A few weeks ago, I was informed that some code about DB600c board powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (APQ8064T) was making it into mainline Linux, and more recently I found a website listing DragonBoard 600c with a low resolution picture of the board. While we don’t have the complete specifications yet, the form factor of the board is quite interesting, as we’ll find the typical 96Boards CE form factor on the right, and some extra interfaces on the left with Ethernet and SATA. It turns out, as we’ll see below, it’s perfectly compliant (hardware wise) with 96Boards CE “Extended Version” specifications.
Preliminary specifications of DragonBoard 600c board:
- SoC- Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064 Fusion 3) quad-core Krait processor @ 1.7 GHz with Adreno 320 GPU @ 400MHz
- System Memory – 1GB or more RAM (TBD)
- Storage – eMMC Flash + micro SD slot + SATA port
- Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p
- Video Playback – [email protected] HD video playback
- Connectivity – Gigabit? Ethernet via PCIe . I can’t see WiFi and Bluetooth on the board, but since “Wi-Fi 802.11g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 LE” are required by 96Boards the specs, it could be on the back of the board.
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port
- 1x 40 pin low speed expansion connector – UART, SPI, I2S, I2C x2, GPIO x12, DC power
- 1x 60 pin high speed expansion connector – 4L-MIPI DSI, USB, I2C x2, 2L+4LMIPI CSI
- 1x 16-pin analog expansion connector – Headset, Speaker, FM antenna
- One extra high speed? connector on the extended part of the board
- Sensor – On-board magnetometer
- Misc – Power, reset and volume buttons. 6 LEDS (4x user, 1x Wifi, 1x Bluetooth), RTC battery slot
- Power Supply – 6.5 – 18V DC input (based on 96Boards specs)
- Dimensions – 100 x 85 mm
The board should support the latest version of Android as well as Debian 8, based on the work done by Linaro on DragonBoard 410c.
I’ve included the mechanical drawing for 96Boards Consumer Edition Extended Version as it should that designer can pretty much do whatever they want in the extended area, except for the position of mounting holes and power jack, and the maximum height of components limited to 6.5mm for Extended A, and 15 mm for Extended B.
I’m not sure when the board will be formally introduced and available, but considering there are working samples for developers, and most features have been found to work, it might not be too far away. There’s also a DragonBoard 820c with APQ8096 processor in the works, but I could not find pictures, nor code commits about DB820c, so the launch is likely many months away, or possibly early next year.
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.