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Targeting embedded systems applications that require outstanding video and graphics, low power consumption, and exceptional computing performance, the plug-and-play Inforce 6540 SBC comes in a tiny Pico-ITX form factor. The Inforce 6540 SBC is based on the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processor, the first commercial mobile-grade SoC to support 4K Ultra HD display, including 4K Ultra HD UI and hardware assisted 4K Ultra HD video capture and playback realistic 3D gaming. It supports three cameras up to 55MP and multiple HD displays.
The Snapdragon 805 processor offers rich multimedia capabilities, energy efficiency, integrated connectivity and heterogeneous computing for high-end mobile computing in embedded products. Additionally, Snapdragon offers a clear product release path for embedded device OEMs and developers – starting with single-board computers and development kits and scaling up to larger solutions, integration services and production-ready, customizable system-on-modules (SOM).
If these are your requirements, embedded systems powered by Snapdragon 805 processors will make it easier.
Offloading appropriate portions of an augmented reality algorithm to QDSP6 not only frees up CPU core horsepower but also improves processing speed and decreases overall SoC power consumption.
Android 5.x (Lollipop) BSP release
Ubuntu Linux BSP Release
The full-featured release has support for the following peripheral devices and I/Os (All features may not be supported on Android/Linux):
1. What is Inforce654X?
The Inforce 654X is a powerful, yet ultra-small and cost-effective single-board computer solution for embedded developers in a convenient Pico-ITX standard form factor. The Inforce 654X provides developers access to the rich I/O and computing features of the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™805 System-on-Chip (APQ 8084), with quad-core processors each running at 2.7GHz. It provides incredible interfaces such as dual MIPI-DSI displays, 3 x MIPI-CSI cameras, GPS, and sensors. It provides an excellent development environment for a variety of unique Android and Linux based multimedia applications inwearable hands-free computing, smart office, robotics, and portable medical imaging.
2. Does Inforce offer other form factors based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 805?
Yes. Several exciting smaller form factor products based on the Snapdragon805 are currently under development. Please stay tuned for the announcements on our website.
3. What do I get when I buy one Inforce654X? Is the device available internationally?
Please check on the exact product SKU for the pre-loaded software, available memory and accompanying accessories like acrylics, power adapters and cables. For example, the Inforce 6540 is a full development kit, which includes a few accessories such as an acrylic case, power adapters, and cables. Once you register the product with us online, you would get dedicated support from Inforce. The board ships to most places worldwide and relevant shipping and local tax charges may apply. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing details.
4. How do I find more information about the Inforce 654X?
You may contact email@example.com for any additional questions that you may have before buying an Inforce 6540.
5. Does Inforce have a blog?
Yes! You can find our periodic blogs at http://inforcecomputing.com/blog. Here you can keep up with all of the latest information about Inforce products, conference appearances, and innovative customer applications.
6. What are the accessories available?
The website http://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories lists all available accessories, User guides are also available for all relevant accessories.
7. Does the board support a cellular or GSM connection?
The Inforce 654X does not include a wireless modem
8. What is the storage capacity of the Inforce654X? Is it expandable?
The on board storage (eMMC) capacity is 4GB expandable to 64GB. Product SKUs with both these memory options are available. Storage can be expanded by connecting a Micro-SD card or connecting a SATA Hard drive. The SATA Hard drive can be powered from the on-board power header if the current ratings are sufficient.
9. What are the performance details of the Inforce654X? What is the speed of the RAM?
The standalone Inforce654X provides Quad-core Krait 450 CPU processing of up to 2.7 GHz per core with 2MB L2 cache.The Adreno420 GPU includes dedicated tessellation hardware and is capable of 160 GFLOPS of general purpose compute and provides support for OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenCL 1.2 full profile.Do note that these libraries are provided as binaries only. The onboard High speed LPDDR3 RAM runs at 800Mhz.The platform comes with 3GB LPDDR3 memory. AnTuTu scores for the Inforce 654X platform running Android is ~36000. All our Android releases are also validated with the Trepn™ Profiler to ensure that all cores are capable of operating at their maximum frequency.
10. What types of displays are supported and at what resolution?
Upto 3 concurrent displays (2 panels + 1 external) are possible on the APQ8084. The capabilities are listed below:
The Inforce 6540 development kit has one MIPI-DSI port and a micro HDMI port. Note that the above displays are not provided as peripherals with the Inforce654X. They can be purchased from http://inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories.html
11. What are the capabilities of the video Decoder/Encoder?
3GPP (.3gp) MPEG-4 (.mp4)
Main profile, level 5.1
H.264 AVC hw accelerated
3GPP (.3gp)MPEG-4 (.mp4)
High profile level 5.1
MPEG-4 SP hw accelerated
Adv Simple profile level 5
Adv Simple profile level 3
DivX 4, 5, 6/MP2
DivX 3.11 Hardware-based
WebM (.webm) Matroska (.mkv
Profile 0 level 70
Adv Simple profile level 8
Please refer to http://developer.android.com/guide/appendix/media-formats.html for supported codecs from Android.
