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Inforce 6309™ Micro Single Board Computer (SBC)
  • Inforce 6309™ Micro Single Board Computer (SBC)
  • Inforce 6309™ Micro Single Board Computer (SBC)
  • Inforce 6309™ Micro Single Board Computer (SBC)
  • Inforce 6309™ Micro Single Board Computer (SBC)

Why Inforce 6309 Micro SBC?

  • Purpose built for industrial IoE systems at a very affordable price
    • Powered by the high-performance and low-power Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E(APQ8016E) processorInforce 6309 Micro SBC
    • Credit-card sized small form factor (54mm x 85mm); short profile of only 16mm
    • Full-featured SBC; just plug and play
  • Meets several industrial design requirements
    • Comprehensive support for upstream Linux kernel (Linaro) and Android (Lollipop)
    • Long product lifecycle assurance (longevity)
    • Extended operating temperature range of -20ºC to +70ºC
    • EMI shielding for RF noise sensitive designs
    • Optional SKUs with
      • Commercial temperature grade (See SKU variants tab)
      • Cost-optimized solution (See SKU variants tab)
      • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) PD and RS485 interface cards for systems operated over long distances and in electrically noisy environments
  • Comprehensive set of I/Os with uncompromised direct access to interfaces despite the small size
    • Dual MIPI-CSI cameras with support up to a total of 13MP (51-pin connector)
    • Integrated WiFi/BLE/GPS/GbE port/expansion headers
    • Micro HDMI for full 1080p displays
    • LVDS supporting WUXGA 1920 x 1200, 24-bit/pixel or QXGA
    • Integrated compact combo jack for headphone and mic-in
  • Easy path to production volume manufacturing from prototyping with the DragonBoard™ 410C community board
    • Same footprint as that of the 96Boards CE based DragonBoard 410C
    • Software developed on the DragonBoard 410C can be reused in the Inforce 6309


High performance, low-power and cost-effective solution based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E Processor

Introducing the new Inforce 6309™ Micro SBC powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410E application processor (APQ8016E). The credit-card sized plug-and-play Inforce 6309 Micro SBC reference design provides industrial IoE system designers instant access to the compute power, comprehensive I/O, and connectivity of the Snapdragon 410E SoC. Powered by quad-core ARM®v8 Cortex®-A53 CPUs, the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC is the 3rd in the family of Snapdragon processor-based embedded computing platforms from Inforce. Unique features include support for WiFi/BLE, GPS, HDMI displays, dual-MIPI-CSI cameras, GbE ports, LVDS, and optional PoE and RS485 interfaces. With robust support for an upstream Linux kernel (Linaro) and Android (Lollipop), coupled with extended operating temperature and long lifecycle, the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC provides an ideal choice for a multitude of industrial applications.

  • Industrial automation
  • Internet of Everything (IoE)
  • Digital Signage, Smart Infrastructure, and Retail

Inforce Computing ensures a long life cycle for embedded products. The Inforce 6309 Micro SBC comes with heatsink, EMI shielding, and RTC.  The Inforce 6309 full reference design is attractively priced at $136 and includes the Micro SBC, power adapter, microUSB cable, and acrylic base. Commercial production SKUs are available with different combination of features for OEMs with prices starting as low as $85 for small quantities. Please see "SKU variants" tab for more information.

Block Diagram

Inforce 6309 Micro SOM block diagram



Snapdragon 410E processors are designed to meet the demanding requirements of embedded computing applications with its high performance, energy efficiency, multimedia features, and integrated connectivity. 

Processing power, Memory, and Storage

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™410E processor (APQ8016E SoC)
    • Quad-core ARM® Cortex® A53 64-bit CPU @1.2GHz each, ARMv8-A ISA compliant 
    • Adreno™ 306 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.0, DirectX, and OpenCL
    • Hexagon™ QDSP6 @700MHz for ultra-low power audio and computer vision processing
    • Integrated ISP with support for 1.5GPs throughput
  • 1GB LPDDR3 RAM @533MHz + 8GB eMMC (eMCP package)
  • MicroSD card connector
  • 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi, BT 4.1 LE, GPS
  • 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet on an USB2.0 to GbE controller
  • Supports dual-cameras (13MP total) on MIPI-CSI
  • LVDS-based panel and touch screen display supporting WUXGA 1920 x 1200,
  • 24-bit/pixel or QXGA 2048 x 1536
  • µHDMI output for HD1080p @30fps video and HD audio
  • Miracast™ support, WiFi wireless streaming to external 720p display

