Freescale presents the WaRPboard Wearable Reference Platform that implements a hybrid architecture to address the evolving needs of the wearables market. The platform consists of a main board and an example daughtercard with the ability to add additional daughtercards for different usage models. In this hybrid architecture, the guts of the design is done on the main board with Freescale’s i.MX 6SoloLite single-core ARM Cortex-A9 applications processor, and a secondary microcontroller, Freescale’s Kinetis KL16 MCU, is implemented on the daughtercard, which is used as a sensor hub as well as a wireless charging MCU.
WaRPboard.org is a nonprofit community based organization providing service and support for the wearables reference platform (WaRP). The solution’s hardware and software will be open sourced and community driven. No closed development tools or licensing fees are required when used in conjunction with open source resources.
Nokia makes Here Maps, to compete with Google Maps, Baidu Maps and Bing Maps. Now Nokia has ported Here Maps for Android, exclusively for now on the Nokia X Android phone. This video features an 18 minute overview of Nokia Here maps, including the UI, technology overview, automotive and more.
SanDisk launches the world’s highest capacity MicroSD card, the SanDisk Ultra 128 GB microSDXC class 10 UHS-I card. Twice the speed of ordinary cards with file transfer speeds up to 30MB/s. Write speeds were closer to 15MB/s.
4K video recording and playback on a phone is amazing. Here Sony shows and talks about their Qualcomm S801 powered 4K video support on their new flagship Sony Xperia Z2 phone. They also show awesome 4K video playback using MHL 3.0 to a huge Sony 4K TV. Sony also ships a new stereo microphone accessory for higher quality microphone support.
NXP Semiconductors demonstrates their new Qi wireless charging transmitter device, which integrates all the circuits for a 5V mobile phone charger in an extremely small package measuring only 5-mm square. Using the NXP solution, fewer than 10 external components are needed to build a complete low-power 5V Qi A5/A11 wireless charging transmitter, alongside the Qi coil and resonant capacitors. The small footprint of the NXP NXQ1TXA5 system-on-chip means that the whole transmitter sits on a PCB of less than 1.5 cm-square with components on a single side. This opens up interesting possibilities for innovative wireless charging pad designs, including fitting the transmitter within the center of the Qi coil.
More than 400 Million MHL enabled Smartphones can now connect to cars, integrating the content and smart connectivity functions of the MHL-enabled smartphones into the in-car infotainment screens. 50 after-market in-car infotainment systems shipping from Pioneer, JVC, Kenwood, Sony have already integrated MHL support in their latest after-market car radios, mirroring all applications, video, music and information on the car display while charging the phone.