Happy Summer! Inforce 6309 available for $89 for limited time

While it may seem like the temperature will never drop, our prices are!  For a limited time, Inforce 6309 Snapdragon 410E powered micro SBC is $89 with discount code “summer”.  Start the summer off right and leverage Snapdragon technology for your product for under $100.  Summer is the perfect time to try new things and start planning your next generation devices in IoT, medical, and industrial.

Inforce 6309 is a micro SBC powered by Snapdragon 410E SoC with 1GB LPDDR3 and 8GB eMMC.  The Snapdragon 410E is packaged with Adreno 306 GPU, Hexagon QDSP6 @700MHz, and integrated ISP. This micro SBC is versatile with many features brought out including dual MIPI-CSI cameras up to 13MP, 1080P HDMI, HD 5.1 Audio, and rich connectivity including Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1 LE and GPS.  Inforce has decorated this board to be complete with heatsinks, EMI shielding, and RTC to support extended temperature, way beyond our California heat wave, -30⁰ to 85⁰C.

This summer promotion is limited one per customer and can only be redeemed once.  This discount is available starting June 21st through July 12th or while supply lasts, and can only be used for Inforce 6309.

Head to Inforce 6309 Product Page to place your order.  For more information or volume pricing you can reach out to sales@inforcecomputing.com or (510) 683-9999.

Miracast Support is now available on the Snapdragon™ 820 based Inforce 6601 and Inforce 6640


We are excited to announce that Miracast is now supported on the Snapdragon™ 820 based platforms, Inforce 6601 development kit and Inforce 6640 SBC. The Android release version 2.1 BSP is based on Android Nougat 7.1.1. and is accessible on the Inforce Techweb.

A Glance at Android Nougat 7.1.1

Android Nougat 7.1.1 is the incremental version from Android Nougat 7.0. Aside from faster performance and better security, Android 7 continues to push developers towards applications centered on 3D graphics and virtual reality by opening support for Vulkan API and Daydream VR.  Android 7 Nougat also supports JIT compilation which means faster boot time for devices as apps require less RAM which is always good news in our world.

Why we are excited about Miracast Support

With Miracast support for both devices and displays, a user can effortlessly and wirelessly display what is on their device to displays like monitors, projectors and TVs. What you see on your device is the exact same thing you will see on your display.

You don’t need to bother with the cumbersome task of connecting a cable for connection.

The base of this technology rests on the Wi-Fi Direct standard which allows for point to point connection between devices, without the need for a router. So you can directly stream content from your device to the display, without an internet service. Both devices will need to support Miracast.

Android Release BSP V2.1

The software release, Android Version 2.1, has been upgraded from Android Nougat 7 to Android Nougat 7.1.1 This release supports the same features in Android Nougat 7.0 with the same Linux Kernel version 3.18.31.

Miracast support with fullHD resolution has been validated in this release for the Inforce 6601 development kit and Inforce 6640 Single Board Computer.

The software release package has pre-fabricated binaries and instructions to fetch baseline source code and build the software.

For any more information, please log on to Inforce Forums or  contact sales@inforcecomputing.com


Inforce extends Snapdragon technology to support FullHD and 4K HDMI input

For embedded devices using Snapdragon, the MIPI-CSI interface to receive video input is a vital cog to mirror the mobility, connectivity, and advanced camera features familiar on a mobile phone.  This interface is part of what makes Snapdragon great for high performance, low power embedded devices.

Embedded computing opens more possibilities and allows users to share content from other devices. What if you wanted capture 4K video from an HDMI source or share digital media through HDMI from your laptop, tablet, or set-up box?  Most Snapdragon platforms do not allow for HDMI inputs because they cater to the common mobile trend of taking video input through the multiple MIPI camera interfaces available on the board.  However, HDMI being more ubiquitous is a preferred choice by users  and can cut down time-to-market by taking away driver work.