Audio, Video, Interface, and Connectivity

  • µHDMI Rev 1.3a for 1080p HD
  • Dual MIPI-CSI2 (4/2-lane)—dual cameras up to 13MP
  • H.264 playback and capture @1080p
  • H.265 playback @720p
  • HD 5.1 Audio and mic-in
  • BT4.1 and Wi-Fi
  • µSD card connector
  • 2 x USB 2.0 (Host), 1x USB 2.0 (Debug)
  • 26-pin expansion header with  I2C, SPI, I2S, 2x UART, 20x GPIO
  • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and RS485 port (Optional, via an interface card)
  • LVDS for touch screen displays (see FAQ for more details)

Power, Mechanical, and Environmental

  • Power: +12V Input Socket (1.5A typ.)
  • Dimensions: 54mm x 85mm (Micro-SBC; credit card size)
  • Operating Temp: -20ºC to +70ºC
  • Relative Humidity: 5 to 95% non-condensing
  • RoHS and WEEE compliant
  • Shorter profile of 16mm

Snapdragon 410E

The Snapdragon 410E(APQ8016E) processor platform is ideal for high-end Internet-of-Everything (IoE) devices at the edge of the network in smart homes, industrial automation, digital media players, smart surveillance and home appliances.

Snapdragon 410 processor

Designed to meet the demanding requirements of embedded computing applications with its high performance, energy efficiency, multimedia features and integrated connectivity, the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410E processor is ideal for a broad mix of use cases, such as smart homes, building automation, industrial control, and digital signage. Snapdragon 410E(APQ 8016E) for embedded computing is designed for longevity. With the Inforce 6309™ Micro SBC full development kit and product-ready SKU variants, multiple solutions are available to support Snapdragon™ 410E (APQ8016E) based IoE devices from initial concept all the way to production volume manufacturing.


  • Superior performance with quad-core ARM® Cortex®-A53 CPUs and energy efficiency for long lasting battery life
  • Excellent GPU performance, with Qualcomm® Adreno 306 GPU
  • Rich multimedia and connectivity capabilities including 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz Wifi, BLE, and GPS
  • Differentiate with a dedicated Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP for audio and computer vision processing

If these are your requirements, embedded systems powered by Snapdragon 410E (APQ8016E) processors will make it easier.






Android 6.x (Marshmallow) BSP release

  • Periodic Android based BSP releases include in-depth documentation along with a host of royalty-free multimedia codecs

Linux BSP Release

  • An Ubuntu/Debian based build that provides a terminal-like environment using Linux and the LXDE terminal on Inforce 6309 platform.
  • Periodic upstream kernel (currently 4.4.8) based BSP releases include in-depth documentation along with a host of royalty-free software.

Contact Sales team at sales-wc@smartwirelesscompute.com for software solutions and customizations.

The full-featured release has support for the following peripheral devices and I/Os (All features may not be supported on Android/Linux):

  •    Snapdragon™ 410E(APQ8016E) processor Quad-core ARM® Cortex® A53 64-bit CPU running at 1.2GHz
  •    USB 2.0 based input and mass storage devices
  •    WiFi/BLE 4.1/GPS
  •    10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
  •    Micro SD card interface
  •    HDMI display and digital audio
  •    MIPI-DSI based displays with touch screen support
  •    LVDS-based displays with touch screen support
  •    MIPI-CSI based cameras
  •    Serial UART and Analog audio

Software and SDKs from Qualcomm and other 3rd parties that work with Inforce’s Snapdragon based platforms include:


  • Early access to leading edge APIs and next generation features. 
  • Long-term commitment of supply assurance from product introduction
  • A product roadmap that keeps developers on the latest technology curve from Qualcomm


Inforce 6309 Android Release Download
Inforce 6309 Linux Release Download
Inforce 6309 Datasheet Download
The Inforce BSP explained Download
Snapdragon 410E APQ8016E Device Specification Download
Inforce 6309 P1 to P2 Product Change Notice Download

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Inforce 6309 AppNote Enable an External Antenna for Wi-Fi BT Rev A 285 KB 2016-07-11 15:15:00 Download
Inforce 6309 AppNote Recovery of Bricked Boards Using SD Card Rev A 251 KB 2016-03-30 23:51:54 Download
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Inforce 6309 Hardware Reference Manual Rev C 2.1 MB 2016-06-13 00:00:00 Download
Snapdragon 410E APQ8016E Device Specification 1.08 MB 2016-04-21 02:51:54 Download
Hardware Register Description Snapdragon 410E 15.09 MB 22016-04-21 02:51:54 Download
Inforce 6309 DXF FILES Rev A 430 KB 2016-01-11 00:00:00 Download


