Actions Bubblegum-96 Linaro 96Boards.org development board on quad-core ARM Cortex-A53

Posted by – May 26, 2015

Actions Semiconductor launches their first 96boards development board running Android 5 Lollipop, Ubuntu based on Linaro codebase, based on Actions S900 Quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 with PowerVR G6230 GPU, Memory 1-8GB DDR3, Storage support 4-64GB eMMC. Rich interfaces including HDMI, USB2.0 host and Micro USB2.0, LAN, WIFI.

UDOO Neo on i.MX6SoloX by Seco Labs = Raspberry Pi + Arduino + Wi-Fi + BT 4.0 + Sensors

Posted by – May 26, 2015

Udoo launched their Single Board Computer Udoo Neo based on an ARM Cortex-A9 and an ARM Cortex-M4, it already got funded on Kickstarter reaching it's $15k goal on Kickstarter in 80 minutes.

UDOO Neo merges the world of Arduino and Raspberry Pi with wireless connectivity and 9-axis motion sensors, providing a complete and easy solution to free your imagination, make your objects alive and create new smart devices and appliances from scratch.

On Monday 20 April 2015 SECO USA Inc. launched UDOO Neo on Kickstarter at 11 o’clock in EST time, raising the 15k USD dollar goal in just 80 minutes.

UDOO Neo is a credit-card size (59.3mm x 85mm - 3.35" x 2.33"), low-cost, low-power consumption, open-source hardware board, able to run Android or Linux and Arduino-compatible. It can be used as a fully-fledged computer, as an Arduino-compatible microcontroller or as an embedded computer to build new devices, smart objects and appliances.

TI LaunchPad Evaluation Kits to get started with TI microcontrollers

Posted by – May 26, 2015

Texas Instruments shows their low cost microcontroler developer platform. On the board can be a debugger, the target MCU and the specialized headers that are the same for each of the different TI Launchpad boards, some have Ethernet, other have WiFi. Using ARM Cortex-M4 and other cores, Texas Instruments also is demonstrating a complete IoT system with IBM, one of our Cloud Partnersfeaturing a variety of low power SensorTags each providing multiple sensors and using different radio technologies such as Bluetooth Low Energy, 6Lowpan, Zigbee all using the new SimpleLink ultra-low power multi-standard CC2650 wireless microcontroller as well as Wi-fi using the CC3200. These are connected via BeagleBone based gateways which communicate with the cloud server for processing using MQTT.

Altera Arria 10 FPGA with dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 on 20nm

Posted by – May 21, 2015

Altera is shipping their second generation ARM Cortex-A9 based FPGA in the Altera Arria 10 FPGA, built on 20nm, running at 1.5 GHz, the ARM processor provides a 50% increase in performance over the previous generation (Altera Arria 5) with also a 30% power reduction. Altera Arria 10 SoCs support secure boot with authentication based on Elliptical Curve Digital Signature Authentication (EC DSA), with a layered public key infrastructure for root of trust support, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and new anti-tamper features. Altera Arria 10 HPS now has three Ethernet MAC cores, 256 KB Scratch-RAM, supports 8- and 16-bit NAND flash devices, eMMC SD/SDIO/MMC cards, and 72-bit DDR3/4 memory. Altera Arria 10 features the industry’s only midrange 28.3 Gbps support, highest performance 2,666 Mbps DDR4 SDRAM memory interface, IEEE 754-compliant hard floating-point with 1,500 GFLOPS of DSP performance and 96 transceiver lanes deliver 3.6 Tbps of serial bandwidth.

$180 E Ink and LCD dual-display 64bit MT6752 phone by Huateng

Posted by – May 20, 2015

Huateng flag D1 is a Dual display smartphone with a 5" FHD LCD and a 4.7" E Ink display at 960x540, touch screen is on both sides, the phone is based on MT6752 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 64bit with Mali T760-MP2 GPU. 2G RAM and 16G Flash, Micro SD card support up to 64GB. Android5 is supported.

