Author: Charbax

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ARM architect: Steve Furber

Posted by Charbax – August 22, 2016

Architect on the first ARM Processor at Acorn Computers in Cambridge in the early 1980s, Steve Furber together with Sophie Wilson (3-parts interview: part1, part2, part3), were leading the advanced R&D team at Acorn Computers. Together they invented and designed the World's first ARM Processor, a design that later influenced the designs used for tens of Billions of ARM processors shipped around the world. Now the ARM licencees are shipping ARM Processors at a rate of about 15 Billion processors per year. Today, Steve Furber is a professor of computer engineering at the Manchester University, leading the SpiNNaker project, a massively-parallel computer architecture trying to simulate large-scale neural networks in real-time, as a research tool for neuroscientists, computer scientists and roboticists, trying to understand the human brain's functionality.

Allwinner Headquarters Tour in Zhuhai China

Posted by Charbax – August 20, 2016

Tour of Allwinner's new Headquarters in Zhuhai China, with Damien, of Allwinner's Marketing and Business Development department, showing us around the ground floor and the 5th floor at the Allwinner headquarters, with around 600 employees working on CPU design, software design, OS development, solution development. Allwinner has been leading the worldwide Android Tablet market selling tens of millions of ARM SoCs over the past years, with new opportunities in Remix OS Laptops, 2-in-1 Laptops using Double OS dual-UI of Android for productivity, Gaming consoles, All-in-one VR (2), the Internet of Things and lots more being developed. Industry insiders who would like to develop business with Allwinner can contact Damien here: Damien@allwinnertech.com

Indiegogo: Aikun Morphus X300 3D Gaming tablet

Posted by Charbax – August 20, 2016

Launched now on Indiegogo Aikun Mophus X300 is the influence for Nintendo's upcoming NX portable console, in the design for gamepad control on each side of the nice glasses-free 3D display. Available at $249 for early bird orders on Indiegogo, the retail price is to be nearer $329, it will also be available on Amazon soon in Europe and in the USA. Powered by the Allwinner A83T Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU. The future of console gaming must be made for Android, and the Aikun Morphus X300 shows how the form factor of the future of gaming must implement gamepad controllers on each side of the display, which is what Nintendo for sure is developing for the Nintendo NX platform of the future. You can back and buy the Morphus X300 now on Indiegogo and get it shipped this September.

Distributors can contact Aikun here:
Mail : celia@aikun-china.com / master@atek-china.com / rob@aikun-china.com
Website: http://www.aikun.co
Contact information: http://www.aikun.co/html/about/contactus/
Tel.: (+86) 6110 2468 - 6110 2858
Factory Address:
A2 building, Lianhe Industrial Park, Fengtang Road,
Fuyong, Baoan, Shenzhen, China

Kickstarter: iLepo i30 3D earphones with DSP technology

Posted by Charbax – August 17, 2016

Now launched on Kickstarter iLepo i30 is Industry's first Digital 3D earphones with DSP technology for automatic 3D space generation for any audio content. iLepo 3D's audio processing algorithm adds spatial distribution to the sound, reconstructing the source audio in a 3D space, making the experience different compared with normal single level, two-channel stereo sound, providing a better 3D sense of space and surround audio. iLepo 3D audio Algorithm distributes the sound into 3D spaces and rebuilds them by automatically adding and substracting tiny sound delays and sound response algorithms separately in each ear to realize an experience that "feels like being there" reproducing the experience of sound coming from directions around the user, creating a new experience in listening of music, movies and games on any device. Available to back now at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1071048519/ilepo-i30-3d-earphones-with-dsp-technology

$19 iLepo Active Noise Cancelling earphone on Indiegogo

Posted by Charbax – July 20, 2016

Introducing iLepo ANC(active noise cancelling) earphones starting at $19 andon Indiegogo at http://igg.me/at/ilepo offering the cheapest high quality active noise cancelling earphones on the market.

If you want to get a free sample to post a video review of one of these earphones on your YouTube channel, you can fill out the form here.

SoftBank Pepper Humanoid Robot Business

Posted by Charbax – July 19, 2016

Before SoftBank announced their intention to acquire ARM, here's the latest SoftBank Pepper Personal Robot with Artificial Intelligence deployed all over Japan, with voice conversations, it can Reads Emotions from people's face. More than 11 thousand Pepper Robots have been deployed in Japan, at the entrance of SoftBank Telecom stores, and in many other stores and malls all over. Previously I interviewed Aldebaran Robotics Founder Bruno Maisonnier before he sold his company to SoftBank

My Opinion on ARM’s acquisition

Posted by Charbax – July 18, 2016

This had to happen after Brexit.

Masayoshi Son seems to be a good person, he says he wants maintain ARM's independence while he'd like to improve ARM, but I worry if SoftBank has enough cash and future prospects to be able to sustain accelerated growth. Masayoshi Son is Japan's richest man, but is that enough? How many Billions of dollars can SoftBank spend on accelerating ARM's growth? Must ARM rely on the Japanese economy and on Alibaba's stock price going forward?

While I have always been one of the biggest Google fanboys, yet I have also been very disappointed when Google doesn't invest its cash where I think it's needed. Hardware. I wish Google's Alphabet would make a counter-offer, it could be at $45 Billion or so. Alphabet can afford it with their $75 Billion in cash on hand. Then ARM can be the A in Google's Alphabet. I believe Alphabet would have enough cash and prospects for growth to fund ARM's required accelerated growth.

The future of Technology has ARM at its core. Everything in the world needs to use ARM. It's very important how the company is managed and how it is owned. I do wish to see technological developments surrounding ARM for it to get the proper backing in terms of cash. If SoftBank can have that type of cash and the desire to make it happen, that can be good. But I believe Alphabet has that kind of cash, I just wonder if they have the desire.

Alphabet should offer $45 Billion for ARM with all the same conditions as SoftBank. Larry Page, Sergey Brin, get to it.

One thing's for sure. Europeans will loose control over the last remaining hope for global technological leadership. Thank you Brexit.

ARM CEO Simon Segars about SoftBank acquisition

Posted by Charbax – July 18, 2016

Official video released at https://www.acceleratingtech.com/ a site to explain the SoftBank acquisition of ARM, they claim:
- SoftBank’s £17 offer price gives ARM shareholders a 43% premium on Friday’s closing share price and a 41.1% premium on the all-time high share price
- Assurance to double ARM’s UK headcount in the next five years and increase headcount outside the UK
- Leaves ARM’s successful partnership business model, culture and brand unchanged
- Great endorsement of UK tech

Japanese Press Conference: ARM to be acquired by SoftBank

Posted by Charbax – July 18, 2016

Here's the official Japanese Press Conference (with English real-time voice-over translation) with SoftBank CEO and Founder Masayoshi Son announcing the acquisition of ARM by SoftBank. The presentation and the questions in the Q&A are a bit more extensive compared to the English Press Conference posted here

Press Conference: ARM to be acquired by SoftBank

Posted by Charbax – July 18, 2016

SoftBank CEO and Founder Masayoshi Son of Japan speaks at the SoftBank Press Conference to announce the acquisition of ARM Holdings for $31.4 Billion, SoftBank promises to keep the same business model of licencing for ARM, to increase the employee count in the UK by 2x within the next 5 years, to increase ARM's employee count around the world. You can read the official presentation materials here