1. What is Inforce 6309 Micro SBC?

The Inforce 6309 Micro SBC is a full-fledged Single Board Computer (SBC) based on the powerful quad core 64-bit Snapdragon 410E SoC, powered by the ARM® Cortex®-A53 processor. Measuring about the size of a credit card (54mm x 85mm), the production-ready platform is suitable for several industrial embedded designs without compromising on direct access to a rich set of I/Os. Unique features include support for dual-MIPI-CSI cameras, an LVDS display interface, and an optional adapter card with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and industrial-grade RS485 interface. This platform provides a perfect environment for a variety of unique Android and Linux based industrial embedded applications such as Industrial automation, Sophisticated IoE devices, Robotics and Medical devices.

2. Where can I get more information on the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC? What do I get when I buy one Inforce 6309? Is the device available internationally?

Inforce’s website has a lot of useful information about our SBCs at https://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/single-board-computers. The Inforce 6309 reference design package contains the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC, stand-off’s, 12V power supply, micro USB cable, and instructions to use it. Please check on the exact product SKU for the pre-loaded software, available memory and accessories provided. Once you register the product with us online, you can get dedicated support with BSPs for both Android and Linux from Inforce Computing.
The board would be shipped to most places around the world and relevant shipping and excise duty charges apply. Please contact sales-wc@smartwirelesscompute.com for exact pricing.

3. Does Inforce have an active developer forum or blog?

Yes! Inforce has a dedicated discussion platform at https://forums.inforcecomputing.com. 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’s products, conference and trade show appearances, and innovative customer applications.
https://discuss.96boards.org/ is also an excellent resource for developers.

4. Does Inforce offer Warranty replacement/return materials authorization (RMA)?

Yes, please contact our sales team at sales-wc@smartwirelesscompute.com for specific details for your product.


5. What are the accessories available?

Our website https://inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories lists all the available accessories. Please note that User guides and product datasheets are available for all accessories.

6. Does the board support a cellular or GSM connection?

The Inforce 6309 Micro SBC does not include support for a wireless modem. Third party cellular modem dongles can be connected to this platform via USB ports and may require special drivers from the respective manufacturers.

7. What is the storage capacity of the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC? Is it expandable?

Please check on the exact product SKU for the pre-loaded software and available memory. The on-board storage (eMMC) capacity is 8GB. Memory can be expanded by connecting a Micro-SD card or a USB Hard drive.

8. How powerful is the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC? What is the speed of the RAM?

The standalone Inforce 6309 Micro SBC is powered by a quad-core 64-bit ARM®v8 Cortex®-A53 based applications processor capable of 1.2 GHz speed with 512 Kb L2 cache.
The Qualcomm Adreno™ 306 GPU operates at 450 MHz and is capable of 24.3 GFLOPS of general purpose compute. It provides support for OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL 1.1 embedded profile. Note that these libraries are provided as binaries only. The onboard DDR3 RAM, which is part of the eMCP package, operates at 533MHz. AnTuTu scores for the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC platform running Android is 19000. All of our Android releases are also validated with the Trepn™ Profiler to ensure that all CPU cores are capable of operating at 1.2Ghz..

9. What types of displays are supported and at what resolution?

HDMI v1.3a supporting 1080p@30fps/720p@60fps and LVDS supporting WUXGA 1920 x 1200, 24-bit/pixel or QXGA available are the displays supported (displays are mutually exclusive when option added). The display accessories can be purchased from https://inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories.

10. What are the capabilities of the video Decoder/Encoder?

Please refer to https://developer.android.com/guide/appendix/media-formats.html for supported codecs from Android.

