SAN JOSE, Calif. – Board-level supplier Inforce Computing Inc. (Fremont, Calif.) has launched a pico-ITX format single-board computer featuring the Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 quad-core processor from Qualcomm Technologies Inc. (San Diego, Calif.).
The IFC6410 board is available for embedded applications at a cost of $149. The processor provides a quad-core Krait processor capable of 1.7-GHz clock frequency and 2-Mbytes of L2 cache and independent clock scaling per core. The chip has an Adreno320 GPU capable of processing 1080p graphics.
The board, measuring 10cm by 7cm includes 2-Gbyte of memory plus a microSD card connector and external SATA connector. Wireless network interfaces include WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and 10/100/1000bps Ethernet.
Video and audio interfaces include HDMI, LVDS, four-lane MIPI, HD-Audio and mic-in, two USB 2.0 and one USB OTG ports plus I2C, SPI and 8 general purpose I/Os. The board requires a 5-V supply and is specified for commercial operating temperature range.
Android and Linux board support packages are available for the board, which is expected to find applications in such applications as medical equipment, digital signage, video conferencing, robotics and video surveillance.
Yeah, should have gone there before I commented! But you hit on my big worry is that Qualcomm is a very closed company and using the board would be quite problematic in a commercial setting without full access to the docs.
Libraries often turn out to be either incomplete or designed for a very narrow use case(s).
It will be interesting to see how this works.
If you go to their web site, your will see that this is a commercial board.
They also have a Qseven expansion slot variant of the same processor for inclusion as a processor base into a custom design. I doubt the full chip docs will be available, more likely, access and customization will be through libraries.
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