Category: Freescale

Microsoft Word on ARM Powered Laptop using Genesi and Citrix solutions

Posted by – June 23, 2010

Genesi Americas is presenting this awesome looking ARM Cortex A8 based Smartbook design, presented by Genesi who designed the hardware in collaboration with Pegatron of this latest generation of this Freescale Powered Smartbook design. For fun, we are running Microsoft Office through a high resolution version of Citrix viewer on the latest version of Ubuntu 10.4 for ARM processors. This could provide a one click online based software as a service solution. Want to run any X86 application on your ARM Laptop? Just click through the Citrix virtualization stuff and you can have it all running and smoothly. In theory, the apps could be processed by a grid and delivered much faster than on a single x86 processor based device.

Genesi are providing the hardware and software integration solution, in combination with Future Electronics, they can provide the whole solution to carriers, distributors, with the full bill of material, setting up the manufacturing and making the whole thing work and be sold to the market.

Genesi’s main IP is their Aura firmware solution:

Aura, the Genesi Firmware offering, implements a run-time, re-entrant hardware abstraction layer supporting the industry standard IEEE 1275 (OpenFirmware) and UEFI firmware specifications, with significant added functionality.

These additional features provide cost reduction of systems and faster time-to-market of hardware. Genesi provides board bring-up services and firmware for other Power Architecture and ARM hardware suppliers, up to and including a Linux desktop, based on our firmware.

Genesi is an active Open Source supporter, having donated a lot of hardware over the years to Debian, OpenSuSe, Gentoo, Crux and many other Linux distributions.

Genesi are very active in optimizing software specifically for ARM Cortex by porting libraries to the NEON unit in these devices resulting in large speedups.

Genesi has a developer forum: http://www.powerdeveloper.org

Hugh Herr keynote at the Freescale Technology Forum in Orlando

Posted by – June 23, 2010

Hugh Herr directs the Biomechatronics group at The MIT Media Lab.

Liquavista screen demonstrated outdoors

Posted by – June 23, 2010

On a bright sunny day at the Freescale headquarters in Toulouse, Kurt Petersdorff of Liquavista shows us the Liquavista screen and describes some of how it works. Liquavista thus supports color outdoor readability and claims that this screen can be manufactured with little changes to the existing huge LCD manufacturing process.

Freescale QNX Energy Management Systems

Posted by – June 23, 2010

Freescale and QNX Software Systems are showing their new smart energy reference, a pre-integrated software stack that makes it easier to design, deploy, and extend smart-home energy management systems based on the Freescale i.MX25, i.MX35 and i.MX51.

VGO active presence robot

Posted by – June 22, 2010

Imagine a robot that represents you in a distant location – one that represents you in healthcare facilities, in manufacturing sites – even at conferences. With a remote control software, the robot is controlled with a mouse, a video camera and screen to enable videoconferencing that can take you where you need to go to get your job done more efficiently.

Self-driven slot cars powered by Freescale

Posted by – June 22, 2010

You know the slot cars, you have two little electric cars on a track and two players have a button to decide how much voltage to send over to the car. Freescale has collaborated with universities in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania to use Freescale sensors and software algorithms to create an automatic self-driven car that is faster than most human drivers. As it learns the track on its first lap, it then speeds away at full speed, knowing exacly how much speed to use in each turn. You can watch this other official video showing the self-driven slot cars at Self-driven slot cars at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv5_g5dVsaw

Ubuntu 10.7 Smartbook Edition coming for ARM!

Posted by – June 22, 2010

Canonical is showing the Freescale i.MX51 Pegatron Laptop reference design running the latest version of Ubuntu Netbook Edition optimized for ARM for speed (could they be calling this the Ubuntu Smartbook Edition?). In this video, the representative of Canonical explains some of the things that are being worked on to optimize Linux as a full laptop experience on ARM platforms like the ARM Cortex A8 and the multi-core ARM Cortex A9 that are coming out soon. I will film another video with Canonical to try to get more details on how the upcoming ARM Powered laptops are going to look like and how Linux is being optimized for it.

Freescale low power small size low cost accelerometer MMA7660 for portrait and landscape detection

Posted by – June 20, 2010

Featuring the popular ZSTAR3 (zigbee like wireless sensor demo).

Freescale new 12-bit digital accelerometer MMA8450Q

Posted by – June 20, 2010

Embedded Innovative features like transient detection (High pass filter for gravity offset) and 32 FIFO samples associated with auto wake-up function.

A brief introduction to Freescale pressure sensors portfolio

Posted by – June 20, 2010

Featuring the medical invasive blood pressure MPX2300DT1, the ultra small absolute barometric sensor MPL115A and the water level demo DEMOAPEX.