Atlantik Elektronik presents application ready platform 6560 from Inforce Computing

Fit for edge computing based on Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 660 SoC

Planegg, August 8th, 2018

Atlantik Elektronik, provider of innovative embedded solutions, presents the Single Board Computer IFC-6560 from Inforce Computing, based on the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 660™ core. The Inforce 6560™ SBC will be available in the standard pico-iTX form factor without compromising on direct access to an extensive set of I/Os including USB-C with UltraHD display capability.  The Single Board Computer is a best choice for connected cameras, home hubs, drones/robotics and XR as well as industrial IoT and smart cities.
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ suite of SoCs is known to provide systems capable of high quality encode and decode, immersive AR/VR and security. The Snapdragon 660 SoC integrates the Kryo™ 260 CPU, Adreno™ 512 GPU, Hexagon™ 680 DSP and the Spectra™ 160 camera image signal processing (ISP).

Qualcomm brings their custom Kryo CPU core to the 600-tier for the first time on the Snapdragon 660 SoC and uses the 14 nm FinFET manufacturing process to achieve lower active power dissipation and faster performance. The Kryo 64-bit custom CPU is a combination of eight ARM V-8 compliant cores, four cores as a performance cluster and, four as an efficiency cluster.

The custom designed Adreno GPU architecture provides high definition graphics while introducing general-purpose compute (GPGPU) co-processing for exceptionally low power consumption. The GPU supports graphics and compute APIs including OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0 and Vulkan standards. Vulkan minimizes driver overhead and enables multi-threaded performance.

The 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra camera ISP unit enables hardware accelerated encode in UltraHD (4K) resolution in HEVC and other video compression standards.

The Hexagon™ 680 DSP includes Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX) that are designed to support deep learning frameworks for machine learning and image processing.

Inforce’s latest SBC combines Snapdragon 660’s excellent hardware architecture with home-grown efficient software solutions to provide a complete 4K encode/decode system. The USB-C connector on this SBC runs on the USB 3.1 protocol and can support UltraHD display via the DisplayPort protocol. This allows to connect to and power a native DisplayPort, MHL, or HDMI device with the proper adapter and cables. The USB-C interface simplifies connectivity and increases reliability with a symmetrical reversible connector.

Dual concurrent rendering of independent content is enabled from software by Inforce and resolutions of WQXGA@60Hz + UltraHD@30Hz are possible. The Inforce 6560 SBC will have three MIPI-CSI camera connectors that support 4 lanes each. Each of these interfaces can support up to 24MP single camera or 16MP dual camera. Dual concurrent encode capability is possible with software from Inforce.

Inforce enables product creators to execute deep neural networks on this device through the Qualcomm Snapdragon software accelerated runtime SDK. The CPU computations related to real-time media and sensor processing can be offloaded to the Hexagon DSP. To enable this offload, Inforce’s software allows the use of the Hexagon SDK that enables a RPC mechanism (FastRPC) between the OS and Hexagon DSP.

These heterogeneous compute capabilities of the Inforce 6560 platform provide product makers the tools to easily migrate intelligence from the cloud to the edge. The flexibility to offload tasks across the various cores also opens up vast opportunities for audio, video and sensor analytics, which can be used across connected devices.

The application ready platform 6560 from Inforce Computing is available for pre-order at Atlantik Elektronik.