release date 19/03/2014

istar and istarui application as of V1.10.11 and camdriver V0.20 (as in V1.9.11).


Release date 18/03/2014

Add ms image timestamp in raw format frame header as a struct timeval tv.


Release Date: 13/03/2014

Band removal when scene is illuminated by fluorescent light: Add an option to choose the type of lights and modify auto-exposure algorithm by fixing the shutter speed to multiple of light cycle frequency and searching for an optimal iso.

Streaming mode: add a sleep condition of 10usec when an image is not available before re-trying.

Power indicator: Change thresholds for low battery display from 10% left. Change thresholds for automatic shutdown if low battery (10% left for alert, 5% left for shutdown). Fix display when external power in.


Release Date: 06/03/2014

Streaming mode: Increase timeout value from 10 to 1000.


Release Date: 03/03/2014

Change file extension from .html to .php for files in www folder

IP settings: take in charge if one of the field is left blank

Change order of preference media saving to USB > SATA > SD

Ethernet cable is recognized even if not plugged at boot time.

UI: remove buttons "capture size: Full", "Mode: Live record" and "Format SD"

Ethernet PHY driver changed from default to Lantiq


Release Date: 17/02/2014

Compiled from scratch upgrade duplicate of v1.10.6

Hot plug-in of USB fixed.

Remove code that allows upgrade form USB.


Release Date: 31/01/2014


SATA support, system and UI changes to support SATA if fitted.

UI Changes for Timelapse and Record features making it simpler to enable and disable these features, the icons arrange depending on how many and what features are enabled. Current all features are enabled.

Git hub issues resolved


129/141 - Info button, resized and moved

132 - Format SD card

133 - Wifi Adhoc mode name changed to include either last 4 digits of serial number or Wifi MAC

134 - SATA Support

138 - Firmware version number uncommented in INF.TXT and reduced to only show two digits

Git hub issues tested on V1.10.6, waiting further information under git hub

131 - Reported on V1.9.12 Wifi AP mode Unable to enter more than 8 character passwords,

136 - Compass offset of 240, tested on my unit and iSTAR and iPhone compass matched


Release Date: 17/01/2014

SATA & NTFS support added to Kernel

Kernel tested on evm, mounted and read from NTFS SATA drive

RECORD mode added

Changes regarding THUMB and INF.TXT are required and will be included in V1.10.6 UI Interface changes also need to be discussed


Release Date: 15/01/2014

PHP configuration changed to support css,

HTML and CSS files need to me non executable otherwise thttpd will not serve them


Release Date: 13/01/2014

Update to thttpd to support css


Release Date: 08/01/2014

Kernel changes - USB DMA mode disabled, causing problem with adhoc mode

V1.10.1 Development

Release Date: 07/01/2014

Shell (Busy box) - Added busybox ftpd, httd, dnsd and inetd Enabled ftp


Release Date: 06/01/2014

Kernel changes - USB DMA mode enabled, printk timestamps turned off

Driver - Updated istar.ko driver from MEV


Release Date: 19/12/2013

Update release for testing

Include thttpd and php servers for web interface. Modified the debug server to provide fifo/file interface between the web and the iSTAR application. Changes also in the capture application to provide status information to the web interface.

Wifi changes, changed when and how the wifi setting update to avoid unnecessary reconfiguring. For Adhoc connections DNSMASQ configuration changed to provide net mask


Release Date: 16/12/2013

Re release of version V1.9.10 as this was modified during testing, update to the version number to ensure upgrades okay and everything is fixed.


Release Date: 11/12/2013

Bug Fix - Incorrect Jpeg filenames, were date-time.jpg should be sensor-image.jpg (PNG files changed also)


Release Date: 29/11/2013

Bug Fix - Tilt and Compass locking up.

Streaming - Ethernet Timeout when streaming reduced to 10s. Additional check missing 10 consecutive images will also end streaming.


Release Date: 20/11/2013

Mode 3 Streaming, Remove 16 Byte Image header from the Raw data.


Release Date: 08/11/2013

Mode 3 Streaming added, steamed data as NCTRI RAW images.


Release Date: 01/11/2013

Bug Fixes: JPEG Exif Data - Altitude was not being written correctly

Issue #104 - When empty USB/SD is inserted the display will show 100% Free not Full as before.

Issue #98 - Storage space check, the check is no longer done at 2%, it is now done by comparing the free space with approximate sizes images being taken ( JPEG, RAW, PNG ) and number of exposures ( 1, 3 or 9 For Full HDR )

Changes: INF.TXT - Extended GPS/Calibration data written to file as requested, Serial number added as well.


Release Date: 29/10/2013

BUG Fixes

Fixed - Extended GPS data written to inf.txt file, data is now written as comments //, GPS message data will only be written if received.

Fixed - SD/USB device Full message shown when empty - Display will now show 100% for an empty SD/USB device, indicating the space remaining.

Tidy up

Removal of unwanted console printf messages, from debugging


Release Date: 23/10/2013


Fixed bug in 1.9.3 causing istar application to crash, removed debug.


Release Date: 18/10/2013

Release for demo only, due to known bug

GPS - Added messaging support for PC application,

KNOW BUG - Additional message causes application to crash, adding debug messages masks this problem.


Release Date: 07/10/2013

GPS - Added parsing of additional sentences, to obtain heading information, sentences parses now include



Release Date: 02/10/2013

Capture - Streaming Mode 2 added, which allows fixed frame rate. In this mode the application will stream frames at a fixed rate.

Web interface - Problem found with new iOS7, fix added, may also fixed the problem seen with Android browser.


Release Date: 23/09/2013

ISO - Replaced ISO to Gain calculation with new one based on spread sheet received from Aptina

Exposure - Because of the ISO fix the indoor/outdoor +/-1ev adjustment is no longer necessary, this has been removed from the application.

