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Meet the newest member of the Inforce family: Inforce 6640

The first single board computer based on Snapdragon™ 820 for the most advanced, high-end embedded devices

Inforce Computing today announced the much anticipated Inforce 6640, a Pico-ITX single board computer powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 system on chip. Inforce 6640 delivers the ultimate experience in connectivity, performance, power, and graphic capabilities as an off-the-shelf, production-ready solution for virtual/augmented reality, healthcare, gaming, 4K video collaboration, cameras, and Internet of Everything.

We have seen Snapdragon 820 at the heart of the top performing mobile devices, and now embedded developers have an off-the-shelf solution ready to take their product to market. Inforce 6640 is the first commercial single board computer available designed with the Snapdragon 820. Have you qualified Snapdragon 820 for your device on our Inforce 6601 development kit but do not have time to develop a custom carrier? Beat out your competitors to market by saving time and resources with Inforce 6640 application-ready SBC.

The Snapdragon 820 delivers 4 cores running up to 2.2GHz and is packaged with Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU, Hexagon 680 DSP, and dedicated Spectra™14-bit dual-ISP with 25MP@30fps. Snapdragon 820 offers 2x the performance and efficiency and 40% improvement when it comes to graphics performance, compute, and power compared to past processors.

Inforce 6640 brings out crucial features, I/O interfaces, and software to enable a diverse set of superior embedded devices including,
• Memory options: 4GB LPDDR4, 64GB UFS 2.0, and 1 µSD card interface (other memory configurations available)
• Multimedia features: Dual MIPI-DSI, HDMI 4K Ultra HD HEVC video capture and playback
• Camera capabilities: MIPI-CSI up to 25MP camera
• Improved Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GigE and on-board GPS
• Pre-loaded operating system: Android Marshmallow (Android 7 support available)

With the launch of Inforce 6640, a variety of accessories are available to complement the platform including ACC-1H70, a 21MP camera card, and ACC-1S70, a Power over Ethernet accessory card. ACC-1H70 is a complete camera solution using Sony’s IMX230 sensor and is capable of capturing 4K video and 21MP photographs. For noisy environments, developers can use ACC-1S70 PoE add-on card which allows both power and Ethernet connection through one single cable.

In addition to supporting the standard Inforce 6640 platform, accessories, and software, Inforce computing offers support for hardware customization, custom drivers, custom OS, and custom I/O development allowing specialized requirements to be met like extended temperature. Inforce provides lifecycle assurance for all platforms for OEMs.

You can purchase Inforce 6640 online for $295. Volume pricing is available. For more information, call Inforce Sales at (510) 683-9999 or at sales@inforcecomputing.com.

 

 

 

Author: Erin Hartje, Marketing Manager for Inforce Computing

Qualcomm, Snapdragon, DragonBoard, Adreno, Krait and Hexagon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Other product and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners, and used with permission. © 2017 Inforce Computing, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Inforce 6309L™: The seamless transition from DragonBoard™ 410c development to large-scale production just arrived

DragonBoard 410c provides developers with a great starting point for rapid prototyping for embedded or commercial products but what’s next when your device is ready to go to market?  Your application is working on this Snapdragon 410E platform but you find out DragonBoard 410c cannot support volume manufacturing, nor can give you the support you need for custom hardware and software modifications.  Where do you go from here?

Inforce came out with Inforce 6309L, a micro SBC with comparable pricing to the DragonBoard 410c and is a product ready solution.  Starting at a price of $85 for a minimum order quantity of 100 units, Inforce 6309L is the ideal solution for enabling the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices including robotics, medical devices, cameras, smart buildings, smart home devices, digital signage, asset tracking, and more.

Switching to Inforce 6309L doesn’t require a big leap.  Inforce 6309L comes in the same 54mm x 88mm footprint as the 96Boards CE based DragonBoard 410c and has a short profile of 16mm.  It is a perfect match even down to the same mounting holes.  Conveniently, software that has been developed on the DragonBoard 410c can be reused for Inforce 6309L.  This micro SBC supports Android Lollipop, Linaro Ubuntu linux, and Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core operating systems.

Based on the Snapdragon 410E, the Inforce 6309L holds a 10-year supply commitment from Qualcomm® assuring longevity for your long-life embedded devices.  The Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E application processor is a quad core Cortex®-A53 @1.2Ghz and packed with Qualcomm Hexagon QDSP6, Qualcomm Adreno 306 GPU capable of 1080p HD video, and integrated ISP. The micro SBC was designed with essential interfaces including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, dual MIPI-CSI (up to 13MP) cameras, and µHDMI display.

