Category: Chip provider

Free Electrons Thomas Petazzoni and Opersys Karim Yaghmour at Atmel booth at Embedded World 2015

Posted by – March 26, 2015

In this interview, Free Electrons CTO Thomas Petazzoni and Opersys founder Karim Yaghmour exchange some thoughts about embedded Linux vs. Android, and then Thomas moves on to describe in more details the activities of the embedded Linux services company Free Electrons. Both Free Electrons and Opersys are unique amongst others things by the fact that they provide all their training materials freely on the web! Thomas also discusses the numerous Linux kernel contributions made by Free Electrons, which is ranked the 7th contributing company for the next Linux kernel release, in number of patches, an impressive result for a 9 persons business: Free Electrons has developed a core expertise in pushing the support for ARM processors to the upstream Linux kernel. More specifically, the work done by Free Electrons engineers on Atmel ARM platforms is presented, since Free Electrons was demonstrating an Atmel SAMA5D3 platform with a brand new DRM/KMS graphics driver that has been developped by Free Electrons engineer Boris Brezillon and recently merged in Linux 4.0.

$10 Cypress PSoC ARM Cortex-M3 Programmable System-on-Chip

Posted by – March 26, 2015

Cypress makes programmable system-on-chip solutions used in a wide range of applications, from consumer and automotive to industrial and military products. They are launching the $10 CY8KIT-059 development board to program their ARM Cortex-M3 PSoC 5LP at http://www.cypress.com/?rid=108038 The Cypress PSoC platform includes several families of devices that feature an ARM Cortex processor surrounded by a host of programmable analog and digital resources that can easily be customized with a simple drag-and-drop design tool called PSoC Creator. Cypress’s newest PSoC innovation includes the PSoC 4 M-Series, which, with its 32-bit ARM Cortex M0- core, 128KB of flash, programmable analog and digital components, dual CAN interfaces and 55 GPIOs, make it an ideal replacement for standard 8-bit and 16-bit applications. Another recent Cypress innovation is the Cypress PSoC 4 BLE, which adds Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity to any device, and is ideal for a variety of wireless applications from fitness and health-monitoring wearables to sensor-based systems in homes.

Radxa Rock2 RK3288 development board

Posted by – March 26, 2015

This is the Radxa Rock2 on Rockchip RK3288 quad-core ARM Cortex-A17, still being optimized for release at http://radxa.com/Rock2 it's configured as a SoM (System on Module) board with a choice of two base boards with more or less connectors and with that SoM module swappable. Tyler Baker of the Linaro LAVA team talks about the connectors and how Linaro is integrating this into http://kernelci.org which you can hear about at http://armdevices.net/2015/02/28/kernelci-org-upstream-kernel-validation-project/

Noah U30 Education Tablet with Digitizer runs Allwinner A83T

Posted by – March 26, 2015

This is a high-end Tablet on Allwinner A83T Octa Core ARM Cortex-A7, with a high performance digitizer and educational software for elementary school children, who's parents want them to get through the educational content provided by the Noah company.

Ployer Factory Tour mass manufacturing Onda V975S and V989 Air on Octa Core Allwinner A83T

Posted by – March 26, 2015

Tour at the Ployer Factory, showing them mass manufacturing the Allwinner A83T Octa Core based Onda V975S Tablet, it comes with an IPS 1024x768 9.7" display, 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM, selling at sub-$130 retail out of China at http://www.onda-tablet.com/onda-v975s-octa-core-a83t-tablet.html and through other resellers worldwide. Ployer is also mass manufacturing the Onda V989 Air on Allwinner A83T.

You can contact Ployer here:
Brian Chou
info@ployer.com.cn
brian@ployer.com.cn
Leeon Wong
leeon@ployer.com.cn
Leeon Mobile: +86 13410724508
Phone: +86 755 82660733
http://en.ployer.cn
Building 8, Dongfang Jianfu Yusheng Industrial Park,
Gushu, Xixiang, Baoan District, Shenzhen, 518000, China

Ployer Tablet Company Latest Allwinner Tablets Overview

Posted by – March 26, 2015

Brian Chou of Ployer, talks about the Ployer company Tablets business, manufacturing millions of tablets. Here showing some of their latest designs, mostly using Allwinner A33, and A83T, which Ployer says offers the best value for money. You can also see my latest 2015 Ployer Factory Tour video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR75Y9u2wd8 and my previous 2014 Ployer Factory Tour video is here.

You can contact Ployer here:
Brian Chou
info@ployer.com.cn
brian@ployer.com.cn
Leeon Wong
leeon@ployer.com.cn
Leeon Mobile: +86 13410724508
Phone: +86 755 82660733
http://en.ployer.cn
Building 8, Dongfang Jianfu Yusheng Industrial Park,
Gushu, Xixiang, Baoan District, Shenzhen, 518000, China

Best of MWC: MediaTek MT2601 Smartwatch and Smart Glass!!

