Monthly Archives: June 2016

FUJIFILM SonoSite iViz designed with Inforce 64XX SoM

The FUJIFILM SonoSite
Mobility and connectivity has changed our lives in many astonishing ways from how we play to how we work, and now it is actually saving lives. FUJIFILM SonoSite® has leveraged the Inforce 64XX™ system on module to build a portable ultrasound machine, iViz™, to be used in remote locations where people are in need of medical attention such as ambulances, battlefields, emergency rooms, or even in the hands of a midwife. Continue reading FUJIFILM SonoSite iViz designed with Inforce 64XX SoM

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

NASA Astrobee Avionics bd
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.

The bake-off to pick the right compute platform Continue reading Inforce 6501 Micro SOM Beats Five Other Vendor Products in a Bake-off

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

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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