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Inforce Computing is Exhibiting at Embedded World 2017 on 14th-16thMarch 2017

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What: Embedded World 2017

When: 14th-16th March 2017

Where: Nuremburg Exhibition Centre, Germany

Booth: Find us with Arrow, Qualcomm & Basler

Embedded World is a leading international trade fair held yearly in Nuremburg, Germany. The 2016 event saw an impressive 939 exhibitors and an outstanding 30,063 visitors at Embedded World 2016. As one of the significant events in the embedded community, Embedded World 2017 is ready to bring together an exciting array of embedded developers, design engineers and manufacturers of embedded systems. (Credit: Embedded World 2017)

Inforce Computing is a leading provider of application-ready embedded computer hardware platforms for the IoT niche. Inforce Computing offers signature, versatile product ready Single Board Computer (SBC), System on Module (SOM) and development kit platforms that are based on powerful and efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. These have been utilized in portable medical imaging, video conferencing, robotics, drones and hands-free computing.

To meet your customized needs these plug and play platforms are available in multiple small form factors off the shelf and build to order options.

Inforce Computing will be present at Embedded World 2017. You can find us at Hall 2/2-528 on the 14th to the 16th of March. We will be with Arrow, Qualcomm and Basler delegates.

Visit us to find out more about the exciting cutting edge embedded platforms we offer. You can interact with our in-house experts on embedded products.

What you can expect to see:

Inforce 6640

Inforce 6640 is the next generation Pico-ITX single board computer (SBC) featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 for the most leading-edge embedded applications.  Inforce 6640 provides an optimal experience in connectivity, performance, power, and graphic capabilities required for virtual/augmented reality, healthcare, gaming, 4K video collaboration, cameras, and Internet of Everything. You will experience Inforce 6640 Snapdragon™ 820 powered SBC running FastCV™ SDK with Inforce camera & display accessories which enable gesture recognition, face detection, tracking, text and corner recognition, and augmented reality.

Inforce 6309L

Designed as a product ready solution, Inforce 6309L has the essential I/Os and connectivity you need to give you a high performance and cost-optimized solution for your long life IoT devices. The micro SBC is powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 410E processor which has a 10-year supply commitment from Qualcomm. Inforce 6309L has robust features that include Wi-Fi/BT connectivity, GPS, up to 2 MIPI-CSI cameras, and HDMI display. For a minimum order quantity of 100 units, the Inforce 6309L starts at the price of $85, comparable to the popular DragonBoard™ 410c development platform. The platform comes preloaded with Android or Linux operating system.

Inforce 6309

The Inforce 6309 micro SBC is a full-featured single board computer (SBC) based on the powerful 64-bit Snapdragon 410E processor. It delivers a rich set of I/Os and unique features including dual MIPI-CSI cameras, support for an extended operating temperature range (-30°C to 85°C), and LVDS displays. An optional interface card enables Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and RS485 ports for industrial applications. The Inforce 6309 Micro SBC delivers high performance, rich multimedia, low power consumption, connectivity, and comprehensive support for an upstream Linux kernel (Linaro), Android OS and device drivers for embedded applications such as industrial automation, Internet-of-Everything (IoE) devices, digital signage, smart infrastructure, and retail.

Micro SOMs

Inforce will feature four generations of Snapdragon-powered micro system on modules specifically designed with the same pin, connector, electrical, and form-factor compatibility with all other Inforce Micro SOMs to ensure faster time-to-market for future generation devices and prevent obsolescence. Inforce Micro SOMs come in an ultra-small footprint of 28mm x 50mm and range from 10-11 grams in weight.  Inforce Computing provides standard carrier boards for development and carrier board design services to take you into production.

Application-Ready SBCs

Inforce will highlight their diverse roadmap of Snapdragon™ single board computers, optimized for large-scale production, to advanced embedded applications.  For two SBCs, Inforce 6410P and Inforce 6309, Inforce guarantees a 10-year supply for long-life IoT and industrial devices.  Inforce supports a build-to-order support model to meet your exact specifications eliminating custom design fees and accelerating time-to-market.  Volume pricing and variant SKUs are available for all platforms.  Discover the Inforce single board computers packaged with accessories including displays, cameras, Power over Ethernet add-on card, etc.  With these production-ready platforms combined with Inforce services, embedded developers are able to take their advanced mobile devices to market quickly and efficiently.

