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Inforce Computing is Exhibiting at Embedded World 2017 on 14th-16thMarch 2017

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What: Embedded World 2017

When: 14th-16th March 2017

Where: Nuremburg Exhibition Centre, Germany

Booth: Find us with Arrow, Qualcomm & Basler

Embedded World is a leading international trade fair held yearly in Nuremburg, Germany. The 2016 event saw an impressive 939 exhibitors and an outstanding 30,063 visitors at Embedded World 2016. As one of the significant events in the embedded community, Embedded World 2017 is ready to bring together an exciting array of embedded developers, design engineers and manufacturers of embedded systems. (Credit: Embedded World 2017)

Inforce Computing is a leading provider of application-ready embedded computer hardware platforms for the IoT niche. Inforce Computing offers signature, versatile product ready Single Board Computer (SBC), System on Module (SOM) and development kit platforms that are based on powerful and efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. These have been utilized in portable medical imaging, video conferencing, robotics, drones and hands-free computing.

To meet your customized needs these plug and play platforms are available in multiple small form factors off the shelf and build to order options.

Inforce Computing will be present at Embedded World 2017. You can find us at Hall 2/2-528 on the 14th to the 16th of March. We will be with Arrow, Qualcomm and Basler delegates.

Visit us to find out more about the exciting cutting edge embedded platforms we offer. You can interact with our in-house experts on embedded products.

What you can expect to see:

Inforce 6640

Inforce 6640 is the next generation Pico-ITX single board computer (SBC) featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 for the most leading-edge embedded applications.  Inforce 6640 provides an optimal experience in connectivity, performance, power, and graphic capabilities required for virtual/augmented reality, healthcare, gaming, 4K video collaboration, cameras, and Internet of Everything. You will experience Inforce 6640 Snapdragon™ 820 powered SBC running FastCV™ SDK with Inforce camera & display accessories which enable gesture recognition, face detection, tracking, text and corner recognition, and augmented reality.

Inforce 6309L

Designed as a product ready solution, Inforce 6309L has the essential I/Os and connectivity you need to give you a high performance and cost-optimized solution for your long life IoT devices. The micro SBC is powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 410E processor which has a 10-year supply commitment from Qualcomm. Inforce 6309L has robust features that include Wi-Fi/BT connectivity, GPS, up to 2 MIPI-CSI cameras, and HDMI display. For a minimum order quantity of 100 units, the Inforce 6309L starts at the price of $85, comparable to the popular DragonBoard™ 410c development platform. The platform comes preloaded with Android or Linux operating system.

Inforce 6309

The Inforce 6309 micro SBC is a full-featured single board computer (SBC) based on the powerful 64-bit Snapdragon 410E processor. It delivers a rich set of I/Os and unique features including dual MIPI-CSI cameras, support for an extended operating temperature range (-30°C to 85°C), and LVDS displays. An optional interface card enables Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and RS485 ports for industrial applications. The Inforce 6309 Micro SBC delivers high performance, rich multimedia, low power consumption, connectivity, and comprehensive support for an upstream Linux kernel (Linaro), Android OS and device drivers for embedded applications such as industrial automation, Internet-of-Everything (IoE) devices, digital signage, smart infrastructure, and retail.

Micro SOMs

Inforce will feature four generations of Snapdragon-powered micro system on modules specifically designed with the same pin, connector, electrical, and form-factor compatibility with all other Inforce Micro SOMs to ensure faster time-to-market for future generation devices and prevent obsolescence. Inforce Micro SOMs come in an ultra-small footprint of 28mm x 50mm and range from 10-11 grams in weight.  Inforce Computing provides standard carrier boards for development and carrier board design services to take you into production.

Application-Ready SBCs

Inforce will highlight their diverse roadmap of Snapdragon™ single board computers, optimized for large-scale production, to advanced embedded applications.  For two SBCs, Inforce 6410P and Inforce 6309, Inforce guarantees a 10-year supply for long-life IoT and industrial devices.  Inforce supports a build-to-order support model to meet your exact specifications eliminating custom design fees and accelerating time-to-market.  Volume pricing and variant SKUs are available for all platforms.  Discover the Inforce single board computers packaged with accessories including displays, cameras, Power over Ethernet add-on card, etc.  With these production-ready platforms combined with Inforce services, embedded developers are able to take their advanced mobile devices to market quickly and efficiently.

