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The Inforce 6701 Hardware Development Kits(SYS6701) for embedded designers couples the Inforce 6701 Micro SoM with a small but complete carrier board to bring out all native interfaces and compute power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The easy-to-use platform enables a quick time to market of embedded and Internet of Things (“IoT”) products that are based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Inforce’s custom camera modules with up to 4K encode capability are plug-n-play accessories for this platform.
What's included in the kit?
The Inforce 6701 Hardware Development Kits(SYS6701) , comes with (a) the Inforce 6701 Micro SOM, (b) a carrier board and (c) a starter kit that includes a 12V power adapter and USB-C cable.
Thoughtfully designed with tech savvy consumers in mind, the Qualcomm SD845 (Snapdragon 845) utilizes heterogenous compute capabilities to enable immersive multimedia experiences including eXtended reality (XR), on-device artificial intelligence (AI) and lightning-fast connectivity. The Qualcomm SDA845 (Snapdragon 845) also introduces a hardware isolated subsystem called the secure processing unit (SPU), which is designed to add vault-like characteristics to existing layers of Qualcomm Technologies’ security features.
Android 9 (Pie) BSP release
The full-featured releases have support for the following peripheral devices and I/Os:
Specialized solutions through SDKs from Qualcomm that are enabled from the Android BSP on Inforce 6701 SOM:
1. What is Inforce 67X1™ Micro SOM?
The Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM is a high performance tiny System on Module (SoM) solution for embedded systems designers. It is based on Qualcomm’s custom Octa-core 64-bit Kryo(385) CPU (Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 - SDA845) processor for embedded applications. The plug-and-play Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM comes in an ultra-small form factor of 28mm x 50mm and provides pin, electrical, and form-factor compatibility across a wide product line of Snapdragon processor-based SOMs from Inforce for easy migration.
2. Does the Micro SoM have variants based on different configurations?
Yes. Inforce offers a reference carrier board for this SoM. All native interfaces of the Qualcomm SD845 (Snapdragon 845) processor are brought out on this carrier. Please refer to the reference design product page for more details. The reference design comprises of the Inforce 6701 SoM and the carrier board.
3. Does Inforce provide any custom design solutions since some designs wouldn’t be able to use the standard SoM’s form factor and or features?
Yes, while we offer standard products off-the-shelf (OTS) on our website and through our multiple distributors, we also have a strong background in customized hardware and software solutions. We offer pre-validated build-to-order (BTO) configurations, as well as configure-to-order (CTO) options for existing products. For customers wanting to design their own unique form-factor carrier board to interface with the OTS Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM, we offer design assistance support packages that include dedicated engineer, reference schematics and design reviews—contact Inforce sales for more details. In addition, Inforce also offers full custom hardware design and associated software/device driver development, for those projects where a unique hardware design is required to meet sophisticated technical challenges.
4. Where can I find more information about the Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM? What do I get when I buy an Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM? Is the device available internationally?
Inforce’s website has a lot of useful information about our SOMs at https://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/system-on-modules. Please check on the exact product SKU for the pre-loaded software, available memory and supported temperature ranges. The Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM requires a carrier board (like all SOMs do) to power up and connect to peripheral devices and gain access to the extensive set of I/Os that are available on the Micro SOM. If you are considering the Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM for the first time, please purchase the comprehensive Inforce 67X1 reference design, which includes the Micro SOM, the reference carrier board, and a starter kit. Inforce’s Snapdragon processor-based Micro SOMs are all cross-compatible (pin, connector, and form factor) with Inforce’s reference carrier board designs, ensuring a smooth path to migrate/upgrade to new Snapdragon processor-based Micro SOMs in the future. Once you register the product with Inforcecomputing.com, you would get dedicated support from Inforce. The board ships to most places worldwide and relevant shipping and local tax/customs duty charges may apply. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing details or any additional questions that you may have before buying an Inforce 67X1.
5. Does Inforce have a blog?
Yes! You can find our periodic blogs at https://inforcecomputing.com/blog/category/articles. Here you can keep up with all of the latest information about Inforce products, conference/trade show appearances, and innovative customer case-studies and applications.
6. What are the accessories available?
Our website https://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories lists all the available accessories. Please note that User guides and product datasheets are available for all accessories.
7. Does the board support a cellular or GSM connection?
The Inforce 67X1 does not include support for a wireless modem. Third party cellular modem dongles can be connected to the Inforce 67X1 based reference design via USB and may require special drivers from the respective manufacturers. We can also help you design in a 3rd party cellular modem module in your custom carrier board that is mated with an Inforce Micro SOM.
8. What is the storage capacity of the Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM? Is it expandable?
The on board storage (UFS) capacity is 64GB. Storage can be expanded by connecting a Micro-SD card or USB storage on the Inforce 67X1 reference design.
