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The high-performance Inforce 6401 Micro SOM, is based on Qualcomm®’s powerful, well-proven, and long lifecycle Snapdragon™ 600/600E processor (APQ8064/APQ8064E) for embedded applications. The plug-and-play Inforce 6401 Micro SOM comes in an ultra-small form factor of 28mm x 50mm and weighs under 8 grams.
Inforce Computing’s highest performing micro SoM is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600/600E processor (APQ8064/APQ8064E) in one of the world’s smallest Snapdragon modules. The plug-and-play Inforce 6401 Micro module is supported by a full development kit that includes the module and a carrier board to accelerate product and software development. The development kit is an ideal fit for embedded designers requiring high-end graphics, video (HD), DSP and CPU compute power.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Inforce 6401 Micro SOM requires a carrier board (like all SOMs do) to power up, connect to peripheral devices, and gain access to the extensive set of I/Os that are available on the Micro SOM. One may design a custom carrier board to work with the Inforce 6401 Micro SOM to suit a particular end-application, but first time buyers of the Inforce 6401 Micro SOM require an associated carrier board. It is recommended that you initially purchase the Inforce 6401 Development kit, which comes with (a) the Inforce 6401 Micro SOM, (b) a full-fledged carrier board with a multi-sensor card, and (c) a starter kit that includes a 12V power adapter, micro-USB cable, and an acrylic base.
High performance processors that are designed to run the most demanding tasks, including 1080p HD videos, up to 20 Mega pixel images, and visually intensive 3D rendering in dedicated coprocessors, freeing the multicore CPU for the targeted embedded application. Have them running simultaneously and seamlessly with advanced multitasking support from the Snapdragon 600 processor. Snapdragon600 processors are feature-rich and designed to preserve battery life and take your embedded applications to the next level of computing.
If these are your requirements, embedded systems powered by Snapdragon 600 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.
Basemark OS is a system-level All-In-One benchmarking tool designed for measuring overall performance of Android platforms.
AnTuTu Benchmark is a comprehensive Android Benchmarking application. It includes "Memory Performance", "CPU Integer Performance", "CPU Floating Point Performance", "2D 3D Graphics Performance", "SD card read-write speed", "Database IO" performance testing.
o Periodic Android based BSP releases include in-depth documentation along with a host of royalty-free multimedia codecs
o An Ubuntu-based Build that provides a terminal-like environment using Ubuntu Linux and the GNome terminal on the SYS6401 board.
o Periodic Ubuntu based BSP releases include in-depth documentation along with a host of royalty-free software.
o Qualcomm Krait™ quad-core CPU running at 1.7GHz
o USB 2.0 based input and mass storage devices
o WiFi/BT 4.0/GPS
o Gigabit Ethernet and SATA
o Micro SD card interface
o HDMI display and digital audio
o MIPI-DSI based displays
o Qualcomm Hexagon™ package update
o MIPI-CSI based cameras (5MP OV5640)
o Serial UART and Analog audio
1. What is Inforce 6401™ Micro SOM?
The Inforce 6401 Micro SOM is a high performance tiny System on Module (SoM) solution for embedded systems designers. It provides designers access to the rich I/O and computing features of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600/600E System-on-Chip (APQ 8064), with quad-core processors each running at 1.7GHz. The plug-and-play Inforce 6401 Micro SOM comes in an ultra-small form factor of 28mm x 50mm and weighs less than 8 grams! With a low profile of only 6mm, it provides access to interfaces such as dual MIPI-DSI displays with support for Full HD content, MIPI-CSI cameras capable of encoding Full HD AVC content, and GPS. It provides a dense compute platform for a variety of unique Android and Linux based multimedia applications in wearable hands-free computing, smart office, robotics, and portable medical imaging. The Inforce 6401 Micro SOM joins a growing product-line of SOMs that are electrical, pin, and form-factor compatible with a common carrier board design. This enables easy migration and cross compatibility with new Qualcomm Snapdragon processor based Micro SOMs.
2. Does Inforce offer other form factors based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 600/600E?
Yes. Several exciting form factor products including Pico ITX based on the Snapdragon 600/600E (Such as the Inforce 6410Plus SBC) are offered by Inforce. Please check our website for more details.
3. How is the Inforce 6401 development kit different from the Inforce 6410Plus SBC?
The Inforce 6401 development kit is comprised of a micro SoM that plugs into a carrier board. The Inforce 6410Plus is a plug-and-play SBC that provides product developers instant access to I/Os. Both these platforms are based on the well proven Snapdragon 600/600E SoC quad-core processer.
The differences between these two platforms are tabulated below:
Inforce 6401 development kit
Inforce 6410Plus SBC
Yes (9 pin full connector)
Yes (3 pin header)
Yes(B2B) as two separate 41 pin connectors
Yes. A single 51 pin connector
Dual camera Support
ATX power supply Conn.
Yes. Achieved through the PAC card accessory.
4. How do I find more information about the Inforce 6401 Micro SOM? What do I get when I buy an Inforce 6401? Is the device available internationally?
Inforce’s website has a lot of useful information about our SOMs at http://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/system-on-modules.
Please check on the exact product SKU for the pre-loaded software, available memory and accompanying accessories such as acrylics, power adapters, and cables. The Inforce 6401 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. Inforce’s Snapdragon processor-based Micro SOMs are all cross-compatible (pin, connector, and form factor) with a single reference carrier board design.
