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EmdoorVR Allwinner VR9 design house

Posted by Charbax – April 19, 2018

Emdoor is one of the largest design houses in Shenzhen, here they talk about their support for the new Allwinner VR9 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with an independent single core 32KB L1 I-cache + 32KB L1 D-cache, shared 512KB L2 cache, with MaliT760 GPU and support for OpenGLES 3.2 and OpenCL 1.1. Allwinner VR9 is the first SoC optimized for VR, with as low as dedicated 20ms low latency acceleration module portal, dual-engine direct drive dual-screen system, panoramic 6K visual effects with support for expansive camera positioning, up to 6K30 H265 and 4K60 HEVC/VP9 video decode.

Allwinner A63, A50, A33G

Posted by Charbax – April 16, 2018

Allwinner releases their new ARM SoCs for 64bit and 32bit cost effective tablets, featuring their new Allwinner A63 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-T760MP2 GPU. This video was filmed at the Allwinner press conference event in Shenzhen where they had a lot of their industry partners, design houses, factories, OEMs, software partners, to see and to hear about the latest of what Allwinner has been working to do for them. The new Allwinner A50 is Allwinner's mid-range Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali-400 GPU with support for DDR4 and LPDDR4 RAM, better TLC based Flash memory. For the very entry level Tablet market, Allwinner presents their new Allwinner A33G which is limited at a lower 1.35Ghz clock-speed with a lower resolution display support. While these 3 new ARM Processors by Allwinner are presented as their newest Tablet processors, they are also compatible with all sorts of other devices which could be Robots, interactive Smart Speakers with displays, Smart Rearview Mirrors, Smart Mirrors, Laptops, Desktops, and more. Allwinner also talks about their participation in the Open AI Labs which I also filmed here.

IBM Supercomputer on Power9 and Nvidia GPU

Posted by Charbax – April 8, 2018

Using IBM Power9 and Nvidia Volta GPU technology, the Summit system is a proven AI pioneer expected to deliver in excess of 200 Peta flops of performance, likely making it one of the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

Cavium ThunderX2 (HPC applications and performance)

Posted by Charbax – April 6, 2018

Surya Hotha, Director, Product Marketing at Cavium, talks Innovative Alternate Architecture for Exascale Computing at the SC17 Supercomputing ARM HPC User Group event in Denver. See my other Cavium ThunderX videos here.

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Keynote: Datacenter Trends with Qualcomm’s Dileep Bhandarkar at Linaro Connect Hong Kong 2018

Posted by Charbax – March 29, 2018

For decades we have been able to take advantage of Moore’s Law to improve single thread performance, reduce power and cost with each generation of semiconductor technology. While technology has advanced after the end of Dennard scaling more than 10 years ago, the advances have slowed down. Server performance increases have relied on increasing core counts and power budgets.
At the same time, workloads have changed in the era of cloud computing. Scale out is becoming more important than scale up. Domain specific architectures have started to emerge to improve the energy efficiency of emerging workloads like deep learning
This talk will provide a historical perspective and discuss emerging trends driving the development of modern servers processors.

Bero shows AOSP TV 8.1, Gemini PDA, Android with newer kernels at Linaro LMG/LHG hacking room

Posted by Charbax – March 24, 2018

Bero (Bernhard Rosenkränzer) and his colleagues from the Linaro Mobile Group (Android) and the Linaro Home Group (TV Boxes) are working in the hacking room at Linaro Connect to prepare some demos for Demo Friday including AOSP TV on 8.1 (while most Android TV runs on 7.1), updating the Linux kernel on Android phones to some newer kernel version, and Bero also gives his opinions on the multi-Linux booting Gemini PDA amazing keyboard phone which he has purchased (see my video on Gemini PDA Linux support here)

Tomas Evensen, Xilinx CTO of Embedded Software at Linaro Connect

Posted by Charbax – March 24, 2018

Tomas Evensen talks about FPGA, the Xilinx Ultra96 development board to be available at $249 (also see my video with Xilinx about Ultra96 here) and the announcement by Xilinx of their upcoming 7nm FPGA with ARM cores SoCs to come in 2019 with up to 50 Billion transistors on the SoC.

