The Android project (AOSP) is an open source operating system development project supported by Google. Google oversees this project’s general direction and the bulk of development. This project contains everything necessary to build Android but misses a few things necessary for creating a market ready hardware device and these include peripheral device drivers or processor architecture related optimizations. The Code Aurora Foundation (CAF) maintained by Qualcomm, serves their SoC driven ecosystem by hosting optimized, tested Android open source code needed to provide upstream enablement. Continue reading Enabling Google Mobile Services on our Android Devices
SMART Wireless’s next product launch is a market ready compact turnkey solution based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 450™ core. The Inforce 6310™ Application Ready Platform is designed exclusively to drive digital signage and display use-cases by enabling distribution of your Full HD resolution video content smoothly. Just plug-and-play and experience the platform’s capabilities through the pre-loaded fully functional Android Board Support Package! Continue reading Product launch – A Compact Turnkey Solution for Digital Signage
With the recent changes to workplaces required by the coronavirus pandemic, the need for solutions capable of supporting reduced workforces and socially distant operations has been given an unprecedented level of urgency. Industry has been on a steady march toward automation for decades, incorporating robotics, sensors, and automatic data capture and processing tools to reduce reliance on large workforces and improve quality. We are now on the cusp of a new revolution in automation driven by improvements in computer vision technology and corresponding reductions in cost and complexity of the sensors and computing solutions required to power them. Automation solutions are now more generally capable, cost less, and can be implemented as system level solutions that are integrated seamlessly aside traditional workforces. Continue reading Snapdragon Smart Vision Improves Robotic Material Handling & Tracking
Innovative technologies and an expanded Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem have transformed how the world connects, computes and communicates today. Consumer adoption of connected devices has exponentially increased and this can lead to potential issues with electromagnetic interference if the devices being sold do not conform to regulatory guidelines. Imagine a doctor’s handheld device’s signal interferes with the operation of a medical equipment that was being used to monitor a patient in intensive care! Continue reading Emission Compliant IoT Solutions from SMART Wireless
As IoT devices become more capable, delivering the necessary performance to enable immersive experiences to users is a complex challenge owing to the power and thermal constraints on these devices. To address this challenge, a design approach that specifically caters to portable devices without a constant power source is essential. An optimal and thermal efficient design is only possible by taking a holistic approach to power management across the system including the choice of materials for the product enclosures. Continue reading Thermal Dissipation Techniques on Snapdragon Systems
The Internet of Things (IoT) connects devices that exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet. Connecting everything everywhere leads to a continuous stream of enormous data being generated and this data needs to be processed in real-time to make good use of it and drive applications.
Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are a key part of parallel computing on systems where the workloads are shared between the CPU, GPU and other processors. GPUs break complex problems into millions of separate tasks and work them out at once. That makes them ideal for graphics, where textures, lighting and the rendering of shapes have to be done at once to keep images flying across the screen.
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors allow spectacular, true-to-life photos and vibrant videos to be captured through their advanced camera technologies, including the Spectra™ Image Signal Processor. The integrated signal processing technology allows capture of high resolution content from a distance without sacrificing visual quality and unwanted vibrations. The camera technology in Snapdragon platforms can scan for visual noise, allowing for bright and colorful photos regardless of lighting conditions by enhancing and sharpening images where it’s needed most. With high dynamic range (HDR) for a more vibrant color range and noise reduction for sharper and cleaner images, you can capture colors that appear as true to life as possible. Continue reading MIPI-CSI Camera Solutions on our Qualcomm Snapdragon Platforms
Audio bring up, routing and testing can be a demanding task without the right tools for the job. The ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) project offers an excellent tool through a suite of hardware drivers, libraries and utilities which provide audio and MIDI functionality for the Linux operating system. ALSA is a software framework and part of the Linux kernel that provides an application programming interface (API) for sound card device drivers. It allows for automatic configuration of sound-card hardware and easy handling of multiple sound devices in a system. Continue reading Audio Routing and Configuration on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Platforms using ALSA