1. What is IFC6620 SBC?
The Penguin Edge IFC6620 SBC is a high performance application-ready single board computer (SBC) designed for collaborative Video conferencing solutions. It is based on Qualcomm’s custom quad-core 64-bit ARM®v8 ISA compatible Snapdragon 820 processor (APQ8096) for embedded applications. The production-ready IFC6620 SBC comes in a compact form factor of 160mm x 80mm without compromising on direct access to a rich set of I/Os.
2. Does IFC6620 SBC come with an enclosure?
Yes. An optional SKU includes a plastic, fan-less enclosure and aluminum heatsink for in-built thermal dissipation.
3. Does Penguin Solutions offer other form factors based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor?
Yes. Penguin Solutions offers SoMs in ultra-small form factors and in a LGA package too. Please refer to https://www.penguinsolutions.com/edge/products for more details on products based on Snapdragon 820.
4. Does Penguin Solutions provide any custom design solutions since some designs wouldn’t be able to use the standard form factor and or features?
Yes, while we offer standard products off-the-shelf (OTS) on our website and through our multiple distributors, we also have a strong background in customized hardware and software solutions. We offer pre-validated build-to-order (BTO) configurations, as well as configure-to-order (CTO) options for existing products. In addition, we also offer full custom hardware design and associated software/device driver development, for those projects where a unique hardware design is required to meet sophisticated technical challenges.
5. Where can I find more information about the IFC6620 SBC? What do I get when I buy an IFC6620 SBC? Is the device available internationally?
Our website has a lot of useful information about our SBCs at https://www.penguinsolutions.com/edge/products/single-board-computers-sbc.
Please check on the exact product SKU for the pre-loaded software, available memory and if an enclosure is included. Once you register the product with us, you would get dedicated support.
The board ships to most places worldwide and relevant shipping and local tax/customs duty charges may apply. Please contact PenguinEdgeSales@penguinsolutions.com for pricing details or any additional questions that you may have before buying an IFC6620.
6. Does Penguin Solutions have a blog/newsletter?
Yes! You can find our periodic blogs at https://www.penguinsolutions.com/edge/resources/blog/. Here you can keep up with all of the latest information about our products, conference/trade show appearances, and innovative customer case-studies and applications.
7. What are the accessories available?
Our website https://www.penguinsolutions.com/edge/products/accessories lists all the available accessories. Please note that User Guides and product datasheets are available for all accessories.
8. Does the board support a cellular or GSM connection?
The IFC6620 does not include support for a wireless modem. Third party cellular modem dongles can be connected to the IFC6620 system via USB ports and may require special drivers from the respective manufacturers. We can also help you design in a 3rd party cellular modem module in your custom carrier board that is mated with an Penguin Solutions SBC.
9. What is the storage capacity of the IFC6620 SBC? Is it expandable?
The on board storage (eMMC) capacity is 16GB. Please check on the exact product SKU for details on pre-loaded software and available memory.
10. What are the performance details of the IFC6620? What is the speed of the RAM?
The IFC6620 SBC is based on the Snapdragon 820 processor, which includes ARM® Cortex®-A72 class computing through its custom Qualcomm® Kryo™ Quad-core ARMv8 64-bit CPUs organized as two clusters viz., Gold@2.15GHz each with 32KB of L1 I-Cache, 24KB L1 D-Cache, L2 1MB, and Silver@1.593GHz each with 32KB of L1 I-Cache, 24KB L1 D-Cache, L2 512KB. The Qualcomm® Adreno™ 530 is capable of 500+ GFLOPS of general purpose compute and provides support for OpenGL ES 3.2 and OpenCL 2.0. Note that these libraries are provided as binaries only.
The on-board 4GB LPDDR4 RAM operates at 1866 MHz
All our Android releases are benchmarked with Antutu and validated with the Qualcomm Trepn™ Profiler to ensure that all cores are capable of operating at their maximum frequency.
