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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.

ACC-1H10: Inforce’s next generation MIPI-CSI 5MP camera with both 41-pin and 51-pin connectors

Inforce Computing introduces ACC-1H10, a 5 Mega Pixel camera sensor module board for Snapdragon™ 410E and 600E based Inforce platforms.  ACC-1H10 is the next generation MIPI-CSI camera adapter board that has replaced the popular ACC-1H60.  The camera module board comes with the same OmniVision (OVS5640) 5MP camera sensor as ACC-1H60 but has added a 41-pin connector to increase compatibility with more Inforce platforms.

This camera peripheral, with its low power consumption and small form factor, is the ideal plug-n-play accessory for Snapdragon 410E and 600E micro SOMs and SBCs.  It features anti-shake technology, AF Control, and integrated JPEG compression engine, and supports 5 MP still image capture along with 720p@60 fps and 1080p@30 fps video streaming capability.

ACC-1H10 supports additional features including:

  • Automatic image control functions
  • Color CMOS 5 Megapixel image sensor
  • Dual lane MIPI CSI interface to APQ8064 device
  • Supports video and snapshot modes
  • Max video rates: 5 MP (2592×1944): 15 fps; 1080P: 30fps; 720P: 60 fps
  • Anti-shake, Auto Focus, and Black Sun Cancellation
  • Programmable I/O Drive Capability, I/O tri-state configurability
  • Embedded Microcontroller

Inforce ACC-1H10 is available online for $125 and comes with both the 41-pin and 51-pin cables for an easy start to your development.  For more information or to buy, head to https://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories/5mp-omnivision-ovs5640-camera-module-board-with-cable-for-snapdragon-sbc-som-acc-1h10.

ACC-1H10 will also have support for both Snapdragon 805 and 820 powered Inforce platforms soon.  Please contact sales@inforcecomputing.com for more information.

An Introduction to Embedded Systems and IoT

Embedded systems have become an important part of every modern electronic component such as – microwave oven, washing machine, remote control, RFID tags, routers, modems, PDAs, mobile phones etc. Embedded system is a part of large device that perform specific task of the device. For instance – they are used as home automation embedded systems to control lights, sensors, sense climate change, AV systems etc.

Today, IoT is one of the hottest topics of the industry and has taken its place in conventional business Jargon.  However, it brought host of challenges for developers — as they need to develop devices that allow seamless connectivity. To help embedded developers meet the challenges posed by IoT, an RTOS must be designed that delivers scalability, connectivity, modularity, safety and a cutting-edge feature set to comply with the demands of highly connected remotely managed IoT solutions.

What does IoT mean for an embedded developer?

As IoT solutions present all industries with business opportunities, it gives tremendous opportunities for embedded system developers too. For an embedded developer, it is all about connecting multiple devices to the internet. However, there is a lot more than just being connected to the internet. IoT for embedded systems is more about collecting and analyzing large amount of data from different perspectives and summarizing it into useful information to improve the way services and devices are used today.

Major players in embedded hardware and software development are aiming to bring these transformations into their products to take advantage of growing IT market. Smart embedded systems need architecture and design elements to suit real time operations. With billions of devices expected to join in the coming years, analysts expect that IoT will have significant impact on device design. Working with these devices is a different domain for most of the application developers. The key difference between a general OS and RTOS lies within the high degree of reliability and consistency on timing between the task acceptance and completion.

Future of IoT embedded systems

With growth and advancements in the field of electronics and wireless communications, devices around us are able to communicate in a better way than one can imagine. The future of embedded systems and IoT lies in the advancement of technologies that enable faster communication with high interwoven connections between different devices. IoT is gradually sneaking into our lives and is expected to become more persuasive in future. It is going to become a lot more than just a concept, and the interaction between embedded devices will revolutionize the way data and devices are interconnected.

No doubt, the future of IoT embedded devices is going to be bright with the easy access of internet in every corner of the world. Internet of things will play a significant role in manufacturing of devices, as a result of which people will have complete access to products at home — even if they are away from home. The Internet of Things (IoT) holds a promising future, especially in North American embedded industry where companies come up with innovative products.

Choosing an Operating system for Embedded systems

An embedded system is a special purpose computer designed to perform dedicated tasks, rather than multiple tasks. There is an increase in popularity of embedded systems as they take care of everything such as – display, computing, communication etc. Whether it is entertainment, education, science or communication, they span across different aspects of modern life. Being a combination of both hardware and software, embedded systems perform a specific task or set of tasks within a large system.

With more performance, graphic capabilities, GUI enabled touch screen devices and wider range of applications —– embedded systems with Android/Linux operating systems have become a great alternative.   The embedded operating systems are targeted for CPU architecture and hence, an improper OS can have a negative impact on different aspects of project development such as – durability, licensing cost, product development etc.

In this post, we’ll take a look at different parameters to consider while choosing the right OS for embedded systems.

Connectivity and UI

Linux and Android are two powerful operating systems used in most of the embedded systems today. Selection between the two will depend completely on the usage and requirement. For instance – If you want better wireless connectivity and graphics interface, you might consider Android OS over Linux. Linux OS can do everything that Android OS can do. However, Linux comes with a complex flow and it might be difficult for a beginner to understand it. But, it can produce better results — once understood.

Power management

This is another important metric that measure the performance of embedded system. The operating system you choose should provide support for power management and supply different power management techniques. Both Android and Linux supports effective power management compared to real time operating systems.

Responsiveness

Real time performance is one of the key requirements of mission critical applications. Operating system vendors use terms such as – soft and hard to describe the responsiveness of operating systems. Real time performance does not mean that the OS is fast, but is predictable. Linux is less responsive compared to Android and there are many issues in Linux OS that affect performance of embedded device.

Cost

The cost of android and Linux operating tends to remain same, as both are open source platforms. A proprietary OS such as windows would increase the cost of each product as it require royalty to be paid for every product.

The bottom line is – At first, android seems to be an odd choice, but becomes an appropriate choice — as it is already an embedded OS.  Choosing the right OS could reduce the development and testing time significantly. Additionally, it helps in developing a quality product and launching it in the market on time.

About Inforce Computing

Inforce computing has been providing diverse range of services for real time embedded systems since 2010. Our products support embedded application development with high quality RTOS, protocol stacks and embedded databases across Android and Linux platforms. We offer state-of-art embedded solutions for various industry segments such as – video conferencing, medical imaging, robotics, drones, etc. We rely on cutting edge technologies that are based on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors to provide reliable embedded hardware and software solutions.

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

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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

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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
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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).

inforce-micro-soms

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

 

 

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