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Inforce Computing to Exhibit at the Embedded World, Nuremberg, Germany, February 23-26, 2016

Newsletter from Inforce Computing about Inforce 6601 Micro SOM

Greetings!
We’re excited to share some great news with you. Inforce Computing’s much anticipated, highest performing, and cross-compatible Micro SOM based on the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 embedded processor (APQ8096 SoC) is here! Coming close on the heels of Snapdragon 820 processor-based high-end smartphone announcements at the recent 2016 Mobile World Congress, designers can now leverage the same underlying cutting edge mobile technologies for implementing next-gen embedded systems. The Inforce 6601™ Micro SOM delivers a superior compute platform to enable advanced AR/VR based wearable, computer vision, 4K HEVC video encode/decode, medical imaging, video analytics, and high-end IoT applications, to name a few. Designers can also seamlessly upgrade from legacy Inforce 6401™ and Inforce 6501™ Micro SOM based designs. You can download a datasheet of the Inforce 6601 Micro SOM here and read an informative FAQ here >>>.

Inforce Computing Announces the Latest Inforce 6601 Micro SOM Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Processor

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) –

Highlights:

  • 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

Writing Linux Graphics Applications for Qualcomm Snapdragon / Adreno GPUs on the Inforce 64XX and Inforce 65XX platforms

Writting linux graphics applications for qualcommHave 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.

Continue reading Writing Linux Graphics Applications for Qualcomm Snapdragon / Adreno GPUs on the Inforce 64XX and Inforce 65XX platforms

IoE – Boosting operational efficiencies, productivity, and reducing overall costs

IoT (Internet of Things) is a network of physical objects, devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and most importantly, connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data. It is just a matter of time as IoT becomes all-encompassing to make a natural transition to Internet of Everything a.k.a. IoE.

Needless to say, the consumer segment of IoE looks very impressive. But how are other industries responding to this trend? Cisco predicts that IoE will create $14.4 trillion of ‘Value at Stake’ for companies and industries by 2022. So the number says it all. Which means industries that are looking at connected and smarter devices for automation, innovative production, and acute maintenance will get a pie of the estimated $14.4 trillion in terms of productivity and operational efficiencies. Fair deal!

IoE – Boosting operational efficiencies
Industrial Internet of Things

What powers them all? Or rather what makes machines smarter?

Continue reading IoE – Boosting operational efficiencies, productivity, and reducing overall costs

Checkout Inforce’s Snapdragon-based Products at CES 2016: Go to the Qualcomm Booths!

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.

Cheers,
Vasu Madabushi
Inforce Computing

Inforce 6309 micro SBC is Software Compatible with DragonBoard 410c Board, Includes an Ethernet Port

Posted on cnx-software.com on November 26th, 2015 by 

I’ve recently written a review of DragonBoard 410c with Android, one of the first board part of Linaro’s 96Boards initiative that’s supposed to get Android and Debian distributions with recent Linux kernel & U-Boot, together with full source code. Inforce Computing has now launched Inforce 6309 micro Single Board Computer (SBC) with the same footprint, albeit different connectors’ placements, and software compatible with DragonBoard 410c development board powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The board targets applications such as industrial automation, “sophisticated” IoE devices, medical devices, augmented reality computing, and robotics and drones. CONTINUE READING >>>>>>

Tiny, rugged SBC runs Linux or Android on Snapdragon 410

As posted on Linuxgizmos.com. Nov 25, 2015  by  Eric Brown

Inforce has launched an 85 x 54mm “Inforce 6309 Micro SBC” that runs Linux or Android on a Snapdragon 410 and offers -30 to 85°C operation and optional PoE.

