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Prof Greg Whyte OBE, Physical Activity Exercise Specialist at IDTechEx USA 2018

Posted by Charbax – December 9, 2018

Prof Greg Whyte OBE is the director of the Centre for Health and Human Performance where they look after all areas of Human health and performance from nutrition to bio mechanics to physiology to medical solutions, a broad spectrum trying to enhance people's quality of life as well as their length of life. CHHP delivers multidisciplinary care with access to the most advanced treatment by a team of specialists medical specialties including cardiology; respiratory; weight management and metabolism (including diabetes); oncology; orthopaedics; and clinical and performance nutrition and more. In this video, I ask about how to best heal and prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, anorexia and more.

Geniatech in 2018, Android TV, Snapdragon 820 board, NXP, RK3399, MediaTek, IoT Gateway and more

Posted by Charbax – December 3, 2018

Geniatech shows Google-certified Android TV boxes, development boards for the embedded market, IoT Smart Gateway solutions and more. The Geniatech Android TV Set-top-box solutions, now run a full real Android TV UI on AmLogic S905X in the Geniatch ATV495Max, the AmLogic S905D ATV598Max with the DVB-T2 and ATSC. Also selling the Android TV HDMI Sticks ATV135Max and ATV195Max with a larger Wi-Fi antennae. Geniatech also has some Smart Home Smart Gateway products to manage home IoT. Geniatech also does Snapdragon 410 based 96Boards compatible development board, they do NXP i.MX6 with HDMI input and i.MX7 SOM boards too (for the headless Smart Gateway and Smart audio market), they develop their SOM platform for IoT Gateway, Rockchip RK3399 based board with HDMI input and output with Power over Ethernet. Geniatech also does entry level MediaTek powered IoT gateways with Zigbee, Lo-Ra connecting up with Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Geniatech also shows their AmLogic T-962E powered quad 4K HDMI input with 1 HDMI output digital signage for commercial use with overlay picture in picture support.

AsReader RFID Reader/Writer, Barcode Scanner, SoftScan and more

Posted by Charbax – December 3, 2018

At the 2018 IDTechEx Show! in Santa Clara, AsReader, Inc. showcases a variety of hardware consisting of RFID Reader/Writers, 1D and 2D Barcode Scanners and an all-new medical grade battery/wireless charging-sled with case. From a pocket-sized AsReader Barcode Scanner to the 10m/32ft long-distance GUN-Type RFID Reader and/or Barcode Scanner, AsReader hardware is compatible with most iOS devices including: iPhone 8 Plus/7Plus/6sPlus/6Plus, iPhone 8/7/6s/6, iPhone SE/5s/5, iPod touch 6th/5th Generation and iPad mini 3/2/1. AsReader’s handheld sleds are available with a white or black case for tracking logistics, healthcare patients & medications, retail inventory cycle-counts &markdowns, and event management. For standard barcode scanner, a UHF RFID Reader/Writer or an HF/NFC Reader, come with a royalty-free SDK with APIs to get connect with other software. AsReader also takes orders for Android users with a small MoQ.

Martin Riddiford interview, designer of Psion, Gemini PDA, Cosmo Communicator

Posted by Charbax – November 6, 2018

Martin Riddiford talks about the Psion, which he designed in the 90ies it was a ground-breaking PDA design with a full mechanical qwerty keyboard. Trying to combine laptop functions in a pocketable size. In partnership with Planet Computers, Martin Riddiford is happy to have been able to bring back the full keyboard design in with Android on the Gemini PDA and now into the upcoming Cosmo Communicator design that is now being crowdfunded for $549 on https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cosmo-communicator

$549 Cosmo Communicator interview, now on Indiegogo

Posted by Charbax – November 6, 2018

Planet Computers launches the Cosmo Communicator for $549 for early backers at Indiegogo, powered by MediaTek P70 Octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A73, quad ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, on TSMC 12nm FinFET. It comes with WorldMode LTE dual-SIM (one is likely eSIM) support. Strong antenna with good signal, and now it also comes with a second 2" touchscreen display, a toggle switch with fingerprint reader, a 24 megapixel high quality front facing camera with flash, and a backlit keyboard. The CPU is thus a performance upgrade over Gemini PDA, it also comes with 6GB RAM, 128GB Flash, MicroSD card slot, headphone jack, dual Type-C ports, dual speakers and microphones and a 4220mAh battery. Planet Computers shipped over 9500 Gemini PDAs to their backers over the past several months which I filmed here previously I have been using Gemini PDA as my main phone over the past 7 months and it has been an awesome experience. The backlight keyboard, fingerprint authentication, high quality back facing camera, improved phone calls support, better signal reception with a stronger processor, all these things are very welcome in their new flagship. Planet Computers intends to continue selling both Gemini PDA and Osmo Communicator as two in their range of devices available for 2019, with continued support and software updates coming on both. In this video they show a working Android 8.0.1 firmware on Gemini PDA and they are talking about Project Trebble, Android 9, new Sailfish releases to be supported, hopefully hardware accelerated improved Debian and other Linux distributions also to be supported throughout. Within less than a day, they have already reached more than 200% funding on crowdfunding here on Indiegogo with shipments scheduled for May 2019, as they optimize and develop everything, impressive working samples are going to be shown in the months to come.

