Category: Chip provider

Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth, runs on 30 Smartphones, all ARM Servers and upcoming ARM Laptops

Posted by – December 17, 2013

Ubuntu Founder, Mark Shuttleworth, talks about why he started Ubuntu, how it runs on 30 different ARM Powered Smartphones, on all the ARM Servers, on upcoming ARM Powered Laptops also. GPU providers opening up more and more to allow full Ubuntu hardware acceleration, optimizing Ubuntu on one GPU can enable Ubuntu on ARM Powered phones, tablets, laptops and desktops also.

Robert Scoble “Age of Context” at LeWeb 2013

Posted by – December 17, 2013

The five converging forces promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know them as: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we’ll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant.

You can buy Robert Scoble's new book or ebook at amazon.com

$149 Inforce IFC6410 Qualcomm APQ8064 S4 Pro Development Board Computer

Posted by – December 14, 2013

Inforce is an embedded Pico-ITX development kit maker using Qualcomm, here their latest APQ8064 SoC with 2GB RAM in a compact dev board retailing at $149. The boards come with basic connections like micro hdmi, micro sd, and ethernet. Inforce also sells a larger more fully featured version of the boards with a battery and camera. The boards have a wide variety applications in embedded computing ranging from software development and hobby uses to medical uses. Future versions of the board will come with the upcoming Snapdragon 8084 processor.

You can read more about the IFC6410 here: http://www.inforcecomputing.com/product/moreinfo/ifc6410.html

Unbound Robotics UBR 1, Robot development platform

Posted by – December 11, 2013

The Unbound Robotics UBR 1 is a robot that uses a combination of both ARM Cortex and x86 processors. The UBR 1 is designed as a platform for robotics development and uses ROS (robotics operating system) which is open source. The main processor currently in the robot is an x86 but it uses 12 ST Microelectronics ARM Cortex-M4 based microcontrollers to control each part of the robot.

You can read more about it here: http://unboundedrobotics.com/ubr-1/

$26 Freescale Vybrid powered Colibri VF50 and VF61 by Toradex

Posted by – December 11, 2013

The all-new additions to Toradex’ Colibri product family are a couple of Freescale Vybrid SoC-powered low-power, small form-factor devices. The Colibri VF50 and the Colibri VF61, based respectively on Freescale Vybrid VF5xx and Vybrid VF6xx family of SoC. To give you a little more information, the Vybrid VF5xx family is a single-core (ARM Cortex-A5) solution with 1.5 MB on-chip SRAM, DDR2/3, high-speed USB with PHY, dual Ethernet and a host of other interfaces. On the other hand, the Vybrid VF6xx family is a dual-core (ARM Cortex-A5 plus ARM Cortex-M4) solution with 1.5 MB on-chip SRAM, DDR2/3, dual XiP quad SPI memory interfaces, dual high-speed USB with PHY, dual Ethernet, and a digital/analog video camera interface. The modules are also priced at an unbelievable USD 26 and USD 39 respectively for the Colibri VF50 and the Colibri VF61 (for high volumes). Toradex’ Colibri VF50 and VF61 are both SODIMM sized computer module with an emphasis, according to the company, on delivering cost-effective CPU, and graphic performance with a low power footprint. The dual-core on the Colibri VF61 makes it ideal for solutions that run a commercial operating system on the Cortex-A class core while the Cortex-M core runs an RTOS for time and security-critical operations. This kind of arrangement eliminates the need for an external MCU or field-programmable gate array (FPGA).

Shenzhen Geniatech CEO Interview, AmLogic Android TV Set-top-box Innovation Leader

Posted by – December 10, 2013

Shenzhen Geniatech http://geniatech.com was founded by Mr Fang 16 years ago and is one of the world's early Multimedia Set-top-box makers. Starting since 4 years ago doing ARM based Set-top-boxes, Geniatech is now the world's leader using the latest AmLogic multimedia optimized ARM Processors, getting early access to AmLogic alpha development, being able to optimize the multimedia functionality, supporting all audio and video codecs, implementing innovative features that other Set-top-box makers don't support. For example 4K2K decoding, open source, many licences including Adobe and with a strong support team in Shanghai. The use of ARM Powered Android for TV Set-top-boxes is a high potential high growth market, many competitors are trying to use Android on the Set-top-box, as Google TV is turning into Android TV, Geniatech still has very big room for innovation into implementing Android on the TV Box, doing more customization based on Android and AmLogic's latest SoC, porting DRM, NFC Driver support on USB, Zigbee driver and more differentiation based on different kind of accessories for example microphone on remote control also TV Tuner USB Dongle, HDMI loop-through input functionality, able to release private API on CEC HDMI Control Interface, IR Blaster, Bluetooth etc enabling customers to develop B2B applications on top of Geniatech's platform. For example hotel VOD, Games and more.

Onyx Shenzhen R&D Headquarters Tour, E Ink Android Freescale i.MX6 Solo Lite Product Manager, Device Driver Engineer

Posted by – December 9, 2013

Onyx International shows the first ARM Cortex-A9 Android 4.0 E Ink e-reader in the world at their Shenzhen R&D Headquarter. Onyx is able to do custom designs for Android based e-readers, engineering new features, designing new devices, enabling E Ink alternatives to Amazon Kindle, Nook and Kobo. Providing the fastest yet Android support on E Ink. Watch in this video filmed at the Onyx Headquarters in Shenzhen China, how the Onyx teams of engineers do their innovative work.

Team behind the Tomato T2 Exynos 5410 Octa Core tablet, fastest Shenzhen Tablet yet

Posted by – December 8, 2013

Here's the founder and lead engineer on the Samsung Exynos 5410 based Octa Core Tablet, sold at sub-$300 prices out of Shenzhen, possibly available near-$200 if you look correctly for it. Or you may wait for a potential more stable faster Exynos 5420 device to come from this or other team.

$108 13.3″ Android Laptop, VIA8880 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, 5000mAh

Posted by – December 8, 2013

The cheapest 13.3" Ultrabook killer, now selling at near $100, with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor WM8880 from VIA WonderMedia. Running smooth Android, but of course would be nicer with Chrome OS (or Chromium OS) and Ubuntu, on dual or triple boot. It has 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash, 1366x768 screen resolution, 5000mAh battery could do 10+ hours battery life if the display was a Pixel Qi ultra-low power sunlight readable LCD. This is where the upcoming Intel-killing Ultrabook-killing is going to come from.

Pipo U7 MT8389 3G-dual-sim with phone function tablet Q7903M

Posted by – December 6, 2013

Pipo releases this Ultra-U7 tablet, with the same 7.85" display as on iPad Mini, it's with the 1.2Ghz MediaTek MT8389 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 1GB RAM, with 3G dual-sim calling functionality, selling at retail price of 999rmb in China ($164) the retail price target may be below $199€ in USA/Europe (consider import taxes etc). It also includes an excellent back-facing 8megapixel camera with auto-focus and flashlight.

You can read more about it here: http://pipo.com.cn/product.php?id=127