Qualcomm’s ARMv8, 64-bit Snapdragon 410 has proven to be popular among embedded developers. In addition to Inforce Computing’s new Inforce 6309 Micro SBC, we have seen the quad-core, 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 SoC used in <……….> Qualcomm’s own DragonBoard 410c SBC. CONTINUE READING HERE>>>>>

 

How to bring mobile processing power to robotics and drone designs

Posted by Will Tu in ARM Connected Community Embedded Blog on Nov 25, 2015 11:21:27 PM

I recently met up with Vasu Madabushi, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Inforce Computing (Silicon Valley).  I found out to my surprise that Inforce is one of the few Qualcomm partners worldwide that designs and manufactures embedded computing platforms.  They design and manufacture Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS), product-ready system on modules (SOMs) and single-board computers (SBCs) that feature ARM® ISA-compliant Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors. CONTINUE READING>>>>>

Introducing the Affordable Inforce 6309™ Micro SBC

Commercialize Your Next Gen Industrial IoE Product Based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 Processor

Inforce 6309 Micro SBC Full Development Kit
Inforce 6309 Micro SBC (Full Development Kit)

OK, have you been working on or thinking of bringing that cool high-performance next generation industrial internet-of-everything (IoE) idea to market? Are you feeling weighed down by stringent requirements such as robust upstream Linux kernel/Android OS and device driver support, extended operating temperature range (you could possibly be designing a next-gen outdoor smart signage or billboard that does real-time heavy-duty analytics, to withstand the deep freeze of the winter in Minneapolis or sizzling summers in Las Vegas or Phoenix), and your end-products have a long product lifecycle? Does your product live in hostile environments (electrical and thermal) that requires EMI noise protection, proper thermal design/heat dissipation, and are actively considering including things like Power-over-Ethernet and RS485 ports? While all of this sounds really exciting and challenging at the same time, are you struggling to find the right high-performance compute platform that fits these needs in a cost-effective and reliable way to scale to production volume manufacturing? Despair not; help is on the way in the form of the latest Inforce 6309 Micro SBC, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor!

Continue reading Introducing the Affordable Inforce 6309™ Micro SBC

New Inforce 6401 Micro SOM Delivers High Performance in a Tiny Form Factor

 

New Inforce 6401 Micro SOM Delivers High Performance in a Tiny Form Factor

Inforce Computing Adds the Cross-compatible System-on-Module (SOM) to a Growing Line of Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor-Based Micro SOMs

Fremont, Calif., October 22, 2015 /MarketWired/

Highlights:

  • Based on the long life cycle and powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (APQ 8064T SoC)
  • The Inforce 6401 Micro SOM joins a product-line of electrical, pin, and form-factor compatible SOMs with a common carrier board, allowing easy migration to the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processors
  • The ultra-compact Inforce 6401 Micro SOM is well suited for advanced Internet-of-Everything (IoE) systems at the edge of the network that require quad-core compute performance
  • Inforce provides value added design assistance services for custom carrier board design to accelerate embedded system time-to-market

Inforce Computing®, Inc., a leading provider of modular embedded computing platforms, today introduced the new product-ready Inforce 6401™ Micro SOM featuring the ARM®v7 ISA compatible Qualcomm® Snapdragon 600 processor (APQ 8064T SoC).  The Snapdragon 600 processor is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Targeting embedded system applications that require HD video and graphics processing, ultra-low power consumption and high-performance, the Inforce 6401 is designed to make the well-proven and quad-core processing power of the Snapdragon 600 mobile platform easily accessible for a variety of space, weight and power (SWaP) constrained industrial IoE and consumer devices.

The plug-and-play Inforce 6401 Micro SOM brings forth the Snapdragon 600 processor’s rich features with support for a full set of peripheral devices to deliver a continued high standard of benefits for embedded systems developers:

  • Quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm® Krait™ 300 CPU, Qualcomm® Adreno™ 320 GPU, and Qualcomm® Hexagon™ v4 DSP
  • Fast, flexible prototyping: the Inforce 6401 Micro SOM exposes a comprehensive array of interfaces on the Snapdragon 600 processor including 2x MIPI CSI, Dual 4-lane MIPI DSI and touch screen, 2X USB 2.0, USB 2.0 OTG, PCIe, HDMI, I2C, SPI, UART, GPIO’s, SDC, and more.
  • Excellent Android function and peripheral support with a KitKat 4.4.2 BSP and Linux based on Ubuntu 14.10 BSP that includes drivers for Wi-Fi, BT 4.0, GPS and video acceleration up to 1080p60 resolution, three cameras up to 20MP, and highly flexible power management.
  • Strong support for custom carrier board design with a design assistance services package that includes reference schematics and access to a dedicated customer support engineer
  • Take advantage of the SDKs of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and its subsidiaries, such as the FastCV™ computer vision SDK, the Qualcomm® Multicore Asynchronous Runtime Environment (MARE) SDK, the Qualcomm® Vuforia™ mobile vision platform, and Qualcomm Hexagon SDK, to fast-track your embedded designs
  • Enable interoperable connectivity and communication across different transports, platforms and operating systems among devices with the use of AllJoyn®, a collaborative open-source software framework from the AllSeen Alliance. SDK available from allseenalliance.org

“Inforce has delivered a micro SOM that truly utilizes the Snapdragon 600 processor’s long product lifecycle and capabilities for mid-range high performance compute requirements in video and graphics processing, portable medical imaging, hands-free computing, and robotics,” said Tia Cassett, senior director of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “What makes the Inforce 6401 Micro SOM really attractive for embedded designers is that it accelerates their time-to-launch and provides an easy migration path to the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor-based SOMs.”

In addition to delivering the high performance capabilities of the Snapdragon 600 processor, the high compute-density Inforce 6401 Micro SOM includes 2GB PCDDR3, 4GB eMMC, FCC pre-certified dual-channel/dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and BT 4.0 module, support for 2 cameras up to 20MP, GPS, audio codec, onboard power management, and hardware assisted H.264 (AVC) HD video capture and playback. Optional SKU variants of the Micro SOM come with Android Lollipop 5.0.2 OS, full EMI shielding and thermal characterization/analysis for constrained designs. Inforce also provides a cost-effective hybrid manufacturing model to rapidly scale customer designs to volume production.

“Inforce pioneered the first commercial Micro SOMs based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. Our customers are engineering some of the most challenging embedded designs for the IoE. The Inforce 6401 Micro SOM fits their stringent requirements in a configuration that eases the burden of designing the most difficult part of an IoE embedded system,” said Jagat Acharya, CEO of Inforce Computing, Inc.  “The Inforce 6401 Micro SOM gives system designers the maximum amount of flexibility and control over their projects by providing the core Snapdragon 600 processor functionality while exposing a maximum level of system I/O for customer designed carrier cards. Inforce 6401 Micro SOM also provides embedded designers the right path to seamless future upgrades, ensuring their products don’t get obsoleted and are competitive in the marketplace.”

The Inforce 6401 Micro SOM single units are priced at US$166 stand-alone. Embedded systems designers have the option of purchasing a complete development kit at a price of US$371, which includes the following:

 

  • The Inforce 6401 Micro SOM
  • A full-fledged carrier board, which comprehensively expands the I/O and connectivity
  • A starter kit with power supply, micro-USB cable, and an acrylic base

The Inforce 6401 Micro SOM is available now and can be ordered online here. For more information on lead times and volume pricing, please contact sales@inforcecomputing.com.

 

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About Inforce Computing

Inforce Computing is at the bleeding edge of modern embedded computing design. At Inforce, we are inspired by the inflection point in mobile and wireless technologies that are spawning innovative applications and services. Inforce is a leading developer of high-performance Android and Ubuntu Linux OS based product-ready hardware compute platforms for real life applications. Enhanced by working with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, Inforce designs and manufactures powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor-based system-on-modules (SOM) and single-board-computers (SBC) in ultra-low power and tiny form factors. Inforce Computing supplies high performance processing, networking, and embedded hardware platforms based on widely-used open standards for a variety of applications. More information can be found at www.inforcecomputing.com.

 

Qualcomm, Snapdragon, Adreno, Hexagon and Vuforia are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Krait and FastCV are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. Qualcomm Krait, Qualcomm Adreno, Qualcomm Hexagon and Qualcomm Multicore Asynchronous Runtime Environment are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Qualcomm Vuforia is a product of Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. AllJoyn is a registered trademark of AllSeen Alliance, Inc. Other product and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

 

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