Getting Started

Learn about your DragonBoard 845c board as well as how to prepare and set up for basic use

Setup - What you will need

Basic kit includes


  • DragonBoard™ 845c development board
    • Board based on Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 processor
  • Power adapter
    • 96Boards specificationrequirea 12V with 2500mA power adapter
  • USB to micro USB cable
    • This is needed for serial console interface and fastboot/adb commands
  • USB to USB Type C cable
    • Thisisneeded to connect the USB3.0 Type C port and flash the images
  • Host PC
    • This is needed to connect the board and have fastboot installed


  • Navigation Mezzanine board
    • This board allows you to expand your experience by adding cameras, peripherals and enhancing onboard components
  • Camera Modules
    • OV8856
    • OV7251
    • ToF
    • SLMCamera
  • Cellular Mezzanine board
    • This board supports LTE module for a better communication experience

Out of the Box

Coming Soon…


Component Description
SoC Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845
CPU Snapdragon™ 845 embedded platform, custom 64-bit ARM v8-compliant octa-core CPU Up to 2.8 GHz,10nm LPP FinFET process technology
GPU Adreno™ 630 GPU
OpenGL™ ES 3.2 + AEP, DX next, Vulkan®2,
OpenCL™ 2.0 full profile, RenderScript
DSP Hexagon™ 685 DSP
Storage 64GB UFS 2.1 on-boardstorage and1 x MicroSD card slot
Ethernet Port 1x GbE Ethernet
Wireless WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5GHz 2×2 MIMO & Bluetooth® wireless technology 5.0,on-boardWLAN/BT/GPSantennas
USB 1 x USB 2.0 Micro B (Debug only ),
1 x USB 3.0 Type C (OTGmode),
2x USB 3.0 Type A (Host mode only)
Display Two 4-lane DSI, D-PHY 1.2 or C-PHY 1.0; VESA DSC 1.1
1 x HDMI 1.4 (Type A -full) connector
Video 4K60 decode for H.264 High Profile, H.265 Main 10 Profile and VP9 Profile 2,
4K60 encode for H.264 High Profile, H.265 Main 10 Profile
Audio MP3; aacPlus, eAAC; WMA 9/Pro
Camera Qualcomm Spectra™ 280 ISP, dual 14-bit ISP+one Lite ISP, 32 MP 30 fps ZSL with a dual ISP
Sensors Accelerometer + Gyro Sensor/ Proximity sensor
Expansion Interface HS1:1 x 60 pin High-Speed connector (4L-MIPI DSI, USB 2.0 x2,I2C x2, 2L+4L-MIPI CSI)
HS2:1x 60 pin High-Speed connector (4L-MIPI CSI x 2, SSC SPI, PCIe 3.0,USB 3.0 x1, GPIO x 9)
LS1:1x 96boards 40 pin Low-Speed connector (UART x2, SPI, I2S, I2C x2, GPIO x12, DC power)
LS2:1x 96boards 40 pin Low-Speed connector(headset, stereospeaker, DMIC I/F x3, CAN, I2S, GPIO x 7, PWM x 2, ADC x 2)
LS3:1x 96boards 20 pin Low-Speed connector (SSC SPI x 3, SSC I2C, sensor interrupt x 5)
LED 7 LED indicators:
4 - user controllable
2 - for radios (BT and WLAN activity)
1 - power indicator
Button Power ,Volume Up/Down,Force Usb Boot, DipSwitch(6 PIN)
Power Source 12V@2.5A adapter with a DC plug:
Plug specification is inner diameter 1.75mm and outer diameter 4.75mm
OS Support LE
Size 85mm by 54 mm meeting 96Boards™ Consumer Edition Standard form dimensions specifications

Starting the board for the first time

To start the board, follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Open the serial console tool on the Host PC.(for example:minicom)
  • Step 2: Enable the USB2.0 debug port by turning on the SW2 of the Dip Switch

  • Step 3: Connect the Micro-B plug on the USB cable to the USB2.0 debug port on the device,and the other end to an available USB port on the host PC

    Note:please set the Bps/Par/Bits to 1152008N1

  • Step 4: Connect the power supply to power connector
  • Step 5: Plug the power supply into a power outlet, and “power up” green Led should illuminate
  • Step 6: Press and release the power button on the device,and user yellow Led0 should illuminate.

The board will start the booting process, and you should see Login Credentials displayed on the host PC:

  • sda845 login: root
  • Password:123456

Updating to a new release or change your operating system

If you are already familiar with the DragonBoard 845c and would like to change out the stock operating system, please proceed to one of the following pages:

  • Downloads page: This page lists all Linaro and 3rd party operating systems available for the DragonBoard 845c
  • Installation page: If you already have the images you need, this page has information on how to install the different operating systems onto your DragonBoard 845c
  • Board Recovery
    • If at any time your board is having unexplainable issues, it is suggested to attempt a board recovery. These instructions will guide you through a succesfull board recovery.
  • Support
    • From bug reports and current issues, to forum access and other useful resources, we want to help you find answers

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