Category: Chip provider

Meizu MX3, Exynos5410, 5.1″ 1080p $363

Posted by – January 22, 2014

Here’s the latest high-end phone from Meizu, using the Samsung Exynos5410 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A15/A7, the 5.1″ Full HD display is made by Sharp, Bose audio and the camera is the best available from Sony. 2GB RAM. Meizu has 600 retail stores all over China, selling through operators, online and through retail chains. Meizu will come with MX4G and at least one other new flagship device during this year, Meizu sells millions of their phones in China each year, now expanding towards the worldwide market.

You can find out more on Meizu’s website: http://en.meizu.com/products/mx3-product.html

Allwinner A80 OptimusBoard big.LITTLE Octa Core A15/A7

Posted by – January 22, 2014

Allwinner launches A80 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A15 with ARM Cortex-A7 in big.LITTLE MP OctaCore configuration with the PowerVR6 series GPU with OpenGL 3.0 with GPU Compute. With potential support for Chrome OS, ultra-fast Ubuntu, advanced ARM projects to use extreme parallel processing. Allwinner is shipping these boards in Q1 2014, if anyone is interested to start developing with A80, they should contact Allwinner here (please tell them you saw this video)

My Onyx E43 E Ink phone on Droider.Ru

Posted by – January 21, 2014

Russian YouTube channel Droider.Ru features my Onyx E43 E Ink Android Phone. $100, 2-weeks battery life, fully sunlight readable, hopefully it will soon be available!

Marvell Armada 1500 powers Android TV and Chromecast

Posted by – January 21, 2014

Marvell Video R&D Software Architecture Team Leader Gaurav Arora talks about how Marvell and Google deliver the ARM Powered Google TV, now renamed Android TV on the dual-core Marvell Armada 1500-Plus, how the extremely popular and successful Chromecast runs on the single-core Marvell Armada 1500-Mini. Marvell also shows their new quad-core Marvell Armada 1500 Pro HD to be released in devices Q2 2014 running Android TV. Google is bringing the TV into the mainline ARM Powered Android releases, that is why they now brand it Android TV. The app package included on Android TV is called the Android TV GMS Package, includes apps like YouTube, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and everything else optimized for the TV. The apps are designed for a 10-foot experience remote control user interface.

Rockchip Smart Glass RK3168 POP PCB Design by ChipSiP

Posted by – January 20, 2014

Chipsip Technology at the Rockchip booth at CES 2014 presents their PCB Design using the ultra low power dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Rockchip RK3168 SoC using POP Memory in a form factor that can fit in a Google Glass type of device, Rockchip powered. This means SoC, RAM and Flash all occupy the same space as the SoC alone, the rest of the PCB being for a few more things like Bluetooth/WiFi, sensors, power management and a few more. This design thus can fit in a headmounted Android computer configuration, display the Android UI in the heads-up display, here using the the same HIMIX display that Google uses in Google Glass. Taiwan based ChipSiP Technology is a PCB Design house who designs Rockchip based PCBs and products, they are also working to integrate the Rockchip RK3188 in this type of Google Glass like form factor. The price of end-units all depends on the volume of mass production, it would be expensive if volume remains low, but the price can come down to much lower if these designs are quickly mass produced.

Here is ChipSiP’s contact informations (please only contact them if you are a serious bulk purchasing potential customer):
ChipSIP Technology Co Ltd
Jay Hsu, Assistant Manager, Logic SiP Division, Project Control and Management
Telephone: +886 988 867 129
jayhsu@ChipSIP.com
http://www.ChipSiP.com

Archos 50 Helium, 5″ 720p 4G LTE MSM8926 for $249, 45 Helium 4.5″ FWVGA for $199

Posted by – January 19, 2014

Archos presents sub-$200 4G LTE phones, running on the new Qualcomm MSM8926 with 150mbitps LTE support, 1GB RAM, Android 4.4 coming, the display is 5″ 1280x720p for the $249/229€ Archos 50 Helium and 4.5″ 854×480 on the $199/199€ Archos 45 Helium. Both to be released next month. This is attractive in countries where you can get 4G contracts at sub $20/20€ per month, and even have those sometimes included for free on the ISP home broadband contract, people doing pre-paid instead of 2-year contracts want cheap affordable phones like these to include LTE, and Archos sells some for as low as $99/99€ with their 3G-only MT6572 based Archos 40 Titanium.

Best of CES: $150 BeagleMiP Robot Development Kit and $99 WowWee MiP

Posted by – January 18, 2014

From the Coordinated Robotics Lab of The University of California, San Diego, here is the BeagleMiP Mobile Inverted Pendulum (MiP) educational robotics development kit from Strawson Design, able to balance and carry more weight on 2 wheels such as modules, extensions, sensors, hacks, 3D printed add-ons and more. While the awesome Arduino-derived $99 WowWee MiP device is the coolest consumer toy robot that I have seen at CES 2014 (which you can see starting at 19:36 into this video), the idea with BeagleMiP is to do even more with the system, based on the $45 Texas Instruments BeagleBone Black with a 1Ghz TI AM335x ARM Cortex-A8, they add their Novus Robotics Cape add-on PCB board to provide for all the robotics R&D connectivity. This video features UCSD Professor Thomas Bewley, UCSD PhD student James Strawson and USCD PhD student Saam Ostovari.

While the BeagleMiP will be commercially available as a $150 MiP robotics development kit, the WowWee MiP is going to be the world’s first mass produced self-balancing Mobile Inverted Pendulum based commercial robot equipped with GestureSense technology (hand motion controls), bluetooth for Smartphone app control, fast speed, expansion for additional fun functionality. Carrying mode allows it to carry any weight, it also even has a port on the final model and can carry and balance any additional weight, including cameras, more sensors, modems, anything else users can think of.

As you can hear in the video, these UCSD students are also working on 40 centimeters tall versions of their MiP, which will be able to carry heavy bags like groceries for you and follow you around, for example.

AllGo Embedded Systems, Automotive Infotainment with 4-second Android boot

Posted by – January 17, 2014

AllGo Systems shows Automotive IVI system solution with 4 seconds boot up time on Freescale i.MX6 and Texas Instruments OMAP5 for Android in Automotive (long term support) configurations. AllGo’s technologies have been deployed in numerous fields of Automotive, Consumer and Security segments. Here are some of the things AllGo Systems provides:
- The complete software reference solution for digital audio players used by 8 leading car manufacturers in USA and Germany
- World’s fastest and best quality MP3 encoder for ARM platforms
- Video and Networked Audio IP which they have licensed to companies around the world
- BOM optimised turn-key solution for streaming video player
- World’s first fully programmable 1080p H.264 decoder
- Solutions used in over 50 products deployed in more than 6 million cars, portable players and home entertainment systems world-wide

Alcatel One Touch idolx+ 5″ 1080p with MT6592 Octa Core

Posted by – January 16, 2014

Based on the newest fastest yet Mediatek MT6592 Octa core ARM Cortex-A7, with a 5″ Full HD IPS LCD display, thin and light form factor, this is the highest yet performance from MediaTek, Alcatel One Touch is a very rapidly growing Smartphone brand.

LG G Flex, launching for $300 (with 2-year $2000+ contract) on Sprint on January 31st

Posted by – January 14, 2014

LG shows their really big curved 6″ 1280×720 smartphone design, running on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash.