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How the AppliedMicro X-Gene ARM Server Processors are designed

Posted by – December 11, 2014

AppliedMicro gives an overview of X-Gene, providing the different design components as well the various benefits in using X-Gene for compute server, storage and high performance computing. AppliedMicro is one of the initial partners with ARM in developing the ARMv8 64bit architecture, and customizing it for high performance server computing.

Also see Tour at AppliedMicro's X-Gene Testing Lab
and AppliedMicro launching X-C1 Dev Board for 64bit Android development

Rob Savoye, developer of Gnash, Tech Lead at the Linaro Toolchain Working Group

Posted by – December 11, 2014

Rob Savoye has been working on GCC since 1987, on the team that originally made it, started programming computers in 1977 using Fortran 4. Rob Savoye is a Tech Lead in Support Maintenance at http://linaro.org Also see my previous video with Rob Savoye here.

Charbax on Camel in Marrakech Desert

Posted by – December 10, 2014

I take the Camel across the desert outside of Marrakech Morocco, here are two video samples filmed in 4K using the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Powered by MHL 3

Christian Reis aka Kiko, VP Hyperscale at Canonical, Mythology and Potential of the ARM Server

Posted by – December 10, 2014

ARM is the most interesting thing that could happen to servers in decades: a chance to redefine system architecture, form-factor, hardware acceleration, power consumption and the supplier ecosystem. It’s also a chance to throw away legacy and build the ideal platform for a post-cloud world (whatever that means) — if we keep our eyes on that goal. This is Kiko's view on where we are and where we need to be in order to turn opportunity into industry-defining success.

Christian Reis – VP Hyperscale at Canonical, Kiko is responsible for next-generation server engagements & technology, including Ubuntu Server for ARM and the provisioning solution MAAS. Prior to this role, Kiko was assigned as VP Engineering to Linaro, where he participated in the organization’s conceptualization and creation. Kiko holds an MSc in Software Engineering from USP and resides in São Carlos, Brazil.

Here's Kiko's keynote video: "Mythology and Potential of the ARM Server":

AppliedMicro Lab Tour, X-Gene 2 ARM Server

Posted by – December 9, 2014

AppliedMicro’s Gaurav Singh gives us a sneak peek into the development labs of X-Gene 2 showing a live demonstration ready for production, with AppliedMicro X-Gene 2 coming out for ARM Servers in 2015.

Newsun Factory Tour, Portable DVD Players, Power Banks and Bluetooth Speakers

Posted by – December 4, 2014

This is my 22 minute tour of the http://www.sznewsun.net.cn Newsun Portable DVD Player and Power Bank factory. Newsun has been manufacturing these Portable DVD Players for 8 years, they manufacture 150 thousand of them per month. They also make power banks and bluetooth speakers. This is a tour around their sales offices, the R&D engineering room, and a tour of the assembly, warehouse and more. They ship many of these to South America, Middle-east, South-East Asia and more.

You can contact the company here:
Shenzhen Newsun Digital Technology Co.,Ltd.
Phone: +86 755 61180088
sznewsun@sznewsun.net.cn
http://www.sznewsun.net.cn
Address: Block A, Newsun Technology Park (Lianhe Industrial District), West of Fengtang Ave, Fuyong town, Bao'an District, Shenzhen, China

Newsun Portable DVD Players, Bluetooth Speakers and more

Posted by – December 4, 2014

Newsun is one of the worldwide leaders making Portable DVD Players, selling millions in countries like middle-east, south-east asia, south america and more. Price is for example $35 in bulk. They also sell Bluetooth speakers at from about $11 in bulk. They sell 150 thousand portabe DVD players per month. 50 thousand Bluetooth speakers per month and 200 thousand power banks per month.

64bit AppliedMicro X-C1 Dev Board for 64bit Android and ARM Server Development available now

Posted by – December 4, 2014

World's first 64bit ARMv8 development board (you can order it here: https://www.apm.com/products/data-center/x-gene-family/x-c1-development-kits/) based on the Octa Core X-Gene 2.4Ghz running in SMP mode available for anyone to buy today. It's built for Servers, supports 64bit Android development, featured in the HP Moonshot ARM Server product. Designed for cloud computing and next-generation data centers, featuring custom high-performance ARMv8 cores, AppliedMicro X-Gene is the first to couple an advanced 64-bit ARM architecture with unique network and storage offload engines, as well as integrated Ethernet. The highly integrated, purpose-built X-Gene solution delivers the highest performance and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for private cloud, public cloud, and enterprise applications.

4K sample filmed with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 outputting 4K using MHL 3

Posted by – December 4, 2014

This video was filmed using the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 that records 4K video, this is the built-in 4K encode at 50mbitps, using the built-in microphone. Perhaps there is some good Bluetooth Microphone system that could be used for lapel-microphone and for handheld microphone, perhaps also a good shotgun microphone. Let me know in the comments if you know any good of these that could be used with 4K smartphones to record highest quality audio. I also would like to upgrade my camera on the steadicam to 4K, I like the idea of perhaps trying out the Samsung NX1 that can encode 4K in H265 at 40mbitps, or perhaps I'll wait for some other high performance 4K H265 camera, the idea being for the 4K footage to be compressed well enough in the camera so that the videos can be uploaded to YouTube directly. It seems though that http://youtube.com/editor doesn't support 4K rendering yet (meaning that when someone tries to join/split 4K videos with YouTube editor, it outputs only a 1080p maximum file? Can someone please report this to Google? Otherwise perhaps there would be a camera to offer native 4K H265 in-camera basic join/split editing, perhaps even also with support to automatically add intros, outros, overlay transparent watermark branding (even animated watermark branding). Dual SD card recording for backup (when SD cards break, which has happened too often for me).

Android 5.0 Lollipop Android TV UI on Allwinner A80 Octa-core big.LITTLE ARM Cortex-A15/7

Posted by – December 2, 2014

This is a preview release of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on the powerful 8-core A80 TV box showing off some games running on the 64-core PowerVR G6230 GPU, the Android TV Remote Control app controlling the A80 TV box from any Android device, Google Cast casting YouTube video to the screen which means it becomes a Chromecast receiver and the Enhanced Google Voice Search using microphone, which are just some of the advantages of Google's Android TV UI for Android 5.0 Lollipop. I especially think that the most important thing about Android TV is Google's support, them pushing for more gamepad controlled games, more TV-centric entertainment apps for streaming more video-on-demand, and an overall improvement of Android for TV usage. Support for Android TV UI on Android 5.0 I think can accelerate the success of the Android Set-top-box market.

Current A80 TV box hardware specs:
8-core ARM A7/A15 CPU
64-core PowerVR Rogue GPU
2GB DDR3
16/32GB EMMC
SPDIF out, CVBS in, HDMI out, DC power in, LAN Ethernet in, SATA (optional)
WiFi Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + BT 4