Development Boards – Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a Qualcomm™ DragonBoard development kit and an Intrinsyc Open-Q™ development kit?-
- DragonBoard dev-kits are designed by Qualcomm using their Snapdragon™ processors and manufactured, distributed and supported by Intrinsyc.
- Open-Q™ is Intrinsyc’s own brand of development boards. Open-Q are designed in North America by Intrinsyc engineers and depending on the product are either manufactured in North America or China.
What does Snapdragon™ mean?+
- Snapdragon is Qualcomm’s brand name for their processors.
I’m interested in building a product using a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, what are my options?+
- Intrinsyc is licensed to sell Snapdragon processors as part of a product but we can’t sell individual processors separately. Our products consist of dev-kits, single board computers and system on modules (SOM). We are experts in Snapdragon processors and are can help you bring your Snapdragon based product to market with our engineering services team.
What’s the difference between a dev-kit, single board computer and a SOM?+
- Dev-kit: A development kit jump starts your product development with a board that exposes the Snapdragon peripherals. Many clients base their product design on a dev-kit. Dev-kits are not intended for end-products. SOMs are. Read on.
- Single Board Computer (SBC): An SBC is a processor board with peripheral chips and peripheral connectors that are ready to be embedded into your product without changes.
- System on Module (SOM): A SOM is a very small processor board with limited peripheral chips that requires a carrier board to “carry” the SOM. Our clients’ products are often designed with our SOM and carrier board where the carrier board usually contains additional peripherals and connectors. Our SOMs have all the power rail timing and memory signaling sorted out (very tricky) so you don’t have to sort that out. Our SOMs reduce your development risk and speed your time to market. When you go to production you will order your SOMs from Intrinsyc and if you like, we can do your product manufacturing as well.
When we buy from Intrinsyc do we get Qualcomm® support?+
- Yes, via Intrinsyc. We have direct access to the Qualcomm support team and we represent our customers’ issues directly with the Qualcomm team.
What production-ready computing solutions do you have?+
- We have products for the complete range of Qualcomm processors from the super high-end to the ultra-low-end. Check out our Products.
Do you provide Android and Linux source code?+
- Yes, we provide source code and the necessary proprietary Qualcomm binaries so that you can rebuild the OS. The open source BSP is based on the Code Aurora project
What documentation comes with your dev-kit?+
- Everyone who buys a dev-kit from us is granted access to our developers’ portal. Our complete documentation suite is available for download and generally consists of the following:
- Quick Start Guide
- Release notes
- Development Kit User Guide
- Development Kit Programming Guide
- Specification documents for chipset, PMIC, etc.
- GPIO configuration
- Chipset, PMIC, audio codec software interface
- Schematics & BOM
- Tech notes
What is included in the dev-kit BSP?+
- A build script to download the Android Open source code from Code Aurora Forum (CAF) using a specific release tag. All Open Source code including the bootloader, kernel and framework are hosted at Code Aurora
- Several board specific patches in addition to the CAF release
- Qualcomm proprietary firmware, subsystem specific binaries, executable and libraries e.g. GPU firmware, multimedia/audio video codec firmware, Wi-Fi firmware
- Pre-compiled binaries in case you don’t want to spend 1-2 hours downloading and 3-4 hours building the binaries. The pre-compiled binaries are good place to start for Android application development or Android OS evaluation on the dev-kit
- BSP README: contains a brief overview of the release and how to re-build the release
Does Intrinsyc have access to Qualcomm’s Hexagon™ DSP?+
- Yes, we do and we can help you with your DSP development. Please contact Intrinsyc for more information.
What is your experience with 3D capture?+
- We have implemented the underlying platform level software and helped our clients with the on-board Hexagon™ DSP SDK to enable our clients to implement their own 3D capture libraries. Our delivered platform level software includes a highly optimized multiple-camera Android BSP with our tuned camera drivers and HAL software.
Can I use a PO to purchase a development kit?+
- Yes of course but your company may need credit approval – alternatively you can prepay via wire transfer. Note that if you are using a purchase order, our EULA terms and conditions must be acknowledged as acceptable on your PO.
Do you have re-sellers and can I resell my board?+
- We don’t have resellers and our EULA prohibits our products from being resold.
Do any of your products contain cellular modems?+
- Our products generally don’t include cellular modems. We build and sell products based on the Qualcomm APQ processors (no modem) and not the Qualcomm MSM processors that include modems. We are modem experts though, so if you need help with integrated or external modems, please contact us.
Can I develop a camera sensor driver with your dev-kits?+
- Yes, but you will need some help from us. Please contact us.
Do you provide source code for the Android Hardware Composer HAL?+
- Yes, we do provide the source code for the Android Hardware Composer HAL.
Can I burn my own custom bootloader onto your dev-kits?+
- No, only Intrinsyc and Qualcomm licensees can burn bootloaders onto a flash because the Qualcomm bootloader and associated bootloader tools contain proprietary security elements which protect the processor from unauthorized access.