12. What are the camera capabilities of Inforce 654X?
The Inforce 6540 SBC has 2 camera connectors that support 4 lanes from CSI0, 4 lanes from CSI1 and 4 lanes from CSI2.The camera interface to the APQ8084is through three combo PHYs and four CSIDs with each combo PHY supporting upto 4-lane configuration. The camera port MIPI lane configuration could be 4/4/2/1 or 4/4/1/1 or 4/4/4 modes. It has dual ISP that can be used in parallel for high throughput or used individually for concurrent processing. Three cameras totaling up to 55MP can thus be supported with the maximum real-time sensor input resolution per camera being 21MP.Inforce platforms have been validated with the Sony IMX135 13MP camera module. Note that the camera is not provided as part of the Inforce654X kit. It is an accessory and can be purchased from http://inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories
13. How much power does the board draw? Is it possible to measure the power?
The Inforce 654X is powered by a 12V/3A wall adaptor. The total power consumed is approximately ~14W when all peripherals are being used and all 4 cores running at full speed. There are no test points made available to measure run-time power on the stock board. Pleasenote that we do run the Trepn profileras part of our validation process on all our stock Android releases.
14. What are the audio capabilities?
Audio is available through HDMI, USB and speaker out. The Inforce 654X also comes witha microphone for recording. The HDMI has an 8 channel audio with 7.1 channel surround sound, with support for Dolby digital plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD master. The Inforce 6540 has a combo jack for microphone and speaker out.
15. What are the sensor capabilities?
A 3D accelerometer and 3D gyroscope are available through the LSM330D part from STMicro on board. Inforce has an Arduino adapter board designed for the IFC6540 SBC on which education and Dragon sensor connectors are provided.The adapter card has three onboard sensor ICs and one PLCC socket for sensor applications. Accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetic compass and pressure sensor are the sensor ICs while the STEVAL-MKI128V2 module can be attached to the PLCC socket.Note that the Arduino adapter card is not provided as part of the Inforce654X kit. It is an accessory and can be purchased from http://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories
16. What documents are providedwith the Inforce 654X? Are board design files also provided?
We provide datasheets and a Hardware Reference Manual. Schematics are not provided for the Inforce654X. Board design files are proprietary and confidential and hence not provided. All software releases are accompanied with release notes, user guides and application notes that describe the installation procedure. Apart from these, all technical questions addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org are promptly answered once the product is registered with us.
17. Does the device support networking and wireless?
Supported connectivity includes Gigabit Ethernet. Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1(available viaQualcomm Atheros QCA6174) and GPS (supported via Qualcomm Atheros QCA1530).
18. 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. We are validating the procedures and we shall soon have it documented on our website.
19. What are the IO interfaces available?
Standard I/O interfaces including GbE, I2C, SPI, UART, MPP, GPIOs, and on-board Serial Console are available. It also includes one USB 3.0 host port andonemicro USB 3.0 device mode only portapart from a USB 2.0 port.A 40 pin expansion header with accessible GPIOs are available for users.
20. My serial console shows garbage characters. What could be wrong?
The serial port could be incorrectly configured. Please note that the correct settings are - 115200, 8, N, 1, No HW flow control. Please also check your connections as described below. To connect the serial console on Inforce654X board we would need to have a three pin connector and wiring as described below: Take wires from the DB9 port and connect it to the RS232 header on board DB9 TX ---------- 6540 R1IN DB9 RX ---------- 6540 T1OUT DB9 GND ----------6540GND
21. What operating systems are supported and what is the OS roadmap?
BSPsfor Android versions 4.1, 4.2 and 4.4 are available as officially supported packages on the Inforce TechWeb. BSP on Android Lollipop would be available shortly. Please stay tuned for the announcements on our website. The Linux community has made significant progress and multiple successful projects have taken off because of the community support for Linux on Inforce development kits.An Ubuntu-based Linaro Member Build is available, which provides a desktop like environment using Ubuntu and the Gnome desktop. This package is also officially supported via the Inforce TechWeb. Monthly releases are provided with feature improvements on this package. Please visit https://wiki.linaro.org/Boards/IFC6410 for more information
22. Is root access possible? Could you please explain how to get root privileges in Android?
Yes. Android derives from the Linux kernel, and hence rooting an Android device gives similar access administrative permissions as on Linux. Please run the commands below in adb shell to get root privileges #adb root #adb remount
23. Is fastboot supported? How to enter fastboot?
Yes. To go to fastboot mode, press the Vol- button (label 3 on the QSG document for Inforce 6540 ) before powering on the board.
24. 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 the partition table has been corrupted, you may have to RMA the board back to Inforce Computing. In particular, please avoid erasing the SBL partition.
25. How can I get kernel debug messages?
Connect the device's serial port to the host PC. Refer to Question 16 for connection configuration. 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.
26. 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. Our hardware is capable of meeting requirements of the Google Test Suite that would lead to GMS certification. We have not gone through the GMS certification process for our product. Nevertheless, it is possible to sideload any Android application using the following commands: #adb devices #adb mount #adb remount #adb install apk
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