9. What are the performance details of the Inforce 67X1? What is the speed of the RAM?
The Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM is based on the Qualcomm SDA845 (Snapdragon 845) processor, which includes custom Qualcomm® Kryo™ Quad-core 64-bit ARM V-8 compliant CPUs organized as two clusters viz., Performance@2.8GHz each and Efficiency@1.8GHz each with 2MB shared L3 cache and 3MB system cache.
The onboard 4GB LPDDR4X RAM operates at 1866 MHz
All our Android releases are benchmarked with Antutu and validated with the Qualcomm Trepn™ Profiler to ensure that all cores are capable of operating at their maximum frequency.
10. What is the stacked height of the SOM mounted on the carrier board?
The height of the Inforce 6701 Micro SOM is between 5.9mm to 6.6mm depending on the presence of the EMI shield. The full height when mounted on mating connectors on the carrier board is between 6.8mm and 7.5mm. Please check on product SKU details for the presence of the EMI shield.
11. What types of displays are supported and at what resolutions?
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845(SDA845) natively supports dual-link MIPI-DSI and USB-C with DP Alternate Mode.
The Inforce 67X1 reference design has a 51-pin FI-R DSI connector with support for dual MIPI-DSI ports. Note that the displays are not provided as peripherals with the Inforce 67X1 reference design. They can be purchased fromhttps://inforcecomputing.com/product/accessories.html.
12. What are the capabilities of the video Decoder/Encoder on the Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM?
Please refer to https://developer.android.com/guide/appendix/media-formats.html for supported codecs from Android. Hardware accelerated capabilities of the SDA845 SoC are:
13. What are the camera capabilities of the Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM?
The Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM has up to three MIPI-CSI camera interfaces that support 4 lanes from CSI0, CSI1 and CSI2 each. Please check on the exact product SKU for the number of camera interfaces supported. 2x14-bit ISP that are 16MP+16MP@60fps capable Dual simultaneous camera capability is possible on a system built on this SoM.
Inforce platforms are typically validated with a Sony IMX230 sensor (21MP) based camera module for 4K@30fps capture and record. Note that the camera is not provided as part of the Inforce 67X1 reference design. It can be purchased as an accessory from https://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories.
14. How much power does the SoM draw? Is it possible to measure the power?
The Inforce 67X1 SoM takes 3.8V Power Input. The reference design is powered by a 12V/3A wall adaptor. Our products typically offer support for 7V-16V power input range. The total power consumed by the Inforce 67X1 reference design ranges between 6W to 17W when different use cases are executed. There are a few test points made available to measure run-time power on the board. The input current through the DC jack can be measured during different use-cases. Please note that we run the Qualcomm Trepn™ profiler as part of our validation process on all of our stock Android releases.
15. What are the audio capabilities of the reference design?
Audio is brought out on a combo jack as line-outs, and mic-in from the integrated PMIC audio codec on the SoM. Audio is also available from the USB lines.
16. What are the sensor capabilities?
Snapdragon 660 processor’s Hexagon DSP cluster has a dedicated sensor core to support always-on sensor-aware apps. Note that the reference design doesn’t have any onboard sensors.
17. What documents are provided? Are board design files also provided?
We provide datasheets, user guide and a Hardware Reference Manual. Schematics are not provided for the Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM. Board design files are proprietary and are the intellectual property of Inforce, and hence not provided.
All software releases are accompanied with release notes, user guides and application notes that describe the installation procedure.
18. What is the support model from Inforce after products are purchased?
Inforce offers a range of standard products off-the-shelf (OTS) on its website and through our distributors (Arrow/Mouser/Atlantik). Apart from these, it offers pre-validated build-to-order (BTO) configurations, as well as configure-to-order (CTO) options for existing products. In addition, we also offer full custom hardware design and associated software/device driver development, for those projects where a unique design is required to meet sophisticated technical challenges. All purchases of Inforce products get unlimited access to the online TechWeb support portal, which provides a host of technical documentation and software downloads. Purchasers are also provided free technical support for two support tickets. For a sustained technical support, Inforce offers Design Assistance Support Contracts for shorter periods of time and Annual Support Contracts for its customers who would like unlimited prioritized technical support. Please contact Inforce to obtain more details of the support contracts.
19. Is there a way to automatically boot up the reference design, when the system is electrically powered?
Yes, this is possible but will involve a hardware rework. On the carrier board, please mount a 0Ω Resistor for R243 (location shown below). Do note that the warranty becomes void once the hardware is modified by you.
20. The SYS67A1 reference design SKU is listed as Build-To-Order. What is the difference between this version and the SYS6701 version? Do we miss any features if there are only 2 B2B connectors between the SOM and the Carrier board?
