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Download Linux for your Inforce 6640 SBC

This month, Inforce announced a Linux build for the Micro SOM based development kit, Inforce 6601, and now we are providing a similar build for the single board computer based on Snapdragon 820, Inforce 6640. This beta release version 0.4 supports Debian Stretch and provides a desktop environment GUI using LXQt. This release has support for some exclusive features on Linux like MIPI-CSI preview stream, improved thermal performance, hardware accelerated H265 encode/decode, 4K HDMI output with audio coupled with a lot of other standard features.

Key Features for Inforce 6640 Linux release:
• Maximum frequency capability of the CPUs (Gold@2.15GHz each and Silver@1.593 GHz)
• HDMI display of 4K@30fps full-screen resolution with audio
• MIPI-CSI preview stream from an Inforce camera module accessory
• Hardware Accelerated Encode and Decode (H.264/H.265) using file stream as input
• USB HS/SS Host/device/OTG and MSC, HID and UVC classes
• MicroSD up to 64GB storage
• Low speed peripherals like I2C/Serial UART and SPI
• Wi-Fi connectivity and Gigabit Ethernet
• Improved Thermal Performance
• And More!

Inforce 6640 is the first commercial, production-ready SBC based on the powerful Snapdragon 820 SoC in the standard Pico-ITX form factor. With 4K Ultra HD video support, excellent connectivity, and the best in graphics and compute, this single board computer becomes a strong addition to your advanced embedded devices. The SBC ships with a 12V power adapter, USB cable, and acrylic base.

Download the release from the Inforce TechWeb where you can also find more information on what is included in the release. We continue to enjoy hearing your feedback and features you would like to see in our next release. Contact our sales team at sales@inforcecomputing.com or (510) 683-9999 today.

Introducing Inforce 6420, the first of Inforce’s application-ready platforms, featuring FullHD video input and dual HDMI for $99

Making its debut, Inforce 6420™ based on the powerful Snapdragon™ 600 SoC, is the first Inforce’s new line of application-ready platforms. This platform brings FullHD HDMI input and dual HDMI output to cater to a vast range of new enriched IoT spaces that require edge computing, such as smart cities, smart homes, smart grid, digital health, and automated environmental pollution control.

FullHD HDMI input is achieved through a converter chip from Toshiba which allows imaging data to come in through HDMI to CSI input. You can see the video input from the HDMI source through the Android camera. Connect your laptop or streaming devices such as a HDMI camera to the Inforce 6420 to create smart camera use-cases or an interactive video conferencing device. We have seen this technology in advanced medical devices analyzing high resolution imaging and video encoder/decoder devices that take in FullHD video input for surveillance or applications with multiple displays to switch between multiple HDMI outputs.

The next impressive differentiator is the dual HDMI outputs that allow developers to take advantage of two displays simultaneously rendering content which is critical for multiple display applications such as digital signage and retail point-of-sale systems where there is not just a single display but different content is being shared on reverse displays.

Features:

  • Dual 1080p HDMI out streams to simultaneously mirror or display independent videos
  • HDMI to CSI conversion for 1080p HD video input from PTZ, HDMI camera, or laptop
  • Dual stream 802.11 b/g/n @2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • IR receiver for remote control functionality
  • Capture and playback video at 1080p HD
  • Features to remotely control PTZ cameras

Inforce 6420 ships with Android Lollipop 5.1.1 BSP and supports EMI shielding. For an additional cost, you can have the board ship with a kit.

Purchase Inforce 6420 today for the promotional price of $99. Please contact the sales team for more information or volume pricing at (510) 683-9999 or sales@inforcecomputing.com.

Inforce 6601 Micro SOM now supports Linux!

“You asked for it and we delivered.”

We are happy to announce a public release for Debian Linux software release version 0.4 for the Inforce 6601 development kit.  This is a beta release from Linaro’s Debian build based on the linux kernel 3.18 and Debian linux 9 Stretch.  This release has support for some exclusive features on Linux including MIPI-CSI preview, improved thermal performance, hardware accelerated H265 encode/decode, and 4K HDMI output with audio.

More Important features in this release:

  • Maximum frequency capability of the CPUs (Gold@2.15GHz each and Silver@1.59GHz)
  • HDMI display of 4K@30fps full-screen resolution with audio
  • MIPI-CSI preview stream from an Inforce camera module accessory
  • Hardware Accelerated Encode and Decode (H.264/H.265) using file stream as input
  • USB HS/SS Host/device/OTG and MSC, HID and UVC classes
  • MicroSD up to 64GB storage
  • Low speed peripherals like I2C, Serial UART and SPI
  • Wi-Fi connectivity and Gigabit Ethernet
  • Improved Thermal Performance
  • And More!