  Supported Codec Container Format Profile(s) Resolution/Bitrate/Framereate
Video Decoding H.263 hw accelerated • 3GPP (.3gp)
• MPEG-4 (.mp4)
Profile 0 level 70 1080P/20mbps/30fps
H.264 AVC hw accelerated • 3GPP (.3gp)
• MPEG-4 (.mp4)
High profile level 4 1080P/20mbps/30fps
MPEG-4 SP hw accelerated •3GPP (.3gp) Adv Simple profile level 5 1080P/20mbps/30fps
VC-1   Adv Simple profile level 3 1080P/20mbps/30fps
DivX 4, 5, 6/MP2     720P/10mbps/30fps
DivX 3.11 Hardware-based     D1 FWGA/2mbps/30fps
VP8 • WebM (.webm)
• Matroska (.mkv
Sorenson Spark/On2 VP6     D1/1mbps/30fps
Video Encoding H.263 • 3GPP (.3gp)
• MPEG-4 (.mp4)
Profile 0 level 70 1080P/10mbps/30fps
H.264 AVC • 3GPP (.3gp)
• MPEG-4 (.mp4)
High profile level 4 1080P/20mbps/30fps
MP4   Adv Simple profile level 5 1080P/20mbps/30fps

11. What is the camera capability?

The camera interface to the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC is through a 4-lane+2-lane MIPI-CSI 51 pin connector. Dual camera capability in PiP mode is supported on this connector. The 4-lane CSI0 supports CMOS and CCD sensors and is capable up to 13MP sensors. The 2-lane CSI1 has webcam support and is capable up to 8MP sensors. Inforce 6309 Micro SBC has been validated with the OV5640 camera module from OmniVision®. Note that the camera is not provided as part of the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC kit. It can be purchased as an accessory from https://inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories

12. How much power does the board draw? Is it possible to measure the power?

The Inforce 6309 is powered from a 12V/2A wall adaptor. The total approximate power is 12W.

There are test points made available to measure run-time power. Please refer to the user guide for more details on these test points. The input current through the DC jack can also be measured during different usecases. Note that we run the Trepn profiler on all our software releases.

13. What are the audio capabilities?

Audio is available through HDMI(1.3a), USB and speaker out. Optional LVDS audio will be routed to the onboard audio combo jack and thus LVDS audio will be heard when a headset is connected. A Communication Device Class Pulse Density Modulation (CDC PDM) port interfaces between PM8916 and APQ8016E for audio applications.
The Inforce 6309 Micro SBC platform has 5.1 capability and a microphone for recording. Dolby® Digital, DTS®, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio™ are some of the standards that are part of the HDMI Version 1.3a specification.

14. What documents are provided? Are board design files also provided?

We provide Datasheets, User guides and Hardware Reference Manual. Schematics and Board design files are proprietary and thus not shared.

All software releases are accompanied with release notes, user guides and application notes that describe all the features and the installation procedure. Apart from these, all technical questions related to the platform and the default software addressed to techsupport-wc@smartwirelesscompute.com are promptly answered once the product is registered with us.


Networking, IO and Wireless

15. Does the device support networking and wireless?

Yes, 10/100/1000MB Ethernet is supported through the USB2.0 to Gigabit Ethernet controller. Yes, integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (WCN3620) + Bluetooth 4.1 LE is available via the onboard Qualcomm Atheros WCN3620. GPS is supported via WGR7640.

16. How can I change the MAC address for WiFi/BT/Ethernet on my Board?

This should not be necessary since the correct addresses are programmed before the board is shipped. But if it is still required, please refer to the App Notes available on our website.

17. What are the IO interfaces available?

Standard I/O interfaces including GbE, I2C, SPI, UART, UIM, GPIOs, and on-board Serial Console are available. There are two USB 2.0 host ports. We also provide a 26 pin expansion header off which 20 GPIOs are available for users. Off the 20 GPIOs, four full BLSPs and 2 lines for an additional BLSP are possible. So if all BLSPs are used, there would be two GPIOs available for use on the expansion header.



18. What operating systems are supported and what is the OS roadmap?

Android Lollipop version BSP package is officially supported and available on Inforce Techweb.
We also provide an Ubuntu-based Linaro Member Build available that provides a desktop like environment using Ubuntu and the LXDE desktop. This Linux package is also officially supported from Inforce Techweb.

19. Is root access possible? 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
#adb root
#adb remount

20. Is fastboot supported? How to enter fastboot?

Yes. To go to fastboot mode, keep the Fastboot button (label 13 on the QSG document for Inforce 6309 Micro SBC) pressed before powering on the board. Release it after the board is powered on.

21. I've modified the boot partitions on my board and the board is no longer booting. What should I do?

If the eMMC partitions have been erased or partition table has been corrupted, you need to recover the eMMC using the instructions you can find on Inforce Techweb support portal by referring to the application note called "Inforce 6309 AppNote Recovery of bricked boards using SD Card".

