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Atmel Corporation discuss Internet of Things

Posted by – January 21, 2015

Atmel has over 40,000 customers of its Microcontroller units - companies embedding MCUs to make devices powering the Internet of Things. For example, Arduino devices use Atmel MCUs. The Arduino WIFI shield includes a new Atmel MCU processor built from the ground up for WIFI running on batteries. Atmel is launching the lowest power 32bit ARM Cortex-M0+ processor (see their press release here) and Atmel is also launching the highest performance ARM Cortex-M7 Microcontroler (see press release here)

This video was taken at the IDTechEx event Internet of Things Applications. For more see http://www.IDTechEx.com.

Android 5.0 Lollipop on Allwinner A33/A83T/A80, Allwinner A64 ARMv8 64bit at sub-$5

Posted by – January 21, 2015

Allwinner is one of the fastest vendor to support Android 5.0 Lollipop, having an engineering team dedicated to updating to the new version as soon as Google releases it. Allwinner H3 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 for entry-level OTT boxes, Allwinner H8 octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 for higher end Set-top-boxes and Allwinner A80 octa-core big,LITTLE ARM Cortex-A15/A7 is the top high end Allwinner chip for the Set-top-box market. Then Allwinner lauches the Allwinner A64, an entry-level ARMv8 64bit Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with 4K H265 decode, to be available in big bulks soon to device makers at a sub-$5 price point: http://www.allwinnertech.com/plus/view.php?aid=527

4K Display Industry Update by Paul Gray and Paul Gagnon from IHS DisplaySearch

Posted by – January 20, 2015

IHS DisplaySearch are Analysts reporting on the TV industry. Here's a 13-minute video talking about the status of 4K (where more than 25% of TVs to be shipped in 2015 will be 4K, where the bulk of TVs at 50" and above will be 4K by 2018). Everybody is doing 4K. Here's a 13-minute video filmed at CES 2015, talking about explosive growth forecast for Quantum Dot LCD getting extremely pure and saturated light for amazing colors. The cheapest 4K TVs were sub-$500 on Black Friday, even top tier manufacturers such as Samsung and LG are also going below $1000 for 4K TVs at decent sizes, seeing entry level, medium level and step-up from many manufacturers. Good 4K is not just the pixels, it's color, fast refresh rates, contrast, requires a good engine, display, amount of memory, reliability, heat management.

superMHL 8K 120fps, USB Type-C, 40W, more bandwidth

Posted by – January 20, 2015

The MHL Consortium has outdone itself with their latest technology mega specification, now perhaps setting the spec at a very future proof level (shall we say at least until 2020?), supporting up to 8K at 120fps, with up to 40W for power charge, delivering higher resolution, faster frame rates, support for the upcoming USB Type-C (dual side reversible) connector for up to 8K 60fps output from a phone (wow wow!). For the first time, MHL also introduces a new superMHL connector for 8K TVs (as in the first 8K TV from Samsung shown at CES). The SuperMHL spec is for mobile devices, set-top boxes (STBs), Blu-ray players, Audio/video recorders, HDMI sticks and other source devices to TVs and monitors, as SuperMHL should be included in most future FHD/4K/8K TVs, PC Monitors, MHL has shipped in over 750 Million devices thus far. The new SuperMHL spec is also offering wider color gamut, deeper colors (to reduce color banding), high dynamic range (HDR) supported through signaling and through higher bandwidth.

YoBox labels: Personal RFID/NFC/QR-code Storage Management

Posted by – January 18, 2015

YoBox labels help organize ones personal storage (now on Kickstarter!). Each YoBox label is uniquely numbered with NFC and QR code. Users take pictures or/and write keywords to describe everything that is stored in each storage box. YoBox labels are color coded to help easily identify each box in the storage room. The idea is to never go through endless boxes to find something in ones personal storage again! This is industrial strength personal storage management on mobile, the YoBox app is compatible with both Android and iOS. Battery free, RFID-enabled YoBox label can be read by NFC reader built into many Android smartphones. For iPhones and other phones not yet equipped with NFC, users can scan the QR code on the YoBox label to retrieve the info.

Read more about it on Kickstarter campaign still going on for 12 more days!

Nvidia shows fastest most accurate ARM Powered speech recognition

Posted by – January 17, 2015

Professor at Carnegie Mellon shows how Nvidia is using the Kepler GPU in Nvidia Tegra K1 to accelerate the offline accelerated voice recognition feature. The use is for faster, smoother speech recognition in the car.

SAES Getters interview at IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA

Posted by – January 16, 2015

The SAES Getters Group is the world leader in a wide range of scientific and industrial applications that require high vacuum conditions or ultra-pure gases for nearly 70 years.

The Group's materials and getter solutions have supported technological innovation in sectors including information displays and illumination, complex high-vacuum systems, thermal-vacuum insulation, ultra-pure gas purification systems, and the shape memory alloys' market. In the organic electronics domain, SAES Getters is playing a leading role in key aspects of product performances and lifetime reliability, with efficient electron injection materials and a portfolio of dispensable hybrid getters for encapsulation. Learn more in this interview made at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA show.

For more see http://www.IDTechEx.com

Kent Displays electronic writing with digitizer ready to integrate to new devices

Posted by – January 15, 2015

Dr Al Green, CEO of Kent Displays explains his company’s products and technology at CES. Their booth showcases a number of products including the popular Boogie Boards. Dr Green talks about the next generation of products using cholesteric LCD to ship this year, contrast is improved, the devices are designed for the consumer markets, new models at different sizes and features. The Boogie Board products can write and erase and they can also be made with digitizer technologies to capture the pen strokes to the built-in memory and bean using Bluetooth to any phone/tablet, which can be on the other side of the device. Kent Displays has shipped millions of units each year with volumes increasing rapidly. The display technology is cholesteric LCD, it is made in a roll to roll form and on plastic, its thin, light and sunlight readable. They also preview a new toy called Boogie Board Play and Trace which shows an almost transparent LCD which can be laid over a sheet of paper with pre-printed alphabets or drawings for kids to use as a learning tool. Kent is now shipping their products in retail stores via Costco, Walmart, Amazon and are in 30 countries and their technology is growing fast. Interested hardware makers can inquire about integrating CH-LCD to new innovative devices by contacting Kent Displays at http://kentdisplays.com/

Hitachi Chemical at IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA event

Posted by – January 14, 2015

For over 50 years, Hitachi Chemical's focus on R&D has driven technological breakthroughs enabling our customers to manufacture thinner, lighter, and high volume products. As a result, our materials are currently in a vast number of today's highly reliable and durable wearable devices. Learn more in this interview made at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA show.

For more see http://www.IDTechEx.com

IDTechEx interview with Meyer Burger Group at Printed Electronics USA

Posted by – January 14, 2015

PiXDRO is a Roth & Rau B.V. brand. Roth & Rau B.V., a member of Meyer Burger Group, has complete equipment design, assembly and application facilities in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Our core focus is in the design, construction and delivery of industrial inkjet application development systems and the manufacturing of advanced high volume industrial inkjet systems. PiXDRO offers complete printing solutions including pre- and post-processing and automation solutions, thereby providing a complete solution for our customer's requirements. Learn more in this interview made at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA show.

For more see http://www.IDTechEx.com