Qualcomm have announced they are to release a development board based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, called the DragonBoard 410c, later this year. The DragonBoard 410c contains the same quad core, 64-bit, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor that we’ve seen in a number of lower and mid-range Android smartphones and tablets. Here, the processor is combined with the Adreno 306 GPU (clocked at up to 400 MHz) with a single memory slot. The board is approximately the size of a credit card and contains onboard 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, FM radio and GPS location. The 410c is compliant with the 96Boards Consumer Edition specification, which means it’s ideal for enabling embedded computing products, such as Internet of Things products. Qualcomm’s marketing information explains that the DragonBoard could be used for anything from robots to medical devices to vending machines and casino gaming consoles, but adds that “the DragonBoard 410c is designed to support rapid software development, education and prototyping.” The hardware fits onto a board the size of a credit card, so could easily fit into these sorts of products but it is too large for most conventional wearables.
A deeper look at the board specification shows that it officially supports Android and LINUX plus 1080p HD video playback and capture using H.264 (AVC). The DragonBoard can also support a camera of up to 13MP resolution complete with hardware-enabled post-processing techniques including a JPEG decoder. There’s a HDMI full size Type A connector, three USB ports (one a Micro USB port that supports OTG, the other two are full size USB ports) and a MicroSD card slot present.
We’ve already seen similar development boards sold for both the developer, consumer and hobbyist markets and it is not the biggest stretch to imagine manufacturers using the DragonBoard 410c for product development roles. One of the more obvious uses for the new DragonBoard 410c is by those manufacturers working on the next generation Android Wear devices, which could presumably be based around the Snapdragon 410. Are you a developer and if so, would you be interested in something like this? What products could you develop on it? We would love to hear from you.