Inforce has developed a solution, using a converter chip from Toshiba, which takes the video input through HDMI and converts it to CSI which then naturally feeds into the Snapdragon processor.  The Snapdragon SoC then recognizes the stream as CSI video input for the embedded devices as it would with a mobile phone.  The stream can then be recorded or previewed by the Inforce board.  This has been made available for devices running Android and is capable of both FullHD and 4K video input.

This solution allows you to stream and capture high definition video content in real time through HDMI.  In healthcare, medical devices that take high resolution imaging such as videos of surgery or ultrasound images can now be digitized and become accessible anywhere.  Any hand-held device that requires digitizing or real-time encoding would benefit from this application software from Inforce.

We have seen HDMI to CSI as a necessity in applications with video capture.  For example, if you had a drone or surveillance camera using an HDMI camera to take images or video, you could have the Inforce board encoding the DRM-free live video stream and be able to send it over the internet to a desired location.

This technology has been used and proven in production, specifically in video conferencing or collaboration devices.  The HDMI to CSI solution would allow the user to mirror what is being displayed on your laptop and feed it into the Inforce powered device where it can be previewed or recorded.  This allows a dual display concept where on one display you can see content from a laptop such as a presentation and on the other display you see the video feed from the conference call.

Developers can order Inforce 6420, a production ready single board computer based on Snapdragon 600, which has this technology integrated into the board and supports both Android and Linux.  This custom board supports 2 x HDMI out and 1 x HDMI input, Wi-Fi/BT, 2 x USB connectors, 1 USB OTG, and MIPI-DSI and is available for production today.  For more information on pricing and lead times, please contact sales@inforcecomputing.com.

ACC-1S80 is an HDMI input adapter card for developers looking to test 4K video input through HDMI for their application.  The adapter board uses the same Toshiba HDMI to CSI conversion chip we have used in production devices.  It receives HDMI input and feeds CSI data into Inforce platforms through two 41-pin CSI connectors and comes with the necessary cables and doesn’t require additional power supply. This accessory is currently in development.

We are eager to see more embedded scenarios taking advantage of this technology.  For more information, read our case study on HDMI to CSI conversion or contact us at sales@inforcecomputing.com.

Android Nougat 7 Support announced for Inforce Products

Snapdragon™ 820 based Inforce 6640 SBC & 6601 Development Kit now support Android Nougat 7

Android Nougat 7 is now available for Snapdragon ™ 820 based Inforce products. The Android release version 2.0 BSP is accessible on the Inforce Techweb for the Inforce 6601 development kit and the Inforce 6640 SBC.

The software release has been upgraded from Marshmallow 6.0.1 to Nougat 7. This release includes support for the same features in the Marshmallow 6.0.1 and has been upgraded to the Linux Kernel version 3.18.31.

The software release package includes pre-fabricated binaries and instructions to fetch baseline source code and build the software.

Supported Peripheral Devices and I/Os for the Inforce 6640 SBC and 6601 Development Kit

  • Qualcomm Quad-core ARM®v8 64-bit CPUs organized as two dual clusters viz., Gold@2.2GHz and Silver@1.6GHz each
  • Qualcomm® Adreno™ 530 GPU
  • Access to Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP SDK
  • 4 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • HDMI output resolutions up to 4K@30
  • MIPI DSI display interface using ACC-1B30, MIPI display adaptor card kit
  • MIPI CSI camera interface using ACC-1H70, 21MP camera module for H.264 recording of 4K@24fps resolution
  • 1080p USB Camera
  • USB 3.0 and USB mass storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet

Features Specific to Inforce 6640 SBC

  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Accelerometer and Gyroscope Sensors
  • RTC (Real Time Clock)

To know more, you can download the release notes for the Inforce 6640 SBC and the Inforce 6601 development kit from Inforce Techweb.

Inforce 6640 ranks #12 out of all the top mobile phones in the market today

This week, Inforce ran internal benchmarks on the Inforce 6640, Snapdragon™ 820 powered SBC, to see how it ranked against the top phones and other single board computers on the market today.  In this industry, devices keep becoming increasingly competitive.  We were thrilled to see how Inforce 6640 scored specifically on the Antutu and 3DMark benchmarks.

