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I am looking to get started with Qualcomm Reference Designs.

I am partly inspired by this article: "Start Your Own Smartphone Company for $1,000".

I have an application that I would like to be able to run on my own hardware for various reasons and to save development time I would like to start with reference designs and fit the hardware into the appropriate casing for our application.

I have been through Qualcom reference designs website and it is circular and lacks information even with a login.

In addition to this website developer. qualcomm that has two platforms worth working with but a comprehensive spec only available for the 410c

I contacted all the design houses qualcomm had listed online but they seem to only deal with bigger customers. I am finding it somewhat slow to deal with Zuoer in China as mentioned in the bloomberg article.

To get started with reference designs I need a list of what is available and spec sheets for those designs so I can line them up against our test devices and find the right one for our application.

Any information is appreciated, thank you to everyone.

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    \$\begingroup\$ "Qualcomm" -> NDAs, buckets of 'em. \$\endgroup\$ – uint128_t Mar 10 '16 at 3:01
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As someone who has been in the electronics sales and distribution world for a couple years now, I can say from experience that the majority of mobile handset chipset suppliers such as Qualcomm have their documentation on a secure portal and will only grant access to either top tier customers or other tier 1 customers that sign NDAs where the suppliers feel that the customer is a strategic partner. Otherwise, you're left dealing with a SoM vendor such as Intrinsyc.

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