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Pico-ITX SBC runs Android 4.4 on Snapdragon 805

Sep 24, 2014 — by Eric Brown — 5,064 views

Inforce Computing unveiled an Android-ready Pico-ITX “IFC6540” SBC that extends Qualcomm’s quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805 SoC with wireless, GPS, and more.

Like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (S4 Pro) based, Android-ready IFC6410 SBC that Inforce Computing announced last year, the new IPC6540 uses the 100 x 70mm Pico-ITX form factor. (This week Inforce added a Linaro/Ubuntu Linux build pre-loaded on the IFC6410, sold at a discounted rate of $75, down from $149.)

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The new, $249 IFC6540 SBC runs Android 4.4 on the latest Snapdragon 805 system-on-chip, which is primarily aimed at tablets and smartphones, but which has popped up in a number of other products recently. These include smart eyewear from ODG called the R-7 Glasses, as well as a 3D sensing tablet from Mantis Vision and Flextronics called Aquila, and an Intrinsyc Open-Q 8084 module.

Snapdragon 805

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The Snapdragon 805 combines four 2.5GHz Krait 450 cores — similar to Cortex-A15 processors — with an Adreno 420 GPU and Hexagon DSP for image processing. The SoC brings advanced multimedia features to the IFC6540, including Ultra HD video recording and playback at 1080p/120 using H.265 decoding. The SBC supports OpenGL ES 2.0/3.0 and OpenCL, and can control up three cameras at up to 55-megapixels, says Inforce Computing.

The IFC6540 is designed for video analytics, medical devices, and gaming, among other applications. Other possibilities include a “home theater bringing movies to life in 4K, a gaming intense set-up box with the latest augmented reality technology, or building a high-end security camera with facial recognition technology,” says the company.

IFC6540 block diagram
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The IFC6540 ships with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and 4GB of eMMC 4.5 flash, with a microSD slot and a SATA 3 interface available for storage expansion. In addition to offering a gigabit Ethernet port, the SBC can reach out to the world via 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1. Mobile applications are further supported with a GPS receiver, as well as an accelerometer and gyroscope.

The SBC integrates an HDMI port, as well as dual MIPI-DSI connections with touchscreen support. Three MIPI-CSI camera interfaces and audio I/O are also available. The board provides a USB 3.0 host port, a micro-USB 3.0 device port, as well as two more onboard USB 2.0 interfaces. Serial and JTAG interfaces are also available, along with an expansion connector for I/O signals such as I2C and GPIO.

Key features and specs of the IFC6540 SBC, as listed by Inforce, include:

  • Processor:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
    • 4X Krait 450 cores @ 2.5GHz; 2MB L2 cache
    • Adreno 420 GPU @ 500MHz
    • Hexagon QDSP6 V5A (600MHz)
    • 2x ISPs for up to 55-megapixel stereoscopic
  • RAM — 2GB LPDDR3
  • Storage:
    • 4GB eMMC 4.5 flash (eMMC 5.0 also supported), expandable up to 16GB
    • MicroSD slot
    • SATA 3 interface
  • Wireless — 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1; GPS with antenna connector
  • Networking — gigabit Ethernet port
  • A/V interfaces:
    • HDMI port (Type D)
    • 2x MIPI-DSI with touch support
    • HD audio in/out
    • 3x MIPI-CSI camera interface
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 3.0 host port
    • Micro-USB 3.0 device port
    • 2x USB 2.0 interfaces
    • RS-232
    • JTAG
    • I2C, SPI, UART, GPIO, MPP on expansion connector
  • Other features — onboard LMS330 accelerator/gyroscope sensor
  • Power — +12V input (3A typical)
  • Operating temp. — 0 to 70° C
  • Dimensions — 100 x 70mm (Pico-ITX)
  • Operating system — Android 4.4 BSP

Further information

The IFC6540 SBC is available now for $249. More information may be found at the Inforce Computing IFC6540 product page.

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0 responses to “Pico-ITX SBC runs Android 4.4 on Snapdragon 805”

  1. liam says:

    Do you know what version of hdmi the ifc6540 has? It’s supposed to support [email protected] output but only hdmi 2.0 has the bandwidth for that. OTOH, the dsi, depending on how many data lanes it has, can support [email protected], but is really designed for internal displays.

    • Sundeep says:

      Hi Liam,
      The HDMI version is 1.4a. [email protected] output is possible on this link.
      The Inforce 6540 has a dual DSI link (8 lanes) and yes [email protected] is possible is DSI. Hope this helps.


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