22. Is Hexagon DSP supported on the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC platform?

Yes. The Inforce 6309 Micro SBC has a Qualcomm Hexagon™ QDSP6 Version 5 processor that runs up to 691MHz. The CPU computations related to real-time media and sensor processing can be offloaded to the Hexagon DSP. The custom audio/voice algorithms, encoders, and decoders to the audio framework are some of the use-cases possible on the Hexagon DSP.
The Hexagon SDK for APQ8016E is not yet available and might be ready by Q1 2016. Please do check for updates on Qualcomm’s QDev network’s Hexagon SDK page https://developer.qualcomm.com/forums/qdevnet-forums/multimedia-optimization-hexagon-sdk

23. How can I get kernel debug messages?

Connect the device’s serial port (located on the bottom side) to the host PC. Boot into fastboot mode and issue the following command -
fastboot -c “console=ttyHSL0,115200n8r androidboot.hardware=qcom” boot boot.img
Debug messages should start to show up.

24. Why isn't Google Play (previously Android Market) available on my board?

Google Play (previously Android Market) is part of Google Mobile Services(GMS) and is licensed separately from 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.
But it is possible to sideload any Android application using the following commands:
#adb devices
#adb mount
#adb remount
#adb install apk

Inforce Computing offers multiple SKU variants of the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC to suit varied end-use applications.


Standard SKUs are available on Inforce’s e-commerce site (above) and can be purchased starting at quantity 1.    For volume pricing, please contact our sales team.

Part Number Description Single Unit PriceAvailability
IFC6309X-00-P2 Android; Extended Temp range; Board only $126 Off the Shelf: Order Online
IFC6309X-01-P2 Android; Extended Temp range; with Starter Kit $136 Off the Shelf: Order Online
IFC6309X-10-P2 Linux; Extended Temp range; Board only $126 Off the Shelf: Order Online
IFC6309X-11-P2 Linux; Extended Temp range; with Starter Kit $136 Off the Shelf: Order Online

For more information and to place an order for more quantities, contact the Inforce sales team at (510) 683-9999 or at sales-wc@smartwirelesscompute.com.


For customers who are looking to buy in volume or cost-optimized solutions can order our Build-to-Order (BTO) products.  Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) is 100 units but may vary.  Please see table below for BTO SKUs and contact Inforce sales (510) 683-9999 or sales-wc@smartwirelesscompute.com for volume pricing/ ordering/ and lead times.

Part Number Description Single Unit PriceAvailability
IFC6309-00-P2 Android; Commercial Temp range; Board only $114 Qty 100 Call to Order
IFC6309-10-P2 Linux; Commercial Temp range; Board only $114 Qty 100 Call to Order
IFC6309L-00-P2 Android; Commercial Temp range; Without Ethernet, LVDS, PoE header, front panel header, battery header, and I2S header; Board only $85 Qty 100 Call to Order
IFC6309L-10-P2 Linux; Commercial Temp range; Without Ethernet, LVDS, PoE header, front panel header, battery header, and I2S header; Board only $85 Qty 100 Call to Order


Inforce also offers configure-to-order variants of the Inforce 6309—please provide us with your specific requirements to obtain pricing and lead times.

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 Snapdragon 410E based micro SBC.

Inforce ACC-1B10 LVDS Display Kit


10” LVDS Display Kit for the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC with LVDS interface. This 10" LVDS display is a Color Active Matrix Liquid Crystal composed of a TFT LCD panel,a driver circuit, and an LED back-light system. The screen format is intended to support the 16:9 HD, 1366(H) x 768(V) screen and 262K colors (RGB 6-bits data driver) with LED back-light driving circuit.

Inforce ACC-1H10 5MP MIPI-CSI Camera Adapter Board


ACC-1H10 is a YUV format camera module that uses Omnivision’s OV5640 sensor. FullHD H264 video recording at 30fps and 5 Mega Pixel JPEG image capture is possible with this accessory. Low power consumption and a small form factor makes it an ideal camera peripheral. Features include anti-shake technology, AF Control, integrated JPEG compression engine, and automatic image control functions. The accessory comes with the necessary cables to interface with the MIPI-CSI FI-R connectors available on all compatible Inforce platforms.



This Power Over Ethernet accessory allows you to power your Inforce 6640 platform and provide an Ethernet connection in any location with just a single cable. This also provides an isolated full duplex RS-485 transceiver. The plug and play accessory supports extended temperatures and it will work straight out of the box. The accessory comes with the necessary spacers and connector to interface to the Inforce 6640 SBC.

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