Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 Boards – Intrinsyc Open-Q 212 and Kaynes Technology SKATE-212

Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 (APQ8009) quad core Cortex A7 processor is used in entry-level smartphones, but it’s also one of the processors which the company expects to use in their Smart Speaker Platform leveraging Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and other A.I. voice services. Two company has designed single board computers that can be used for this purpose: Intrisync Open-Q 212 and Kaynes Technology SKATE-212.

Intrisync Open-Q 212 SBC Development Board

Contrary to some other Open-Q boards, but not all, Open-Q 212 is not comprised of a baseboard and a system-on-module, as everything is soldered on a single PCB. Open-Q 212 specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 (APQ8009) quad core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 1.267GHz with Adreno 304 GPU, QDSP6 DSP
  • System Memory – 1GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC (non-POP) flash and micro SD card socket
  • Connectivity – Ethernet,  pre-scanned Wi-Fi 802.11n 2.4Ghz (WCN3610) with chip and U.FL antennas, Bluetooth 4.1 LE
  • Display – Up to 720p LCD; up to 720p HDMI Type A
  • Video Codec – [email protected] playback; up to 720p playback with H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HVEC); up to 720p H.264 (AVC) capture
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    • WCD9326 audio codec
    • 4x microphone inputs
    • 2x amplified speaker outputs, 2x stereo line outputs
    • Qualcomm Fluence HD with Noise Cancellation, Qualcomm Snapdragon Voice Activation, Qualcomm Snapdragon Voice+
  • Cameras – Up to 8MP over 2-lane MIPI CSI
  • Misc – Serial,  RTC, I2S, GPIO, Sensor header
  • Power Supply
    • 12V/3A or single-cell Li-Ion battery
    • PMIC (PM8208) and Li-Ion battery support (SMB1357/STC3117)
  • Dimensions – 120mm x 120mm (Nano-ITX form factor)
  • Temperature Range – 0oC to +70oC

The board support Android 7 Nougat by default, but you’d have to give them call to ask for Linux support, and possibly pay some NRE fees.

Intrinsyc is not exactly known for their cheap development boards and SBCs, and while they call it a low cost board, it’s sold for $595 without LCD, microphones, and cameras, and with shipping scheduled for the end of July. You’ll find more info on the product page.

Kaynes Technology SKATE-212 SBC

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SKATE-212, made by an Indian embedded systems and manufacturing company, is likely to be quite cheaper, but I could not find any picture for now, only the block diagram above, and the specifications:

  • SoC –  Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.3GHz with Adreno 304 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL, DirectX
  • System Memory – 1 GB LPDDR3 (Expandable upto 2GB)
  • Storage – 8 GB eMMC flash (Expandable upto 16GB) +  micro SD slot
  • Video Output / Display  – 7″ capacitive touchscreen, full size HDMI port (Only one or the other can be used at a given time)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi + Bluetooth 4.x LE, GPS with optional GLONASS support
  • USB – 1x micro USB device port (Can not be used at the same time as Ethernet, and other USB host ports), 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB debug console
  • Camera –  8 MP primary camera; 2MP secondary camera
  • Audio
    • Mono loudspeaker output
    • 3.5mm stereo audio jack with mic
    • On board single (default)or dual microphone
  • Sensors – 6-axis MEMS gyroscope & Accelerometer;3-axis Magnetometer
  • Power supply – 12VDC power adapter or optional 3.7V/2,500 mAh battery
  • Dimensions – 90 x 70 mm

The company explains the board is well suited for Android or Linux based applications for industrial, medical, IIoT, mission critical and surveillance verticals. The 7″ LCD display and 8MP OV8865 camera module will be sold as options.

Availability and price are not known at this stage. You may want visit the product page for a few more details, and possibly request more documents by email via the Documents tab on the page.

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