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Inforce 6410Plus™ SBC Now Only $98 For a Limited Time

The popular Inforce 6410Plus SBC powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor (APQ8064) is now available for an unbelievable price of $98, which is a savings of $45 over the regular price of $143 (bare board only). Here’s how you can order one:Inforce 6410 Plus

  • Go to the Inforce 6410Plus ordering page
  • Choose your OS (Android/Linux), and then the “Without the starter kit” option (bare board only).
  • Add one to your cart
  • Use coupon code 6410Plus98 at checkout to get the $45 discount

That’s it! Enjoy this limited time only promotion to buy one of the most versatile and powerful ARM®v7 ISA based SBC for your exciting embedded projects. Prototype and build hands-free computing/AR Head-mounted displays, videoconferencing/collaboration, Drones, and Robotics systems. Hurry–this offer won’t last long!

A few important things to note:

  • This discount offer applies for the bare-board option only–No starter kit is included.
  • The coupon is valid for only one unit of purchase per person.
  • Offer valid until stocks last.

#InforceInspired

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Commercial Drones: Where’re the Viable Use-cases and Core Technologies to Differentiate in a Crowded Marketplace?

Last week’s panel discussion at the Churchill Club titled “Civilian Drones: The Opportunity Takes Flight” touched varied topics from open Inforce 6410Plus Dronesource autopilot designs (such as the Pixhawk PX4) that have democratized access to technologies, to auto-navigation and collision avoidance, increasing battery life and payload weight, FAA regulations, and everything in between. The past year has indeed seen frenzied activity in the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) or drone space. Several use cases have taken shape, but how many of them are going to be commercially viable and sustainable in the long run? Businesses and large corporations are actively looking to use drones to monitor their assets, infrastructure, and operations. Start-ups in this space are trying to carve a niche by differentiating with unique underlying technologies such as collision avoidance and auto-navigation, which seek to unlock the potential for new use-cases. New services that offer businesses and corporate entities instant access to professional “drone pilots” with their fleet of UAVs for hire, provide imagery and data collection for a fee. Here are a few quick takeaways from the discussions. Continue reading Commercial Drones: Where’re the Viable Use-cases and Core Technologies to Differentiate in a Crowded Marketplace?

Designing with a Micro-SOM: Key Considerations for Next-gen Embedded Systems–A White Paper

Have you wondered what would it take to implement a modern embedded system design with a system-on-module (SOM) as opposed to building your entire system from scratch? What are some of the clear advantages to designing with a SOM? Are you perennially stuck in the build-vs-buy argument on whether or not to design the most time-consuming and complex compute portions of an embedded system in-house? What’s a carrier board and how to design a custom one that can be re-used by new SOMs that come down the line? Is your design going to be obsoleted because of a lack of a microprocessor roadmap from your semiconductor vendor and upward/cross-compatibility of your custom carrier boards? Are you missing your market windows and are looking for a solution that addresses time-to-market issues and cost escalations? Have you hit the limits of your current system’s compute power? Would you like to obtain access to high-performance and low-power state-of-the-art Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors without the need to license them?Design with Micro SOM Flowchart
Inforce Computing offers a clear path to designing embedded systems with micro-SOMs
To find out answers to the above questions and kick-start your embedded design with the latest Inforce 6501 Micro SOM, please download a whitepaper on the subject here. Should you have further questions after reading it, please reach out to us.
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Introducing the New and Enhanced Inforce 6410Plus SBC based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600

Inforce 6410 Plus Single Board Computer (SBC)We are delighted to announce the availability of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 (APQ8064 SoC) powered brand newInforce 6410Plus™ Single-board-computer (SBC). With the introduction of the product/application-ready Inforce 6410Plus, what’s been a such a workhorse for several hundreds of projects over the past two years, just got even better. The popular Inforce 6410 SBC received a major upgrade with several new added features. Continued excellent software support (Linaro Ubuntu Linux and Android BSPs, peripheral device drivers, Robot Operating System [ROS]) makes it easy plug-and-play. And the cherry on the cake is that you can purchase the Inforce 6410Plus for the same price of $143 (board only) as before.

 

Vasu Madabushi
The Inforce Computing Team

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Heading to the DARPA Robotics Challenge this week? Check out OSRF’s Turtlebot powered by the Inforce 6410 SBC!

Several robots will face off at the upcoming DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) finals in Pomona, Calif., June 5-6, 2015. So, what’s at stake, you might ask. How about a cool $3.5 Mil. in prizes? The winner grabs a sweet $2MM, the runner-up $1MM, and the third place gets $500K–that’s no chump change! This challenge involves navigating a difficult simulated disaster-response course and 24 of the world’s top robotics teams are competing. The course will obviously not be easy–with degraded communication hampering the robot operators, arduous and successive physical tasks include driving a utility vehicle, stepping out and opening doors, locating and closing valves, cutting through walls, clearing debris, and walking up stairs. Here’s a cool video from the WPI-CMU team! As you can see, the DRC is setup to test mobility, dexterity, manipulation, perception, and decision making skills these robots need to excel at to navigate hazardous conditions in disaster affected areas.

Along the sidelines of the DRC challenge, you will also get to see over 80 companies display their robots and UAVs at DARPAthe Technology Exposition. The Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) will demo their Turtlebot exhibit among other things–please do stop by their booth #14. What’s unique about the Turtlebot demo? It runs the Robot Operating System (ROS) and is powered by the Inforce 6410 single board computer (SBC). Recall that Qualcomm ported ROS to the Snapdragon 600 powered Inforce 6410 last year. Get your hand at driving these Turtlebots around and share your experience!

Talking about the Inforce 6410, ARM recently did a nice review of the SBC and the response to what can be done with the board was fantastic. Sorry, a winner has already been announced. If you are serious about building robots and drones that solve real-life human problems, look no further than starting with the compute building blocks Inforce provides in the form of SOMs and SBCs. Check out the ubiquitous Inforce 6501 Micro SOM that measures just 28mm x 50mm and weighs under 8 grams (0.3oz). With a profile of just 6mm and powered by the Snapdragon™ 805 processor, a custom carrier board with the right kind of I/Os can be built to fit into some of these SWaP constrained designs. You can jump-start your robot designs with Qualcomm’s FastCV™, Vuforia™, Alljoyn™, Hexagon™, and other SDKs that enable computer vision, machine learning, pattern recognition, and communication capabilities on Inforce’s compute platforms.

Vasu Madabushi
The Inforce Computing Team

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Here’s the Much Anticipated Inforce 6501 Micro SOM–What Can It Do For You?

We formally launched the much anticipated and brand new Inforce 6501™ Micro System-on-module (SOM) this week. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is a watershed moment for all of us at Inforce. We strongly Inforce 6501 Micro SOMbelieve that the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM will enable the design of sophisticated embedded products with capabilities and tiny form factors unheard of before. Early adopters of the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM are working on some of the most coolest embedded products yet to come. The Inforce 6501 Micro SOM is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processor (APQ8084 SoC), the latest shipping mobile platform technology available for embedded designs. So, to share my excitement about the new micro SOM, I’d like to list a few stand-out features:

  • The Inforce 6501 Micro SOM is the world’s tiniest module based on the Snapdragon 805 processor. With a form factor of just 28mm X 50mm (and a low profile of only 6mm with the connectors), and a weight of under 0.3 oz. (8 g), this is as miniature in size as it gets. Now think of the end-use applications that are space constrained, yet scream for bleeding edge compute horsepower and are battery powered.
  • Inforce has solved the complexity of designing and manufacturing a Micro SOM of this tiny proportion. The state-of-the-art design comes standard with 2GB POP LPDDR3 RAM and 4GB eMMC memory. It is also ROHS and WEE compliant.
  • Imagine what you can do with the quad-core ARM®v7 compliant 2.7GHz Krait™ CPU, the Adreno™ 420 GPU (4.8 GP/s processing and support for OpenGL ES3.1, OpenCL 1.2 full profile, etc.), Hexagon™ DSP v50 @600MHz, and dual image signal processors @1.2GP/s throughput.
  • Connect multiple hi-rez cameras (via MIPI-CSI up to 3 / 55MP) and concurrent displays (up to 2x MIPI-DSI + 1x HDMI)
  • Decode (H.265) and encode (H.264) 4K Ultra HD video
  • On-board dual-band WiFi + BT + GPS for all the connectivity you want (GbE is enabled on the carrier card)
  • With the most difficult part of an embedded design (the compute module) taken out of the equation, designers now can focus on their core-competencies, rapidly prototype, and get their product to market faster.Inforce 6501 Micro System on Module (SOM)
  • Two 100-pin connectors enable designers access a comprehensive set of I/Os from the Snapdragon 805 processor. To jumpstart your design, you may purchase the Inforce 6501 Development Kit, which includes the Micro-SOM, a sensor board, a carrier card, and a starter kit.
  • Full featured Android KitKat 4.4 BSP and device driver support. Linaro Ubuntu Linux BSP is in the works and will be available in May this year.

