Still not booted up yet. Arrow are sending me a new board so I’ll go into recess with this blog series until it arrives. Today’s info includes a video captured from a Dragonboard which highlights the usefulness of DirectX being supported by the Dragonboard’s GPU. Also a further list of its capabilities.


Video Capture of Graphic Rendering

Another MVP. Morten Nielsen has captured a video (available on YouTube) that demonstrates the graphic capability of the Dragonboard with respect to rendering with DirectX.

He said he only got a frame between every 1 and 15 seconds on the Raspberry Pi for this app. The difference between the two boards in this context is the Dragonboard’s GPU capability support for DirectX.


Dragonboard Media Capabilities

  • Graphics
    • Qualcomm® Adreno™ 306 400MHz PC-class GPU
  • Video
    • 1080p HD Video playback and capture with H.264 (AVC)
  • Camera Support
    • Support for 13 megapixel camera with Wavelet Noise Reduction, JPEG decoder, and post-processing techniques done in hardware


Other Capabilities


  • One 40 pin low speed expansion connector: UART, SPI, I2S, I2C x2, GPIO x12, DC power

Connectivity and Location

  • WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • On-board BT and WLAN antenna
  • GPS
  • On-board GPS antenna

I/O Interfaces

  • microSD™ card slot
  • HDMI Full-size Type A connector (1080p HD @ 30fps)
  • One micro USB (device mode only), Two USB 2.0 type A (host mode only) Note: Micro USB (device mode) and USB 2.0 (host mode) are mutually exclusive and cannot be operated at the same time


    • 1GB LPDDR3 533MHz RAM
    • 8GB e.MMC 4.51 SanDisk storage  <—You place the Win 10 IoT-Core OS here
    • SD 3.0 (UHS-I)
  • CPU
      • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ quad-core ARM® Cortex® A53 1.2 GHz Processor. 32-bit and 64-Bit capableSize
      • 54x85mm

Power Supply

    • 6.5 to 15V, 12V recommended

  • +V internal, GND outside: