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Arrow Electronics and Inforce Computing Announce Global Franchise Agreement for Inforce’s Embedded Computing Platforms

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NUREMBERG, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arrow Electronics Inc. (NYSE: ARW) and Inforce Computing®, Inc. today announced a global franchise agreement for Inforce Computing’s embedded solutions.
Inforce Computing is a supplier of application-ready embedded hardware platforms for low-power, small footprint, and high-performance solutions based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ families of processors and chipsets. Inforce’s system-on-module (SoM), single-board-computer (SBC), development kits, and wireless technologies have enabled OEM solutions in diverse markets such as portable medical imaging, collaboration and videoconferencing, hands-free computing, robotics, and drones. Inforce leverages mobile and embedded Internet technologies to provide hardware and software support for the long term.

“Arrow provides Inforce unprecedented coverage and reach worldwide into the industrial, medical, automotive, and other sophisticated embedded markets that are increasingly looking at Qualcomm Snapdragon processor-based solutions for improved power efficiencies, higher performance, extended product lifecycles, and clear roadmaps,” said Jagat Acharya, chief executive officer, Inforce Computing. “As a Qualcomm licensee, Inforce has brought to market several innovative SoM and SBC solutions based on the Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 805 processors. We look forward to a very fruitful relationship with Arrow as we leverage their expertise in diverse industry segments.”

“As one of the leading embedded distributors and technology providers, Arrow is pleased to offer Inforce Computing products and services globally,” said David West, vice president of global marketing and engineering for Arrow’s global components business. “We look forward to bringing their expertise and hardware platforms to our broad embedded customers globally. Inforce Computing’s product offering increases Arrow’s comprehensive embedded portfolio, and enables us to expand our product offering for existing customers, as well as reach new markets.”

Inforce is exhibiting at the Embedded World 2015 conference, Nuremberg, Germany, Feb. 24 through Feb. 26. Visit Inforce at Hall-1, booth 1-661 to find out more about the Snapdragon processor-based small form factor products for embedded designs.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics (www.arrow.com) is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 56 countries.

About Inforce Computing

Fremont, Calif.-based Inforce Computing designs and manufactures high-performance processing, networking, and embedded hardware platforms based on widely used open standards for real-life applications such as in medical imaging, smart office, robotics and UAVs, and wearable hands-free computing. More information can be found at www.inforcecomputing.com.

The Snapdragon 805 processor is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries.

Contacts

Arrow Electronics, Inc.
John Hourigan, 303-824-4586

Embedded World, Feb 24th-26th 2015

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Inforce Computing will partner with Qualcomm® Technologies, Inc. to present Snapdragon™ based development platforms and application-ready solutions at the Embedded World Conferencein Nuremberg, Germany, between February 24-26, 2015. Inforce’s products are at the heart of sophisticated connected devices indiverse embedded applications such as portable medical systems, collaboration/video conferencing end-point systems, hands-free computing, and robotics/UAVs, to name a few.

Google Chrome OS Team to Add Support for Inforce 6410

The Google open-source Chrome OS team tells us that it has started working on support for theInforce® 6410 single board computer (SBC), which is based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor. In a Google+ post just a few days ago, this was shared by François Beaufort, Google’s open-source evangelist in the Chrome OS team.

Inforce 6410 SBC based on the Snapdragon 600 processorRob Clark, the main force behind the open-source freedreno graphics drivers for the Adreno 3XX and 4XX GPUs in Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs, commented on the same post that this was a community effort along with Sean Paul of the Chrome OS team. With an upstream kernel running on the Inforce 6410 SBC, and an open source Gallium3D driver available, it was natural to work towards a Snapdragon based (ARMv7 compliant) free-and-open-source-software (FOSS) Chromium OS build. The Inforce 6410 SBC was thus an easy choice to port Chrome OS to the Snapdragon 600 processor (APQ8064 SoC). So stay tuned for further progress on this effort and the availability of Chrome OS builds for the Inforce 6410 SBC.

Coming close on the heels of Robot Operating System (ROS) support for Inforce 6410 SBC and the availability of board support packages (BSP) for Linaro (Ubuntu Linux 14.10) and Android (KitKat 4.4), the versatile Inforce 6410 platform provides multiple OS support for jumpstarting embedded designs. The icing on the cake is the availability for freedreno graphics drivers for Fedora, Linaro, and now Chrome OS (under development), making the Inforce 6410 SBC a popular choice for a variety of embedded applications.

IFC6410 SBC With Linaro for Embedded Applications

Marking the Occasion, Inforce Offers the IFC6410 Board at a Discounted Price of $75 for a Limited Time

FREMONT, CA–(Marketwired – September 22, 2014) — Inforce Computing®, which designs and supplies embedded modular platforms, today announced the shipping of pre-loaded Linaro™ builds for the Inforce 6410 (IFC6410) Pico-ITX single-board computer (SBC) featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor. To encourage the ecosystem of embedded developers working on open-source Linux® platforms, Inforce Computing is offering the IFC6410 SBC for a limited period of time at the discounted price of $75 with the coupon code “6410linaro”.

