Inforce Insights September 2016
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 email@example.com!
From the editorial desk at Inforce Computing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the editorial desk at Inforce Computing.
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)
The Production-Ready and Cross-Compatible Micro System-on-Module (SOM) Offers an Accelerated Path to Designing Next Generation Embedded Computing Solutions
FREMONT, CA–(Marketwired – April 26, 2016) –
- Joins a growing family of Inforce Micro SOMs that are cross-compatible and offers a frictionless path to upgrade legacy embedded systems with cutting-edge compute and multimedia technologies
- Purpose built in a tiny form-factor to empower next-generation compute-intensive applications that require high-performance quad-core CPU, GPU, DSP, ISP, 4K UHD HEVC video encode and decode, HDMI 2.0 support, and advanced connectivity solutions
- Takes advantage of the long lifecycle and powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors built on ultra-low-power 14nm FinFET process technologies
Inforce Computing®, Inc., a leading provider of modular embedded computing platforms and solutions, today announced availability of the latest Inforce 6601™ Micro SOM, featuring the 64-bit Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor for advanced embedded applications. The Snapdragon 820 processor is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Targeting designs that require 4K Ultra HD HEVC (H.265) video and graphics processing, ultra-low power consumption, and 64-bit ARM®v8 quad-core CPU performance, the Inforce 6601 Micro SOM is tailored to bring forth exciting and new mobile processing technologies to next-generation embedded applications. Continue reading Inforce Computing Announces the Latest Inforce 6601 Micro SOM Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor
Have you been hamstrung by the limitations of vendor provided binary blobs for GPU drivers in your ARM-based embedded systems? How about having access to open-source embedded Linux graphics drivers to write your own graphics applications? If so, this downloadable new whitepaper from Inforce Computing might be helpful.
As you may know, Qualcomm Snapdragon applications processors have a powerful and in-built high-performance Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for accelerating 2D and 3D graphics-intensive applications. In modern embedded system user interfaces, graphics is increasingly becoming important. Having access to an open source graphics driver enables generation of new widgets, new features, etc., and allows developers to recompile it.
Hope all of you have had a great start to 2016 after a much needed Christmas and New Year’s break. If you will be at CES 2016 this week (January 6-9) in Las Vegas, please do stop by the following Qualcomm® booths to take a look at Inforce Computing’s exciting Snapdragon™ processor-based compute platforms in the form of SBCs, SoMs, and development kits.
1. Qualcomm Main Booth: Central Hall, #8952–What to see:
- IoT Wall:
- An Enterprise Videoconferencing Endpoint solution powered by a custom Inforce 64XX SBC (Snapdragon 600 processor)
- A connected point-of-care (battery operated/portable) Ultrasound Imaging System powered by an Inforce 64XX SoM (Snapdragon 600)
- Smart Cities Area:
- Inforce 6309 Micro SBC (Snapdragon 410) for industrial IoE applications at the edge-of-the-network
- Inforce 6401 Micro SoM (Snapdragon 600) for SWaP constrained designs requiring low power and full-HD video processing
- Inforce 6540 SBC and Inforce 6501 Micro SoM (Snapdragon 805) for 4K Ultra HD video capture/playback and high-end processing
2. Qualcomm Unmanned Systems Booth: South Hall, #25824–what to see:
- Inforce Robotics Development Kit running ROS on Linaro Linux: Inforce 6410Plus SBC (Snapdragon 600) and a Peripheral Abstraction Core (PAC) Mezzanine card with an ARM® Cortex®-M4; Grove connectors and Arduino compatibility for connecting multiple external sensors, SBUS for motor control, 10 DoF on-board sensors, and more.
Best wishes for a wonderful year ahead! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information.
Last week’s panel discussion at the Churchill Club titled “Civilian Drones: The Opportunity Takes Flight” touched varied topics from open source autopilot designs (such as the Pixhawk PX4) that have democratized access to technologies, to auto-navigation and collision avoidance, increasing battery life and payload weight, FAA regulations, and everything in between. The past year has indeed seen frenzied activity in the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) or drone space. Several use cases have taken shape, but how many of them are going to be commercially viable and sustainable in the long run? Businesses and large corporations are actively looking to use drones to monitor their assets, infrastructure, and operations. Start-ups in this space are trying to carve a niche by differentiating with unique underlying technologies such as collision avoidance and auto-navigation, which seek to unlock the potential for new use-cases. New services that offer businesses and corporate entities instant access to professional “drone pilots” with their fleet of UAVs for hire, provide imagery and data collection for a fee. Here are a few quick takeaways from the discussions. Continue reading Commercial Drones: Where’re the Viable Use-cases and Core Technologies to Differentiate in a Crowded Marketplace?
Have you wondered what would it take to implement a modern embedded system design with a system-on-module (SOM) as opposed to building your entire system from scratch? What are some of the clear advantages to designing with a SOM? Are you perennially stuck in the build-vs-buy argument on whether or not to design the most time-consuming and complex compute portions of an embedded system in-house? What’s a carrier board and how to design a custom one that can be re-used by new SOMs that come down the line? Is your design going to be obsoleted because of a lack of a microprocessor roadmap from your semiconductor vendor and upward/cross-compatibility of your custom carrier boards? Are you missing your market windows and are looking for a solution that addresses time-to-market issues and cost escalations? Have you hit the limits of your current system’s compute power? Would you like to obtain access to high-performance and low-power state-of-the-art Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors without the need to license them?
Inforce Computing offers a clear path to designing embedded systems with micro-SOMs
To find out answers to the above questions and kick-start your embedded design with the latest Inforce 6501 Micro SOM, please download a whitepaper on the subject here. Should you have further questions after reading it, please reach out to us.
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