Category: HiSilicon

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HiKey970 development board for AI

Posted by Charbax – March 19, 2018

HiSilicon and Hoperun introduces their new HiKey 970 development board, 10nm HiSilicon Kirin 970 based (same chipset that is in the recent Huawei Mate 10) quad ARM Cortex-A73 at 2.36GHz with quad ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.8GHz with Mali-G72MP12 and their new Dedicated Neural-network Processing Unit (NPU) with 256MAC/cycle @ 960MHz performance. To be available next month for $299 on Amazon and at this is their Super Edge AI Computing Platform with Huawei HiAI SDK that can provide up to 25X Performance and 50X better Power Efficiency compared with doing the AI tasks by CPU or GPU. This enables the Heterogeneous multi processing Resource Management for use in applications such as Deep Learning, Robots, Automobile, Smart City. The NPU provides frequently used artificial intelligence function APIs, model management APIs and basic operator computing APIs, so developers can focus on developing new AI applications instead of focusing on performance tuning. The HiKey970’s dedicated AI processor has a rich set of imaging and I/Os that enables developers to build highly integrated flexible products for AI-based intelligent cameras in smart cities.

Features include:
UEFI + ARM Trusted Firmware
Kernel 4.9
CAN driver
CSI/CSI-2 driver
WiFi enable
Video Codec enable
PCIe enable for storage and LTE connect

4 lanes CSI + 2 lanes CSI
CAN V2.0B up to 1Mbps
Video Dec up to H.265 3840x2160@60fps
6GB 1866MHz, 4 Channel LPDDR4x
GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou

OS Choices
Android Master

Huawei HiAI
Android NN

World’s first 5G chipset: Huawei Balong 5G01

Posted by Charbax – February 26, 2018

The Huawei Balong 5G01 chip is a 64bit ARM based chipset, the first in the world, the first to support the latest 3GPP standard for 5G networks, it can transfer data at 2.3Gbps speeds the use case here is for home or enterprise broadband where the 2.3Gbit/s bandwidth comes from the 5G network and broadcasts that as a Wi-Fi signal in the home or office. Later this year or soon, Huawei and others will be reducing the size of the 5G chipset to fit inside of phones and more.

Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 970, 10nm, AI computing

Posted by Charbax – December 22, 2017

With 5.5 Billion transistors, this is one of the most advanced ARM Processors for smartphones in the world, included in the Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A73, quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, Mali-G72MP12 GPU, featuring the built-in neural network processing.

$79 Poplar Android TV Development Board by Hoperun on Hisilicon Hi3798CV200

Posted by Charbax – December 4, 2017

Poplar is the first development board compliant with the 96Boards Enterprise Edition TV Platform specification. Developed by HiSilicon, the board features the Hi3798C V200 with an integrated quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex A53 processor and high performance Mali-T720 GPU, making it capable of running any commercial set-top solution based on Linux or Android. Its high performance specification also supports a premium user experience with up to H.265 HEVC decoding of 4K video at 60 frames per second. It's available for $79 at

Latest from the Linaro Digital Home Group at Linaro Connect San Francisco 2017

Posted by Charbax – October 3, 2017

Mark Gregotski, DIrector of the Linaro Digital Home Group, provides an update on the latest work in open source for the Digital Home Group that LHG is working on including the adoption of OP-TEE (Open Portable Trusted Execution Environment) with DRM integrations including PlayReady DRM PK v3.3 on AOSP 8.0 on the HiKey960 development board and Widevine for Linux and for Android AOSP. NXP demonstrates some of their work, NXP has recently joined the Linaro Digital Home Group. The LHG group has worked to integrate V4L2 with gstreamer and ffmpeg to improve media playback on ARM offloading all the computation onto the video codec hardware of the SoC.

Inkwell Smart Doorbell using HiSilicon Hi3518E

Posted by juliusaugustus – May 8, 2017

The Inkwell Doorbell is a wireless doorbell that will call you with a video call when the doorbell is wrung. You can answer or reject the call or take a picture of the people ringing the doorbell. The battery last 6 months. The doorbell connects via wifi. The camera of the doorbell is a 720p camera. Inkwell also makes a motion sensing camera that can substitute doorbell.

$229 Vivant Android TV Box With TV Tuner

Posted by juliusaugustus – May 3, 2017

The Vivant makes Android TV box called enigma with a TV Tuner. The TV box runs on an Hisilicon Hi3798CV200 quad core A43 processor. The TV box includes USB, ethernet, Microsd, space for hard drives, HDMI, and SPDIF output. The Android TV Box sells for $229 available now. Eventually a successor enigma 2 box will be made.

Huawei ICT Booth Tour at CeBIT 2017

Posted by Charbax – April 9, 2017

Here's a booth tour at the Huawei Booth at CeBIT 2017 where 50 of their partners and customers are showing solutions featuring NB-IoT, cloud, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Smart City, finance, electric-power, transportation, manufacturing and more. Huawei's tagline is that they want to be “Leading New ICT: The Road to Digital Transformation”. Some of Huawei's partners include SAP, Accenture, Infosys, Deutsche Telekom, Volkswagen, KUKA, Intel, Honeywell, GE, and ABB.

Yang Zhang, Director of 96Boards and Robert Wolff, Host of 96Boards Open Hours

Posted by Charbax – March 25, 2017

Yang Zhang is the Director of Linaro's with Robert Wolff host of talk about the status of the 40+ 96Boards that are in development, the 96Boards standard and latest news, IoT boards, extended boards, Enterprise boards and what may happen in the future.

Linaro Android AOSP TV, making Android TV Boxes and Smart TVs better

Posted by Charbax – March 13, 2017

Interview with the core team behind the Linaro's AOSP TV project. The project lead Khasim Syed Mohammed and team members Show Liu and Vincent Chou demonstrate Android TV running on the 96Boards HiKey platform. The team shares the goals of the AOSP TV project, how it will benefit the SoC vendors, OEMs and ODMs of Smart TVs and Advanced Set-top box manufacturers and Android TV application developers. They clarify the project goal, its to create AOSP TV as the open source subset of Android TV and is not to fork the Android TV work from Google. They also share the details on upcoming LHG's AOSP TV m-lcr release, OPTEE security framework integration, DRM support to be added and a lot more.