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Android dev kit takes Snapdragon 820A for a ride

May 3, 2016 — by Eric Brown — 1,132 views

Intrinsyc’s Automotive Development Platform S820A runs Android 6.0 on a Snapdragon 820A, and offers a 4K touchscreen, plus WiFi, BT, GPS, and optional LTE.

Last December, Intrinsyc launched three Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” dev kits in phone, tablet, and embedded board form factors for Qualcomm’s 14nm Snapdragon 820 SoC. Now, the company has announced a Marshmallow kit for automotive applications running the similar, automotive focused Snapdragon 820A SoC. The Intrinsyc Snapdragon Automotive Development Platform (ADP) S820A kit is aimed at automotive OEMs, Tier1s, and ecosystem partners building in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Snapdragon Automotive Development Platform S820A, including 10-inch 4K touchscreen
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The Snapdragon 820A is based closely on the new Snapdragon 820, a 14nm SoC with four Cortex-A72-like “Kyro” cores, two of which are clocked to 2.2GHz. The SoC integrates Qualcomm’s 624MHz Adreno GPU, Hexagon 680 DSP, and a new 14-bit Spectra image signal processor (ISP).

The 820a adds compliance with the AEC-Q100 automotive standard for temperature, quality, longevity, and reliability. It also adds an optional Qualcomm X12 LTE chip, which supports Cat 12/13 speeds of up to 600Mbps down and 150Mbps up.

According to Qualcomm’s January announcement of the 820A, the X12 option enables automotive systems to stream HD movies, provide a WiFi hotspot supporting 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO, and connect multiple mobile devices inside the car. The X12 is also said to support 802.11p DSRC for V2X (Vehicle to Vehicle/Infrastructure/Pedestrian) communications.

The Snapdragon 820A’s sensor integration provides cognitive awareness and vehicle self-diagnostics for ADAS. The 820A is designed to be more modular than the 820, enabling easier hardware and software updates. Customers will also have access to Qualcomm’s Zeroth initiative deep learning machine intelligence SDK.

Inside the ADP S820A kit

Intrinsyc’s ADP S820A development board is equipped with 4GB LPDDR4 DRAM and 64GB eMMC 5.1. The board’s HDMI 2.0 port connects with a standard, 10.1-inch [email protected] capacitive touchscreen from Lilliput. The 820A can also drive up to four concurrent 1080p60 decodes for multiple simultaneous automotive displays. Up to 8x simultaneous camera sensor inputs are also available.

ADP S820A board
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The ADP S820A comes standard with a Qualcomm QCA6574 wireless chip with dual-band 802/11a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.1. There’s also an integrated location module with GPS, GLONASS, BDS, and Galileo. The optional X12 LTE modem supports LTE FDD, TDD, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, CDMA 1x/EVDO, and GSM/EDGE cellular standards.

Intrinsyc also has a similar ADP-602A development kit based on the Snapdragon 602A.

Further information

The Snapdragon Automotive Platform (ADP) S820A is available for $3,300 with or without High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) digital copy protection. More information may be found at the Intrinsyc ADP S820A product page.

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