TurboX C7230 SOM integrates Qualcomm QCS7230 SoC for WiFi 6 & 5G 8K AI cameras

Thundercomm TurboX C7230 SOM is a system-on-module powered by the just-announced Qualcomm QCS7230 hexa-core processor with 7 TOPS of AI performance and designed for WiFi 6 and 5G connected smart cameras with up to 8K resolution.

The TurboX C7230 module comes with 8GB LPDDR5 (PoP), 128GB UFS storage, six MIPI CSI camera interfaces, two MIPI DSI display interfaces, as well as a QCA6391 chip for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity, plus optional 5G cellular connectivity through an optional Snapdragon X55 module that connects to the TurboX C7230 development kit.

TurboX C7230 SOM Qualcomm QCS7230

TurboX C7230 SOM system-on-module specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon QCS7230 hexa-core processor with 1x Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77) core @ 2.84 GHz, 3x Kryo 585 Gold cores @ 2.4 GHz, and two Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55) cores @ 1.8 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache, Adreno 650 GPU, Adreno 665 VPU, Adreno 995 DPU, Hexagon DSP with dual-HVX,  and Spectra 480 ISP (2 Gpx/s)
  • System Memory – 8GB LPDDR5 (PoP)
  • Storage – 128GB UFS flash
  • Connectivity – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax WiFi 6 2×2 MIMO and Bluetooth 5.1 (QCA6391), 2x antenna connectors
  • VPU capabilities
    • Encode – 8Kp30 (H.264/H.265/VP8)
    • Decode – 8Kp60 (H.264/H.265/ VP8/VP9)
  • High-density board-to-board connector with
    • Storage – 1x SDC for MicroSD
    • Display Interfaces – 2x 4-lane MIPI-DSI interfaces up to 5040×2160 @ 60fps
    • Camera Interfaces – 6x 4-lane MIPI-CSI interfaces with support for up to 64MP CMOS and CCD sensors
    • Audio – 1x Sound Wire, 6x DMICs, 2x speakers
    • USB – 2x USB 3.1
    • 2x SSC I/F for sensor
    • 2x PCIe
    • 1x UART,  GPIOs
  • Supply Voltage – 3.8V ~ 4.2V
  • Temperature Range – -25°C ~ +75°C
  • Humidity – 5%~95%, non-condensing
  • Dimensions – 56 x 45 x 9mm

The module ships with Android 10. The company says the 5th generation Qualcomm AI Engine is twice as powerful as its predecessor with around 7 TOPS AI performance while using lower power.  Target applications include video conference, AI cameras, surveillance cameras, edge computing, service robot, consumption/entertainment robot, etc… Those will probably not be found in consumer devices for several years, and instead, Qualcomm explains the QCS7230 processor will be used by governments and companies:

The new smart camera solution empowers enterprises, cities, and beyond with the intelligence needed to deliver safer and more protected communities and enterprises.

8K WiFi 6 AI camera development kitThundercomm also offers a development kit with multiple boards to start evaluating the TurboX 7230 SOM module.

TurboX C7230 Development Kit specifications:

  • Supported SoM – TurboX C7230 SOM as described above with QCS7230, 8GB RAM, 128GB UFS storage, WiFi 6, etc…
  • Storage – 1 x MicroSD Card Slot
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI 1.4 Type-A port
  • Audio
    • 2x Class-D on-board speaker amplifier (WSA881x)
    • 1x on-board PDM MIC
  • Networking
    • Low-profile Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 connector
    • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2.4/5GHz 2×2 MIMO WiFI 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 (on module)
      Bluetooth 5.0, on-Board WLAN/BT Antennas
  • USB –
    • 2 x USB 3.0 Type A (Host Mode Only)
    • 1 x USB 3.0 Type C (OTG Mode)
    • 1x USB 2.0 Micro B (Debug only)
  • Sensors – Accelerometer + Gyro Sensor
  • Expansion
    • 60-pin HS1 high-speed connector with SDC I/F, 1x 4L MIPI DSI, USB 2.0, 2x CCI I2C, 2L+4L-MIPI CSI
    • 60-pin HS2 high-speed connector with 2x 4L-MIPI CSI, 1x SPI, PCIe 3.0 gen3 1L, 1x USB 3.0, 8x GPIO
    • 60-pin HS3 high-speed connector with 2x 4L-MIPI CSI, 1x 4L-MIPI CSI (plus 2L CSI in HS1), 2x RF CLK, 1x 2L-PCIe 3.0, 1x 2L-PCIe 3.01 (plus PCIe 1L in HS2), 1x 4L-MIPI DSI
    • 96boards 40-pin LS1 low-speed connector with 2x UART, SPI, I2S/PCM, 2x I2C, 12x GPIO, DC powers
    • 96boards 40-pin LS2 low-speed connector with 2x speaker, 3x DMIC I/F, CAN, I2S, GPIOs, PWM, ADC, I2C, DC powers
    • 96boards 40-pin LS3 low-speed connector with 2x SPI, SSC I2C, 5x sensor interrupt, GPIOs, RTC clock, DC powers
  • Misc – 7x LED Indicators (4x user, 2x for BT and WiFi, 1x power), power button, volume up/down, Force USB Boot button, 2x DIP switches (6pin+4pin)
  • Power Supply – 12V @ 2.5A via DC plug (4.75/1.75mm)
  • Dimensions – 85 x 54 mm (96Boards Consumer Edition Standard)
TurboX C7230 Vision Kit
TurboX C7230 Vision Kit

There’s also a Vision Kit that adds a Vision mezzanine with tracking & main cameras to the TurboX C7230 development kit. There’s no documentation for now, but it should come as Thundercomm usually releases both public and private documentation for their kits and modules.

More details may be found on the product pages for the system-on-module and development kit.


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2 Replies to “TurboX C7230 SOM integrates Qualcomm QCS7230 SoC for WiFi 6 & 5G 8K AI cameras”

  1. This board does look promising.
    -But I don’t see a price; is that a ‘secret’ ? 😉

    What I like …
    Cortex-A77 (as opposed to Cortex-A72)
    2 x PCIe Gen3

    -It’s rare to see this combination (and even though I’d wish for SATA, I’d be happy with the board already, as it has PCIe, so one can get several SATA interfaces via PCIe.
    -However, it the price is “insane” or above, count me out – then I’d rather purchase another ClearFog CX LX2. 😉

    Edit: The price seem to be $800, so I’d classify that “beyond insane”. I think I’ll go for the CX LX2 – or even the LX2-Lite (have a look at that one, Jean-Luc!).

    Price source: https://e.thundercomm.com/app_en/store/detail/1536844968290219

    1. Hi Jens, I just came across this and the comments you made to the article. (little late)
      what you have to remember is the board shown is a development platform. It’s not a production unit. Thundercomm/Qualcomm are intersted in people developing on thier SOC’s and SOM’s with the view to utilising some of the features offered and honing in on the technical benefits like the camera performance, wifi, bt & cellular inclusive in the small form factor package.
      The CT7280 som in the low thousands costs around the $350 mark, which comparible to most Processor technologies with this perfrormance level & certfiied 5G inclusive. These products become highly competitive. If you have any further questions, feel free to drop me a message!

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