If you are designing the next great head-mounted display for an industrial hands-free computing application that requires support for multiple cameras, displays, and excellent image signal processors, the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM could be a great fit.

Thanks to robust PCIe support, one is able to do more with the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM. With its 4K HD video capabilities, next-generation videoconferencing products with multiple HDMI inputs and outputs will be well differentiated and more competitive in the marketplace.

Similarly, advances in Ultrasound, Arthroscopic, and Endoscopic medical imaging are possible, thanks to the high-end video and graphics capabilities of the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM. The miniaturization of the compute module will help designers integrate the latest mobile applications processors into connected portable medical imaging instruments, improving image resolution significantly and enabling faster time to results.

This is an ideal form factor many embedded designers have been looking for—you may fit the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM into your system and not worry about the CPU/GPU/DSP intensive algorithms that can run on it. It’s not a trade-off between compute power and size—with the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM, you get the best of the both worlds. In addition, with excellent access to I/Os from the Snapdragon 805 processor, there’s great flexibility in custom designing carrier boards to suit specific peripheral device needs. If you are designing the next industrial drone/UAV with autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance, check out the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM.

Inforce 6501 Development Kit

Typically designing the compute module is the most complex and time consuming part of building an embedded system—leave that to the readily available Inforce 6501 Micro SOM. The Inforce 6501 Micro SOM will save several months of design time, accelerate your time-to-market, and reduce overall design costs.

Vasu Madabushi
The Inforce Computing Team

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Freedreno Linux Graphics Drivers and Embedded Android for Snapdragon™ Based Inforce Computing Products at the ELC this Week

Want to find out more about the free-and-open-source-software (FOSS) Freedreno Linux graphics drivers or embedded Android for Snapdragon basedInforce 6410 and Inforce 6540 SBCs? If youEmbedded Linux Conference Logoplan to be at the Linux Foundation’s Embedded Linux Conference (ELC) and the co-located Android Builders Summit, March 23-25 in San Jose, CA this week, check out these really interesting presentations/ tutorials where Inforce Computing’s products (such as the Inforce 6410 and Inforce 6540 SBCs) will be shown in demos. The ELC is being held at the Marriott in downtown San Jose, CA.

Karim Yaghmour’s presentations:

What When Where
Memory Management Internals Monday, March 23, 2015, 5:20PM-6:10PM San Jose Marriott
Embedded Android one-day workshop Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 9:00AM-3:30PM San Jose Marriott

Rob Clark (the main guy behind the FOSS Freedreno Linux graphics drivers for the Adreno 3XX and 4XX series of GPUs in the Snapdragon family of processors) will talk about the progress he and other fellow contributors have made to an upstream gallium and kernel drm/kms driver. This has resulted in software that now also works on Inforce’s Snapdragon based products (composited DE’s like gnome-shell, Wayland, games, WebGL, etc., which one has come to take for granted on x86 based desktops!) If you need to get a sneak preview of his talk, check out what was shown at the recent Linaro Connect in Hong Kong:

Also, stop by the Technical Showcase at the ELC (see details below) to see the Freedreno demos running on the Inforce 6410 and Inforce 6540 SBCs. I’ll be there supporting Rob and would be glad to answer any questions you may have about Inforce’s products.

Rob Clark’s presentation and the Technical Showcase:

What When Where
Freedreno Status Report: Upstream and FOSS Graphics on ARM/SoC Devices Tuesday, March 24,
4:25pm-5:15pm
San Jose Marriott
Embedded Linux Technical Showcase Tuesday, March 24, at 6:20 pm San Jose Marriott

Vasu Madabushi
Inforce Computing Team

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