Capture - Warning beeps during capturing of images, beeps will sound approximately every 1/2S during capture

Calibration - Ability to load a "calibration" file onto the system. The file are loaded from the settings information page, the file is iSTAR specific and the application verifies the MAC addresses of the LAN and WiFi to match. Further information such as serial number is also included, and a version number for future use.


Release Date: 09/09/2013

Timelapse, change to folder/filename format Replace "Never" power off option in settings


Release Date: 06/06/2013

Bug - Number of exposure is incorrect when ev range is 14, bug in HDR exposure table


Release Date: 06/06/2013

New release with previous changes.


Release Date: 05/09/2013

Improvement of HDR ev range measurement to allow dark to also be exposed correctly.


Release Date: 04/09/2013

New function to measure exposure when doing HDR Auto to increase the range.


Release Date: 03/9/2013

  1. HDR Changes UI “Max” returned to “Auto” HDR Algorithm replaced with Table

  2. Exposure UI Changes "Normal”,”Optimised” replaced with “Outdoors” and “Indoors”

  3. Capture Exposure compensation on single exposure, Outdoors +1ev, Indoors -1ev 1/3 Stops only used in Time-lapse mode.

  4. GPS Removed debug messages when opening UARTs as these are no longer necessary and fill up the debug screen.


GPS Fix problem when using external USB GPS Web interface Update Web interface for HDR/Exposure


Auto Exposure Fix problem with extended exposure table causing the camera not to do long exposures Long exposure Fix to calculation of sensor register settings when doing long exposures (>15s)


Time Lapse Exposure time 60, 90 & 120s added Additional exposure steps (1/3) when doing time lapse/ Auto HDR String "FNAME" replaced with or


INF File text Exposure mode The info text should be correct for Exposure Mode "Optimised","Normal","Front Optimised", "Front Normal","Manual"

Time Lapse: Auto exposure done for every capture iSTAR will not power down during Time-lapse Thumb nails are copied into the thumbs folder as well as the image folder. File names changed to make more readable. UI – Added buttons to abort and stop the time lapse, so it will end cleanly. Fixed for Jpeg and PNG


Time Lapse Add menu, settings and application to support time lapse record. Live Record Changed to support live record feature added to source code, disabled in build Password Root is now password protected


Release Date: 06/8/2013

  1. HDR user interface Change option “Single” to “Off”

  2. INF.TXT file Replace exposure modes HDR table change exposure values from ms to fractions of a second. Corrected Min/Max/ev step when using HDR 3 mode

  3. Other(s) Removed unnecessary debug messages from terminal output.


Release Date: 05/8/2013

  1. Supported exposure modes Optimised Normal Front Optimised Front Normal Manual

Normal – exposure is measured across the whole sensor, Optimised – exposure is measured across bottom half of sensor

  1. HDR settings Single HDR 3 HDR Max


Release Date: 23/7/2013

  1. INF.TXT Corrected exposure time value when using walk about mode

  2. Exposure measurement For testing added two new Exposure modes Auto Half – Exposure calculated across the bottom half Auto Mid – Exposure is calculated across the middle third


Release Date: 23/7/2013

ISO Changed ISO Setting values to limited range

HDR Changed HDR settings to off, 3.2 and Auto

Walk around mode Fix to bug where two images were under exposed


Release Date: 23/7/2013

  1. HDR Fix problem when taking images in near total darkness. Minimum exposure time was not being set

  2. Crash - Improvements, Moved the Unmapping of memory until after all images have been saved. Increased amount of memory available to CMEM for heap.


Release Date: 19/7/2013

  1. HDR Improvement to the range algorithm. UI Changes Settings “Exposures” to “HDR” and options “Off”, “Auto” added

  2. RAW When capturing a RAW image it will now save the JPEG review images and Thumbnail


Release Date: 12/7/2013

  1. Bug found in resulting in the driver not opening when capturing multiple images (Could not capture HDR images).


Release Date: 11/07/2013

  1. Compass display Filtering of compass to stop needle jitter.


Release Date: 10/07/2013

  1. Tilt/Compass Increase the delay between powering up and accessing the tilt/compass sensor


Release Date: 09/07/2013

  1. Code to power up Tilt/Compass sensor


Release Date: 08/07/2013

  1. Crash fix Kernel changed as known memory problem

  2. Crash improvment - Camdriver changed to try and prevent memory access crash

  3. PCIe driver - Potential bug - PCIe is being told there is 2GB on the system this could cause problems

  4. RAW Save enabled

V 1.7.3

Release Date: 25/06/2013

  1. Disabled RAW Save

  2. Auto white balance for each sensor, not average across them


  1. When doing HDR Calculate white balance for each exposure


  1. RAW Images Changes to the file header and image headers

V 1.7

Release Date: 14/06/2013

  1. Calculate WB before capturing each image set in HDR

  2. Calculate exposure time based on all four sensors, only front sensor and manual.

  3. Set the correct exposure time in menu.

  4. Set the correct ISO in menu

V 1.6.3

Release Date: 07/06/2013

  1. Live record - Test/Demonstration release

V 1.6

Release Date: 28-05-2013

  1. Customer Release

V 1.5.6

Release Date 15-05-2013

  1. Version number change only

V 1.5.5

Release Date: 15-05-2013

  1. Tilt and compass functionality added Compass view on main menu, Compass calibration under general settings

  2. Unable to capture HDR Images with > 5 exposures Memory allocation issue, not giving the kernel the full memory

  3. Software version display added to settings menu.

  4. Default Red setting reduced to 80%

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    Song Zhijun

    After I inserted the SD card into my iSTAR unit and turn on my iSTAR unit, it boot as usual, instead of  installing the firmware update. Is there something that I need to notice?

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