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Inforce Computing releases Inforce 6640 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor

Inforce Computing releases Inforce 6640™, the computing industry’s first commercial single board computer based on the Qualcomm ® Snapdragon™ 820 processor for advanced, high-end embedded devices

Fremont, CA, February 16, 2017 /MarketWired/

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Inforce Insights July 2016: Vol.2 Issue 4–the Newsletter of Inforce Computing

Can you believe we’re already into the 2H of 2016?! Hope our US readers have had a great 4th of July weekend, while everyone out there is also enjoying the full tilt of summer. Welcome to Inforce Computing’s July 2016 Newsletter! In this issue of Inforce Insights, we’d like to share a couple of technical notes [thermal management methods for Inforce’s SBCs & SOMs and running Debian Linux on the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC platform], an article on emerging IoT solutions in the burgeoning asset tracking space, and an interesting customer case study on video collaboration (scroll down). In the June newsletter, we shared the news about NASA’s Astrobee embedding two of Inforce’s compute platforms in their next-gen free-flying robot—did we also mention that the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM beat five other vendor products in a bakeoff? If you missed that part, you can read the benchmarking study here and find out why.

Inforce Insights July 2016

Have a great rest of the summer. Stay safe, cool, and hydrated, and please do share your stories of building great embedded IoT products with us at marketing@inforcecomputing.com!

From the editorial desk at Inforce Computing.

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Asset Tracking: Industrial IoT Solutions for Improved Outcomes

In a previous blog, we spoke about the need for high-performance computing at the edge of the network for a video analytics IoT use-case. We will continue along the same vein in this article, but will look at the transformation happening at Industrial IoT in the asset tracking, monitoring, and maintenance marketplace. While this is an extremely broad subject with thousands of use-cases, we will make an effort to look at it from an Industrial IoT perspective with a few examples.

Why is asset tracking important?

Most companies that have their valuable assets distributed over a large geographical area have to contend with a host of problems that affect their productivity, operational efficiencies, staffing, costs, and ultimately their bottom-line, among other things. These issues could manifest in the form of poor health of their assets, theft, pilferage, damage due to natural calamities, underperformance, safety, productivity, counterfeiting, leakage, excessive pollution and carbon emissions to outright loss of perishable goods, and the list goes on and on. In the past, there haven’t been cost-effective ways to monitor these assets to be able to take timely and corrective action or act on deep insights for better outcomes. Meaningful data collection has been quite expensive as well. Not anymore. Continue reading Asset Tracking: Industrial IoT Solutions for Improved Outcomes

Case Study: Inforce Computing’s Custom Design Powers a Cloud-optimized Video Collaboration Device

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor-based Inforce Custom Single-board-computer (SBC) Drives Cloud-optimized Video Conferencing Solution for Huddle Spaces

Case Study Highlights:

  • The cloud-optimized video endpoint is powered by an Inforce custom compute platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.
  • Runs an Android OS and delivers HD 1080p30 video capture and playback (H.264 hardware assisted codec) as well as crystal clear audio over the network.
  • LVDS-to-HDMI conversion enables simultaneous dual HD 1080p display outputs and HDMI-to-CSI conversion enables 1080p content sharing over the network via Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Inforce’s custom product development services help pass stringent tests required for UL and FCC certifications and bring the production design to volume manufacturing.

Cloud-optimized Video Collaboration DeviceInforce recently enabled a customer in the enterprise cloud-optimized video endpoint market with a custom single board computer (SBC). The Inforce SBC is based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor. The long lifecycle Snapdragon 600 processor features quad-core 1.7GHz CPUs, Qualcomm® Adreno™ 320 GPU, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP v4, and an integrated Image Signal Processor. It delivers energy efficient heterogeneous compute resources demanded by high-performance applications such as video collaboration. Continue reading Case Study: Inforce Computing’s Custom Design Powers a Cloud-optimized Video Collaboration Device

Inforce 6501 Micro SOM Beats Five Other Vendor Products in a Bake-off

NASA Astrobee free-flying robot
Figure-1: NASA’s Astrobee free-flying robot headed for the ISS in 2017.