Bainisha Body Motion Capturing using Printed Electronics

Posted by – May 15, 2015

Bainisha is a high-tech start-up dedicated to the development of a new paradigm in Body Motion Capturing. This interview, taken at the IDTechEx event on Wearable Technology, shows some of the product they are working on. Based on a thin hyper-stretchable film version of an Inverse Artificial Muscle, it delivers a set of new and hitherto unattained functionalities in terms of accuracy, speed & differentiation. The on-body concept guarantees an Absolute Body References Frame and hence sets a new standard for Medical Quality Data. Because the system has no "wake-up"-threshold and no filtering and/or damping combined with a +kHz capturing speed, it allows capturing such minute displacements as muscle tremor, pre-natal contractions, fatigue induced tremble etc... as well as explosive kinetics. Learn more about the technology and event at http://www.wearabletechnologyinsights.com

Microdul at IDTechEx Energy Harvesting & Storage event

Posted by – May 15, 2015

Interview with Microdul at the IDTechEx Energy Harvesting & Storage event. Microdul AG is a specialist for high quality microelectronics with three business lines: Modules, Thick-film and Semiconductors. Microdul’s core competence is the production of cutting edge individual solutions in close cooperation with their customers. Their Semiconductors Group has experience in ultra-low power design of mixed-signal integrated circuits, which is particularly appropriate for energy harvesting and low-power sensor applications. To learn more about the event and energy harvesting see http://www.EnergyHarvestingJournal.com

Applied Graphene Materials interview at IDTechEx Graphene event

Posted by – May 15, 2015

IDTechEx interview Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) at the IDTechEx Graphene & 2D Materials event in Berlin. AGM has developed and patented a proprietary "bottom up" process for the production of high-specification graphene. AGM claims that its process is continuous and scalable, produces high-quality graphene powders, does not require a substrate and uses sustainable and readily available raw materials (not from graphite), AGM's production capacity has been expanded to support large volume graphene applications. AGM also has expertise to disperse graphene in a variety of solid matrices and solutions to deliver advanced materials optimised for many applications, including polymer composites, paints and coatings, thermal management, lubricants and functional fluids, barriers and films, supercapacitors and batteries. For more information about the event and graphene see http://www.IDTechEx.com

Andromium OS on MHL Lapdock, Productivity multi-window UI for Android

Posted by – May 12, 2015

Gordon Zheng, Founder and Lead Developer, presents Andromium OS, described as a guest OS that run on top of Android, leveraging existing Android API's as well as a new UI library to bring a productivity keyboard/mouse desktop style user experience similar to Windows and OSX. Currently Android does not support a true multi-window experience, however some manufactures like LG and Samsung have made some modification to android (ROM) to bring the side by side apps and windows app experience for their devices. Andromium takes a similar approach, while Samsung and LG's approaches are exclusive to their devices, Andromium OS runs on any Android device as long as their device support Android version 4.4 and above. The next step for Andromium will be to release a Developer SDK and Andromium app store to the developer community, to grow the OS ecosystem.

The Andromium SDK, designed as an additional library that developers can import into their existing Android projects, allowing their android apps to inherit the Andromium OS multi-windows functionality, as well as have the correct UI elements for a keyboard and mouse interface. The Android developers can continue to use their favorite Developer environment: ADT or Eclipse, they just have to import Andromium's library into their project.

Currently Andromium OS in on the Google playstore as a public beta, it is currently around 5mb download. Long term the OS/App will stay relatively small. Andromium can support most devices on Android 4.4 and above (including Lollipop). The Andromium OS/UI is hardware accelerated, so that users should experience 30fps or above according to the performance of the ARM Processor. For example on a Samsung Note 4, Andromium OS can play a 4k video, surf in the browser and still have close to 30fps ui rendering when moving or resizing the application windows.

For more information please see:
http://forum.andromiumos.com
http://www.andromiumos.com

E Ink Chief Strategy Officer Dr Paul Apen talks signage and architecture

Posted by – May 12, 2015

At the IDTechEx show in Berlin, Sri Peruvemba, former CMO for E Ink, interviewed Dr Paul Apen, Chief Strategy Officer at E Ink. Paul had just completed a talk where he described E Ink’s work in signage and architectural applications.