11. What types of displays are supported and at what resolutions?
The product supports dual concurrent HDMI displays at 4K60fps (HDMI Out1) and 1080p60 (HDMI Out2).
12. What are the capabilities of the video Decoder/Encoder on the IFC6620 SBC?
Please refer to https://developer.android.com/guide/appendix/media-formats.html for supported codecs from Android. Hardware accelerated capabilities of the APQ8096 SoC are:
||Main profile up to level 5.1
||1080P/40mbps/30fps 1080P/60mbps/60fps 3840×2160/100mbps/60fps 4096×2160/100Mbps/60fps
||Baseline, main, high profiles; up to level 5.1
||1080P/40mbps/30fps 1080P/60mbps/60fps 3840×2160/100Mbps/60fps 4096×2160/100Mbps/60fps
||Profile 0; up to Level 70
||Simple, Advanced simple profiles; up to levels 8 and 5, respectively
||Adv Main, Simple and High profile
||DivX 3.11 – 720×480/2mbps/30 fps DivX 4.x/5.x/6.x – 1080P/10mbps/30fps
||Mainprofile up to level 5.1
||1080P/40mbps/30fps 3840×2160/100mbps/30fps 4096×2160/100Mbps/24fps td>
||Baseline, main, high profiles; up to level 5.1
||1080P/40mbps/30fps 3840×2160/100Mbps/30fps 4096×2160/100Mbps/24fps
||Profile 0; up to Level 70
||Simple, Advanced simple profiles; up to levels 8 and 5 respectively
13. What are the camera capabilities of the IFC6620 SBC?
The IFC6620 SBC does not have a MIPI-CSI connector onboard. The native MIPI-CSI interfaces are used to derive a HDMI video input that is capable of recording 4K30 videos and 21 MP images.
Our platforms are typically validated with a Sony IMX230 sensor (21MP) based camera module for 4K@30fps capture and record. This module can be purchased as an accessory from https://www.penguinsolutions.com/edge/products/accessories
14. How much power does the board draw? Is it possible to measure the power?
The IFC6620 SBC is powered by a 12V/2A wall adaptor. Our products typically offer support for 7V-16V power input range. The total approximate power drawn by the IFC6620 SBC ranges between 6W to 17W when different use cases are executed.
There could be test points made available on the board to measure run-time power. Please refer to the user guide for more details on these test points. The input current through the DC jack can also be measured during different usecases. Note that we run the Qualcomm Trepn™ profiler as part of our validation process on all of our stock Android releases.
15. What are the audio capabilities?
Audio is available through HDMI, USB, and speaker out. The IFC6620 SBC also comes with a microphone for recording and a combo jack for microphone and speaker out. The HDMI interface has an 8 channel audio with 7.1 channel surround sound, with support to Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master.
16. What documents are provided? Are board design files also provided?
We provide datasheets, user guide and a Hardware Reference Manual. Board design files and schematics are proprietary and are the intellectual property of Penguin Edge, and hence not provided.
All software releases are accompanied with release notes, user guides and application notes that describe the installation procedure.
17. What is the support model from Penguin Solutions after products are purchased?
Penguin Solutions offers a range of standard products off-the-shelf (OTS) on its website and through our distributors. Apart from these, it offers pre-validated build-to-order (BTO) configurations, as well as configure-to-order (CTO) options for existing products. In addition, we also offer full custom hardware design and associated software/device driver development, for those projects where a unique design is required to meet sophisticated technical challenges. All purchases of our products get unlimited access to the online TechWeb support portal, which provides a host of technical documentation and software downloads. Purchasers are also provided free technical support for two support tickets. For a sustained technical support,we offer Design Assistance Support Contracts for shorter periods of time and Annual Support Contracts for its customers who would like unlimited prioritized technical support. Please contact PenguinEdgeSales@penguinsolutions.com to obtain more details of the support contracts.
