Qualcomm APQ8060 Android Development Board BSQUARE DragonBoard

BSQUARE announced the DragonBoard a development board built around Qualcomm APQ8060 mainly targeted at Android 2.3 development.

Here’s an excerpt of the press release:

BSQUARE Corporation, a leading enabler of smart, connected devices, today announced general availability of DragonBoard™, an Android™ development platform based on Qualcomm Incorporated’s Snapdragon APQ8060 processor. DragonBoard provides device makers, application developers and other hardware and software ecosystem suppliers with early access to the APQ8060 processor in a flexible development environment.

DragonBoard is a powerful, feature-rich development board that offers exposed connectors, adapters and expansion headers including JTAG, Ethernet and mini USB. These features provide deep levels of development, testing and expansion that allow OEMs to do early prototyping of APQ8060 based systems, component suppliers to integrate devices with the APQ8060 processor and Android application developers to create innovative applications for the growing open source development community. When combined with BSQUARE products and services, DragonBoard enables developers to get products to market faster and with less risk.

DragonBoard Android prototyping on dual-core Snapdragon
BSquare DragonBoard

The DragonBoard features the following:

  • Processor: Qualcomm dual-core APQ8060 Snapdragon
  • GPU: Adreno 220
  • Memory: not disclosed
  • Memory expansion:  2 x SDIO slots
  • Display (peripheral kit only): 3.61″ WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive multitouch with buttons and hardware keypad
  • Wireless (via RF daughtercard):
    • Wi-Fi (Qualcomm WCN1314)
    • Bluetooth (Qualcomm WCN2243)
    • 2 x SIM slots
  • Sensors (via sensor daughtercard):
    • pressure and temperature
    • 3-axis accelerometer
    • 3-axis gyro
    • proximity and ambient light
    • 3-axis compass
  • Cameras (with peripheral kit): 5-megapixel main camera; 1-megapixel webcam
  • Networking: 1 x Ethernet (RJ-45)
  • Other I/O:
    • RS-232 (DE-9F)
    • mini-USB
    • 3.5mm TRS stereo audio jack
    • 20-pin JTAG card
  • Test points:
    • MIPI-CSI (camera)
    • MIPI-DSI (display)
    • GPIOs
    • Parallel bus (EBI2)
  • Other features (with peripheral kit) : battery, earphones

I could not find any community site working on the platform, nor freely available software and/or hardware resources.

The development board (OBQ8x60DGBD) is sold for 299 USD, but you’ll have to pay an extra 199 USD for the Peripheral Kit (Camera, Display/TouchScreen, and Earphone). That’s relatively cheap compared to the 1,350 USD you’d have to pay for the MSM8660TM development board

BSQUARE demonstrated DragonBoard at ESC Boston on September 27-28, 2011 at Qualcomm Booth. For those interested in further information, BSQUARE will also be hosting an informational Webinar, “Introduction to the Snapdragon APQ8060-based DragonBoard” on the 13th of October 2011. You can register for the Webinar at bsquare.com/events.You can also visit BSQUARE DragonBoard page.



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