We offer a full development kit, which includes the carrier board along with a few accessories such as an acrylic case, power adapter, sensor module, and micro USB cable. 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 email@example.com for pricing details or any additional questions that you may have before buying an Inforce 6401.
5. Does Inforce have a blog?
Yes! You can find our periodic blogs at http://inforcecomputing.com/blog/category/articles. 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?
Our website http://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 6401 does not include support for a wireless modem. Third party cellular modem dongles can be connected to the Inforce 6401 system via USB ports and may require special drivers from the respective manufacturers.
8. What is the storage capacity of the Inforce 6401 Micro SOM? Is it expandable?
Please check on the exact product SKU for details on pre-loaded software and available memory. 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.
9. What are the performance details of the Inforce 6401? What is the speed of the RAM?
The Inforce 6401 Micro SOM provides Cortex-A15 class computing at 1.7 GHz with 2MB L2 cache. The Adreno™ 320 is capable of 90 GFLOPS of general purpose compute and provides support for OpenGL ES 3.0 (Halti) and OpenCL 1.2E. But note that these libraries are provided as binaries only.
The onboard 2GB DDR3 RAM operates at 533Mhz.
AnTuTu scores for the Inforce 6401 platform running Android is ~22000. All our Android releases are also 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 IFC6401 SOM is 8.1mm and the full height including the carrier is 10.7mm.
11. What types of displays are supported and at what resolution?
Primary dual-link MIPI-DSI up to WQXGA (2560 × 1600) 24bpp @60 Hz refresh + Micro HDMI(1.4a) output of 1080p@60 Hz refresh are the displays supported.
The Inforce 6401 development kit has a DSI connector with support for dual MIPI-DSI ports and a Type-A HDMI port. Note that the displays are not provided as peripherals with the Inforce 6401 development kit. They can be purchased from http://inforcecomputing.com/product/accessories.html.
12. What are the capabilities of the video Decoder/Encoder?
Please refer to http://developer.android.com/guide/appendix/media-formats.html for supported codecs from Android.
H.263 hw accelerated
• 3GPP (.3gp) • MPEG-4 (.mp4)
Profile 0 level 70
H.264 AVC hw accelerated
High profile level 4
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
Sorenson Spark/On2 VP6
13. What are the camera capabilities of the Inforce 6401 Micro SOM?
The Inforce 6401 has 2 camera connectors that support 4 lanes from CSI0 and CSI2. Dual camera capability is possible. The maximum real-time sensor input resolution is 20MP in-line JPEG encode at 15 fps. Inforce platforms have been validated with the OV5640 camera module from OmniVision. Note that the camera is not provided as part of the Inforce 6410Plus kit. It could be purchased as an accessory from http://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories
14. How much power does the board draw? Is it possible to measure the power?
The Inforce 6401 development kit is powered by a 12V/3A wall adaptor. The total power consumed ranges between 6W to 17W when different use cases are executed. There are no test points made available to measure run-time power on the board. But the input current through the DC jack can be measured during different use-cases. Please note that we do run the Trepn profiler as part of our validation process on all our stock Android releases.
15. What are the audio capabilities?
Audio is available through HDMI, USB and speaker out. The Inforce 6401 development kit also comes with a microphone for recording and a combo jack for microphone and speaker out. The HDMI has an 8 channel audio with 7.1 channel surround sound, with support to Dolby digital plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD master.
16. What are the sensor capabilities?
A 3D accelerometer and a 3D gyroscope are available through the LSM330D part from STMicro on Board which is supplied along with the Inforce 6401 development kit.
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 6401. 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 Inforce.
18. Does the device support networking and wireless?
Supported connectivity includes Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 (available via Qualcomm Atheros QCA6234) and GPS (supported via Qualcomm WGR7640).
19. 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. But if it is still required, please refer to the Release Notes and App notes available on Inforce’s TechWeb.
20. 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 port and one micro USB OTG port. We also provide a 40 pin expansion header with accessible GPIOs available for users.
21. 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 Inforce 6401 board we would need to have a three pin connector and the wiring as described below:
Take wires from the DB9 port and connect it to the RS232 header on board
DB9 TX ---------- 6501 R1IN
DB9 RX ---------- 6501 T1OUT
DB9 GND ---------- 6501 GND
22. What operating systems are supported and what is the OS roadmap?
BSPs for Android Kitkat 4.4.2 version is available today as an officially supported package on the Inforce TechWeb. Please stay tuned for the announcements on our website for update releases.
We also have an Ubuntu-based Linaro Member Build available that provides a desktop like environment using Ubuntu and the Gnome desktop. This package too is officially supported from Inforce Techweb. Periodic releases shall be provided with feature improvements on this package.
Note that 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.
23. 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
24. 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 6401) before powering on the board.
25. 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.
26. Is Hexagon DSP supported on the Inforce 6401 platform?
Yes. The Inforce 6401 has one Hexagon DSP (version QDSP6 v4 @500MHz) and Hexagon SDK 1.2.2 supports development on this hardware. Hexagon SDK can be obtained from
Please note that Qualcomm approves SDK access to developers on case-by-case basis. Qualcomm also hosts forums and blogs to discuss the issues and the best way to get help on Hexagon SDK related queries is from https://developer.qualcomm.com/forums/qdevnet-forums/multimedia-optimization-hexagon-sdk
27. How can I get kernel debug messages?
Connect the device’s serial port to the host PC. Refer to Question 21 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.
28. 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.
Nevertheless, it is possible to sideload any Android application using the following commands:
#adb install apk
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