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HEAD acoustics artificial head and torso simulator to measure the sound quality of phones

Posted by – March 4, 2014

They’ve been doing this for 25 years, all the major smartphon companies use this to simulate real phone calls to test the sound quality of phones.

Shenzhen Unitone shows 6″, 7″, 7.85″ MT8389 3G tablets

Posted by – March 4, 2014

Unitone sell 3G tablets from $50 to $100 from 6″, 7″ and 7.85″.

Freescale BSC9132: QorIQ Qonverge BSC9132 Dual-core Processor and Dual-core DSP

Posted by – March 4, 2014

The BSC9132 is a highly integrated device that targets evolving microcell, picocell, and enterprise-femto base station applications. The BSC9132 device combines two e500 cores, built on Power Architecture technology, and two StarCore SC3850 cores with MAPLE-B2P baseband acceleration processing elements to address the need for a high-performance, low-cost, integrated solution that handles all required processing layers without the need for an external device except for an RF transceiver or, in a micro base station configuration, a host device that handles the L3/L4 and handover between sectors.

With primary target air interfaces for LTE-FDD/TDD and WCDMA (HSPA+), the BSC9132 programmable device supports the performance and cost requirements of up to 20 MHz single sector LTE-FDD/TDD by handling 150 Mbps downlink and 75 Mbps uplink rates, 5 MHz HSPA+ by handling 42 Mbps downlink and 11.5 Mbps uplink rates for up to 64 simultaneous users, or WiMAX at 10 MHz. The BSC9132 supports multimode operation that enables it to process LTE-FDD/TDD and HSPA+ users simultaneously.

Text from http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/site/prod_summary.jsp?code=BSC9132

The latest with ARM big.LITTLE at MWC 2014

Posted by – March 4, 2014

Brian Jeff, Product Manager at ARM, talks about some of the new ARM Processors launched at the Mobile World Congress 2014, including the Exynos 5422 octa-core and Exynos 5260 hexa-core with 2 big cores and 4 little cores. Talking about the optimal price, power, performance for ARM Processor designs to bring best possible performance as soon as possible for the mid-range market ($200-$250 smartphones). You can also watch my previous video with Brian Jeff talking about ARM’s big.LITTLE: http://armdevices.net/2013/11/03/arm-big-little-with-brian-jeff-product-manager-roadmap/

350€ Wiko Highway MT6592 Octa Core, 5″ FHD Gorilla Glass, 7.7mm

Posted by – March 4, 2014

Wiko shows their Octa Core Smartphone with a nice 5″ FHD display unscratchable with Gorilla Glass, 16megapixel Sony sensor camera, MT6592 Octa Core, it’s available now for 350€ in France and a few other markets in Europe. Wiko is the third biggest smartphone brand in France and they want to expand to other markets.

Huawei MediaPad X1, 7″ FHD, 7.8mm thin LTE tablet

Posted by – March 3, 2014

Huawei shows what they claim is the world’s thinnest tablet running on the new HiSilicon Kirin 910 LTE-enabled (Cat.4) chip with a quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A9 processor with Mali-450 GPU, at just 7.8mm thin, 239gr in weight, with a 7″ 1920×1200 display, they claim it has 20-25 hours battery life with the 5000mAh battery capacity (wow?). It has dual 13MP and 5MP cameras and built-in 4G LTE support.

Dialog Semiconductor shows Bluetooth Low Energy, LED lighting, Mutli-touch pressure sensitive displays and Audio Beam forming

Posted by – March 3, 2014

Dialog Semiconductor is to most known as a company doing Power management for portable devices, but at MWC 2014 Dialog shows they do some other products:
· DA14580 Bluetooth Low Energy
· iW6401 dimmable LED light
· DA8901 Multi-touch IC
· DA7322 Audio beam former
The demo’s show some easy to understand applications.

Canonical at MWC 2014, latest phones to ship running Ubuntu OS

Posted by – March 3, 2014

Canonical announces the Meizu MX3 and BQ Aquaris to ship with Ubuntu OS pre-loaded in Q3 this year. You can also watch my previous video with Mark Shuttleworth from a couple months ago about the latest from Canonical from his perspective: http://armdevices.net/2013/12/17/ubuntu-founder-mark-shuttleworth-runs-on-30-smartphones-all-arm-servers-and-upcoming-arm-laptops/

ARM Cortex-A17

Posted by – March 1, 2014

Nandan Nayampally, ARM VP of Processor Marketing presents ARM Cortex-A17. ARM expects over 500 million mid-range smartphones to be shipped in 2015. The ARM Cortex-A17 provides a product that will be defining the performance and feature set for that mid-range smartphone segment. ARM Cortex-A17 is the most efficient mid-range mobile solution for smartphones and tablets ARM has ever delivered, essentially delivering a new mid-range performance point for 2015 (and beyond) that matches today’s high-end phones and tablets at a mid-range price point. ARM Cortex-A17 provides 60 percent higher performance than the Cortex-A9 and by using big.LITTLE technology Cortex-A17 can be paired with the Cortex-A7 processor for full system coherency. ARM Cortex-A17 is launched as part of ARM’s new suite of ARM IP for mid-range mobile devices together with the Mali-T720 GPU, Mali DP500 DPU, Mali-V500 and ARM POP IP.

Read more: community.arm.com

NXP Environmental Mobile Sensor Platform demo

Posted by – March 1, 2014

Stefan Crijns demonstrates how NXP’s Mobile Sensor Platform allows mobile users to intelligently measure the temperature and humidity of the environment around them.