World’s Most Powerful ARM Desktop: Marvell ThunderXStation ThunderX2 Workstation

Posted by Charbax – November 5, 2018

Gigabyte announces the industry's first ARMv8 workstation based on Cavium's ThunderX2 ARM64 multi-core processor. This 4U workstation is called the ThunderXStation. GIGABYTE has designed and is manufacturing the ThunderXStation. The 4U tower is 27" (D) x 17" (H) x 7" (W) and designed for floor mounting. The power supply included is a 800W PSU with a 1+1 redundant option. The motherboard is a standard GIGABYTE motherboard form factor.

The motherboard includes:
Dual or single ThunderX2 processor support. Optionally with LGA 4077 socket.
Integrated chipset.
8x DIMMs per CPU.
DDR4 2666/2400/2133 MHz DIMMs.
1x Management LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps.
Integrated VGA, 1920x1200.
ASPEED AST2500 BMC.
2x PCIe Gen 3.0 slots per CPU. (1x x16/x8/x4/x1 AND 1x x8).
1x Type-1 OCP PCIe Gen 3.0 x16 slot per CPU.
2x NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 ports with on board SAS slim line connectors per CPU.
2x SATAIII on board connectors.
2x U.2 or SATAIII 2.5" drive bay, supports any combination of NVMe and SATAIII SSDs.
1x RS-232 port.
4x USB 3.0 ports.
2x 8-pin GPU power connectors.

Each CPU can support upto 8 DDR4 DIMMs. The front 2.5" drive bay supports upto 2 drives. An optional 3.5" storage bay holds 4 drives. Initially, 2.2GHz 32-core 4-threads per core. Other SKUs will be available depending on demand. Various nVidia video cards have been tested with the open source Nouveau driver. Initial shipments include the nVidia GeForce 710 with dual monitor support. The AMDGPU driver has been tested with various AMD GPUs. Additional AMD and nVidia GPUs are being tested. Initial shipments include a 1 GbE PCIe adapter. If standard PCIe slots are in short supply a QLogic dual port 1/10 GBaseT RJ45 OCP adapter and driver are available. Units ship with Ubuntu 17.10. CentOS 7.4 and OpenSUSE are also available. Pricing is competitive with high end single and dual socket workstations from leading name brand workstation vendors with comparable Gold/Platinum processors. For the most upto date pricing and sales information on ThunderXStation please contact: http://www.phoenicselectronics.com

EBBR: Embedded Base Boot Requirements at Linaro Connect

Posted by Charbax – November 5, 2018

Standard pre-boot environment and boot sequence for embedded platforms, featuring:
- Upstream support in U-Boot
- UEFI ABI
- Firmware-provided system description (DT)
- Boots generic OS images
By standardizing the boot interfacei, platform specific details don't need to be encoded into the OS, and the ABI supports portable pre-boot applications for test and boot control, future work will be on the more standard UEFI featured (e.g. Secure Boot).

Android Treble on Texas Instruments Beagle-X15 at Linaro Connect

Posted by Charbax – November 5, 2018

Android Treble implemented on TI Beagle-X15 development board which is ARM Cortex-A15, making the upgrade process easier. So there is no need to communicate with the vendor to upgrade a device.

Internet of Tiny Linux, Google IoT on ARM Cortex-A5 memory constrained device

Posted by Charbax – November 5, 2018

Nicolas Pitre of Linaro and his team have worked to reduce the size of the Linux kernel and user space binaries to make them suitable for very small IoT applications to enable the Internet of Tiny Linux. Here at Linaro Connect Vancouver 2018, Linaro shows mainline Linux kernel for IoT devices, running with as little as 4MB of RAM here for example Google IoT.

Kodi Playback with Standard V4L2 Stack

Posted by Charbax – October 29, 2018

Full upstream implementation of Hardware accelerated video decoding (mainly H264) with the generic V4L2 Mem2Mem API, Zero-copy rendering with DRM Atomic kernel Drivers, DMA-BUF transferred from V4L2 to DRM, FFmpeg V4L2 Mem2Mem integration with Kodi, Kodi GBM Display for Atomic Direct to plane rendering.

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