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Inforce’s newest SBC product is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 660 Octa-core processor. The Snapdragon 660 processor, integrates Qualcomm® Kryo™ 260 Octacore CPU, Adreno™ 512 GPU, Hexagon™ 680 DSP, Qualcomm® AI Engine and the Spectra™ 160 dual ISP to enable advanced visual computing, enhanced graphics and on-device machine learning capabilities coupled with AI-enabled user experiences. The Inforce 6560 SBC combines the heterogeneous compute capabilities of the Snapdragon™ 660 SoC with 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.x, a full featured USB-C interface with UltraHD display capability, an integrated battery charging circuitry with battery header, an on-board RTC and ample internal memory to make it a complete 4K encode/decode plug-n-play system. Inforce 6560 SBC is guaranteed long-life supply and support commitment from Inforce Computing Inc. Watch Video
The compact sized Inforce 6560 SBC offers simultaneous dual streaming capabilities with which depth perception use-cases like proximity detection, semantic segmentation, autonomous driving and facial recognition can be enabled with ease on this product. The product’s enhanced hardware and software capabilities for on-camera deep learning and video analytics, 4K HEVC video encoding and advanced features for robust hardware-based security make it ideal for manufacturers to develop IoT edge devices in the healthcare and telepresence domains, smart city applications including digital signage, connected cameras in varied form factors including 360/VR, sports, bodycams and IP security cameras.
The premium features available on Qualcomm® (SD660) Snapdragon™ 660 platform make it the most powerful 600-tier platform to date, with the Qualcomm® Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE), Qualcomm Spectra™ ISP, Qualcomm® Kryo™ CPU built on ARM Cortex technology, and Qualcomm® Hexagon™ DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX) supported for the first time in the 600 tier. The SoC is designed to support a leap in performance supporting on-device artificial intelligence, advanced photography and enhanced graphics.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660(SDA660) based Inforce platforms combine the heterogeneous compute capabilities of the Snapdragon™ 660 SoC with 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.x, a full featured USB-C interface with UltraHD display capability, an Integrated battery charging circuitry with battery header, an on-board RTC and ample internal memory.
Android 8.1.x (OREO) 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 6560 SBC:
* Optional Interfaces that are present on specific build-to-order SKUs. Please contact Sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
1. What is Inforce 6560™ SBC?
The Inforce 6560 SBC is a full-fledged Single Board Computer (SBC) solution based on Qualcomm’s custom Octa-core 64-bit Kryo(260) CPU (Snapdragon 660 - SD660) platform for embedded applications. The production-ready Inforce 6560 SBC comes in a standard pico-iTX form factor of 100mm x 72mm without compromising on direct access to a rich set of I/Os. This platform provides a perfect environment for a variety of unique industrial embedded applications that require high performance, intelligent, on-device processes, utilizing heterogeneous compute capabilities to power immersive and engaging experiences for machine learning use-cases.
2. Does Inforce provide any custom design solutions since some designs wouldn’t be able to use the standard form factor and or features?
Yes, while we offer standard products off-the-shelf (OTS) on our website and through our distributors (like Arrow Electronics etc.), 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. 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.
3. Where can I get more information on the Inforce 6560 SBC? What do I get when I buy one Inforce 6560 SBC? Is the device available internationally?
Inforce’s website has a lot of useful information about our SBCs athttps://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/single-board-computers Please check on the exact product SKU for the pre-loaded software, available IOs and
accompanying starter kits, which include items such as acrylic base, power adapters, and cables. Once you register the product with Inforcecomputing.com, you would get dedicatedm support from Inforce. The board would be shipped to most places around the world and relevant shipping and excise duty charges apply. Please contact email@example.com for exact pricing.
4. 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/. Here you can keep up with all of the latest information about Inforce’s products, periodic newsletters, conference and trade show appearances, and innovative customer applications.
5. What is the support model from Inforce after products are purchased?
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 a limited number of 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 sales to obtain more details of the support contracts.
6. How is emission shielding and heat dissipation handled?
The platform comes with a heatsink block and clips for installing an EMI shield around the RF components for excellent emission control and heat dissipation. Please check on the exact product SKU with shielding.
7. What are the accessories available from Inforce?
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.
8. Does the board support a cellular or GSM connection?
The Inforce 6560 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.
9. What is the storage capacity of the Inforce 6560 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 32GB. Memory can be expanded by connecting a Micro-SD card or a USB Hard drive.
10. How powerful is the Inforce 6560 SBC? What is the speed of the RAM?
The standalone Inforce 6560 SBC is powered by an Octa-core 64-bit Kryo 260 based applications processor capable of up to 2.2 GHz speed with 2MB of L2 cache.
The Qualcomm Adreno™ 512 GPU operates at 650 MHz and is capable of up to 255 GFLOPS of general purpose compute.
The onboard DDR4 RAM is of 3GB size, and part of the eMCP package.
11. What types of displays are supported and at what resolution?
UltraHD@30Hz on USB Type C, WQXGA@60Hz on MIPI-DSI and HDMI v1.3a supporting 1080p@30fps/720p@60fps are the display types supported. Concurrent dual independent displays of WQXGA@60Hz + UltraHD@30Hz is possible.
Please check on the exact product SKU for the available display interfaces.
