Author: Charbax

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8K HDR at 120Hz by NHK

Posted by Charbax – November 16, 2015

NHK skips 4K and brings Japan directly to 8K with HDR, requiring extra bandwidth for HDR but it's not double, it's effective enough to fit the HDR information within the 100mbit/s 8K transmittion bandwidth. See my previous NHK 8K interview

EKT Plug Set-top-box on ALi M3733 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9

Posted by Charbax – November 16, 2015

EKT launches their EKT Plug Set-top-box, running on the ALi M3733 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with Mali-400MP2 GPU with a performance of 5000DMIPS, video transcoding, playback, running EKT's special software.

ARM Cortex-A35

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2015

ARM announces that 50% of the Smartphones sold in 2015 are 64bit already. This is a phenomenal success for ARM's 64bit deployment. At ARM TechCon 2015, ARM announces ARM Cortex-A35, an upgrade for ARM Cortex-A7 which is currently the most popular ARM Cortex-A core shipping in most of the current low-end to mid-range Smartphones, at 10% lower power consumption, ARM Cortex-A35 brings up to 40% higher performance compared to ARM Cortex-A7! This will bring 64bit to even more Smartphones for the entry-level to mid-range markets starting before the end of 2016. ARM Mali-470 is a good power efficient GPU to use with ARM Cortex-A35, and it can be used in big.LITTLE configurations together with ARM Cortex-A72, ARM Cortex-A57 or ARM Cortex-A53.

James McNiven, General Manager, ARM CPU Group

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2015

James McNiven talks about running ARM's CPU team, managing the engineering, the marketing and operations to deliver the ARM CPUs to ARM's partners around the world.

ARM IoT Security Strategy in ARMv8-M

Posted by Charbax – November 12, 2015

Milosch Meriac, ARM IoT Security Engineer, talks about the strategy ARM is working on to make Internet of Things secure. ARM is convinced that many IoT security problems can be solved with standardised building blocks. ARM is developing the uVisor, a self-contained software hypervisor that creates independent secure domains on ARM Cortex-M3 and M4 microcontrollers (M0+ will follow). Its function is to increase resilience against malware and to protect secrets from leaking even among different modules of the same application. The uVisor is one of these basic building blocks – complementary to other important blocks like robust communication stacks, safe firmware updates and secure crypto libraries. The design philosophy of uVisor is to provide hardware-enforced compartments (sandboxes) for individual code blocks by limiting access to memories and peripherals using the existing hardware security features of the Cortex-M microcontrollers. Breaking the established flat security model of microcontrollers into compartmentalised building blocks results in high security levels, as the reach of flaws or external attacks can be limited to less sensitive function blocks. A basic example of uVisor is preventing unauthorised access to flash memory from faulty or compromised code. This not only prevents malware from getting resident on the device, but also enables protection of device secrets like cryptographic keys. Services built on top of ARM's security layer can safely depend on an unclonable trusted identity, secure access to internet services and benefit from encryption key protection. (uVisor documentation and sources) (API docs) (integration in ARMmbed)

Slideshow Milosch Meriac presented at ARM TechCon: Resilient IoT Security The end of flat security models

ARM Mali-470

Posted by Charbax – November 12, 2015

ARM Mali-470 is the newest Mali-400 family GPU by ARM, it is the most energy efficient GPU from ARM, it supports the latest Android versions, optimized to extend battery life for wearables and Android Wear.

22€ computer module by Toradex, Swiss, Embedded, Computing

Posted by Charbax – November 12, 2015

Toradex is a developer of computer modules on Nvidia, Freescale, Marvell and carrier boards, most of the times where Toradex's customers designs their own custom carrier board.

Nathan Brookwood assesses whether 64bit ARM servers can take 25% of the market by 2020

Posted by Charbax – November 12, 2015

Nathan Brookwood has been following the microprocessor and SoC markets since 1995. He has been involved in the high technology industry since his days at Univac, where he had the opportunity to walk inside the central processor of an early mainframe system. He presently serves as the research fellow at Insight 64, an organization he founded in 1998 to monitor and report on the computer industry's transition from 32-bit to 64-bit platforms. You can contact Nathan Brookwood at

4K content with HDR coming from 20th Century Fox

Posted by Charbax – November 12, 2015

Danny Kaye of 20th Century Fox talks about how his studio and Hollywood are bringing 4K HDR movie content to people in the near future and it has already started. Talking about the Vidity 4K HDR DRM solution running on ARM TrustZone devices, like TV Boxes, the 4K HDR TVs themselves, running on Western Digital Hard Drives and Sandisk SSDs, soon consumers will be able to watch hundreds of movies on their 4K HDR TVs, using streaming, downloading or plugging the physical hard drives to the USB port of the 4K TV.

Keynote: ARM Cortex-A35, ARMv8-M, Cryptocell, mbed connector announced by ARM CTO Mike Muller

Posted by Charbax – November 11, 2015

ARM CTO Mike Muller announces ARM Cortex-A35 to power the future of Low to Mid-range Smartphones and is also good for Wearables and Embedded, 20% higher performance and 10% lower power consumption compared to ARM Cortex-A7. ARMv8-M which is the next generation architecture for ARM Cortex-M microcontroller devices shipping into Billions of devices per year. Mike Muller talks about ARM's big work on security for IoT and to connect IoT with the Cloud, ARM launches the mbed connector service and shows mbed OS 3.0.