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Martin Riddiford interview, designer of Psion, Gemini PDA, Cosmo Communicator

Posted by Charbax – November 6, 2018

Martin Riddiford talks about the Psion, which he designed in the 90ies it was a ground-breaking PDA design with a full mechanical qwerty keyboard. Trying to combine laptop functions in a pocketable size. In partnership with Planet Computers, Martin Riddiford is happy to have been able to bring back the full keyboard design in with Android on the Gemini PDA and now into the upcoming Cosmo Communicator design that is now being crowdfunded for $549 on https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cosmo-communicator

$549 Cosmo Communicator interview, now on Indiegogo

Posted by Charbax – November 6, 2018

Planet Computers launches the Cosmo Communicator for $549 for early backers at Indiegogo, powered by MediaTek P70 Octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A73, quad ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, on TSMC 12nm FinFET. It comes with WorldMode LTE dual-SIM (one is likely eSIM) support. Strong antenna with good signal, and now it also comes with a second 2" touchscreen display, a toggle switch with fingerprint reader, a 24 megapixel high quality front facing camera with flash, and a backlit keyboard. The CPU is thus a performance upgrade over Gemini PDA, it also comes with 6GB RAM, 128GB Flash, MicroSD card slot, headphone jack, dual Type-C ports, dual speakers and microphones and a 4220mAh battery. Planet Computers shipped over 9500 Gemini PDAs to their backers over the past several months which I filmed here previously I have been using Gemini PDA as my main phone over the past 7 months and it has been an awesome experience. The backlight keyboard, fingerprint authentication, high quality back facing camera, improved phone calls support, better signal reception with a stronger processor, all these things are very welcome in their new flagship. Planet Computers intends to continue selling both Gemini PDA and Osmo Communicator as two in their range of devices available for 2019, with continued support and software updates coming on both. In this video they show a working Android 8.0.1 firmware on Gemini PDA and they are talking about Project Trebble, Android 9, new Sailfish releases to be supported, hopefully hardware accelerated improved Debian and other Linux distributions also to be supported throughout. Within less than a day, they have already reached more than 200% funding on crowdfunding here on Indiegogo with shipments scheduled for May 2019, as they optimize and develop everything, impressive working samples are going to be shown in the months to come.

World’s Most Powerful ARM Desktop: Marvell ThunderXStation ThunderX2 Workstation

Posted by Charbax – November 5, 2018

Gigabyte announces the industry's first ARMv8 workstation based on Cavium's ThunderX2 ARM64 multi-core processor. This 4U workstation is called the ThunderXStation. GIGABYTE has designed and is manufacturing the ThunderXStation. The 4U tower is 27" (D) x 17" (H) x 7" (W) and designed for floor mounting. The power supply included is a 800W PSU with a 1+1 redundant option. The motherboard is a standard GIGABYTE motherboard form factor.

The motherboard includes:
Dual or single ThunderX2 processor support. Optionally with LGA 4077 socket.
Integrated chipset.
8x DIMMs per CPU.
DDR4 2666/2400/2133 MHz DIMMs.
1x Management LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps.
Integrated VGA, 1920x1200.
ASPEED AST2500 BMC.
2x PCIe Gen 3.0 slots per CPU. (1x x16/x8/x4/x1 AND 1x x8).
1x Type-1 OCP PCIe Gen 3.0 x16 slot per CPU.
2x NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 ports with on board SAS slim line connectors per CPU.
2x SATAIII on board connectors.
2x U.2 or SATAIII 2.5" drive bay, supports any combination of NVMe and SATAIII SSDs.
1x RS-232 port.
4x USB 3.0 ports.
2x 8-pin GPU power connectors.

Each CPU can support upto 8 DDR4 DIMMs. The front 2.5" drive bay supports upto 2 drives. An optional 3.5" storage bay holds 4 drives. Initially, 2.2GHz 32-core 4-threads per core. Other SKUs will be available depending on demand. Various nVidia video cards have been tested with the open source Nouveau driver. Initial shipments include the nVidia GeForce 710 with dual monitor support. The AMDGPU driver has been tested with various AMD GPUs. Additional AMD and nVidia GPUs are being tested. Initial shipments include a 1 GbE PCIe adapter. If standard PCIe slots are in short supply a QLogic dual port 1/10 GBaseT RJ45 OCP adapter and driver are available. Units ship with Ubuntu 17.10. CentOS 7.4 and OpenSUSE are also available. Pricing is competitive with high end single and dual socket workstations from leading name brand workstation vendors with comparable Gold/Platinum processors. For the most upto date pricing and sales information on ThunderXStation please contact: http://www.phoenicselectronics.com

Android Treble on Texas Instruments Beagle-X15 at Linaro Connect

Posted by Charbax – November 5, 2018

Android Treble implemented on TI Beagle-X15 development board which is ARM Cortex-A15, making the upgrade process easier. So there is no need to communicate with the vendor to upgrade a device.

Kodi Playback with Standard V4L2 Stack

Posted by Charbax – October 29, 2018

Full upstream implementation of Hardware accelerated video decoding (mainly H264) with the generic V4L2 Mem2Mem API, Zero-copy rendering with DRM Atomic kernel Drivers, DMA-BUF transferred from V4L2 to DRM, FFmpeg V4L2 Mem2Mem integration with Kodi, Kodi GBM Display for Atomic Direct to plane rendering.

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Wi-Fi and Bluetooth single chip Unisoc in UCRobotics IVY5661 IoT Edition 96Boards development board

Posted by Charbax – October 29, 2018

This is a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth single chip solution IoT Edition 96Boards, it can be used as a Wi-Fi Repeater, for Bluetooth on-boarding, Bluetooth 5 Mesh Network. It's an ARM Cortex-M4 dual core, runs Zephyr. You can read more about it here

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$499 Essential PH-1, the first Bezel-Less Smartphone

Posted by flatslap – October 29, 2018

Essential's PH-1 Smartphone : Display: Resolution: 2560 x 1312 QHD. Aspect Ratio: 19:10.Diagonal Size: 5.71” Material used: Titanium body Ceramic back, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass. System: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835.CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor GPU: Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit. Battery: 3040mAh Front Camera: 8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio f/2.20 fixed hyper focal lens 4K and 1080p HD video recording at 30fps.OS:8.1 Memory & Storage: RAM: 4GB Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1. Water and Dust Resistant: IP54
360 Camera for Essential Phone: Essential 360 Camera is the world's smallest 4k 360° camera and captures 3D spatial audio using four built-in microphones. Model Name: Essential 360 Camera. Dimensions Height: 67mmWidth: 32mmThickness: 12mm (body) Weight: 35grams Audio Microphone: 4x microphones in 3D, ambisonic tetrahedral arrangement Dual Cameras Sensor Resolution: Dual 12MP fisheye imagers Lens aperture: f1.8 FOV: 210° (each) Video Resolutions:360° UHD (3840 x 1920) at 30fps Ports: 60GHz Wireless, Super Speed USB 2x accessory power pins System Architecture OS Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. (text by flatslap5657 of Fiverr)

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$150 KONKA Laptop, $40 Tablet, $300 Dancing Robot, $90 Smartphone

Posted by Charbax – October 24, 2018

$150 http://www.konka.com.hk Kogan Ultra Slim Pro laptop. 13.3-inch, matte screen, 2560 x 1440, non-touchscreen IPS LCD; 900MHz-2.2GHz Intel M3-6Y30 processor; 8GB RAM; 256GB SSD; Intel HD Graphics 515; 802.11AC WiFi; 37.1Wh battery; 1.15KG. https://ift.tt/2PYDJkM $40 Tablets MQWG101. With Screen size 9:7”(4:3) Resolution 1024*768, MTK8392 Quard Core A7 1.7Ghz,RAM 512MB ROM8GB,OS Andriod 4.4 with USB, Battery 4000Mah. $300 Dancing robot. Arm featuring 7-DOF + 1-DOF interchangeable gripper hand including tools, 2-DOF torso, 2-DOF head equipped with 3D camera and 5MP 2D camera, 2-DOF base for horizontal and vertical movement, high-performance AI embedded CPU/CGU, 802.11 ac WiFi + Bluetooth, 2.5 kg payload, Aeolus ROS operating system. $40 Konka AR magic guns real mobile games augmented reality smart children's toy. Size 311*162*46, Battery 2 section 1.5V AAA bettary OS 4.4. https://ift.tt/2D1QYPa $40Android SmartWatches . 2.5 D curved surface KONKA Smartwatch OLED Screen 0.96 display, 60 days Standby IP68 50m Waterproof Swimming Sport Activity Tracker Smart Watch for Android 4.4 IOS.$90 KONKA 711 Fingerprint 4G Smart phone. CPU: MT6737T 1.45GHz, Display: 5.5″ In-Cell FHD Screen, Front camera: 8.0MP, Rear camera: 13.0MP, RAM: 3GB, ROM: 32GB, OS: Android 7.0, Battery:3000mAh.

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Realtek RTD1395 TV Box Android & RDK, RTD1296 for Media Hub, Google Home, Synology DS418

Posted by Charbax – October 23, 2018

Realtek recently introduced its new SoC RTD1395 (SoC - single-chip system), which includes support for HVEC 4K @ 60fs, VP9.2, H.264, HDR, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Technicolor Prime and Dolby MS12 v1 audio certification .3 Config A. Novelty designed for use in new TV set-top boxes, compatible with Android TV 8.1, although it is expected that through . SoC – Realtek RTD1395 quad core Cortex-A53 processor, Arm Mali-470 MP4 GPU.System Memory – 2GB DDR4 (4x 512MB x 16bit).Storage – 8GB eMMC Flash.Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0.Video Codec – HEVC 4Kp60+2Kp60, VP9.2 4Kp60, HDR10.Connectivity,802.11 ac/abgn Dual Band 2.4G/5G 2×2, Wave-2 compatible with MU-MIMO (Optional External Antenna Available).Bluetooth 4.1.Power Supply – 5V DC/1A through MicroUSB port Synology: Synology DS418 comes with a new 64-bit quad-core processor, delivering excellent data transfer speed, large storage volume management, and 10-bit 4K H.265 video transcoding on the fly. https://www.dove.co.nz/products/networking-and-adsl/network-storage/16120 (text by flatslap5657 of Fiverr)

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$179 Pixhawk 4, $300 Pixhack v5 Autopilot Open Source Development kit for Drones and Robots

Posted by Charbax – October 20, 2018

Pixhawk 4 is an advanced autopilot designed and made in collaboration with Holybro and the PX4 team. It is optimized to run PX4 version 1.7, suitable for academic and commercial developers.
Main FMU Processor: STM32F76532 Bit Arm Cortex-M7, 216MHz, 2MB memory, 512KB RAMIO Processor: STM32F10032 Bit Arm Cortex-M3, 24MHz, 8KB SRAM.Magnetometer: IST8310.GPS: ublox Neo-M8N GPS/GLONASS receiver; integrated magnetometer. https://www.getfpv.com/pixhawk-4-autopilot.html Pixhack v5 is an advanced autopilot designed and made by CUAV®. The board is based on the Pixhawk-project FMUv5 open hardware design. It runs PX4 on the NuttX OS, and is fully compatible with PX4 firmware. It is intended primarily for academic and commercial developers. Main FMU Processor: STM32F76532 Bit Arm® Cortex®-M7, 216MHz, 2MB memory, 512KB RAM .IO Processor: STM32F100.32 Bit Arm® Cortex-M3, 24MHz, 8KB SRAM.Magnetometer: IST8310.Barometer: MS5611.Interfaces:8-14 PWM outputs (6 from IO, 8 from FMU) Aliexpress (text by flatslap5657 of Fiverr)

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