Inforce 6320 Snapdragon 410E Powered IoT Edge Gateway Launched for $250

Inforce Computing launched several boards and modules based on Snapdragon 410/410E including 6301 SoM and 6309 micro SBC, which their customers can integrate into their own products. The company has now launched an “Application Ready Platform” with Inforce 6320 IoT/IoE (Internet of Everything) edge routers that can be deployed directly by their customers.

Inforce 6320 comes with a Snapdragon 410E board with dual Gigabit Ethernet, a Wireless module with WiFi and Bluetooth, USB 2.0 ports, a micro HDMI port and other interfaces, as well as a rugged metal enclosure also used for cooling.Inforce 6320 IoT gateway specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 410E processor (APQ8016E) with four ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit CPU @1.2GHz, Adreno 306 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.0, DirectX, and OpenCL, Hexagon QDSP6 @ 700MHz
  • System Memory and Storage – 1GB LPDDR3 RAM + 8GB eMMC (eMCP package); MicroSD card connector
  • Connectivity
    • 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi, BT 4.1 LE (WCN3620 module) with one u.FL antenna
    • GPS
    • Dual Ethernet ports via LAN7500i USB 2.0 to GbE controllers that enable Power Over Ethernet(PoE) supporting 802.3at compliant PD/PSE configuration
  • Video Output – µHDMI 1.3a output for HD1080p @ 30fps video and HD audio
  • Video Codecs – H.264/H.265 playback @ 1080p30
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB port (debug)
  • Expansion – 26-pin expansion header with I2C, SPI, I2S, 2x UART, 20x GPIO
  • Power Supply
    • 12V/3A via DC jack
    • PoE
    • PMM8916 PMIC
  • Dimensions – 170 x 95 x 42 mm
  • Temperature Range – -30ºC to +85ºC
  • Relative Humidity – 5 to 95% non-condensing
Mainboard

The company will release a Linux BSP with a Debian based built featuring LXDE terminal, and an Ubuntu Core (Snappy) build with snaps to enable all on-board interface. The BSP will apparently be based on upstream kernel, and be updated periodically. Inforce 6320 gateway has a guaranteed long-life with a 10-year supply commitment.

IOT6320-11-P1 SKU pre-loaded with Debian can be pre-ordered for $250 with enclosure, or $260 if you add the “Starter Kit” with a 12V power supply and possibly other cables. Some documentation and purchase links can be found on the product page.

 

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So who exactly is this for? I mean, it has some nice features, but it doesn’t seem particularly customisable.

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Given that most of these processors from Qualcomm will be derivatives of phone SOC’s it would be nice to have some with GPS and the other radios exposed for use. There is in almost all of them an FM band receiver which might be of use as well as if they pick the right SOC they could probably make it compatible with almost any phone carrier or just the usual.

Qualcomm can wind up the performance, but that is probably not that useful for a gateway. more memory might be, 1mb is kind of tight.

Also USB 2 is the only interface exposed there, the chip probably has USB3.

The Bluetooth / Wifi is brought out via an external chip.

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@jim st
This is just a (probably unsuccessful) attempt at selling one of their old SoCs in another market. C’mon … dual Gigabit Ethernet over USB? A heat sink larger than most Intel boxes? Duh.

Smartphone SoC turnover rate is high. Burn the old ones in the Internet-of-Trash frenzy. Profit!

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jim st :
the chip probably has USB3.

Why should a smartphone SoC announced over 4 years ago should have any decent IO capabilities? The first USB3 capable Snapdragon has been announced just 2 years ago.

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dual Gigabit Ethernet over USB?

Now let’s count the USB2 host ports the SoC is equipped with and then let’s have a nice laugh…

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Where do you see a heatsink? The SoC is under the RF shield.
Or are you referring to the housing? I have a feeling that’s just a generic housing that they’re using, as there’s no need for that kind of cooling for this SoC.

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It is worth noting that they will guarantee 10 year availability. It is sad they didn’t expose more features with a better chip selection. It is the choice of the SoC that I was pointing out. There are many Qualcomm chips with USB3.

I said this one may have it, and if it does not, they should pick another to support at this point. Also there are cores with ethernet that should be looked at. As pointed out bridging the parallel ethernet to USB2 is only filling in a box, not much of a choice in any other aspect.

The price for this and what I have seen Inforce sell things for in the past is worth noting for the vendor. Many of their products usually have price points at twice this price.