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Snapdragon COM powers wearable and mini-PC

Jan 29, 2014 — by Eric Brown 4,356 views

[Updated 7:20PM] — Intrinsyc revealed design wins for its Open-Q 8074 SOM Qseven module based on the Snapdragon 800, including a wearable device and a tiny mini-PC that both run Android.

Intrinsyc tipped the Open-Q 8074 System on Module (SOM) last June as the heart of its Linux- and Android-ready DragonBoard 8074 Development Kit, but made no mention as to whether the Qseven form-factor computer-on-module (COM, or SOM) would be offered separately. The Open-Q 8074 is indeed available and is currently shipping from stock.

Open-Q 8074 SOM
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Intrinsyc has announced five design wins for the Open-Q 8074 SOM in recent months. The products include an unnamed robotics design, and two other mystery devices. This week, Intrinsyc followed up with two more design wins: the MiWorld PCS mini-PC from Myth Innovations (see details farther below), and an unnamed, Android-based wearable device.

In addition to the module-only design wins, back in September Intrinsyc announced a design win for the full DragonBoard 8074 kit. StreamTV is using the kit for its 3D Glasses Free Ultra-D 2160p real-time conversion device.

Intrinsyc DragonBoard 8074 Development Kit
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Both the module and the DragonBoard kit are designed for the growing number of embedded devices that are looking to tap the typically smartphone- and tablet-focused Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 APQ8074 system-on-chip. Intrinsyc suggests that “robotics, wearable computing, digital signage, kiosks, and medical devices” could all benefit. The Snapdragon 800 SoC combines four Cortex-A15-like cores with an Adreno 330 GPU, a 600MHz Hexagon v5 QDSP6 digital signal processor, and a variety of multimedia accelerators.

Open-Q 8074 SOM details
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The Open-Q 8074 SOM clocks the four Snapdragon 800 cores to 2.15GHz, and provides 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB eMMC flash. An HDMI interface supports up to Ultra HD resolutions. Dual MIPI/DSI camera interfaces, backed up by the Snapdragon 800’s onboard camera ISP engines, support up to 30-megapixel camera resolution, says Intrinsyc. WiFi and Bluetooth are also built in, as well as a GPS module and a USB hub. QSeven connectors support a variety of I/O, including SATA, SPI, and sensor inputs.

Open-Q 8074 SOM block diagram
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Specifications listed for the Open-Q 8074 SOM include:


  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) SoC:
    • 4x 2.15GHz Krait 400 CPU cores
    • Adreno 330 GPU
    • 600MHz Hexagon v5 QDSP6
    • 2x camera ISP engines
  • Memory — 2GB LPDDR3 RAM; 16GB eMMC flash
  • Display — HDMI, with up to 2560 x 2048 pixels and Miracast 1080p support
  • Camera — 2x MIPI/DSI interfaces with up to 30-megapixel support
  • Wireless — 802.11n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS
  • Other I/O — See diagrams above
  • Dimensions — 70 x 70mm (2.75 x 2.75 inches); Qseven form-factor
  • Operating system — Android, Linux

Myth Innovations MiWorld PCS

The only Open-Q 8074 SOM design win to be at least partially revealed is the Myth Innovations MiWorld Portable Computing System (PCS). The mini-PC acts as a portable storage device for wireless connected mobile devices and PCs, building encrypted relationships between devices using WPA 2-PSK, FIPS, and 802.1x authentication.

MiWorld PCS
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The MiWorld PCS supports video capture and streaming playback over WiFi, and is said to “leverage the power of each individual device to increase the entire system’s computational power using Wireless Ecosystem Technology (WET).” It’s unclear how this sharing of processing cycles is accomplished.

The MiWorld PCS builds upon the Open-Q 8074 SOM with 128GB of hot-swappable SD RAID storage. The mini-PC features the new 802.11AC WiFi, which enables it to connect to up to 10 devices at once. It also offers Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS IZat wireless connections, as well as a USB 3.0 port, a micro-HDMI port, and a 30-hour battery. The device runs Android, says Intrinsyc.

Dallas-based Myth Innovations is collaborating with University of North Texas Discovery Park to further develop the device. So far, no ship date or price have been announced.

Further information

The Open-Q 8074 SOM is currently shipping. More information may be found in Intrinsyc’s Open-Q 8074 SOM data sheet (PDF), as well as at its support site. More on the Myth Innovations MiWorld PCS may be found at its still barebones MiWorld website.

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