Nano SoM offers advanced processing for connected camera apps

November 08, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Nano SoM offers advanced processing for connected camera apps
Edge computing embedded design provider SMART Wireless Computing has announced a new system-on-module (SoM) that enables advanced visual computing for AI-enabled surveillance camera and edge appliances, connected body cameras, smart displays, and other internet-of-things (IoT) wireless network edge devices.

Based on the Qualcomm QCS610 application processor, the Inforce 6403 SoM is designed to bring on-device AI and machine learning to cameras and displays for fast decision making, while enabling multiple connectivity options for critical data transfer, all in a compact footprint that is both power efficient and cost effective. The device supports 4K UltraHD (HEVC) video capture and playback capability with on-device AI to enable video analytics applications integrated into smart cameras, such as face detection and object tracking.

The Inforce 6403 offers a wide range of high-bandwidth connectivity options that includes Ethernet RGMIII, 802.11nac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.x, USB-C, and LTE Cat 4 via a carrier board that enable cameras to stream large files quickly. A compact LGA package measuring just 43 mm x 32.5 mm (1.69 in x 1.28 in) makes the Inforce 6403 SoM easy to integrate into camera housings and systems, particularly in applications where a soldered connection can provide a rugged solution, says the company.

“The new SMART Wireless Inforce 6403 SoM addresses the need for power-efficient, on-device compute capability with AI-enabled video analytics demanded by the fast-growing connected camera market,” says Todd Wynia, vice president, product management at SMART Wireless Computing. “Inside the compact module, which is slightly larger than a camera’s SD card, lies some incredible processing power making it ideal for dash and body cams, enterprise security, multichannel AI boxes, smart displays and video conferencing.”

The module comes with a software package that includes integration with Google Firebase and a sample application to upload or stream videos in real time. Google Firebase is a unified backend-as-a-service (BaaS) platform for mobile and web developers that integrates with other Google services.

Samples will be available starting in mid-November, priced at $139 for the SoM and $249 for a development kit, which includes a SoM, evaluation carrier board with IO, and a starter kit that includes a power adapter and cable.

SMART Wireless Computing


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