Posted by – March 21, 2015

MediaTek launches their MT2601 Android Wear ready (soon) Smartwatch platform, and also they show off their Kopin micro LCD Smart Glass solution on MediaTek Aster MT2502. In my opinion, these are the best looking Smartwatch and Smartglass at Mobile World Congress 2015. The Smartwatch that MediaTek is showing is designed by GoerTek and it runs Android 4.4 for now but Android 5.0 with Android Wear UI is coming soon for the MT2601 platform according to MediaTek. MediaTek MT2502 is running an ARM11 core to run the MediaTek LinkIt OS while MediaTek MT2601 is a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 to run a full Android Lollipop with Android Wear soon supported! This is perhaps the optimal low cost Smartwatch and Smart Glass solution for the market, finally available from MediaTek, with soon to come Lollipop thus Android Wear supported.

Specs of the GoerTek MediaTek MT2601 Smartwatch:
- 1.5” circular TFT LCD 320x320
- IPX7 waterproofing
- BT/BLE, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G cellular supported
- Android 4.4 OS (Lollipop Android Wear soon!)
- PPG heart-rate sensing
- Built-in microphone and speaker

Rising Speakers Factory Tour

Posted by – March 19, 2015

33-minute tour at the Rising Electronics Smart Speakers Factory, where they use Allwinner C100 (multimedia, bluetooth) and C100A (also with WiFi) processors for smart speakers with even video playback. Here's a tour of their precision mold machines, assembly, doing their multimedia speakers, mp5 players, radio cassettes with USB, LCD TVs and more, with their markets being Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda) and the Middle-east, with 20-30 thousand shipping there each month.

You can contact Rising Electronics here:
faizul@risingelectronics.com
+86 13556802882

$38 UyeSee SoundMate WM201 Wireless Music Adapter

Posted by – March 19, 2015

Uyesee releases their second generation WiFi audio streamer in Uyesee SoundMate WM201 wifi audio streaming adapter which is able to transform any old speaker into a connected WiFi HiFi Smart audio System. With Soundmate, you can stream music from local storage or cloud through any smart device by airplay or DLNA streaming protocol, including phone, tablet, laptop, Mac with Android, iOS, Windows, Windows Phone, Mac support. They ship it with the EZCast app helping with the user experience for the maximum compatibility, supporting all audio formats from normal audio files to lossless audio files, such as flac, ape, wav.

Main Features :
- Streaming from 3G/4G network of mobile device, can be used in car or outdoor
- Using WiFi technology to enable a longer streaming distance compared to Bluetooth
- Unified app and operating systems supported iOS/Android/Windows/Windows Phone/Mac
- Support popular streaming protocols DLNA/AIRPLAY
- Audio outputs 3.5" earphone audio output and SPDIF with 2.1 and 5.1 channel support
- Support playing from USB pen drive and TF card
- Support Lossless audio FLAC/APE/WAV
- Internet Radio: 120+ Countries, 10000+ Channels
- Support Streaming music from Cloud
- Support Streaming music from MTV

You can read more at: http://www.uyesee.com
Business inquiry: inquiry@uyesee.com
3G/4G Streaming Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F4nSZAJ3ok
Where to Buy:
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/SoundMate-WM201-AirPlay-DLNA-EZMusic-WiFi-Music-streamer-for-iOS-Android-Windows-Mac-Internet-Radio-Play/1191754_32259406189.html

Atmel | SMART SAM S70 and E70 ARM Cortex-M7 (World’s fastest ARM Cortex-M)

Posted by – March 17, 2015

The Atmel | SMART SAM S70 and E70 microcontrollers are based on the high-performance 32-bit ARM Cortex-M7 RISC processors with double precision floating point unit. They operate at a maximum speed of 300MHz and feature up to 2048KB of Flash, dual 16KB of cache memory and up to 384KB of SRAM. They can achieve 1500 CoreMarks or up to 645 DMIPS. On the memory side, they have a flexible SRAM which can be configured as Tightly Coupled Memory (TCM) up to 256KB. Allowing execution of deterministic code or fast processing data. Code executed from TCM is executed at full speed so at 300MHz. The SRAM is multi-port which is reducing the latency over the bus matrix. When they have a lot of burst the latency can be reduced by 16 thanks to the 4 ports. To accelerate the execution of the code from on-chip Flash or nonvolatile memory connected to QuadSPI or over the External Bus Interface, they have integrated a huge L1 cache of 16kByte for the instruction and 16kByte for the data. Both with ECC. The 384KByte of SRAM can be extended through the SDRAM interface. Looking at the features now, they have plenty of serial communications such as SPI, SDIO or USART. Atmel has one High-speed USB Host and Device, with integrated PHY which obviously save some cost and PCB space. There is one CMOS Camera interface for image acquisition. All the series offer two Advanced Analog Frontend (AFE) with Dual Sample and hold capability and Up to 16-bit resolution with hardware oversampling. They also have programmable Gain for small signal input. All series offer real-time event management through direct connection between PWM, Timer and ADC for motor control application. Both series are based on the same feature set, the only difference is coming from the Ethernet, CAN support (SAME70 integrates Ethernet and CAN). Atmel offers all series in BGA and QFP from 64 to 144 pins. Small 64-pin pincount option offers an entry level form factor high performance MCU. All series support the extended Industrial temperature range from -40 to 105°C.