The IFC67A1 SoM and the reference design based on this SoM, SYS67A1 are Build-To-Order SKUs and thus has an MoQ of 100 units for ordering. Please contact our sales team for specific details and lead times. The following additional features are available on SYS67A1 reference design:
21. How can I change the MAC address for WiFi/BT/Ethernet on my Board?
MAC addresses are fixed at the factory. Changing them should not be necessary since the correct addresses are programmed before the board is shipped. If it is still required, please refer to the Release Notes and App notes available on Inforce’s TechWeb support portal.
22. What are the IO interfaces available?
Standard I/O interfaces including I2C, SPI, UART, UIM and GPIOs are available. The Snapdragon 660 processor supports 1x USB 3.1 gen1 and 1 x USB 2.0. Please refer to the product specifications in the Hardware Reference Manual or the datasheet for more information.
23. What operating systems are supported and what is the OS roadmap for the Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM?
A Board Support Package (BSPs) for Android Pie is available today as an officially supported package on the Inforce TechWeb. Periodic releases shall be provided with feature improvements on this package. Inforce also upgrades the BSPs to newer Android releases and upstream Linux kernel to support feature improvements on its platforms. Please stay tuned for announcements on our website for update releases.
24. Is root access possible on Inforce boards? Could you please explain how to get root privileges in Android?
Yes. As Android derives from the Linux kernel, rooting an Android device gives similar access administrative permissions as on Linux. Please give below commands in adb shell to get root privileges
25. Is fastboot supported? How to enter fastboot?
Yes. To go to fastboot mode, keep the Vol- button (for exact location, check the Quick Start Guide [QSG] document for the Inforce 67X1 Micro SOM based reference design) pressed before powering on the board and release it after the board has powered on.
26. I’ve modified the boot partitions on my board and the board is no longer booting. What should I do?
If the eMMC (flash memory) partitions have been erased or the partition table has been corrupted, you can recover through a procedure that uses the USB port. Please logon to our Techweb repository to access the necessary document.
27. Is the Hexagon DSP available on the Inforce 67X1 platform?
Yes. Qualcomm’s Hexagon DSP architecture is designed to deliver performance with low power over a variety of heterogeneous computing applications. It has features such as hardware assisted multithreading, privilege levels, VLIW, SIMD and instructions geared toward efficient signal processing. The Inforce 67X1 micro SoM comes with the Hexagon™ 685 DSP with dual-Hexagon vector processor for ultra-low-power audio and computer vision processing.
Qualcomm also opens up a comprehensive Hexagon SDK for all its processors that provides for a complete environment to generate dynamic Hexagon DSP code modules. Please checkhttps://developer.qualcomm.com/software/hexagon-dsp-sdk for downloading the SDK.
28. Why isn’t Google Play (previously Android Market) available on my board?
Google Play is part of Google Mobile Services (GMS) and is licensed separately by Google. This is usually available on commercial Android devices. Though our hardware is capable of meeting requirements of the Google Test Suite that would lead to GMS certification, we have not added this to our product. Please contact our sales team if this is a requirement for your product.
Nevertheless, it is possible to side-load any Android application using the following commands:
#adb install apk
Should you have further questions not answered by the above FAQ and would like to have them included here, please contact Inforce Computing.
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Inforce Computing offers a range of off-the-shelf accessories that enable you to re-create system configurations that your customers need. These accessories are custom built by Inforce and are supported with a strong roadmap. The accessories listed below are suitable for the development kit based on Qualcomm SDA845 Snapdragon 845 Micro SoM. They are mostly cross compatible with all SoM based reference designs from Inforce.
INFORCE ACC-1H70 21 MP MIPI-CSI CAMERA MODULE KIT
A MIPI-CSI camera accessory based on Sony’s IMX230 which is a 21 Mega Pixel CMOS active pixel type stacked image sensor with a square pixel array. It adopts Exmor RS™ technology to achieve high speed image capturing. This camera module interfaces with a cable to the 41 pin MIPI-CSI connectors available on the INfroce SoM based reference designs and some of Inforce SBC products. It operates with three power supply voltages and achieves low power consumption. It offers a readout rate of 24 frames per second at full resolution and HDR mode imaging of 30fps@4K2K/1080p@60. A 41-pin JF08 cable is also included in this kit.
INFORCE ACC-1S80 ULTRA HDMI INPUT ADAPTER CARD*
An UH2C/1080p Camera adapter board using Toshiba’s UHDMI to CSI conversion chip. It uses a Type A HDMI connector to receive the HDMI input and feeds CSI data into the Inforce Systems through two 41-pin MIPI-CSI connectors. There is no additional power supply required for this module. This module is Capable of supporting 1080p on a single CSI-2 using 4 lanes and 4k using dual CSI-2 using 8 lanes. The necessary cables are included with this accessory.
*- Optional software. Contact sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org for enabling this accessory.