NXP Semiconductors has on display the Amazon Echo, for which they are partners. An NXP representative explains the different applications for which NXP provides solutions, and how voice recognition can be run on multi-core ARM processors for power-efficient computing. The IMX 6, 7 and 8 series cover the full range from low-power to high-performance solutions, with applications for the 8 being consumer high-performance video and audio, automotive, and heavy industrial usage. NXP supplies everything from the CPU to the I/O to the software. The Kindle series use IMX 6 and 7 processors, for example. NXP talks about the upcoming i.MX8 Quad max, i.MX8M for multimedia and another i.MX8 coming for the embedded world.
SafeMotion provides mobility safeguarding assistance service for their consumer, here they are showing off their SmartWatch which works in entire Europe with multiple network provider without requiring to swapping the SIM card, instead, it chooses the best network available in the area. The watch allows user to generate SOS alerts which include calling up to 10 people automatically when the SOS button is pressed where user can add the company’s call center number in case if other people are not available, it also has feature of calendar, reminder, voice calling service and active GPS tracking facility which scans the user and generates an alert if the user goes outside of predefined area the monthly subscription for the service is USD 14.90 / month and price of smart watch is USD $249.
Oppo showcases their technology that allows 5X zoom inside a smartphone body. The technique used involves a periscope-style structure that diverts light through a prism and onto a wide-angle lens, that allows for a claimed lossless 5X zoom. It is demonstrated on a prototype Oppo phone using a 6" QHD with Oppo VOOC fast charging.
The next step in cellular technology, 5G, is demonstrated here by Qualcomm. It is in the research phase, and the current application shown involves the broadcasting of RF power to a moving target at a frequency of 28GHz. A major limitation of 5G is the easy dissipation of the signal when faced with even minor obstructions, which Qualcomm aims to overcome by installing multiple towers and handing over users between them.
Qualcomm demonstrates their X16 Cat16 Gigabit LTE modem integrated in the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ Premium using Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 which features 4x4 MIMO (multiple input multiple output). The phone uses 4 LTE antennaes instead of the usual 2 to boost throughput speeds to 1Gbps using carrier aggregation. The technology is expected to be more power efficient since the faster downloads would finish quicker, effectively lessening the time cellular data is used.
Marvell AndromedaBox Networking Edge development board, following the http://96boards.org size but with larger ports than the initial 96boards spec, it that can be configured to be used in many applications such as mobile NAS (network-attached storage), IoT gateways, home cloud server etc. The board features the 64bit dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 Marvell Armada 3700 processor, PCI-E 2.0 support, a USB 3.0 port, a SATA 3.0 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, WiFi 802.11ac built in, 8GB of eMMC memory, and Bluetooth 4.2.
JumpsPower displays here their AMG5T torch that can jump start a car with upto 3.5L displacement, can also be used as a powerbank, and comes with a 1000-lumen Cree T6 LED flashlight with two different modes. Sold in Norway, Australia and HK, it costs US$129-159 depending on the model. The other model is the AMG6S that resembles a power bank. The company is also promoting their proprietary spark-proof clamp to be used with their starter products.
Shenzhen-based Miki Mobile is predominantly a manufacturer of smartphones and tablets. Demoed here is a 10.1” 1280x800-pixel tablet with LTE capabilities on an MTK6735 chipset with a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, selling for US$70. Their smartphone range has a variety of specs such as 4000mAh battery, 2.5D curved glass, and up to 6” display sizes. Their medical case is a mobile health kit with abilities to check blood sugar, blood pressure, the ability to magnify points for inspection, etc.
Dongguan-based Taide Industrial Co., Ltd. was established in 2001 as a manufacturer of Bluetooth headsets and speakers, with a turnover of over US$600 million. Here we see their Bluetooth speaker range coming in at various sizes, and a waterproof range that starts for as little as US$5. There are versions specifically for iPhones and iPads. There is an FM radio dock on demonstration as well, with a capacitive ring covering the colour gamut that can be used to control the light strip along the side of the receiver unit. The company also makes 2.1 and 2.2 stereo speakers.
On display here we see a Karaoke mic with speaker that can connect to devices via Bluetooth. It comes with a battery inbuilt. Another model advertised features two speakers such that one plays back the music playing from a connected Bluetooth device (presumably playing instrumental audio) and the other speaker plays back one’s own voice in real time.