Inforce 6601 is a high-performance Micro SOM based on the powerful Snapdragon 820 SoC in the Inforce standard form factor of 50mm X 28mm.  The Inforce 6601 development kit includes the Inforce 6601 Micro SOM mounted on a carrier board and ships with a 12V power adapter, USB cable, and acrylic base.

You can find more information and boot instructions on the Inforce TechWeb in the Inforce 6601 Debian Linux Release Notes V0.4 document.  We would love to hear your feedback and features you would like to see in our next release.  Contact our sales team at sales@inforcecomputing.com or (510) 683-9999.

Inforce Snapdragon 600E platforms have been upgraded to Android Lollipop

New BSPs for Inforce 6410P and Inforce 6401 Development Kit are now available on the Inforce TechWeb

Inforce 6410P SBC and Inforce 6401 Micro SOM got a big upgrade with Android Lollipop, allowing developers to put their Kit Kat days behind them.  The Android BSP Software Release Version 2.0 is now running Android Lollipop 5.1 on Inforce platforms based on the 32-bit Snapdragon 600E processor (APQ8064 SoC).  This release is based on the Linux kernel, version 3.4.0, and Android Lollipop 5.1.1.

This BSP Software Release Version 2.0 has been validated for ACC-1H10, Omnivision based 5MP camera adapter card, and with ACC-1B30, 4-inch MIPI Display Adapter Card Kit.

Instructions to create a build environment for Android is available at https://source.android.com/source/requirements.html.

Features supported in the BSP release 2.0 include:

  • Android Lollipop 5.1.1
  • Memory
    • SYS6401
      • 2GB LPDDR2 and eMMC 4GB
    • IFC6410P
      • 2GB PCDDR3 and eMMC 4GB
    • CPU Frequency up to 1.7GHz for each core
    • USB
      • USB 2.0 input (mouse and keyboard)
      • USB Mass Storage
      • OTG Port
    • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and 5GHz client functionality, BT 4.0 and Gigabit Ethernet
    • Display
      • HDMI 1080p@60
      • MIPI-DSI
    • Camera
      • MIPI-CSI H.264 1080p@30fps
      • 1080p USB Camera using Microsoft LifeCam HD 5000
    • GPS
    • FastCV SDK 1.7 package
    • Other features supported and limitations can be found in respective Android Release Notes for Inforce 6410P and Inforce 6401 located on the Inforce TechWeb.

BSPs from Inforce Computing consist of pre-built binary files that can be directly flashed on to the boards along with instructions to download the entire source tree, apply patches and perform a build to generate flash-able images.  These patches are adaptions and customizations worked on by Inforce Computing to ensure that all features specific to the platform are enabled by the software.

You can still find past releases supported under TechWeb.  If you do not find exactly what you are looking for, please reach out to our Sales team at sales@inforcecomputing.com. We would love to hear from you with your wishes and expectations for our next releases so we can get to work.

Happy Summer! Inforce 6309 available for $89 for limited time

While it may seem like the temperature will never drop, our prices are!  For a limited time, Inforce 6309 Snapdragon 410E powered micro SBC is $89 with discount code “summer”.  Start the summer off right and leverage Snapdragon technology for your product for under $100.  Summer is the perfect time to try new things and start planning your next generation devices in IoT, medical, and industrial.

Inforce 6309 is a micro SBC powered by Snapdragon 410E SoC with 1GB LPDDR3 and 8GB eMMC.  The Snapdragon 410E is packaged with Adreno 306 GPU, Hexagon QDSP6 @700MHz, and integrated ISP. This micro SBC is versatile with many features brought out including dual MIPI-CSI cameras up to 13MP, 1080P HDMI, HD 5.1 Audio, and rich connectivity including Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1 LE and GPS.  Inforce has decorated this board to be complete with heatsinks, EMI shielding, and RTC to support extended temperature, way beyond our California heat wave, -30⁰ to 85⁰C.

This summer promotion is limited one per customer and can only be redeemed once.  This discount is available starting June 21st through July 12th or while supply lasts, and can only be used for Inforce 6309.

Head to Inforce 6309 Product Page to place your order.  For more information or volume pricing you can reach out to sales@inforcecomputing.com or (510) 683-9999.

Miracast Support is now available on the Snapdragon™ 820 based Inforce 6601 and Inforce 6640

Miracast

We are excited to announce that Miracast is now supported on the Snapdragon™ 820 based platforms, Inforce 6601 development kit and Inforce 6640 SBC. The Android release version 2.1 BSP is based on Android Nougat 7.1.1. and is accessible on the Inforce Techweb.

A Glance at Android Nougat 7.1.1

Android Nougat 7.1.1 is the incremental version from Android Nougat 7.0. Aside from faster performance and better security, Android 7 continues to push developers towards applications centered on 3D graphics and virtual reality by opening support for Vulkan API and Daydream VR.  Android 7 Nougat also supports JIT compilation which means faster boot time for devices as apps require less RAM which is always good news in our world.