12. What are the capabilities of the video Decoder?
Please refer to https://developer.android.com/guide/appendix/media-formats.html for supported codecs from Android.
13. What is the camera capability?
The Inforce 6560 SBC has 3 MIPI-CSI camera connectors that support 4 lanes each from CSI0,CSI1 and CSI2. The interfaces can support up to 24MP single or 16MP dual. Dual MIPI-CSI camera capability is possible with additional software support.
Inforce platforms have been validated with a Sony IMX230 sensor (21MP) based camera module for 4K@60fps capture and record. Note that this camera module accessory (ACC1H70) can be purchased from https://inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories USB UVC cameras too are supported and Inforce has validated cameras of 1080p resolution on this interface.
14. What are the capabilities of the video Encoder?
15. How much power does the board draw? Is it possible to measure the power?
The Inforce 6560 SBC is powered from a 12V/3A wall adapter. Our products typically offer support for 7V-16V power input range. The total approximate power drawn by the Inforce 6560 SBC ranges between 6W to 17W when different use cases are executed.
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 use-cases. Note that we run the Qualcomm Trepn™ profiler as part of our validation process on all of our stock Android releases.
16. What are the audio capabilities?
Audio is available through HDMI, USB and speaker out. The Inforce 6560 SBC also comes with a microphone for recording and a combo jack for microphone and speaker out. The HDMI interface is compliant to Version 1.3a specification.
17. What are the sensor capabilities?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660(SDA660) processor’s Hexagon DSP cluster has a dedicated sensor core to support always-on sensor-aware apps. Onboard the Inforce 6560 SBC, a 3D accelerometer and a 3D gyroscope are available through the STMicro LSM6DS3 sensor module.
18. Does the Inforce 6560 platform support battery charging and RTC?
Yes, the Inforce 6560 platform has an integrated battery charging circuitry with the battery header on-board. It also has an RTC with guaranteed accuracy implemented through interrupts.
19. What documents can I access online if I were to purchase the Inforce 6560 SBC? Are board design files also provided?
We provide datasheets, a User Guide, a Quick Start Guide and a Hardware Reference Manual. 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 addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org are promptly answered once the product is registered with Inforce.
20. Does the device support networking and wireless?
Yes, the 6560 platform supports 10/100/1000MB Dual Ethernet through USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet controllers. Yes, integrated 802.11n/ac MU-MIMO WiFi and BT/LE 5.0 is available via the onboard Qualcomm WCN3990 IC.
21. 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 TechWeb support portal.
22. What are the IO interfaces available?
Standard I/O interfaces including GbE, I2C, SPI, UART, GPIOs, SD card and on-board Serial Console are available. The 6560 SBC has one USB-C port and a couple of USB 2.0 Type A (host) connectors. We also provide a 40 pin expansion header with accessible GPIOs available for users. Please refer to the product specifications in the Hardware Reference Manual or the datasheet for more information and also for the exact product SKU for the available interfaces.
23. Does the platform support PoE?
Yes, the platform supports PoE out of the box through the ACC1S70 accessory from Inforce which can be purchased from https://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories. The platform provides dual Ethernet ports on USB3.0 to GbE controllers that enable Power Over Ethernet (PoE) supporting 802.3at complaint PD configuration. This allows the user to provide an Ethernet connection apart from powering your system in any location with just a single cable.
24. What operating systems are supported and what is the OS roadmap?
Board Support Packages (BSPs) for Android Oreo is available as an officially supported package on Inforce TechWeb. An Ubuntu/Debian Linux based BSP would soon be made available and please stay tuned to our website for an announcement on this package. Periodic releases shall be provided with feature improvements on both these packages. 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.
25. 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
Note that root access to the app space is not provided by default by the BSP.
26. Is fastboot supported? How to enter fastboot?
Yes. To go to fastboot mode, keep the Fastboot button (refer to the QSG document for Inforce 6560 SBC for location) pressed before powering on the board. Release it after the board is powered on.
27. 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 relevant application note.
28. Is the Hexagon DSP available on the Inforce 6560 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 and instructions geared toward efficient signal processing. The Inforce 6560 SBC comes with the Hexagon™ 680 DSP with Hexagon vector processor (HVX) designed for low-power audio and computer vision processing. Qualcomm opens up a comprehensive Hexagon SDK that provides a complete environment to generate dynamic Hexagon DSP code modules. Inforce’s Android BSP releases enables the use of the Hexagon SDK and provides sample applications. The Hexagon SDK provides a RPC mechanism (FastRPC) to communicate between the HLOS and Hexagon DSP.
29. How can I get kernel debug messages?
Connect the device’s serial port and debug messages should start to show up on utilities like minicom/putty(if using a windows host).
30. Why isn’t Google Play 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.
Nevertheless, it is possible to side-load any Android application using the following commands: #adb devices #adb mount #adb remount #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.
Inforce Computing offers multiple SKU variants of the Inforce 6560 SBC to suit varied end-use applications.
For more information and to place an order for product variants or more quantities, contact the Inforce sales team at (510) 683-9999 or at email@example.com.
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 660(Qualcomm SD660) based Inforce 6560 SBC.
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 Inforce 6640 SBC and other Inforce platforms. 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 platforms 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.
INFORCE ACC-1S70 POE / RS485 ADD-ON CARD*
*- Optional software. Contact sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org for enabling these accessories.