Networking, IO and Wireless
18. Does the device support networking and wireless communication?
Supported connectivity includes GbE uplink, 802.11ac 2X2 MU-MIMO 2.4GHz/5GHz + Bluetooth 4.1LE (available via Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174A).
19. Does the platform support PoE?
Yes, the platform supports PoE out of the box and no additional accessories are required. The platform provides GbE uplink through a PCIe to GbE controller that enable Power Over Ethernet (PoE) supporting 802.3at complaint PD configuration. This allows the user to power the system from PoE enabled switches using a single cable.
20. How can I change the MAC address for WiFi/BT/Ethernet on my board?
MAC addresses are fixed at the factory. Changing them should not be necessary since the correct addresses are programmed before the board is shipped. If it is still required, please refer to the Release Notes and App notes available on the TechWeb support portal.
21. What are the IO interfaces available?
Standard I/O interfaces including GbE, USB-SS, USB-C (USB HS), and on-board Serial Console are available. The Snapdragon 820 processor supports 1x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 interfaces. The 6620 SBC has two USB 3.0 Type A (Host only) ports and one USB-C (USB 2.0) (Device only connector. Please refer to the product specifications in the Hardware Reference Manual or the datasheet for more information.
22. What operating systems are supported and what is the OS roadmap for the IFC6620 SBC?
A Board Support Package (BSP) for Android Nougat is available today as an officially supported package on Penguin Solutions TechWeb. Periodic releases shall be provided with feature improvements on this package. Penguin Solutions also upgrades the BSPs to newer Android releases to support feature improvements on its platforms. Please stay tuned for announcements on our website for update releases.
23. Is root access possible on Penguin Solutions boards? Could you please explain how to get root privileges in Android?
Yes. As Android derives from the Linux kernel, rooting an Android device gives similar access administrative permissions as on Linux. Please give below commands in adb shell to get root privileges #adb root #adb remount
Note that root access to the app space is not provided by default by the BSP.
24. Is fastboot supported? How to enter fastboot?
Yes. To go to fastboot mode, keep the Vol- button pressed before powering on the board and release it after the board has powered on.
25. I’ve modified the boot partitions on my board and the board is no longer booting. What should I do?
If the UFS (flash memory) partitions have been erased or the partition table has been corrupted, you can recover through a procedure that uses the USB port. Please logon to our Techweb repository to access the necessary document.
26. Is the Hexagon DSP available on the IFC6620 platform?
Yes. Qualcomm’s Hexagon DSP architecture is designed to deliver performance with low power over a variety of heterogeneous computing applications. It has features such as hardware assisted multithreading, privilege levels, VLIW, SIMD and instructions geared toward efficient signal processing. The IFC6620 SBC comes with the Hexagon™ 680 DSP with dual-Hexagon vector processor (HVX-512) designed for 825 MHz for ultra-low-power audio and computer vision processing. Qualcomm also opens up a comprehensive Hexagon SDK for all its processors that provides for a complete environment to generate dynamic Hexagon DSP code modules. This SDK would soon be available for the Snapdragon 820. Please check https://developer.qualcomm.com/forums/qdevnet-forums/multimedia-optimization-hexagon-sdk for updates on the SDK availability.
27. How can I get kernel debug messages?
Connect the device’s serial port to the host PC. Boot into fastboot mode and issue the following command – fastboot -c “console=ttyHSL0,115200n8r androidboot.hardware=qcom” boot boot.img
Debug messages should start to show up.
27. Why isn’t Google Play (previously Android Market) available on my board?
Google Play is part of Google Mobile Services (GMS) and is licensed separately by Google. This is usually available on commercial Android devices. Though our hardware is capable of meeting requirements of the Google Test Suite that would lead to GMS certification, we have not added this to our product.
Nevertheless, it is possible to side-load any Android application using the following commands:
#adb install apk
Should you have further questions not answered by the above FAQ and would like to have them included here, please contact PenguinEdgeSales@penguinsolutions.com.