Why we are excited about Miracast Support

With Miracast support for both devices and displays, a user can effortlessly and wirelessly display what is on their device to displays like monitors, projectors and TVs. What you see on your device is the exact same thing you will see on your display.

You don’t need to bother with the cumbersome task of connecting a cable for connection.

The base of this technology rests on the Wi-Fi Direct standard which allows for point to point connection between devices, without the need for a router. So you can directly stream content from your device to the display, without an internet service. Both devices will need to support Miracast.

Android Release BSP V2.1

The software release, Android Version 2.1, has been upgraded from Android Nougat 7 to Android Nougat 7.1.1 This release supports the same features in Android Nougat 7.0 with the same Linux Kernel version 3.18.31.

Miracast support with fullHD resolution has been validated in this release for the Inforce 6601 development kit and Inforce 6640 Single Board Computer.

The software release package has pre-fabricated binaries and instructions to fetch baseline source code and build the software.

For any more information, please log on to Inforce Forums or  contact sales@inforcecomputing.com

 

Inforce extends Snapdragon technology to support FullHD and 4K HDMI input

For embedded devices using Snapdragon, the MIPI-CSI interface to receive video input is a vital cog to mirror the mobility, connectivity, and advanced camera features familiar on a mobile phone.  This interface is part of what makes Snapdragon great for high performance, low power embedded devices.

Embedded computing opens more possibilities and allows users to share content from other devices. What if you wanted capture 4K video from an HDMI source or share digital media through HDMI from your laptop, tablet, or set-up box?  Most Snapdragon platforms do not allow for HDMI inputs because they cater to the common mobile trend of taking video input through the multiple MIPI camera interfaces available on the board.  However, HDMI being more ubiquitous is a preferred choice by users  and can cut down time-to-market by taking away driver work.

Inforce has developed a solution, using a converter chip from Toshiba, which takes the video input through HDMI and converts it to CSI which then naturally feeds into the Snapdragon processor.  The Snapdragon SoC then recognizes the stream as CSI video input for the embedded devices as it would with a mobile phone.  The stream can then be recorded or previewed by the Inforce board.  This has been made available for devices running Android and is capable of both FullHD and 4K video input.

This solution allows you to stream and capture high definition video content in real time through HDMI.  In healthcare, medical devices that take high resolution imaging such as videos of surgery or ultrasound images can now be digitized and become accessible anywhere.  Any hand-held device that requires digitizing or real-time encoding would benefit from this application software from Inforce.

We have seen HDMI to CSI as a necessity in applications with video capture.  For example, if you had a drone or surveillance camera using an HDMI camera to take images or video, you could have the Inforce board encoding the DRM-free live video stream and be able to send it over the internet to a desired location.

This technology has been used and proven in production, specifically in video conferencing or collaboration devices.  The HDMI to CSI solution would allow the user to mirror what is being displayed on your laptop and feed it into the Inforce powered device where it can be previewed or recorded.  This allows a dual display concept where on one display you can see content from a laptop such as a presentation and on the other display you see the video feed from the conference call.

Developers can order Inforce 6420, a production ready single board computer based on Snapdragon 600, which has this technology integrated into the board and supports both Android and Linux.  This custom board supports 2 x HDMI out and 1 x HDMI input, Wi-Fi/BT, 2 x USB connectors, 1 USB OTG, and MIPI-DSI and is available for production today.  For more information on pricing and lead times, please contact sales@inforcecomputing.com.

ACC-1S80 is an HDMI input adapter card for developers looking to test 4K video input through HDMI for their application.  The adapter board uses the same Toshiba HDMI to CSI conversion chip we have used in production devices.  It receives HDMI input and feeds CSI data into Inforce platforms through two 41-pin CSI connectors and comes with the necessary cables and doesn’t require additional power supply. This accessory is currently in development.

We are eager to see more embedded scenarios taking advantage of this technology.  For more information, read our case study on HDMI to CSI conversion or contact us at sales@inforcecomputing.com.

Android Nougat 7 Support announced for Inforce Products

Snapdragon™ 820 based Inforce 6640 SBC & 6601 Development Kit now support Android Nougat 7

Android Nougat 7 is now available for Snapdragon ™ 820 based Inforce products. The Android release version 2.0 BSP is accessible on the Inforce Techweb for the Inforce 6601 development kit and the Inforce 6640 SBC.

The software release has been upgraded from Marshmallow 6.0.1 to Nougat 7. This release includes support for the same features in the Marshmallow 6.0.1 and has been upgraded to the Linux Kernel version 3.18.31.

The software release package includes pre-fabricated binaries and instructions to fetch baseline source code and build the software.