Designing a next generation free-flying autonomous robot [see Figure 1], scheduled to be deployed on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017, is no trivial task. The NASA Astrobee will serve as a robotic assistant to offload routine, repetitive, but long-duration and CPU-intensive tasks [2] and replace a legacy and older free-flying robot.

Challenges in building the Astrobee avionics

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Figure-2: The Astrobee’s avionics block diagram showing the three compute modules.

The Astrobee has subsystems for structure, propulsion, power, guidance, navigation and control (GN&C), command and data handling (C&DH), thermal control, communications, docking mechanism, and a perching arm [4]. As seen in the block diagram in Figure-2 [2], the avionics provides computation and communication resources for the Astrobee. The three compute platforms are the low- [LLP], mid- [MLP], and high-level-processor [HLP], which are configured to perform specific functions.

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Inforce Insights June 2016: Vol.2 Issue 3–the Newsletter of Inforce Computing

Inforce Insights Newsletter on buliding Embedded Products

Welcome to Inforce Computing’s June 2016 Newsletter! In this issue of Inforce Insights, we’d like to share a couple of useful technical application notes and two exciting customer case studies (scroll down). What does enabling 3D printing, computer vision, video analytics, and space-bound free-flying robots have in common? All of these are powered by advanced Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor-based Inforce Computing platforms [SOMs and SBCs]. Moreover, Inforce’s value added software and hardware design assistance services have complemented and accelerated product development in these cases.

Software and Product Updates

We’re close to having an upstream kernel Linux BSP release (Linaro 15.10 version) available for the Inforce 6410Plus SBC. Stay tuned for download instructions and release notes for the latest BSP. Once available, please log on to Inforce’s TechWeb and look for the product specific menu under the software tab.

For those that have been eagerly waiting for the Inforce 6601™ Micro SOM, we will be taking pre-orders soon. We thank you for your interest in the latest Inforce 6601 Micro SOM and your patience is much appreciated as we ramp up our manufacturing. In the next few weeks you’ll also be able to read about and download more technical details of the affordable and new Inforce 6301 Micro SOM powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor.

We’d love to hear your feedback about Inforce’s newsletters as well as your stories on building exciting embedded products based on Inforce’s compute platforms. We’re more than glad to share your success story in these columns, so don’t hesitate to write to us at marketing@inforcecomputing.com.

Happy reading!

From the editorial desk at Inforce Computing.
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NASA Astrobee Robotic Free Flyer Powered by Dual Inforce 6501 Micro System-On-Modules (SOM)

NASA Astrobee Robotic Free Flyer: International Space Station, Here We Come!

NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group picks the Inforce 6501™ Micro SOM for both the middle-level processor (MLP) and the high-level processor (HLP) platforms due to its strict SWaP and high-performance requirements. Continue reading NASA Astrobee Robotic Free Flyer Powered by Dual Inforce 6501 Micro System-On-Modules (SOM)

Inforce Helps Pyramics® Bring an Edge-compute Video Analytics IoT Product to Market

Pyramics, Inforce Computing, Fraunhofer IIS, and Basler come together to help implement a state-of-the-art edge-compute IoT system for a retail video analytics application.

Inforce Helps Pyramics® Bring an Edge-compute Video Analytics IoT Product to Market

The digital transformations taking shape today in several industries will bring extremely profound changes to the way we will live our lives or how companies operate.  The heady mix of people, less-expensive sensors, actuators, compute, connectivity, and big-data analytics has indeed made internet-of-things (IoT) or internet-of-everything (IoE) a big living reality. While one might debate the cost of value propositions these transformations bring to end-users at large and who will pay for it, one can’t help but recognize that the benefits are starting to look pervasive.

Video analytics in the retailing and out-of-home media markets

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Inforce 6601 micro SoM Snapdragon 820 System-on-Module Embeds WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS

Posted by Cnxsoft on www.cnx-software.com on April 28, 2016

We’ve already seem Intrinsyc’s Snapdragon 820 development board and module, but there’s now an alternative thanks to Inforce Computing 6601 micro SoM  which is pin-to-pin compatible to the company’s earlier Inforce 6401 and Inforce 6501 Micro SOMs, also based on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, and works with the same SYS6501 carrier board.

Inforce Computing 6601 Micro SoM for Embeds WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS

Inforce Computing 6601 Micro SoM specifications: Continue reading Inforce 6601 micro SoM Snapdragon 820 System-on-Module Embeds WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS