Allwinner released the Allwinner A31 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor with SGX544MP2 back in December, and tablets have been shipping with it since January. Now at Mobile World Congress 2013, Allwinner announces the Allwinner A31S for use in Phablets, to support the modem module from ZTE and be optimized for Phablet use, Phablets are described as 3G/LTE phone devices between 5" and 7" in screen size. Allwinner also talks about the Allwinner A20 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali-400 that is pin-compatible with Allwinner A10 tablet designs, thus the A20 is expected to replace all Allwinner A10 tablet designs from March onwards.
Qualcomm talks about their release of the Snapdragon 600 in devices unveiled at Mobile World Congress that are the Asus Transformer Infinity, LG Optimus G Pro and HTC One. At MWC 2013, Qualcomm also detailed more about their upcoming Snapdragon 200 and 400 series and they are also talking about the upcoming Snapdragon 800 series that increases GPU performance by 50%, supports 4K video encode and decode and many other new advanced features for the fastest smartphones and tablets to come later this year.
Silicon Image showcases the WiHD standard for Wireless HD, full 4Gbitps bandwidth over the 60Ghz unlicensed spectrum. The WiHD consortium consists of Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, Samsung, LG, TP Vision and Silicon image and it is an older more established alternative to Intel/Microsoft's WiGig system which also functions on the same 60Ghz spectrum. Silicon Image here showcases their UltraGig 6400 sub-500mW WiHD processor which they have here installed in some modified Samsung Galaxy S3 and Kindle Fire HD to showcase how such devices can have built-in WiHD support to wirelessly stream the full HD 60fps full bitrate HD signal to a HDTV wirelessly.
Video-blogging last month at CES was awesome. I've posted 75 videos filming with the ultra-high quality Panasonic GH3 camera on a Tiffen Steadicam Merlin 2 with vest and using the Kopin Golden-i 3.8 for augmented video-blogging. At the CES 2013, there were some significant ARM related announcements, demonstrations and releases. Here are some of my highlights:
1. Samsung announcing the Samsung Octa ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE processor. (I didn't get to film any interviews about Samsung Octa yet, here's the 1-hour Samsung keynote) I did film the Samsung 2013 HDTV series (which features perhaps a latest newest ARM processor built-in for its smart tv and features)
2. Nvidia announced Tegra4, quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 with companion-core, Nvidia's new 72-core GPU, huge new features, the Nvidia Shield gaming console, Nvidia Grid for cloud-streamed high-end gaming.
3. Rockchip RK3188 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 on 28nm HKMG process node launched for about Exynos4412-level performance in cheap tablets. Rockchip RK3066 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 also reaching more devices on the market like the Archos Titanium tablet series at $7" 1024x600 $119. 8" 1024x768 $169, 9.7" retina $249 and 10.1" 1280x800 $199, the $169 Archos Gamepad and the Minix HDMI stick.
4. Allwinner A31 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 in tablets being released: Archos launching Allwinner A31 Powered Platinum Tablet series in 8" $199 and 9.7" Retina $299, Allwinner A31 also shown by Eken and Sungworld.
5. Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 800 series, Qualcomm's next generation ARM Processor records and playsback 4K video.
6. Nufront reaching maturity with their NS115 dual-core ARM cortex-A9 in many thin and light 7" tablets coming out of China.
7. Infotmic launching iMAPx15 dual-core ARM Cortex-A5 processor for low-cost tablets and phones.
8. ARM Powered Set-top-boxes launched like new Marvell Powered Google TV boxes from netgear, Hisense, Asus and TCL and the OMAP4470 Powered Archos TV Connect.
9. E Ink on the backs of Smartphones being launched by Russian Yota Devices, can extend battery life on your smartphone by 10x (talking about weeks of battery life for your smartphone). E Ink was also showing their new awesome higher resolution and front-lit e-reader screens like in the awesome new Kindle Paperwhite (which I've got and that I'll video-review) and the interesting super thin CST-01 E Ink wrist watch.
10. One Laptop Per Child's latest XO-4 Touch ARM Powered laptop release with Neonode IR touch on Pixel Qi screen using Marvell's Armada PXA2128 dual-core with companion core processor. OLPC also launches their XO learning OLPC XO Tablet, optimizing Android for productive use of Tablets in Childrens education worldwide.
13. 4K coming to the market: HiSense introducing $2000 4K 50", $3500 65" 4K and shows up to 110" 4K TVs, Panasonic shows their first printed 4K OLED promising affordable high yield mass manufacturing, Panasonic showing an impressive 20" 4K Tablet, Panasonic talking about 4K camcorder and showing a 4K 46" and 20" LCD TV, Sharp launching 32" 4K Tablet, 60" ICC-4K and showing 13.5" 4K OLED, Samsung's 4K 84" TV for actual release, LG releasing 55", 65" and 84" 4K and StreamTV upscaling and auto-3D.
16. Ubuntu Mobile OS launched, although I prefer their Ubuntu on Android implementation.
Pansonic is showing off their 4K Camcorder prototype, displaying real-time 4K 30fps video to their 20.4" prototype 4K IPS alpha LCD display, they are also showing playback of recorded 4K video to their 47" 4K prototype IPS alpha LCD display.
Sharp has a lot of very interesting things to show at CES 2013: 8K, ICC-4K, IGZO, ICC Purios, Ultra HD, Quattron, Moth Eye, Flexible OLED, 4K 13.5" OLED, 4K 32" touch screens, AQUOS 2013, SUPER BRIGHT and more.
Panasonic shows their OLED Printing technology for the first time at CES 2013. They claim this can allow for affordable mass manufacturing of OLED displays at any size and at any resolution. Panasonic claims that the yield is high for this new OLED manufacturing process, so they claim this is going to allow them to mass manufacture 4K OLED displays. But they cannot yet confirm if mass market availability of this 4K OLED screen can happen in 2014 or 2015, this is something that they are still discussing internally.
StreamTV has a 4-layer optical stack on the 4K LCD that uses defractive and refractive technologies, some of it working like a lenticular, some of it working as a hologram, together they are creating a continuous light field that gives one large field of view, rather than descreet viewing angles like with the barrier glasses free technology. StreamTV automatically detects 3D space in live video to generate 3D out of 2D content, and they use their own upscaling technology to upsale 1080p content to 2160p. At CES 2013, they announce that there is a 60" 2160p display that is going to be launched including their technology.
Samsung is releasing their first 4K TVs, 4K is going to be a big push for Samsung in 2013, starting with the 85" 4K TV to be released in Spring. No price announced yet.
Qualcomm is launching their next generation ARM Processor, the 800 series, which features new amazing features, an overall performance improvement of about 75% over Qualcomm S4Pro, it doubles GPU power using Adreno 320, it can even record and playback video at 4K resolution!