Inforce Computing unveiled an Android-ready Pico-ITX “IFC6540” SBC that extends Qualcomm’s quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 SoC with wireless, GPS, and more.
Like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (S4 Pro) based, Android-ready IFC6410 SBC that Inforce Computing announced last year, the new IPC6540 uses the 100 x 70mm Pico-ITX form factor. (This week Inforce added a Linaro/Ubuntu Linux build pre-loaded on the IFC6410, sold at a discounted rate of $75, down from $149.)
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The new, $249 IFC6540 SBC runs Android 4.4 on the latest Snapdragon 805 system-on-chip, which is primarily aimed at tablets and smartphones, but which has popped up in a number of other products recently. These include smart eyewear from ODG called the R-7 Glasses, as well as a 3D sensing tablet from Mantis Vision and Flextronics called Aquila, and an Intrinsyc Open-Q 8084 module.
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The Snapdragon 805 combines four 2.5GHz Krait 450 cores — similar to Cortex-A15 processors — with an Adreno 420 GPU and Hexagon DSP for image processing. The SoC brings advanced multimedia features to the IFC6540, including Ultra HD video recording and playback at 1080p/120 using H.265 decoding. The SBC supports OpenGL ES 2.0/3.0 and OpenCL, and can control up three cameras at up to 55-megapixels, says Inforce Computing.
The IFC6540 is designed for video analytics, medical devices, and gaming, among other applications. Other possibilities include a “home theater bringing movies to life in 4K, a gaming intense set-up box with the latest augmented reality technology, or building a high-end security camera with facial recognition technology,” says the company.
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The IFC6540 ships with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and 4GB of eMMC 4.5 flash, with a microSD slot and a SATA 3 interface available for storage expansion. In addition to offering a gigabit Ethernet port, the SBC can reach out to the world via 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1. Mobile applications are further supported with a GPS receiver, as well as an accelerometer and gyroscope.
The SBC integrates an HDMI port, as well as dual MIPI-DSI connections with touchscreen support. Three MIPI-CSI camera interfaces and audio I/O are also available. The board provides a USB 3.0 host port, a micro-USB 3.0 device port, as well as two more onboard USB 2.0 interfaces. Serial and JTAG interfaces are also available, along with an expansion connector for I/O signals such as I2C and GPIO.
Key features and specs of the IFC6540 SBC, as listed by Inforce, include:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
- 4X Krait 450 cores @ 2.5GHz; 2MB L2 cache
- Adreno 420 GPU @ 500MHz
- Hexagon QDSP6 V5A (600MHz)
- 2x ISPs for up to 55-megapixel stereoscopic
- RAM — 2GB LPDDR3
- 4GB eMMC 4.5 flash (eMMC 5.0 also supported), expandable up to 16GB
- MicroSD slot
- SATA 3 interface
- Wireless — 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1; GPS with antenna connector
- Networking — gigabit Ethernet port
- A/V interfaces:
- HDMI port (Type D)
- 2x MIPI-DSI with touch support
- HD audio in/out
- 3x MIPI-CSI camera interface
- Other I/O:
- USB 3.0 host port
- Micro-USB 3.0 device port
- 2x USB 2.0 interfaces
- I2C, SPI, UART, GPIO, MPP on expansion connector
- Other features — onboard LMS330 accelerator/gyroscope sensor
- Power — +12V input (3A typical)
- Operating temp. — 0 to 70° C
- Dimensions — 100 x 70mm (Pico-ITX)
- Operating system — Android 4.4 BSP
The IFC6540 SBC is available now for $249. More information may be found at the Inforce Computing IFC6540 product page.