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.
- 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
- 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
The 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…
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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