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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
From the editorial desk at Inforce Computing.
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. With the advent of viable industrial IoT solutions, remote asset tracking and monitoring solutions now come in all forms of shapes, sizes, and capabilities, depending on cost, conditions, context, geo location, available communication infrastructure, type of sensors required, etc. but no one size will fit all. Read more »
Heat generation is a fact of life! Whether it is processors, automobiles, or other mechanical devices (including humans), when one pushes it, heat will be generated—it’s like taxes and death; inevitable and not entirely avoidable. In this tech note, we will go over a few things embedded developers must be aware of before pushing it, or better yet, how to deal with temperature on an Inforce computing SBC or SOM, and use several heat dissipation methods to significantly reduce performance degradation. Read more »
The Linaro™ Qualcomm® landing team has migrated from a Ubuntu-based Linux distro to a Debian-based release starting January, 2016. The new Linaro Linux release (16.04) for the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 410 processor is a Debian-based Linaro build that provides developers with a desktop like environment using Debian and the LXDE desktop. You can now download and install the Debian Linux BSP for the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC. Read more »
Traditional videoconferencing and large tele-presence solutions are expensive and don’t find a place in the huddle spaces of modern offices or conference rooms in small and medium businesses (SMBs). With distributed workforces, video collaboration has proven to glue together the teams and get products and projects out the door efficiently. While web-based videoconferencing solutions may work, the Inforce custom video endpoint provides hardware based multimedia processing, resulting in unprecedented and uninterrupted 1080p HD video, content sharing, and audio quality at a very low cost. Now put together all of the requirements of such a system (priced in the sub-$2000 segment) and you’ll notice that it is non-trivial to design such a system. Nevertheless, Inforce’s proven compute platforms and pluggable technologies and software capabilities helped a customer realize an enterprise-class product for demanding end-users. Read more »
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