Supported Peripheral Devices and I/Os for the Inforce 6640 SBC and 6601 Development Kit

  • Qualcomm Quad-core ARM®v8 64-bit CPUs organized as two dual clusters viz., Gold@2.2GHz and Silver@1.6GHz each
  • Qualcomm® Adreno™ 530 GPU
  • Access to Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP SDK
  • 4 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS
  • HDMI output resolutions up to 4K@30
  • MIPI DSI display interface using ACC-1B30, MIPI display adaptor card kit
  • MIPI CSI camera interface using ACC-1H70, 21MP camera module for H.264 recording of 4K@24fps resolution
  • 1080p USB Camera
  • USB 3.0 and USB mass storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet

Features Specific to Inforce 6640 SBC

  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Accelerometer and Gyroscope Sensors
  • RTC (Real Time Clock)

To know more, you can download the release notes for the Inforce 6640 SBC and the Inforce 6601 development kit from Inforce Techweb.

Inforce 6640 ranks #12 out of all the top mobile phones in the market today

This week, Inforce ran internal benchmarks on the Inforce 6640, Snapdragon™ 820 powered SBC, to see how it ranked against the top phones and other single board computers on the market today.  In this industry, devices keep becoming increasingly competitive.  We were thrilled to see how Inforce 6640 scored specifically on the Antutu and 3DMark benchmarks.

Antutu is the most widely used benchmark to test the top Android phones on the market.  It gives an overall score to test multiple parts of your device like CPU, RAM, GPU, I/Os etc.  When Snapdragon 820 first was announced, it crushed the competition with its graphic competency and landed itself number at the #1 spot against the top chipsets, as you can see below.  (Source: GSM Arena)

A year later, Inforce 6640 is bringing Snapdragon 820 to advanced embedded devices and still displaying a very competitive score to beat out even some of the top mobile devices available today. With the proper cooling, Inforce 6640 scored a 146097, and proves to be faster than the Google Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and the iPhone 6s Plus.  Inforce 6640 also beat out the Nvidia Shield Tablet based on the Nvidia Tegra X1 processor which scored an overall of 134000 Antutu score (Source: Fudzilla).

  

Source: http://www.antutu.com/en/ranking/rank1.htm

Mostly popular in gaming devices, 3D Mark’s benchmark, Ice Storm Unlimited can also be used to show off the graphic capabilities in embedded systems.  Inforce 6640 scored an overall score of 27785 and a graphics score of 31947 which outranks the HTC Nexus 9 powered by Tegra K1-64.  With a graphics score of 31947, it beats out the Exynos 8 Octa powered Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.  The Adreno 530 GPU has an 40% improvement to graphics performance, compute capabilities, and power usage when compared to its predecessor Adreno 430.

The Inforce 6640 is the first production-ready single board computer powered by Snapdragon 820.  It delivers 4K UHD video, multimedia and connectivity options including H.265 HEVC playback and capture, dual MIPI-CSI ports, dual DSI displays for touch screens, and Wi-Fi/BT4.2 LE/GPS.  Inforce 6640 SBC ships with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and supports Android Nougat 7.0.0 BSP on the Inforce TechWeb.  It is available on the Inforce web store for $289.  Volume pricing is available, please contact sales@inforcecomputing.com for more information.

Android 6 Marshmallow now available for Snapdragon 410 based Inforce platforms

Software Update for Inforce 6301 Micro SOM and Inforce 6309 Micro Single Board Computer (powered by the Snapdragon™ 410 SoC)

The Android release version 2.0 BSP has been uploaded onto the Inforce TechWeb for Inforce 6301 micro SOM development kit and Inforce 6309 micro SBC.  This software release has upgraded Android from Lollipop to Marshmallow 6.0.1.  It supports all the same features that were supported for Android Lollipop including 1080p30 HDMI, USB, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, SD, GPS, Bluetooth and features a linux kernel 3.10.49.

The software release package contains pre-fabricated binaries that can be flashed with the Snapdragon 410 based Inforce platforms along with instructions to fetch the baseline source code and build the software.  You can refer to the link https://source.android.com/source/requirements for directions on setting up your build environment.

This fully featured release supports the following peripheral devices and I/Os:

  • Qualcomm® Quad-core ARM® Cortex®-A53 CPU running at 1.2GHz
  • Qualcomm® Adreno™ 306 GPU running at 400Mhz
  • HDMI display at 1080p, 30fps full-screen resolutions along with audio
  • USB 2.0 and USB mass storage
  • 2.4GHz Wifi, BLE, and GPS
  • Micro SD card interface
  • 1080p USB camera
  • Serial UART and low-speed peripherals
  • Access to Qualcomm Hexagon™ SDK
  • Inforce 6309 only: LVDS, Ethernet, Audio Jack, 1080p image capture and 1080p@30fps video capture with ACC-1H10 5MP camera, and RTC

The software release packages are now available on the Inforce TechWeb.  For more information, download the release notes for Inforce 6301 and Inforce 6309.