Inforce provides standard accessories including ACC-1S70, a Power over Ethernet (PoE)/ RS485 add-on card, which works out of the box with Inforce 6309L to power and provide Ethernet to your device with one single cable. 

Inforce 6309L comes pre-loaded with Android Lollipop or Linaro Ubuntu linux operating systems.  Drivers for Android and Linux are supported.  Inforce can provide custom development based on your OS requirements.  Inforce supports standard drivers including camera, display, Wi-Fi/BT, and various I/Os.  Industrial I/Os like extended temperature grade parts and RTC can be added to extend the operating temperature to -30 to 85C.  Additional peripheral driver development which needs to be ported can be developed.

For more information or to order, contact the Inforce sales team at (510) 683-9999 or sales@inforcecomputing.com.

 

Author: Erin Hartje, Marketing Manager for Inforce Computing

Qualcomm, Snapdragon, DragonBoard, Adreno, Krait and Hexagon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Other product and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners, and used with permission. © 2017 Inforce Computing, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Inforce Computing joins Basler in bringing embedded vision development kits to Embedded World 2017

Basler partners with Inforce Computing to display their popular camera modules on Inforce development kits and single board computers at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany, March 14-16th.  Basler will be running live demos of embedded vision solutions on multiple Inforce platforms in the Basler booth.  The Inforce and Basler partnership allows developers to easily find a plug-n-play camera solution with support for the development platform, drivers, and Basler’s pylon camera software suite.basler cameras and logo

“The combination of top quality and convincing price/performance ratio have earned our camera modules a market-leading position in the Machine Vision field. These cameras are extremely attractive in the embedded realm as well, with intelligent image processing and uniform interface standards that spell out major cost savings during development,” says Gerrit Fischer, Head of Product Market Management at Basler. “Together with our partner companies, we’ll be demonstrating at our booth just how flexible and powerful embedded vision systems featuring high-quality cameras can be, and will be highlighting tools that make life easier for system developers designing these solutions.”

Inforce Computing is excited about the partnership with Basler and bringing more off-the-shelf camera accessories into the Inforce ecosystem.

Basler at Embedded World: Hall 2, Booth 2-528

 

http://www.baslerweb.com/en/news-press/press-releases-overview/Basler-Presenting-Camera-Modules-for-Embedded-Vision-at-embedded-world-2017

 

Author: Erin Hartje, Marketing Manager for Inforce Computing

Editorial Contact: Inforce Computing, Inc. +1 (510) 683-9999 marketing@inforcecomputing.com

Inforce 6309 upgraded to support extended temperature grade

Additional build-to-order SKUs are available starting at $85

The Snapdragon™ 410E based Micro SBC, Inforce 6309, has gotten a huge upgrade: extended temperature support.  It now supports a temperature grade of -30⁰ to 85⁰C.  The same Micro SBC you love can now be anywhere you want it to be.  The Inforce 6309 board today ships with a heatsink, RTC and EMI shielding.  As a production-ready platform, you can immediately start prototyping and use the Inforce 6309 as a ready-made solution for your Internet of Things and industrial applications.inforce-6309-snapdragon-410This Micro SBC is a perfect fit solution for applications in outdoor or extreme environments, and in need of long life support.  In addition to the increased temperature range, Inforce 6309 supports long product lifecycles with Snapdragon 410E having a 10-year supply commitment from Qualcomm®.  Industrial and IoT are the two focus markets where Inforce 6309 is already making a huge impact in applications like automation, IoT gateways, retail analytics, and digital signage.

In addition to the upgrades to Inforce 6309, ACC-1S70, a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)/ RS485 add-on card, has been designed to directly compliment the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC.   For network devices that aren’t located near a power source, you can power your Inforce 6309-based product through Ethernet and eliminate the need for multiple cables.  The ACC-1S70 is available today for $100 and can be purchased online under accessories.

You can purchase Inforce 6309 Micro SBC with extended temperature support (heatsinks, EMI shielding, and RTC) online.  Board only SKUs, with your choice of Linux or Android OS, start at $126.  You can then purchase the starter kit which includes a power adapter, µUSB cable, and acrylic base for an additional $10.

