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Quad-core Snapdragon COM offers three dev kit options

Aug 10, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 1,215 views

eInfochips announced Arrow distribution for its “Eragon 600” module and development kits, which run Android or Linux on a quad-core Snapdragon 600 SoC.

We missed Qualcomm’s announcement of the eInfochips Eragon 600 in June. Now eInfochips has announced a global distribution deal with Arrow Electronics, which will bring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 based computer-on-module and several carrier board options to a wider audience.

EIC-Q600-200 module
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The Eragon 600 product line is built around an EIC-Q600-200 COM, which is available on its own or in three different kits. There’s a basic carrier board kit called the EIC-Q600-210, a more advanced EIC-Q600-220 kit that adds wireless antennas and other features, and a “productized” version of the 220 model with a touchscreen tablet form-factor called the EIC-Q600-230.

The Eragon 600 and its carrier boards appears to be supported by extensive access to open source OS downloads, documentation, and schematics. However, not all these links are currently live, so you may have to contact eInfochips (and/or register a purchased product) to obtain detailed information.

The Eragon 600 is designed for OEMs working on multimedia, digital signage, robotics, infotainment, drones, automotive, video-conferencing, medical, camera, biometrics, smart homes, industrial, and building automation devices, says eInfochips. Other recent eInfochips products include the medical-focused Andromeda Reference Platform and related COMs based on TI DaVinci SoCs.


The 82 x 78mm EIC-Q600-200 COM (pictured above) showcases the quad-core, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 APQ8064 system-on-chip, which has Adreno 320 graphics and was formerly known as the S4 Pro. Although primarily designed for smartphones and tablets, the 28nm-fabricated, Cortex-A15 like SoC has appeared in embedded focused products like the Inforce 6410Plus SBC, and it was selected as the reference platform for the Robot Operating System’s first Linux and Android implementations.

EIC-Q600-200 block diagram
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The EIC-Q600-200 supports Android 5.0 or a Linaro based Linux based on Linux Kernel 3.4, and features 1GB or 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of eMMC flash. There’s no Ethernet interface, but 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS are all standard.

HDMI, dual-channel LVDS, and DSI display interfaces are available with resolutions up to 20148 x 1536 pixels, and there’s multitouch capacitive support. There’s also a Slimbus or optional I2S audio interface, as well as dual CSI camera connections with 4- and 2-lane capability, respectively.

Other interfaces expressed via the device’s 314-pin MXM 3.0 connectors include dual USB 2.0 host ports plus a USB OTG port, SATA (1.5Gbps), SPI, and JTAG. Also available are three UARTs, three I2C hooks, and 41 GPIOs. There’s an RTC, as well as a PCI Express Gen 2.0 expansion interface. The module runs on 3-4.5V power, and offers commercial and extended -20 to 70°C temperature support.


The EIC-Q600-210 starter kit consists of the EIC-Q600-200 module with a basic, 196 x 146mm carrier board. The board adds an SD card, on-chip antennas for the WiFi and Bluetooth radios, as well as a gigabit Ethernet port that feeds off the module’s PCIe interface.

EIC-Q600-210 (left) and block diagram
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The EIC-Q600-210 extends the three USB ports, as well as the HDMI port, and offers dual CSI camera connectors for an optional 5-megapixel camera. There’s also an audio jack, an RS232 debug port, LEDs, and a cell battery for the RTC. A serial expansion connector provides I2C, SPI, and GPIO signals. The 12V board has the identical temperature ranges as the module.


The EIC-Q600-220 offers the same 196 x 146mm dimensions, 12V power supply, and commercial and extended temperature versions as the more basic EIC-Q600-210 carrier. Like the EIC-Q600-210, the 220 model offers a GbE port, dual CSI links, plus SD, HDMI, RS232 debug, and serial expansion connector. In addition, it provides both on-chip and external antennas for WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS, as well as a 2.4GHz ZigBee module.

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Instead of two USB host ports you get four, as well as the OTG port. Other additions include an LVDS connector, a SATA (1.5Gbps) port, a single-lane, 2MBps mini-PCIe slot, JTAG and RS485 debug ports, and additional audio interfaces. A 7-inch LCD, 5-megapixel camera, and a chassis are optional.


The productized EIC-Q600-230 development kit has a built-in chassis which provides a touchscreen tablet form-factor. The feature set appears to build upon the EIC-Q600-220’s specs, but details are unclear, as the product page simply duplicates the specs for the EIC-Q600-200 COM, and there’s no block diagram.

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Further information

The Eragon 600 boards are available now via Arrow and eInfochips suppliers at the following prices. The links point to eInfochips product pages. The EIC-Q600-200 module is available for $190. The EIC-Q600-210 kit sells for $399. The EIC-Q600-220 goes for $499, and the EIC-Q600-220 is priced at $575.

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