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Qualcomm DragonBoard S3 APQ8060 Preview

Michael Larabel

Published on 13 November 2012
Written by Michael Larabel
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To complement the many other ARM Linux benchmarks on Phoronix of different development boards, coming up soon are Qualcomm DragonBoard benchmarks with the S3 APQ8060 SoC.

The DragonBoard is Qualcomm's latest development platform for their Snapdragon SoCs. Qualcomm currently offers three different DragonBoards: the S1 with an MSM7x27A, the S3 with an APQ8060 "Scorpion", and the S4 with an APQ8060A "Krait" processor. Aside from the processor, there are also other small differences to the three development boards with the integrated display, available input methods, the integrated web camera, and connectors/expansion capabilities.

Qualcomm had sent out the DragonBoard S3 to Phoronix for benchmarking. The S3 APQ8060 development board features a 3.1-inch WVGA display with multi-touch capabilities, Adreno 220 graphics, 21 key input, 5MP main camera with a 2MB camera for video telephony, a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyro, pressure and temperature sensors, proximity and ambient light sensors, and a 3-axis compass. The S3 board also has BT/WiFi expansion capabilities and a 1500 mAH battery. Connectors on the board include RS-232 serial, USB, Ethernet, Audio, dual SIM, dual DSIO, MIPI-CSI, MPIP-DSI, parallel bus, GPIOs, JTAG, and test points. This is quite an advanced development board and offers many more extras than what's found on the PandaBoard and other low-cost ARM development boards.

The S3 DragonBoard is sold by BSquare at a price of just under $500 USD. The deployed operating system for the DragonBoards is Google's Android. The S3 DragonBoard will be benchmarked on Phoronix in the near future. There isn't any Linux distribution yet ported to this DragonBoard so benchmarks will be done on Android as well as (hopefully) through a Linux chroot on Android.

Stay tuned for the benchmark results while more information on the DragonBoard is available from MyDragonBoard.org.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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