Additional build-to-order SKUs for Inforce 6309 are available under “SKU variants”, and include commercial temperature grade and cost-optimized versions starting at $85 at a minimum order quantity of 100 units.  Call (510) 683-9999 or visit www.inforcecomputing.com for more information and to order.

 

Author: Erin Hartje, Marketing Manager for Inforce Computing
Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Other product and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners, and used with permission.   
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Inforce 6301: The micro SOM for the Internet of Things

Data is the new currency for many companies and now even cities. As ordinary objects gain sensors and connectivity, even more data will start to flood through the corporate gates. By 2020, there will be 10s of billions of connected devices in a massive explosion of the Internet of Things, according to Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (2016). With big data growing, companies big and small need to find better ways to analyze all this data at the edge of IoT to obtain meaningful information in order to make educated decisions. Inforce Computing has announced Inforce 6301 micro SOM which is perfectly aligned for the next generation of connected devices and gateways for the Internet of Things.

The Inforce 6301 micro SOM is powered by the Snapdragon 410E processor, which was recently announced by Qualcomm that they will support this product line for at least 10 years. The Snapdragon 410E system-on-chip is a 64-bit quad core running at 1.2 GHz each core and packaged with Adreno 306 GPU, Hexagon V50 DSP @700Mhz, and ISP for image sensors up to 13MP@1.5GP/s throughput for media-rich applications.inforce-6301-blog-photo At a small footprint of 28mm X 50mm, Inforce 6301 micro SOM takes advantage of a versatile set of interfaces and features including BT/Wi-Fi/GPS connectivity, 1080p full HD w/ H.264 playback and capture, 4-lane MIPI-DSI, and up to 13 MP MIPI-CSI2 camera.

“Our customers are designing complex and intelligent systems for the highly distributed and fragmented IoT space. Inforce 6301 micro SOM is intended to be a core building block in a modular system architecture ideally suited for multitudes of applications in the evolving IoT market”, says Inforce CEO, Jagat Acharya. “With the introduction of Inforce 6301, our customers now have option to select from four generations of Snapdragon based micro SOMs that are compatible and supported for long-life embedded applications. ”

For immediate testing and prototyping, application developers can buy the Inforce 6301 development kit which includes the micro SOM and mini carrier board. The carrier board has I/O interfaces such as Micro SD, HDMI, I2C, SPI, UART, GPIOs, and USB2.0(Host/Debug).

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Inforce 6301 is a production-ready platform and volume manufacturing is available. Inforce Computing can also build a custom carrier for the micro SOM with the custom carrier package or design a full custom board, all with support from prototyping through production.

Inforce 6301 is available and priced at $85 for a single unit which includes a fully-featured micro SOM with 1GB LPDDR3, 8GB eMMC, and Wi-Fi/BT connectivity. OEM competitive pricing is available on request. The Inforce 6301 development kit is being sold today on the Inforce e-commerce store for $185. The development kit includes:

  • Inforce 6301 Micro SOM (includes 1GB LPDDR3 RAM and 8GB eMMC)
  • A cross-compatible carrier board with a variety of I/Os
  • A starter kit with a 5V power supply, micro-USB cable, and an acrylic base
  • Access to Inforce TechWeb for documentation and tech support

For more information or to purchase the Inforce 6301, head to www.inforcecomputing.com.

 

Sources: https://www.qualcomm.com/news/onq/2016/09/14/foundation-and-future-iot

Author: Erin Hartje, Marketing Manager for Inforce Computing

 

 

Qualcomm, Snapdragon, Adreno, Krait and Hexagon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. iViz is a product of FUJIFILM SonoSite, Incorporated. Other product and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners, and used with permission.

 

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Snapdragon 600E and 410E are game changers for the Internet of Things with 10-year commitment

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On Tuesday, Inforce Computing was featured at the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ for Embedded Community event in San Francisco where they announced the availability of the Snapdragon 410E and 600E embedded processors.  These processors were specifically designed for IoT and embedded applications.  Whether you are a global OEM or a maker working out of your garage, the Internet of Things is the future.  We will soon see millions of devices communicating with us and each other in every aspect of our lives. And the best part, Qualcomm has committed to supporting these processors for at least 10 years which is great news to IoT and embedded application developers.