The IFC6410 is an ultra-small and cost-effective SBC solution for embedded developers in a convenient Pico-ITX standard form factor. It brings powerful tablet and mobile-class computing to prototyping applications in robotics, industrial and office automation, medical devices, and more. The IFC6410 provides developers easy access to the rich I/O, compute resources (CPU, GPU, DSP, etc.), and power efficiency of the Snapdragon 600 system-on-chip.

The IFC6410 now ships pre-loaded with the latest Linaro Member Build that provides a desktop-like environment using Ubuntu™ and the Gnome desktop. The Linaro Ubuntu-based releases also integrate and use the freedreno driver to support 2D/3D GPUs on the IFC6410 platform. Linaro Ltd., is a collaborative engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM® architecture based embedded devices.

Inforce 6540 Development System with Snapdragon 805

FREMONT, CA–(Marketwired – September 29, 2014) — Inforce Computing®, a leading supplier for modular embedded systems developers, today announced the availability of the Inforce 6540 Pico-ITX single-board computer featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processor. The Snapdragon 805 processor is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Targeting embedded systems applications that require outstanding video and graphics, low power consumption, and exceptional computing performance, the Inforce 6540 is designed to make the latest mobile platform technology available to a broad range of industrial, medical, defense, and consumer devices.
The Inforce 6540 complements the Snapdragon 805 processor’s rich features with a set of peripheral devices and technical support to deliver a new standard of benefits to embedded systems developers:

Memory scalability through MicroSD slot
Fast, flexible prototyping: the Inforce 6540 exposes the full array of interfaces on the Snapdragon 805 processor including 3x MIPI CSI, Dual MIPI DSI and touch screen, 2X USB 3.0, dual PCIe, SATA 3, RS232, I2C, SPI, UART, GPIO’s and MPPs.
Excellent Android function and peripheral support with a KitKat 4.4 BSP that includes drivers for Wi-Fi, BT 4.1, GPS / accelerometer / gyro, 3D graphics and video acceleration up to 4K resolution, cameras up to 55MP resolution, and highly flexible power management.
“Our customers are engineering the Internet of Everything. Inforce is dedicated to delivering sophisticated embedded solutions and the Snapdragon 805 processor is a perfect fit for our product roadmap. Mobile platforms are truly setting the pace for features and performance in embedded systems,” said Jagat Acharya, CEO of Inforce Computing, Inc. “Qualcomm Technologies has delivered an impressive set of video, graphics, computing, and power management capabilities in the Snapdragon 805 processor. Wrapping that in Inforce’s development and support products helps embedded system designers to rapidly access the capabilities they need to create powerful, connected solutions for industrial, medical, military, and consumer applications.”

The Snapdragon 805 processor focuses on encoding and decoding 4K video and it is one of the first mobile processors to support a comprehensive Ultra HD (4K) solution. The Snapdragon 805 processor is also designed to help deliver high-resolution video, imaging and gaming to embedded devices featuring quad-core 2.7 GHz CPUs and the Qualcomm® Adreno™ 420 GPU by Qualcomm Technologies, while also providing improved graphics and computing performance from previous generation Snapdragon processors.

In addition to delivering the high performance capabilities of the Snapdragon 805 processor, the Inforce 6540 will feature a small Pico-ITX form factor with 2GB LPDDR3, Wi-Fi (802.11ac) + BT 4.1, 4GB eMMC, support for 3 cameras up to 55MP, GPS, Ultra HD video, and sensor module.

The Inforce 6540 will ship with the board, a Pico-ITX case, power adapter, and free email-based technical support for $249. It is available for purchase now at www.inforcecomputing.com and is shipping now. You can also email sales@inforcecomputing.com for more information.

Inforce will showcase the Inforce 6540 at the ARM® TechCon conference, Santa Clara, CA, October 1-2, 2014. Visit the Inforce booth #423 to find out more about Inforce 6540 and other Snapdragon processor based small form factor products for embedded designs.

RoboBusiness, October 15th-17th – Boston

Inforce Computing will be partnering with Qualcomm® Technologies, Inc. to present our Snapdragon™ based solutions for robotics at the upcoming RoboBusiness Conference in Boston, MassachusettsbetweenOctober15-17, 2014. Inforce’s hardware and software products are at the heart of sophisticated, connected devices in applications such as robotics, portable medical systems, smart office solutions, and wearable technology for hands-free computing.

This Qualcomm-sponsored conference is an international executive-level robotics event that connects cutting-edge solutions providers with investors, end users and new business partners to accelerate the growth of the industry. This event is now in its 10th year and recognized as the leading business development event for the global robotics market. RoboBusiness is the only robotics event that operates at the intersection of consumer, service, and industrial robotics applications. As a long-standing event, founded in Massachusetts, they have a history with businesses and institutions at all levels of the robotics ecosystem.

At the RoboBusiness conference, you will be able to see our Snapdragon 805(Inforce 6540) and Snapdragon 600(Inforce 6410)processor based solutions. Inforce will also show the Snapdragon Micro Rover in action, enabled by the Inforce 6410 single-board-computer (SBC).We will be giving away the Inforce6410 SBC in raffles held throughout the event. Meet us at the Qualcomm booth#401 to find out more about versatile Inforce products to meet your exciting robotics solutions!