Inforce Computing IFC6540 Pico-ITX Board Features Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, High Speed Interfaces

Inforce Computing has been working the successor of their IF6410 development board based on Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC with IFC6540, another tiny board for Linux and Android, yet with interesting features such as 802.11ac, SATA III, USB 3.0 host and device connectors, and powered by the latest Snapdragon 805 quad core krait processor.
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IFC6540 specifications:

  • SoC- Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084 Quad core Krait 450 @ 2.5GHz with 2MB L2 cache, Adreno 420 GPU with OpenGL ES 2.0 and 3.0, OpenCL, and RenderScript support.
  • System Memory – 2 GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC 4.5 (eMMC 5.0 also supported), 1 micro SD slot, and 1x SATA 3 interface
  • Connectivity
    • 802.11ac WiFi /ac (2.4 GHz/5 GH) + Bluetooth 4.1 via QCA6174
    • 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet via AR8151
    • GPS via QCA1530 + GPS antenna connector
  • Video and Audio Interfaces
    • 1 x HDMI (Type D)
    • Dual MIPI-DSI and Touch Screen
    • 3.5mm headphone and Line In audio jacks
  • Camera – 3 x MIPI-CSI
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port,  1 x USB 3.0 micro B (device mode only), 1 x USB 3.0 type A (host mode only)
  • Sensor – LMS330 Accel/Gyro
  • Debugging – 1x JTAG, 1x RS-232
  • Expansion – 1x 40-pin header with access to I2C, SPI, UART, GPIOs, and MPPs
  • Misc – Power, and Vol+/- buttons.
  • Power Supply – +12V (3A recommended)
  • Dimensions –  10cm x 7cm (Pico-ITX)
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0 to 70 C; Storage: -20 to 80 C
  • Relative Humidity –  5 to 95% non-condensing
  • RoHS and WEE compliant

IFC6540_Block_DiagramThe company will provide an Android 4.4 Kitkat BSP, but a Fedora port might also be expected, as there’s one for IFC6410 using Freedeno drivers. The board can be used for development and in actual products for applications such as gaming, robotics, video conferencing, medical products, high end video, and video analytics. Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 is one of the few SoCs that fully support 4K: 4K output, 4K video playback, and 4K video recording. It also supports HEVC/H.265 4K playback, but I don’t think it can do 4K HEVC recording (TBC).

The board will be available as a development kit in Q3 2014 for $249 according to the product brief. There’s also a product page, which seems work in progress (specs incomplete), and I haven’t been able to try to order, so it does not look quite ready for taking orders just yet. The board appears to be manufactured in the USA,  if the “MADE IN USA” marking at the back of the board is any indication…

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Sure that looks pretty damn good, but there is pretty bad things happening at Qualcomm about their stance on software patents, hopefully they leave at least the freedreno alone, but who knows by now…

Ref: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTczNDU

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If that would be 810 (AArch64), 4GB of RAM and would have Linux support, I would buy one. That’s my minimum requirement for ARM development board.

Jibril
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@m][sko
At the end of fair, however, it remains a negative publicity for Qualcomm

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Looks like they’ve already taken down the page in the store and the pdf brief.
They are a small company based in India with manufacturing in India.
This will be a fun board, hopefully the community opens up a little more to compete with ODROID-XU3.

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[…] Inforce Computing IFC6540 was the first low cost development board powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor I discovered a few months ago, but is currently “for pre-approved customers only and have not yet been released to public”. Intrinsyc has now launched their own Snapdragon 805 development kit called OPEN-Q 8084 based on a mini-ITX carrier board, and a SoM with 3GB RAM, and 16GB eMMC. The board target applications include ruggedized tablets, digital signage, government/public safety, medical, robotics, wearable displays, video streaming/conferencing, gaming systems, and in-flight entertainment. […]

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The Inforce 6540 featuring the Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084) is now shipping (as of last week of September, 2014) for $249. Go to http://www.inforcelive.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=IFC6540&product_id=58 to order on the e-commerce site. BTW, Inforce Computing is based out of Fremont, Calif. in the bay area.

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[…] micro system-on-module (SoM) based on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor found on their Inforce 6540 pico-ITX single board computer. The module measures just 50×28 mm, and integrates up to 3 GB […]

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At the top its says “So you don’t like ads? Me niether” The whole page is littered with ads!

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Skip the IFC6540 if you are interested in a Linux platform The Linux version doesn’t support most of the cool subsystems on the board.

Gerhard Lamprecht
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The IFC6540 is great, but as the poster said “Skip if you are interested in a Linux platform” So what other options do I have for a fanless pico-itx motherboard with a USB 3 port? I have not seen many others. Do you have suggestions. We require Linux. Thanks