This is the most awesome device in the world. First Exynos5250 ARM Cortex-A15 Mali-T604 device on the market. I ordered 3 that I’ll hopefully receive tomorrow from Amazon, and that I can video-review over several videos in the days to come. I plan to use this ARM Cortex-A15 Powered Chromebook as my main laptop for all my video-blogging work going forward. I only use YouTube video editor anyway, and I expect to have my 2TB USB3 portable 2.5″ hard drives work quite fine to backup SD cards from the camera, I expect the USB Ethernet adapter to work fine, I expect the performance to be good enough also on a 720p or 1080p external 42″ HDTV as external monitor with external mouse and keyboard, I expect to find FTP support, and hopefully my favorite VPN service providers (especially when I need YouTube while in China) can also be used, perhaps there’s VPN support in extensions. I really look forward to see what performance and battery life optimizations can be made in the weeks and months to come. This isn’t big.LITTLE yet and the battery is ultra thin and light, but I still expect/wonder if this device can be optimized utilizing full Mali-T604 hardware acceleration to reach 10 hours battery life in the months to come.
Industry Analyst Gary Smith of http://garysmitheda.com talks about what’s happening in the ARM industry, electronic design automation, ARM is defining the new heterogeneous architecture for the future using the ARM Connected Community. You can also watch my videos with Gary Smith from ARM Techcon 2011 and from ARM Techcon 2010.
Dr. Jonathan Koomey, Consulting Professor, Stanford University
Abstract: Long-standing trends in the energy efficiency of computing and communications, combined with ever increasingly clever ways to harvest ambient energy (light, motion, or heat), promise to make ultra low-power mobile sensors and controls ubiquitous. Harvesting background energy flows opens up the possibility of mobile computing devices operating indefinitely with no external power source, and that means an explosion of available data from almost every device on our planet. These developments highlight the promise of what Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor of management at MIT, calls “nanodata,” or customized fine-grained data describing in detail the characteristics of individuals, transactions, and information flows. This talk will describe the driving forces behind these trends and present real-world examples illustrating their implications for our ability to understand and respond to the world around us.
Speaker Bio: Jonathan Koomey is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University, worked for more than two decades at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University (2003-4 and Fall 2008), Yale University (Fall 2009), and UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group (Fall 2011). Dr. Koomey holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, and an A.B. in History of Science from Harvard University. He is the author or coauthor of ten books and more than 150 articles and reports. He’s also one of the leading international experts on the economics of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of information technology on resource use. He is the author of Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving, which has been translated into Chinese, Italian, and (soon) Korean, and Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-Based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs (both from Analytics Press).
Versatile Express is ARM’s development board using real prototype silicon for developers to be able to work on future upcoming ARM designs months in advance of their release. Here is the Versatile Express TC2 being used to demonstrate software solutions that use the big.LITTLE configuration with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 and a triple-core ARM Cortex-A7.
Here’s my first playing around with the $599 Microsoft Surface with Touch Keyboard and other new Windows RT devices from Dell, Asus and Lenovo that are being released to the market.
I think the $599 is a bit expensive, and I’d like a full Chrome browser on RT, I’d like remote access to all x86 apps streamed over a cloud based x86 app hosting service, I’d like Google Search and Google Maps instead of Bing Search and Bing Maps, but otherwise I think the Surface is pretty cool! Lenovo also shows a pretty impressive 11.6″ Windows RT laptop, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, but at $799 it’s quite expensive.
The $249 http://arndaleboard.org is the worlds most powerful ARM based development board, providing developers with an ARM Cortex-A15 with Mali-T604 Samsung Exynos5250 development platform. It includes Android support now, Chrome OS and Ubuntu support to come soon and more also later. This video includes an unboxing of the development board bundled with the optional $250 7″ touch-screen.
The DragonBoard includes:
- The OPEN-Q™ main board with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus APQ8060A processor with dual-core CPUs, Android 4.0 operating system, WLAN/Bluetooth®/FM (WCN3660), GPS (WGR7640), 1GB SDRAM, 16GB eMMC, Connectors: micro SD, Micro HDMI, mini-USB.
- A carrier board with SIM slot, Audio codec (WCD9310), USB, Dual SATA, Dual USB & Ethernet, JTAG & RS 232, 5.1 Audio Surround, Expansion Connectors.
- A peripheral kit which includes a battery, a 4” MIPI Display Capacitive MultiTouch screen Daughter Board, and a MIPI 8MP Camera Daughter Board
You can read more about it at: http://intrinsyc.com/products/qualcomm/dragonboard.aspx
ARM provides simulation models a year or more before the first silicon can be made for upcoming ARM Processors, here demonstrating how developers can work today to prepare software for upcoming ARM Processors such as the ARM Cortex-A57 64bit ARMv8 processors that are to be manufactured next year.
Presentation Title: Low-Power Leadership for a Smarter Future
Abstract: Innovation throughout the ARM partnership has resulted in products which have shaped our lives, transforming the way we work, our recreation and how we interact with society.
The future shows little sign of this rate of embedded innovation slowing. Faced with the massive growth in global energy consumption, expected to grow by about 70% in the next 25 years, consumers and commerce alike are looking to the electronics industry for solutions to help save energy and cost. This demand is creating opportunities for ‘smart energy’ innovation throughout the ARM partnership in three key areas: the smart grid, smart meters and, lastly, the connected appliances and systems (including sensors) – that are so important for the Internet of Things. The ability for these appliances to communicate through distributed sensor and control nodes will enable efficient performance, management and maintenance of a wide array of wirelessly connected devices, providing consumers and commerce with greater control over their lives and their energy consumption.
This keynote will track the growth of the ARM ecosystem and examine how, together, the partnership can continue to address the energy efficiency challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Speaker Bio: Warren East joined ARM in 1994 to set up ARM’s consulting business. He was Vice President, Business Operations from February 1998. In October 2000, he was appointed to the Board as Chief Operating Officer and in October 2001 was appointed Chief Executive Officer. Before joining ARM, he was with Texas Instruments. He is a chartered engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He has an honorary doctorate from Cranfield University and is a member of the UK Trade and Investment Executive Board for Technology, responsible for driving the UK’s trade and investment objectives in the telecoms and IT sectors. He is a non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of De La Rue plc.
Followed by the Executive Roundtable Panel (ARM, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Samsung, TSMC)
John Kalkman, Vice President, System LSI, Samsung Semiconductor Inc.
Abstract: Mobile computing devices are evolving faster than today’s process technology can support. The solution is in the total system design. By employing a wide range of innovative system centric technologies, we can enable tomorrows workloads today.
Speaker Bio: John Kalkman is Vice President of Marketing for Samsung Semiconductor Inc’s business in the Americas. As a senior member of the development team, John is responsible for setting the strategic direction for Samsung Semiconductor overall System LSI business which includes all logic business including application processor, image sensor and several other contributing silicon. With key target markets such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks, this division is gaining attention throughout the industry for its award-winning Exynos application processors as well as market-leading CMOS image sensor products.