1. What is IFC6603 Nano SoM
The Penguin Edge IFC6603 Nano SoM is a high performance tiny System on Module (SoM) in a LGA package designed for collaborative Video conferencing solutions. It is based on Qualcomm’s custom Quad-core 64-bit Kryo CPU (Snapdragon 820) processor for embedded applications. The IFC6603 Nano SoM comes in an ultra-small form factor of 50mm x 30mm and has 303 pins with a pitch of 1.27mm with 0.8mm pad.
2. Does Penguin Solutions offer a reference carrier board for the IFC6603 Nano SoM based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor?
The IFC6603 Nano SoM is designed to be a perfect core for an all-in-one digital interactive meetings platform. This SoM in conjunction (soldered) with the production carrier that brings out the necessary interfaces will power collaboration and Video conferencing solutions.
A reference carrier board will need to bring out a minimum set of appropriate interfaces for the interactive whiteboards and this product is in the works. Please stay tuned for announcements on our website for this reference design.
Penguin Edge would be glad to help customers develop their own carriers with custom flip-top sockets during their development phase.
3. Does Penguin Solutions provide any custom design solutions since some designs wouldn’t be able to use the standard SoM’s 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. For customers wanting to design their own unique form-factor carrier board to interface with the OTS IFC6603 Nano SoM, we offer design assistance support packages that include dedicated engineer, reference schematics and design reviews—contact Penguin Edge sales for more details. In addition, Penguin Edge also offers 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.
4. Where can I find more information about the IFC6603 Nano SoM? What do I get when I buy an IFC6603 Nano SoM? Is the device available internationally?
The Penguin Edge portion of the Penguin Solutions website has a lot of useful information about our SoMs at https://www.penguinsolutions.com/edge/products/system-on-modules-som Please check on the exact product SKU for the pre-loaded software, available memory and supported temperature ranges. The IFC6603 Nano SoM requires a carrier board (like all SoMs do) to power up and connect to peripheral devices and gain access to the extensive set of I/Os that are available on the Nano SoM. If you are considering the IFC6603 Nano SoM for the first time, please contact our sales team to procure the full product that includes the carrier board that has the SoM soldered on it and the necessary cables and power supply.
Once you register the product, you would get dedicated support from Penguin Solutions.
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 IFC6603.
5. Does Penguin Solutions have a blog?
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 Penguin Solutions products, conference/trade show appearances, and innovative customer case-studies and applications.
6. What are the accessories available?
Our website https://www.penguinsolutions.com/edge/products/accessories all the available accessories. Please note that User Guides and product datasheets are available for all accessories.
7. Does the board support a cellular or GSM connection?
The IFC6603 does not include support for a wireless modem. Third party cellular modem dongles can be connected to the IFC6603 based reference design 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 Edge Nano SoM.
8. Does the SoM support extended temperatures?
Yes, we can help customers support extended temperatures on their product based on our Nano SoM. We provide a detailed app note on determining a suitable solution for heat transfer from the SoM. We will be glad to propose a cooling solution for the thermal dissipation of heat for the full system too after we have details of your chassis.
9. What is the storage capacity of the IFC6603 Nano SoM? Is it expandable?
The on-board storage (UFS) capacity is 64GB. Storage can be expanded by connecting a Micro-SD card on the IFC6603 reference design. Please check on the exact product SKU for details on pre-loaded software and available memory.
10. What are the performance details of the IFC6603? What is the speed of the RAM?
The IFC6603 Nano SoM based on the Snapdragon 820 (APQ8096) processor, which includes ARM® Cortex®-A72 class computing through its custom 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@1.593GHzeach 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 1866MHz.
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 concurrent VBO and HDMI at 4K60fps. The SoM supports native display interfaces of dual-link MIPI-DSI up to WQXGA (2560 × 1600) 24bpp @60 Hz refresh and HDMI 2.0.
12. What are the capabilities of the video Decoder/Encoder on the IFC6603 Nano SoM?
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
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||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 IFC6603 Nano SoM?
The IFC6603 Nano SoM brings out all the three native MIPI-CSI camera interfaces that support 4 lanes from CSI0, CSI1 and CSI2 each. Multiple digital video inputs that include 5x HDMI Inputs and one DP input and Analog inputs that include CVBS, YPbPr and VGA are derived from CSI0 and CSI1. The CSI2 is available for a camera input.
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 SoM draw? Is it possible to measure the power?
The IFC6603 SoM takes 3.8V DC power or Battery. The Reference Design is powered by a 12V/3A wall adaptor. Our products typically offer support for 7V-16V power input range. The total power consumed by the SYS6603 Reference Design ranges between 6W to 17W when different use cases are executed. There are no test points made available to measure run-time power on the board. But the input current through the DC jack can be measured during different use-cases. Please 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?
The SoM has LPASS (Low-Power Audio Sub-System) powered by Hexagon aDSP. The audio Codec WCD9335 and Speaker Driver drives audio interfaces such as I2S, SLIMBUS, PCM, PDM, etc. The carrier provides a combo-jack connector consisting of mic in and speaker out. SPDIF audio is also available. Audio is also available on the HDMI Input and from the USB lines.
16. What are the sensor capabilities?
Snapdragon 820 processor’s Hexagon DSP cluster has a dedicated sensor core to support always-on sensor-aware apps.
17. What documents are provided? Are board design files also provided?
We provide datasheets, user guide and a Hardware Reference Manual. Schematics are not provided for the IFC6603 Nano SoM. Board design files 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.
18. What is the support model after products are purchased?
Penguin Solutions offers a range of standard products off-the-shelf (OTS) on its website and through our distributors (Arrow/Mouser/Atlantik). 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, Penguin Edge offers 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 Penguin Solutions to obtain more details of the support contracts.
Networking, IO and Wireless
19. Does the device support networking and wireless communication?
Supported connectivity includes concurrent GbE uplink and GbE downlink, 802.11ac 2X2 MU-MIMO 2.4GHz/5GHz + Bluetooth 4.1LE (available via Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174A).
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 our TechWeb support portal.
21. What are the IO interfaces available?
Standard I/O interfaces including I2C, SPI, UART, UIM, GPIOs, and on-board Serial Console are available. The Snapdragon 820 processor supports 1x USB 3.0 (OTG) and 1 x USB 2.0. 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 IFC6603 Nano SoM?
A Board Support Package (BSPs) for Android Pie is available today as an officially supported package. Periodic releases shall be provided with feature improvements on this package. Penguin Edge 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
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 IFC6603 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 IFC6603 Nano SoM comes with the Hexagon™ 680 DSP with dual-Hexagon vector processor (HVX-512) designed for 787MHz 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. Please check https://developer.qualcomm.com/software/hexagon-dsp-sdk for downloading the SDK.
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. Please contact our sales team if this is a requirement for your 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.