$99 Rock960 Enterprise Edition “Ficus”, Rock960 Pro with RK3399Pro with NPU for AI

Posted by Charbax – March 22, 2018

Tom Cubie of Vamrs introduces two new Rockchip RK3399Pro based development boards with http://96boards.ai at Linaro Connect Hong Kong 2018, a new ecosystem of development boards for Artificial intelligence development, where the new Rockchip RK3399Pro includes an NPU (2.4 TOPS capable NPU) teamed up with Open AI Lab (who I interviewed here) to support the AI framework.

Rockchip has now officially joined 96Boards as Steering Committee member, which means ROCK960 and other futures 96rocks boards based on Rockchip processors now have official identity in the 96boards/linaro community.

ROCK960 Enterprise Edition board runs Rockchip RK3399Pro hexa core dual ARM Cortex-A72, quad ARM Cortex-A53, Mali-T860MP4 GPU with 2.4 TOPS capable NPU, up to 4GB RAM, Dual SATA 3.0 port with RAID 0/1 support, HDMI 2.0/eDP up to 4K @ 60 Hz, Dual MIPI CSI camera interfaces, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, 3x USB 3.0, 5x USB 2.0, PCIe 2.1 x16 slot and more.

Rock960 consumer edition which I previously also filmed here is about to be manufactured now to be available next month.

Xilinx Ultra96, UltraScale+ FPGA 96Boards development board

Posted by Charbax – March 22, 2018

Ultra96 is an Arm-based, Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC development board based on the Linaro 96Boards specification. The 96Boards’ specifications are open and define a standard board layout for development platforms that can be used by software application, hardware device, kernel, and other system software developers. Ultra96 represents a unique position in the 96Boards community with a wide range of potential peripherals and acceleration engines in the programmable logic that is not available from other offerings.

Ultra96 boots from the provided Delkin 16 GB MicroSD card, pre-loaded with PetaLinux. Engineers have options of connecting to Ultra96 through a Webserver using integrated wireless access point capability or to use the provided PetaLinux desktop environment which can be viewed on the integrated Mini DisplayPort video output. Multiple application examples and on-board development options are provided as examples.

Ultra96 provides four user-controllable LEDs. Engineers may also interact with the board through the 96Boards-compatible low-speed and high-speed expansion connectors by adding peripheral accessories such as those included in Seeed Studio’s Grove Starter Kit for 96Boards.

Micron LPDDR4 memory provides 2 GB of RAM in a 512M x 32 configuration. Wireless options include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 (provides both Bluetooth Classic and Low Energy (BLE)). UARTs are accessible on a header as well as through the expansion connector. JTAG is available through a header (external USB-JTAG required). I2C is available through the expansion connector.

Ultra96 provides one upstream (device) and two downstream (host) USB 3.0 connections. A USB 2.0 downstream (host) interface is provided on the high speed expansion bus. Two Microchip USB3320 USB 2.0 ULPI Transceivers and one Microchip USB5744 4-Port SS/HS USB Controller Hub are specified.

The integrated power supply generates all on-board voltages from an external 12V supply (available as an accessory).

Cadence HiFi DSP SDK for Android

Posted by Charbax – March 22, 2018

Raj Pawate, Niranjan Yadla and Sachin Ghanekar presented a low cost SDK for Cadence HiFi 3 DSP. This Hikey960 development board enables software developers to leverage the power of the HiFi 3 DSP and introduce new algorithms for audio and speech processing. With HiFi 3 DSP running at 533 MHz and access to a large shared system memory of 13MB, software developers are no longer constrained to showcase their advanced algorithms. In addition, the HiFi 3 DSP works closely with an App processor hosting Android allowing software developers to integrate DSP functionality within the context of Android Applications.