Antutu is the most widely used benchmark to test the top Android phones on the market.  It gives an overall score to test multiple parts of your device like CPU, RAM, GPU, I/Os etc.  When Snapdragon 820 first was announced, it crushed the competition with its graphic competency and landed itself number at the #1 spot against the top chipsets, as you can see below.  (Source: GSM Arena)

A year later, Inforce 6640 is bringing Snapdragon 820 to advanced embedded devices and still displaying a very competitive score to beat out even some of the top mobile devices available today. With the proper cooling, Inforce 6640 scored a 146097, and proves to be faster than the Google Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and the iPhone 6s Plus.  Inforce 6640 also beat out the Nvidia Shield Tablet based on the Nvidia Tegra X1 processor which scored an overall of 134000 Antutu score (Source: Fudzilla).


Source: http://www.antutu.com/en/ranking/rank1.htm

Mostly popular in gaming devices, 3D Mark’s benchmark, Ice Storm Unlimited can also be used to show off the graphic capabilities in embedded systems.  Inforce 6640 scored an overall score of 27785 and a graphics score of 31947 which outranks the HTC Nexus 9 powered by Tegra K1-64.  With a graphics score of 31947, it beats out the Exynos 8 Octa powered Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.  The Adreno 530 GPU has an 40% improvement to graphics performance, compute capabilities, and power usage when compared to its predecessor Adreno 430.

The Inforce 6640 is the first production-ready single board computer powered by Snapdragon 820.  It delivers 4K UHD video, multimedia and connectivity options including H.265 HEVC playback and capture, dual MIPI-CSI ports, dual DSI displays for touch screens, and Wi-Fi/BT4.2 LE/GPS.  Inforce 6640 SBC ships with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and supports Android Nougat 7.0.0 BSP on the Inforce TechWeb.  It is available on the Inforce web store for $289.  Volume pricing is available, please contact sales@inforcecomputing.com for more information.

Android 6 Marshmallow now available for Snapdragon 410 based Inforce platforms

Software Update for Inforce 6301 Micro SOM and Inforce 6309 Micro Single Board Computer (powered by the Snapdragon™ 410 SoC)

The Android release version 2.0 BSP has been uploaded onto the Inforce TechWeb for Inforce 6301 micro SOM development kit and Inforce 6309 micro SBC.  This software release has upgraded Android from Lollipop to Marshmallow 6.0.1.  It supports all the same features that were supported for Android Lollipop including 1080p30 HDMI, USB, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, SD, GPS, Bluetooth and features a linux kernel 3.10.49.

The software release package contains pre-fabricated binaries that can be flashed with the Snapdragon 410 based Inforce platforms along with instructions to fetch the baseline source code and build the software.  You can refer to the link https://source.android.com/source/requirements for directions on setting up your build environment.

This fully featured release supports the following peripheral devices and I/Os:

  • Qualcomm® Quad-core ARM® Cortex®-A53 CPU running at 1.2GHz
  • Qualcomm® Adreno™ 306 GPU running at 400Mhz
  • HDMI display at 1080p, 30fps full-screen resolutions along with audio
  • USB 2.0 and USB mass storage
  • 2.4GHz Wifi, BLE, and GPS
  • Micro SD card interface
  • 1080p USB camera
  • Serial UART and low-speed peripherals
  • Access to Qualcomm Hexagon™ SDK
  • Inforce 6309 only: LVDS, Ethernet, Audio Jack, 1080p image capture and 1080p@30fps video capture with ACC-1H10 5MP camera, and RTC

The software release packages are now available on the Inforce TechWeb.  For more information, download the release notes for Inforce 6301 and Inforce 6309.

ACC-1H10: Inforce’s next generation MIPI-CSI 5MP camera with both 41-pin and 51-pin connectors

Inforce Computing introduces ACC-1H10, a 5 Mega Pixel camera sensor module board for Snapdragon™ 410E and 600E based Inforce platforms.  ACC-1H10 is the next generation MIPI-CSI camera adapter board that has replaced the popular ACC-1H60.  The camera module board comes with the same OmniVision (OVS5640) 5MP camera sensor as ACC-1H60 but has added a 41-pin connector to increase compatibility with more Inforce platforms.

