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Intrinsyc's first SBC runs Linux or Android on Snapdragon 600

Jan 28, 2016 — by Eric Brown 2,085 views

[Updated: 5:00PM] — Intrinsyc launched its first SBC: an “Open-Q 600” that runs Android or Linux on a quad-core Snapdragon 600 with 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, GbE, WiFi, BT, and GPS.

Intrinsyc Technologies has spun a number of Open-Q branded, Qualcomm Snapdragon based computer-on-modules and sandwich-style carrier board starter kits, and now it has launched its first fully pre-integrated Open-Q single board computer. Applications for the 90 x 85mm SBC are said to include robotics, medical devices, and industrial applications.

Open-Q 600, top (left) and bottom
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Despite the name, there’s no indication the Open-Q 600 is an open-spec SBC. However, the $165 price starts to get it into the hacker board conversation.

Other Snapdragon 600 based SBCs include the Inforce 6410Plus, which launched last June for $143. While Inforce’s Pico-ITX form-factor 6410Plus similarly offers 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS/GLONASS, the 100 x 70mm 6410Plus ships with a quarter of the Open-Q 600’s 16GB of eMMC flash. There is, however, a microSD slot on both devices for flash expansion. The Intrinsyc board also lacks the Inforce SBC’s SATA interface, and has single instead of dual MIPI-CSI and DSI ports.

Open-Q 600 angled-view rendering and topside details
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The Snapdragon 600 SoC’s four, 28nm-fabricated 1.7GHz “Krait” cores are considered to be on par with Cortex-A15 cores. You get Adreno 320 graphics and a 500MHz “Hexagon” QDSP6V4 DSP, enabling 24-bit QXGA (2048 x 1536 pixels) graphics resolution, along with 1080p/60fps video running simultaneously on a second display.


Standard features on both companies’ SBCs include 2GB of RAM, a Gigabit Ethernet port, dual USB host ports, a micro-USB OTG port, and audio I/O. A PMIC is available for managing power from the board’s 5V DC input.

Block diagrams: Open-Q 600 SBC (left) and Snapdragon APQ8064 SoC
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According to an email we received from Intrinsyc, the connector labeled “Expansion” in the board details photo (farther above) provides configurable functions including DSI, I2C, SPI, UART, GPIO, and ADC.

Specifications listed for the Open-Q 600 SBC include:

  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064 (4x Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.7GHz); 2MB L2 cache; Adreno 320 GPU; QDSP6V4 DSP
  • Memory/storage:
    • 2GB DDR3 RAM (up to 533MHz)
    • 16GB eMMC 4.5 flash
    • MicroSD slot
  • A/V interfaces:
    • HDMI port for up to 1080p @ 60Hz
    • MIPI-CSI (2-lane) for 8-megapixel, 60fps WXGA
    • MIPI-DSI (2-lane)
    • Video encode/decode (MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H.264)
    • 264 (AVC) video playback and capture
    • 5mm stereo headset output with mono input (Qualcomm WCD9311 codec)
    • 5mm Mic line in
  • Wireless:
    • 802.11b/g/n 2×2 dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 (Qualcomm QCA6234);
    • Qualcomm IZat Gen8C (Qualcomm WGR7640) GNSS receiver for GPS, GLONASS, and Compass
  • Networking — Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 2x USB 2.0 host ports
    • Micro-USB 2.0 OTG port
    • 2x GSB (general serial bus) interfaces, configured as I2C, SPI, UART, GPIO
    • 4-pin UART debug
  • Power — 5V DC input; PMIC (Qualcomm PMM8920)
  • Dimensions — 90 x 85mm
  • Operating system – Android and Linux

Further information

The Open-Q 600 SBC appears to be available now at Intrinsyc’s online store for $165. More information may be found at the Open-Q 600 product page.

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