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Tiny COM runs Linux on quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410

Sep 9, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 3,438 views

eInfochips has launched a 35 x 26mm “Eragon 410” COM that runs Linux or Android on a quad-core Snapdragon 410, and offers 8GB eMMC and wireless I/O.

The Eragon 410 computer-on-module does for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 system-on-chip what the recently introduced eInfochips Eragon 600 did for the Snapdragon 600: help it gently on its way to enable embedded applications. eInfochips recommends the device for robotics, infotainment, automation and control, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including wearable devices.

Eragon 410
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The Snapdragon 410 debuted in June on Qualcomm’s own DragonBoard 410c, a 96Boards-compatible hacker SBC, and also made an appearance that same month in Intrinsyc’s 44 x 26.5mm Open-Q 410 COM. The 64-bit, ARMv8 SoC combines four 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores with a a 400MHz Adreno 306 GPU and a Hexagon DSP.

Block diagrams: Eragon 410 COM and Snapdragon 410 SoC
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The Eragon 410, which is even smaller than the Open-Q 410 at a mere 35 x 26mm, runs Android 5.0, Linaro Linux, or Windows 10 on the Snapdragon 410. The module features a 156-via edge-castellation interface that implements all signal and power connections to the module’s baseboard.

Close-up view of a portion of the Eragon 410’s baseboard interface
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The COM is available as part of an unnamed carrier board development kit that features a “state of the art connector-less carrier board that interfaces the SoM via edge castellation for an added cost and size benefit,” says eInfochips. The company also provides design services “that help ensure the seamless transition of software developed on the DragonBoard 410c community board to the Eragon 410 platform for commercialization.”

Unlike the Intrinsyc Open-Q 410, the Eragon 410 offers optional extended temperature support. Otherwise, features are similar, including the 1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC flash, DSI and CSI multimedia interfaces, and built in WiFi and Bluetooth support.

Specs listed for the Eragon 410 include:

  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC:
    • CPU — 4x 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 cores @ up to 1.2GHz
    • GPU — Adreno A306 @ 400MHz
    • Hexagon v5 DSP
  • Memory — 1GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Storage — 8GB eMMC flash; microSD slot
  • Display interface — 1x MIPI-DSI (up to 720p 60fps, or 1080p @ 30fps)
  • Camera interface — 2x MIPI-CSI (1x 2-lane up to 8MP, 1x 4-lane up to 13MP)
  • Audio — I2S audio (headset with mic, 2x analog mic, speaker)
  • Wireless:
    • 802.11b/g/n with dual MIMO
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • Supports onboard GPS
  • Other I/O (156-pin expansion interface):
    • 2x USB 2.0 host
    • Micro-USB 2.0 device
    • 4x I2C
    • 2x SPI
    • 2x UART
    • 7x low-speed GPIO
    • JTAG
  • Other features — supports RTC; Gyro, accelerometer, and magnetometer using MPU 9250
  • Operating temperature — 0 to 70°C or -20 to 70°C
  • Power — +12V; 1.8V digital I/O; PMIC
  • Dimensions — 35 x 26mm
  • Operating system support — Android 5.0; Linux 3.19 or higher (Linaro); Windows 10 (in development)

“The Snapdragon 410 processor is a powerful enablement technology for embedded solutions providers to support off-the-shelf or custom system-on-modules, support and design services for commercial deployments,” stated Tia Cassett, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. “We see a lot of potential in the Eragon 410 system on modules for enabling embedded and IoE products.”

Further Information

The Eragon 410 (EIC –Q410-200) is available now for pre-order at a price of $75. More information may be found at the eInfochips Eragon 410 product page. No pricing or other details were provided for the carrier board development kit.

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