This camera peripheral, with its low power consumption and small form factor, is the ideal plug-n-play accessory for Snapdragon 410E and 600E micro SOMs and SBCs.  It features anti-shake technology, AF Control, and integrated JPEG compression engine, and supports 5 MP still image capture along with 720p@60 fps and 1080p@30 fps video streaming capability.

ACC-1H10 supports additional features including:

  • Automatic image control functions
  • Color CMOS 5 Megapixel image sensor
  • Dual lane MIPI CSI interface to APQ8064 device
  • Supports video and snapshot modes
  • Max video rates: 5 MP (2592×1944): 15 fps; 1080P: 30fps; 720P: 60 fps
  • Anti-shake, Auto Focus, and Black Sun Cancellation
  • Programmable I/O Drive Capability, I/O tri-state configurability
  • Embedded Microcontroller

Inforce ACC-1H10 is available online for $125 and comes with both the 41-pin and 51-pin cables for an easy start to your development.  For more information or to buy, head to https://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories/5mp-omnivision-ovs5640-camera-module-board-with-cable-for-snapdragon-sbc-som-acc-1h10.

ACC-1H10 will also have support for both Snapdragon 805 and 820 powered Inforce platforms soon.  Please contact sales@inforcecomputing.com for more information.

Inforce Insights March 2017: Vol.3 Issue 2 – Inforce Computing Newsletter


As we finish our first quarter of the year, we are happy to reflect on all the new products, hardware, and software updates since our last newsletter in January with even more on the horizon.

In this newsletter, we share details about enabling RTC on your Inforce platform and how to roll your own Linux build system with Open Embedded.  Lastly, we bring you all the way to Germany where we share our experience partnering with Qualcomm, Basler, and Arrow at Embedded World 2017.

Warm wishes from the Inforce Team!

New Products

  • The much anticipated Inforce 6640, the first Snapdragon™ 820 SBC, is now available on the Inforce store along with display, camera, POE, and Ultra HDMI input accessories.
  • ACC-1H10, a 5MP MIPI-CSI camera with both a 41-pin and 51-pin connector, launched yesterday.
  • We have also launched ACC-1S70, a PoE adapter card, for Inforce 6640 and Inforce 6309, providing power over Ethernet through one single cable.

Product and Software Updates

What you need to know about enabling RTC on your Inforce platform

The purpose of an RTC or a real-time clock is to provide precise time and date which can be used for various application use-cases. Similar to a watch, it runs on a battery and keeps time for you even when there is a power outage on your system! Using an RTC, you can keep track of long timelines, even if your system is disconnected from the power plug.  Read more>> Continue reading Inforce Insights March 2017: Vol.3 Issue 2 – Inforce Computing Newsletter

Inforce Computing at Embedded World 2017

From robots cooking sausages to an augmented reality BMW® i8™ test drive, Embedded World showed the latest and greatest the embedded world had to offer.  Internet of Things was no doubt at the center of the show and we were thrilled to see so many eager developers with such unique applications for Snapdragon™ technology ranging from surgical devices to industrial automation and smart city management.

Inforce Computing had a big presence this year in Nuremberg, partnering with big names such as Basler AG®, Arrow Electronics®, and Qualcomm® to show our diverse and growing roadmap of Snapdragon-powered platforms and Inforce services.  New platforms such as Inforce 6640™, Snapdragon 820 SBC, and Inforce 6309L™, cost-optimized Snapdragon 410E SBC, made their debut into the embedded community.

@Basler Booth

Basler and Inforce Computing® came together to give them embedded community of and embedded vision system available today which works immediately off the shelf.  Basler cameras are known for their quality industrial cameras and now paired with an Inforce board, developers have a product ready system solution for applications such as industrial automation, medical technology, retail, and smart city systems.

