The hardware scene isn't what it used to be a couple of years back. Courtesy Moore's law, PC chip makers won't be able to shrink die sizes for long. Another trend that will take hold in the future will be ARM's chips making it on PCs. Already, Apple's A9X and A10X out perform Intel's mobility processors. In fact, Cupertino's been rumored for quite a while to introduce ARM based chips into the MacBook lineup. Today, one manufacturer has introduced a motherboard which features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. Take a look.
The DragonBoard 820c Features The Snapdragon 820 And Will Power A Lot Of Electronics
Now, we've come across a motherboard that features the Snapdragon 820 and can be used for a variety of applications. The 820c's potential predecessor, the DragonBoard 410c includes support for a variety of software platforms. These include Android, Linux and Windows 10 IoT core. If the 820c does succeed the 410c, as their names suggest, then Windows 10 IoT core will make it on the board as well.
The board is listed on Arrow Electronics' website but is not commercially available. It can support Android for now, with instructions on how to load Debian also available. It'll provide some good competition to the Rasberry Pi if it's priced in the same range, which is quite unlikely. The price for the DragonBoard 820c isn't available on the manufacturer's website.
It features 32GB of on board storage, 3GB of LPDDR4 memory, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0/3.0 ports and Bluetooth 4.1. The graphics for the board will be powered by Qualcomm's Adreno 540. It's a powerhouse of a GPU and doesn't let other offerings such as ARM's Mali lineup even touch it in benchmark scores. The DragonBoard 820c will power drones, robots and other IoT devices. The Snapdragon 820 can support cameras with resolutions up to 28MP and the Adreno 530 will support 4K@30 fps.
Once the board is commercially available and starts to generate customers, Windows 10 IoT support will make it on board. Hook the 820c with Microsoft's Azure, and you'll have some very popular cloud based server hardware. Cloud computing is the future and Qualcomm's hardware will provide a good bridge between efficient performance and lower sizes. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest. We'll keep you updated in the meanwhile.