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Inforce Computing's highest performing micro SOM is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor (APQ8084) in the world's smallest Snapdragon module. The plug-and-play Inforce 6501 Micro SOM comes in an ultra-small form factor of 28mm x 50mm and weighs under 8 grams. The Snapdragon 805 processor is the first commercial mobile-grade processor to support 4K Ultra HD display, including 4K Ultra HD UI and hardware assisted 4K Ultra HD video capture and playback realistic 3D gaming, and up to 55MP camera support.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Inforce 6501 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 6501 Micro SOM to suit a particular end-application, but first time buyers of the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM require an associated carrier board. It is recommended that you initially purchase the Inforce 6501 Development kit, which comes with (a) the Inforce 6501 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..
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 the Inforce 6501™ Micro SOM?
The Inforce 6501 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 latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 System-on-Chip (APQ 8084), with quad-core processors each running at 2.7GHz. The plug-and-play Inforce 6501 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 4K Ultra HD content, MIPI-CSI cameras capable of encoding 4K AVC content, GPS, and sensors. It provides an excellent development environment for a variety of unique Android and Linux based multimedia applications in wearable 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 form factor products including Pico ITX based on the Snapdragon805 (Such as the Inforce 6540 SBC) are offered by Inforce. Please check our website for more details.
3. How do I find more information about the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM? What do I get when I buy an Inforce 6501? 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 6501 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. 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 6501.
4. 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.
5. What are the accessories available?
The website http://www.inforcecomputing.com/products/accessories lists all the available accessories. User guides are available for all relevant accessories.
6. Does the board support a cellular or GSM connection?
The Inforce 6501 does not include support for a wireless modem. Third party cellular modem dongles can be connected to the Inforce 6501 system via USB ports and may require special drivers from the respective manufacturers.
7. What is the storage capacity of the Inforce 6501 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 16GB. 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.
8. What are the performance details of the Inforce 6501? What is the speed of the RAM?
The Inforce 6501 Micro SOM provides Quad-core Krait™ 450 CPU processing of up to 2.7 GHz per core with 2MB L2 cache. The Adreno™ 420 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 800 Mhz on a 2x64-bit 25.6GB/s memory bus for fast and seamless multitasking. There are 2GB and 3GB variants of the platform available. Please check on the exact product SKU while ordering.
AnTuTu scores for the Inforce 6501 platform running Android is 55000. All of our Android releases are also validated with the Qualcomm Trepn™ Profiler to ensure that all cores are capable of operating at their maximum frequency.
9. What is the stacked height of the SOM mounted on the carrier board?
The height of the IFC6501 SOM is 8.1mm and the full height including the carrier is 10.7mm.
10. What types of displays are supported and at what resolution?
Up to 3 concurrent displays (2 panels + 1 external) are possible on the APQ8084. The capabilities are listed below:
MIPI_DSI – Two displays; 4-Lane + 4-Lane.
eDP – V1.2 4-Lane
HDMI – V1.4a
The Inforce 6501 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 6501 development kit. They can be purchased from http://inforcecomputing.com/product/accessories.html.
11. 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.
12. What are the camera capabilities of the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM?
The Inforce 6501 has 2 camera connectors that support 4 lanes from CSI0 and CSI2. Support for 3-D over CSI1 is possible on connector #2.
The camera interface to the APQ8084 is provided via three combo PHYs and four CSIDs with each combo PHY supporting up to 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 Inforce 6501 development kit. It is an accessory and can be purchased from http://inforcecomputing.com/product/accessories.html .
13. How much power does the board draw? Is it possible to measure the power?
The Inforce 6501 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.
14. What are the audio capabilities?
Audio is available through HDMI, USB and speaker out. The Inforce 6501 development kit also comes with a 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 6501 has a combo jack for microphone and speaker out.
15. 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 6501 development kit.
16. What documents are provided with the Inforce 6501? Are board design files also provided?
We provide datasheets and a Hardware Reference Manual. Schematics are not provided for the Inforce 6501. 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.
17. Does the device support networking and wireless?
Supported connectivity includes Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 (available via Qualcomm 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. But if it is still required, please refer to the Release Notes and App notes available on Inforce’s TechWeb.
19. What are the IO available interfaces?
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 and one micro USB 3.0 device mode only port apart from a USB 2.0 port. A 40 pin expansion header with accessible GPIOs is 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 the Inforce 6501 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 ---------- 6501 R1IN DB9 RX ---------- 6501 T1OUT DB9 GND ----------6501 GND
21. What operating systems are supported and what is the OS roadmap?
BSPs for Android Kitkat and Lollipop versions are available today as officially supported packages on the Inforce TechWeb. Please stay tuned for the announcements on our website for update releases. An Ubuntu-based Linaro Member Build would soon be available, which provides a desktop like environment using Ubuntu and the Gnome desktop. This package would also be officially supported via the 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.
22. 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
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 6501) 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. Is Hexagon DSP supported on the Inforce 6501 platform?
Yes. The Inforce 6501 has one Hexagon DSP (version QDSP6 v5 @600MHz) and Hexagon SDK 2.0 supports development on this hardware. Hexagon SDK can be obtained from https://developer.qualcomm.com/mobile-development/maximize-hardware/multimedia-optimization-hexagon-sdk/application 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
26. How can I get kernel debug messages?
Connect the device’s serial port to the host PC. Refer to Question 20 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.
27. 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
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