Qualcomm has announced a development board with a Snapdragon processor, support for Android, Linux Ubuntu and soon with support for Windows 10. It is about the new DragonBoard 410c.
You might know the Snapdragon processors that run on your smartphone or table. One of these processors were selected to expose its functions and power to makers and roboticists. The platform is designed around the same 64-bit quad-core 1.2 GHz processor that is found in smartphones such as LG Lancet and HTC Desire 510.
This project was started from the idea that your smartphone is your next robot. The DragonBoard 410c board feature 8GB of a deliciously-fast eMMC memory plus a standard microSD card slot, an Adreno 306 GPU for graphics, 1GB RAM and three USB ports. It has also integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS antenna for indoor and outdoor navigation.
To help the makers and hackers expand its projects, the credit-card-sized development board is compatible with the Arduino boards using an add-on mezzanine board.
Because is not ready to run the Windows 10 IoT Core, we must thank with the compatibility of Android 5.1 and Ubuntu 15.04.
The DragonBoard 410c board has enough space for expansion. There is one 40-pin expansion connector with low-speed that includes UART, SPI, I2S, 2 x I2C, 12 x GPIO, and a DC power. Another 60-pin high-speed connector includes 4L-MIPI DSI, USB, 2 x I2C, and 2L+4LMIPI CSI.
The targets of the board are embedded computing projects and Internet of Everything (IoE) applications. We can include here computer vision, gaming, robotics and multimedia.
There are many options to have fun with embedded systems, one option is the DragonBoard 410c board available for a price of $75.