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Inforce Insights June 2016: Vol.2 Issue 3–the Newsletter of Inforce Computing

Inforce Insights Newsletter on buliding Embedded Products

Welcome to Inforce Computing’s June 2016 Newsletter! In this issue of Inforce Insights, we’d like to share a couple of useful technical application notes and two exciting customer case studies (scroll down). What does enabling 3D printing, computer vision, video analytics, and space-bound free-flying robots have in common? All of these are powered by advanced Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor-based Inforce Computing platforms [SOMs and SBCs]. Moreover, Inforce’s value added software and hardware design assistance services have complemented and accelerated product development in these cases.

Software and Product Updates

We’re close to having an upstream kernel Linux BSP release (Linaro 15.10 version) available for the Inforce 6410Plus SBC. Stay tuned for download instructions and release notes for the latest BSP. Once available, please log on to Inforce’s TechWeb and look for the product specific menu under the software tab.

For those that have been eagerly waiting for the Inforce 6601™ Micro SOM, we will be taking pre-orders soon. We thank you for your interest in the latest Inforce 6601 Micro SOM and your patience is much appreciated as we ramp up our manufacturing. In the next few weeks you’ll also be able to read about and download more technical details of the affordable and new Inforce 6301 Micro SOM powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor.

We’d love to hear your feedback about Inforce’s newsletters as well as your stories on building exciting embedded products based on Inforce’s compute platforms. We’re more than glad to share your success story in these columns, so don’t hesitate to write to us at

Happy reading!

From the editorial desk at Inforce Computing.

Technical Note: Edge detection with the Inforce 6309 Micro SBC running Qualcomm® FastCV™ computer vision SDKQualcomm FastCV computer vision SDK

Are you exploring running CPU intensive machine vision algorithms on embedded systems, but have been dissuaded by the high cost of compute in the past?  All of that has changed with the availability of cost-effective and high-performance mobile technology based compute platforms. Find out how to enable the Qualcomm FastCV SDK on the affordable Inforce 6309 Micro SBC powered by the Snapdragon 410 processor. This tech-note shows how to easily setup and run an edge-detection computer vision application. Read more »

Technical Note: Stand-alone reference Inforce Robotics-Development-Kit (RDK) for the open source PRUSA® i3 3D printer

Inforce Robotics Development Kit (RDK) for the open source PRUSA i3 3D printer3D printing has caught the utter fascination of makers worldwide over the past couple of years with the cost of such systems falling steadily. Find out how to enable the popular open-source Prusa i3 3D printer with the reference Inforce RDK (robotics development kit), and thereby reduce clutter, overall costs, power, and space. Read more »

Here’s an exciting case-study on the adoption of the Snapdragon 805 processor based Inforce 6501 Micro SOM for the upcoming NASA Astrobee free-flying robot, which is headed for the International Space Station (ISS) next year. Read about how the NASA Ames Research Center based Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) chose the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM for not one but two compute modules that go into the Astrobee, each executing high-performance compute tasks for navigation and science payloads for guest astronauts. Whether you’re a space buff or not, you’ve gotta read this! ….Read more »

Case-study: Inforce helps Pyramics® bring an edge-compute IoT video analytics product to market

Inforce helps Pyramics bring an edge-compute IoT video analytics product to marketRecently, Pyramics, Basler, Fraunhofer IIS, and Inforce Computing came together to help build an IoT edge-compute device for a video analytics application powered by the Inforce 6501 Micro SOM. Read about how such diverse parties partnered to help build a high-end embedded IoT system in a very short period of time. Read more »