With the Snapdragon 410E and 600E being selected as the processors that will be supported for a minimum of 10 years, Inforce is committed to providing support through these long product lifecycles needed for embedded and IoT applications. At the Qualcomm event, we showed our Snapdragon 410E and 600E based single board computers and system on modules including a portable ultrasound machine from FUJIFILM SonoSite, iViz.

FUJIFILM SonoSite® iViz is a portable, battery-powered ultrasound machine based on the Inforce 64XX system on module powered by Snapdragon 600E.  Medical professionals all over the world are using iViz to deliver point-of-care imaging. The military used the device in Afghanistan to save 5 soldiers’ lives when they were attacked and unable to send medical aid. The unit was then able to successfully finish their mission.  In France, the iViz saved a father’s life when he collapsed in a park and had to call 911.  EMTs were able to send essential files to a nearby hospital where the surgery room was prepared before the father even arrived.  The time saved was a lifesaver.  Inforce designed a custom carrier board for the Inforce 64XX standard module powered by the Snapdragon 600E processor. SonoSite chose a Snapdragon solution to keep their device low-power and battery-operated, and still take advantage of the advanced connectivity needed to communicate with nearby hospital systems.

Qualcomm is not the only one committing to a minimum of 10 years of supply.  Inforce Computing guarantees a minimum of 10 years for Snapdragon 410E and 600E based single board computers and system on modules: Inforce 6301™ Snapdragon 410E Micro SOM (Coming Soon), Inforce 6401™ Snapdragon 600E Micro SOM, Inforce 6309™ Snapdragon 410E SBC, and Inforce 6410P™ Snapdragon 600E SBC. More information can be found at http://www.inforcecomputing.com/.

Snapdragon 600E is a quad-core custom Qualcomm Krait 300 processor running at 1.5GHz per core, and ideally suitable for low cost, data-intensive, and high performance applications.  The custom CPU also comes with Qualcomm® Adreno™ 320 GPU and Hexagon™ DSP.  It supports connectivity such as Bluetooth 4.0LE/3.x, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and GPS, and interfaces like SATA, PCIe, SD3.0, DDR, eMMC, HDMI and LVDS.

Snapdragon 410E features a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM® Cortez™ A53 with Adreno 306 GPU and integrated ISP up to 13MP.  For multimedia intensive applications, Snapdragon 410E supports 1080p HD@30fps and H.264 playback and capture.  It has advanced connectivity options with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1LE and GPS, as well key interfaces like 2xUSB2.0, MIPI-CSI, MIPI-DSI, SD3.0 and eMMC v4.5 with DDR. 

Having the reliability and longevity for these Snapdragon processors is so critical to our embedded customers especially with medical, industrial, smart surveillance, and IoT solutions.  Snapdragon 410E and 600E are joining a diverse and powerful CPU family.  Inforce and Qualcomm see the huge potential these CPUs will have for the embedded and IoT industry.  Inforce is eager and ready to support these ground-breaking products from prototype into commercial production at scale.

 

Author: Erin Hartje, Marketing Manager for Inforce Computing

 

 

Qualcomm, Snapdragon, Adreno, Krait and Hexagon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. iViz is a product of FUJIFILM SonoSite, Incorporated. Other product and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners, and used with permission.

 

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The home of the San Diego Padres™, Petco Park, becomes an IoT connected smart city with Snapdragon™ technology

petco_park_interior We hear a lot about the Internet of Things in our home, but can it scale to bigger venues or even cities? Down in San Diego at the ballpark, Petco Park is getting connected, and improving its sustainability and efficiency with the power of Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ technology.

Many ballparks in the U.S. have completed basic “green” upgrades such as replacing existing lights for more efficient LEDs. San Diego Padres™ looked to Qualcomm for additional savings and possible revenue by bringing the Internet of Things to their large-scale venue.

The goal for the San Diego Padres is to reduce operational costs by more than 25% in the next 5 years. They plan to do this by utilizing edge intelligence gateways powered by Snapdragon to collect real-time data of their utility usage and stream it to OSIsoft® PI system™ in order to monitor water and energy consumption to save more money.

Baseball has gone down in history as America’s favorite pastime but maintaining ballparks can also be a challenging nightmare for the venue’s facility managers. Most work with outdated building management systems that give limited visibility to gather all the information to how the building is performing. Many of these ballparks were built 15+ years ago before the big explosion of mobile and wireless computing.

