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Nougat-flavored Nano-ITX SBC targets voice control

May 11, 2017 — by Eric Brown 981 views

Intrinsyc’s “Open-Q 212” SBC runs Android 7 on a quad -A7 Snapdragon 212, and offers special audio features for developing voice controlled devices.

Intrinsyc has released a 120 x 120mm, Nano-ITX single board computer specifically designed for adding voice control to embedded devices. The Open-Q 212 provides extensive voice I/O, and features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Voice Activation, Snapdragon Voice+, and Fluence HD with Noise Cancellation technologies. The board will likely support a variety of voice-enabled AI agents such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and IBM Watson IoT. The Open-Q 212 ships with Android 7 “Nougat,” and Linux is supported as a special “Call for Linux” option.

Open-Q 212, front and back
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The SBC’s Snapdragon 212 SoC is a minor update to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 that was released last year with a faster, up to 1.3GHz clock rate. The quad-core, Cortex-A7 SoC is here clocked to 1.267GHz, and is paired with an Adreno 304 GPU. The Snapdragon 212 offers HD video decode support, although the Open-Q 212 supports only 720p@30fps H.264/H.265 (HEVC or AVC) playback and H.264 AVC capture.

Open-Q 212 (left) and simplified Snapdragon 212 block diagram
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The Open-Q 212 ships with 1GB LPDDR3, 8GB eMMC, and a microSD slot. WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 + BLE are available along with an Ethernet port, which is presumably 10/100Mbps. Both the HDMI and LCD interfaces provide 720p support, and the MIPI-CSI interface supports up to an 8-megapixel camera.

The board provides 4x mic inputs, 2x speaker outputs, and 2x stereo line outputs. Additional I/O includes 4x USB 2.0 host ports, a serial port, and I2S, GPIO, and sensor headers. The 12V board provides a PMIC and RTC.


Specifications listed for the Open-Q 212 include:

  • Processor — Snapdragon 212 (4x 32-bit Cortex-A7 cores @ 1.267GHz; Adreno 304 GPU, DSP
  • Memory/Storage:
    • 1GB LPDDR3 RAM
    • 8GB eMMC flash
    • MicroSD slot
  • Display/imaging:
    • HDMI port
    • LCD interface
    • MIPI-CSI for up to 8MP (2-lane)
  • Audio:
    • 4x microphone inputs
    • 2x amplified speaker outputs
    • 2x stereo line outputs
    • Qualcomm WCD9326 codec
    • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Voice Activation and Voice+
    • Fluence HD with Noise Cancellation
  • Wireless:
    • Pre-scanned 802.11n 2.4Ghz
    • WiFi chip antenna and U.FL antenna connector
    • Bluetooth 4.1 + BLE
  • Networking — Ethernet port
  • Other I/O:
    • 4x USB 2.0 host ports
    • Serial port
    • I2S, GPIO, sensor headers
  • Power — 12V/3A or single-cell Li-Ion battery input; PMIC; RTC
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 70°C
  • Dimensions — 120 x 120mm (Nano-ITX form factor)
  • Operating system — Android 7 “Nougat”; Call for Linux

Further information

The Open-Q 212 SBC is available in early adopter units for approved customers starting June 30. No production ship date was listed, but the board is available for pre-order for $595. More information may be found on Intrinsyc’s Open-Q 212 product page.

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