Simulating a retail application in the digital signage space, an Inforce 6540™ was connected to a Basler Dart through USB3.0 while using a facial recognition algorithm to calculate age, gender, and an attention score with each participant who walked by.  This demo showed the value of an off-the-shelf high-end camera with the power of Snapdragon to be able to provide sophisticated analytics of the target audience to an advertiser.  If you walked by multiple times, regardless of trying to change appearance with glasses, it would recognize your face and you would not be counted again in the tracker.  Inforce and Basler’s integration can make an application like this very easy to productize.

@Arrow Booth

Inforce Computing and Arrow have partnered together to distribute Inforce products and services.  Arrow not only sells Inforce SOMs, single board computers and development kits powered by Snapdragon but now has opened the availability of Inforce Services.  Inforce services can include carrier design packages, custom design services, support contracts, and more.  Together with Arrow, we can deliver a full turnkey solution for embedded development.

Inforce debuted Inforce 6640 at the Arrow booth by displaying a FastCV corner detection and other computer vision features that require the Adreno 530 GPU’s real-time processing and hardware acceleration.  We also introduced Inforce 6309L, a micro SBC optimized to match the cost and features of DragonBoard™ 410c but made for production.  Inforce and Arrow FAEs from EMEA region were eager to show what is new for Inforce’s growing roadmap and Inforce services through Arrow distribution.

@Qualcomm Booth

Inforce and Qualcomm partnership dates all the way back to 2013, to the first days of Snapdragon entering the embedded world.  In those 5 years, we have brought four generations of both single board computers and micro SOMs powered by Snapdragon to many advanced embedded applications.  All these platforms were showcased around the Qualcomm booth. We were also able to show off successful commercial devices built with Inforce platforms in the video collaboration and medical space including SonoSite’s iViz portable ultrasound machine which saves lives all around the world.  We are excited for the future as the Snapdragon technology continues to improve and devices become smarter.

And that’s a wrap. For questions on any of these live demos or offerings, please contact sales@inforcecomputing.com.  We will see you next year for Embedded World 2018!

Open Embedded for Inforce Platforms


Product makers would find it hard to pick up off-the-shelf Linux distributions for use in their systems directly owing to the combination of bootloader, kernel, application, and development tool components not being compatible for their peripherals and hardware. Thus, a ‘roll your own’ approach to Linux is preferred and the Open Embedded (OE) build environment provides exactly that through a methodology to reliably build customized Linux distributions for your embedded devices. Open Embedded is not a Linux distro but a build system with which a Linux distro can be created.

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OE is based on BitBake, a cross-compilation and make-like build engine developed for embedded Linux. Developers use BitBake by creating various configuration and recipe files that instruct BitBake on which sources to build from where and how to build them. OE is essentially a database of these recipe (.bb) and configuration (.conf) files, called Metadata, that developers can draw on to cross-compile combinations of components for a variety of embedded platforms. OE supports organizing Metadata into multiple layers. This concept of Layers allows you to isolate different types of customizations from each other. You might find it tempting to keep everything in one layer when working on a single project. However, the more modular your Metadata, the easier it is to cope with future changes.

You will find thousands of recipes to build both individual packages and complete images. A package can be anything from a bootloader through a kernel to a user-space application or just a set of development tools. The recipe knows where to access the source for a package, how to build it for a particular target, and ensures that a package’s dependencies are all built as well, relieving developers of the need to understand every piece of software required to add a particular capability to their application. OE can create packages in a variety of package formats (tar, rpm, deb, ipk) and can create package feeds for a distribution. You could begin by selecting a particular distribution rather than building individual packages. The advantage of using an existing distribution is that it will often be necessary to select certain package versions to get a working combination. Distributions address this key function. They often provide a ‘stable’ build in addition to a ‘latest’ build to avoid the inherent instabilities that come from trying to combine the latest versions of everything.

OE releases for Inforce platforms based on Linux Reference Platform Kernel (RPK) and the mesa graphic stack using freedreno driver are in the pipeline and would soon be publicly available on our Techweb repository. The layer descriptions along with other details are available at this link.