Randy McWilliams, Senior Director, Facility Services for the San Diego Padres explains, “By using the gateways together with the open data infrastructure, we can see exactly how much water, power and gas each operation uses ballpark-wide, and can work with our operators and tenants to manage usage and increase the reliability and overall performance of the venue.”

“Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions” is dedicated to developing smart cities by placing a variety of sensors and Snapdragon technology in specific areas in existing infrastructure to manage gas, water and electric systems in large venues such as Petco Park. This technology can make a big impact without the unrealistic costs of putting in a brand new system. With Qualcomm being at the forefront of connectivity, the installment is done with wireless connectivity which is very convenient for the San Diego Padres to not have to wire this 14-acre stadium.

The key to a successful smart city is data. For example, the San Diego Padres rarely used their retractable roof, maybe 1-2 times a year, because there was no way of knowing how much it actually costs every time they rolled it out. With this new technology, they found that it costs a fraction of what they had thought. They nsmart-cityow use the retractable roof anytime it rains without hesitation to make the crowd more comfortable. The San Diego Padres have lowered their cost, driven sustainability and have made their fans happier.

There are approximately 12,000 stadiums in the world. These large-scale venues and many cities are looking to map out their plan to be more sustainable and efficient. Inforce Computing is confident with Qualcomm that Snapdragon technology can be this solution as the San Diego Padres have seen firsthand.

Petco Park is just the beginning for what smart city technology can do. 70% of the world population is expected to live in urban environments by 2050. The Internet of Things will pave the way for the smart city revolution where our mobile phones, transportation, buildings, and things we interact with daily will all be in communication with each other providing data to help solve the challenges of sustainability for tomorrow.

Now take us out to the ball game.

Author: Erin Hartje, Marketing Manager for Inforce Computing

Picture courtesy of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc and used with permission

Asset Tracking: Industrial IoT Solutions for Improved Outcomes

In a previous blog, we spoke about the need for high-performance compute at the edge of the network for a video analytics IoT use-case. We will continue along the same vein in this article, but will look at the transformation happening in the asset tracking, monitoring, and maintenance marketplace. While this is an extremely broad subject with thousands of use-cases, we will make an effort to look at it from an IoT perspective with a few examples.

Why is asset tracking important?

Most companies that have their valuable assets distributed over a large geographical area have to contend with a host of problems that affect their productivity, operational efficiencies, staffing, costs, and ultimately their bottom-line, among other things. These issues could manifest in the form of poor health of their assets, theft, pilferage, damage due to natural calamities, underperformance, safety, productivity, counterfeiting, leakage, excessive pollution and carbon emissions to outright loss of perishable goods, and the list goes on and on. In the past, there haven’t been cost-effective ways to monitor these assets to be able to take timely and corrective action or act on deep insights for better outcomes. Meaningful data collection has been quite expensive as well. Not anymore. Continue reading Asset Tracking: Industrial IoT Solutions for Improved Outcomes

Case Study: Inforce Computing’s Custom Design Powers a Cloud-optimized Video Collaboration Device

Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor-based Inforce Custom Single-board-computer (SBC) Drives Videoconferencing Solution for Huddle Spaces

Case Study Highlights:

  • The cloud-optimized video endpoint is powered by an Inforce custom compute platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor.
  • Runs an Android OS and delivers HD 1080p30 video capture and playback (H.264 hardware assisted codec) as well as crystal clear audio over the network.
  • LVDS-to-HDMI conversion enables simultaneous dual HD 1080p display outputs and HDMI-to-CSI conversion enables 1080p content sharing over the network via Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Inforce’s custom product development services help pass stringent tests required for UL and FCC certifications and bring the production design to volume manufacturing.

Cloud optimized Video Collaboration DeviceInforce recently enabled a customer in the enterprise cloud-optimized video endpoint market with a custom single board computer (SBC). The Inforce SBC is based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor. The long lifecycle Snapdragon 600 processor features quad-core 1.7GHz CPUs, Qualcomm® Adreno™ 320 GPU, Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP v4, and an integrated Image Signal Processor. It delivers energy efficient heterogeneous compute resources demanded by high-performance applications such as video collaboration. Continue reading Case Study: Inforce Computing’s Custom Design Powers a Cloud-optimized Video Collaboration Device

Inforce 6501 Micro SOM Beats Five Other Vendor Products in a Bakeoff

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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

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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 Bakeoff