Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Credit-card sized board for developing wearables and medical devices

Steve Rogerson
March 16, 2015
Designing wearables and medical devices has been made easier with a credit-card sized development board from California-based Qualcomm Technologies. The DragonBoard 410c is for use in embedded computing and IoT applications such as robotics, cameras, set-top-boxes, wearables, medical devices, vending machines, building automation, industrial control, digital signage and casino gaming consoles.
The low-cost development board is based on the 64bit capable QualcommSnapdragon410 processor. It is designed to support rapid software development and prototyping for commercialising inventions and new products. The processor should let embedded systems providers support off-the-shelf or custom system-on-modules, and design services for commercial deployments.
“The DragonBoard 410c is a powerful, low cost platform engineered to allow the rapid development of commercial solutions to address the expanding embedded compute and IoT industries across multiple operating systems,” said Jason Bremner, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm Technologies. “The DragonBoard 410c will play a critical role in helping drive the innovation of embedded computing products on a global basis.”
Key features include a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU at up to 1.2GHz per core and with 64bit capability. Graphics comes from a Qualcomm Adreno 306 GPU at 400MHz. It supports 1080p HD video playback and capture with H.264 (AVC)and 13Mapixel camera with wavelet noise reduction, JPeg decoder and other post-processing techniques done in hardware.
“Qualcomm Technologies’ high-performance, 64bit ARM developer platform will offer new possibilities for the industry,” said Noel Hurley, general manager of ARM’s CPU group. “The feature-rich functionality of the DragonBoard 410c will enable developers, makers and OEMs to utilise ARM technology to accelerate the rate of inventions and products reaching the embedded industry. This latest board is a dynamic addition to the vast choice designers can enjoy.”
The board is also designed to be compatible with the 96Boards Consumer Edition, which supports the hardware ecosystem to develop a range of compatible add-on products, shields and accessories. 96Boards is the open platform specification for high-performance development boards supported by Linaro, the non-profit engineering organisation developing open source software for the ARM architecture.
“Linaro is working with Qualcomm Technologies to accelerate open source software development for Snapdragon processor-based platforms,” said George Grey, CEO of Linaro. “We are excited to have the DragonBoard 410c support the 96Boards Consumer Edition specification. We look forward to assisting the DragonBoard 410c development community, makers, universities and embedded product developers through the community site.”