Inforce 6309 micro SBC is Software Compatible with DragonBoard 410c Board, Includes an Ethernet Port

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I’ve recently written a review of DragonBoard 410c with Android, one of the first board part of Linaro’s 96Boards initiative that’s supposed to get Android and Debian distributions with recent Linux kernel & U-Boot, together with full source code. Inforce Computing has now launched Inforce 6309 micro Single Board Computer (SBC) with the same footprint, albeit different connectors’ placements, and software compatible with DragonBoard 410c development board powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The board targets applications such as industrial automation, “sophisticated” IoE devices, medical devices, augmented reality computing, and robotics and drones.

Inforce_6309_micro_SBCInforce 6309 micro single board computer specifications:

  • SoC- Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (APQ8016) quad-core ARM CortexA53 @ 1.2 GHz with Adreno 306 GPU and Hexagon QDSP6 @ 700 MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB LPDDR3 @ 533MHz, Single-channel 32-bit (4.2GBps)
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (eMCP package with RAM) + micro SD slot
  • Video Output / Display IF – micro HDMI up to 1080p30; LVDS and touch screen up to 1920×1200 (24-bit) or 2048×1536
  • Audio – HDMI, combo jack for headphone and microphone, PMM8916 audio codec
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (USB 2.0 to GbE bridge), 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, and GPS/GLONASS
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Camera – Dual MIPI-CSI2 (4/2 lanes) for dual camera support up to 13MP
  • Serial – Optional RS-485 port via interface card
  • Expansion – 26-pin header with I2C, SPI, I2S, UART and GPIOs
  • Power Supply – 12V/1.5A DC input; optional PoE
  • Dimensions – 85×54 mm
  • Temperature Range – Operating & Storage: -30ºC to +85ºC
Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)
Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The board size and specifications are similar to DragonBoard 410c, but the board gains Gigabit Ethernet (limited to the USB 2.0 bandwidth), and replaced LS and HS connectors by MIPI-CSI, LVDS and a 26-pin I/O header. The company provides Android Lollipop, Linaro Ubuntu, and ROS operating systems for the board, as well as Qualcomm SDKs (Vuforia, Alljoyn, FastCV, MARE…), and Dronecode open-source UAV. As usual with Inforce Computing, public documentation is limited to the product brief and a short explanation about the SDK, and all other downloads (datasheets, application notes, software released, and reference manuals) are only available to customers.

A development kit based Inforce 6309 micro SBC will soon be available for pre-order for $120 via the product page. Price for the SBC will start at $99 for small quantities.

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Is this only the same as a dragonboard with an ‘USB 2.0 to GbE bridge’ and a RJ45 connector ?
If yes, this would be a very expensive board…

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The Inforce 6309 Micro SBC is foot-print and software compatible with the Dragonboard 410C. Both share the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and have similar DDR and eMMC configurations. That’s where the similarities
end.

Unique features of the Inforce 6309 include the GbE bridge and the RJ45 connector like you pointed out but the full development kit also comes with direct interfaces such as a LVDS touchscreen display port, a dual-camera support via MIPI-DSI 51-pin connector, available extended temperature (-30 to +85 C) support and optional interface cards that expands functionality with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and RS-485 serial ports. Clearly, this Micro (credit card sized) SBC is loaded with a wide variety of I/Os and interfaces when compared to other products in its class. The DB410C retails for around $75, and requires a mezzanine card to expand functionality from the high/low-speed expansion headers. Considering this the starting price of $99 (in small order quantities) for the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC, and the compute horsepower delivered, it can’t be an expensive board.

Most important of all, the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC is a full commercial product with direct technical support, is product-ready and can be scaled to production volume manufacturing seamlessly.

Cheers!