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Motorola X8 ARM SoC released, modified MSM8960 Pro with Adreno 320 with new always-on sensors

Posted by – July 24, 2013

Google Motorola with Qualcomm designs modified Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM SoC based on the dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 Pro with quad-core Adreno 320 GPU. Google says they add “natural language” and “contextual computing” cores hinting at dedicated processes for the OK Google Now touchless control features, to me feel like Sensor Fusion type of support within new upcoming smart devices. This means extreme low power sensors that can monitor things all the time, or which can for example “start listening” as long as the phone is touched at some point in the specific amount of time before you do the touchless voice commands. These types of sensor fusion features may bring very impressive new features to smartphones, the phone may learn always more about where it is in the world, where it is around you, about exact touching and other things. Think about sensors that detect taps without needing to even turn on the screen, meaning you could interact while keeping it in your pocket. Sensor fusion processing is so low power, as far as I remember hearing from Freescale, the battery in a phone can run that sensor for something like a year, or several months, where it can constantly monitor all movements of the device, triggering other areas on the SoC to be activated when specific movements are detected. Consider this may replace the need for a power button to be touched each time you power on the screen of your phone. Consider unlocking mechanisms and a whole new range of gestures and behaviors to interact with your phone. Your phone may even detect all types of touches not only on the screen but also on the back and around your phone, perhaps even touches on the table next to your phone. The GPS may be further optimized and super accurate and fast for all types of positioning features, including expanded Google Now functionality, without turning the phone on, from within your pocket, your phone may start saying something like “Hey Roger, you should check out the restaurant to your right, and I think you must be hungry” because your phone can know that you haven’t eaten yet and it knows what types of restaurants you like and it can constantly monitor your positioning to provide smart automatic notifications based on the types of augmented information you would like.

I don’t know if Google Motorola with Qualcomm is integrating those new sensors on the die of that Snapdragon/Adreno or if those new type of sensors are outside of the die on the SoC somehow. Does anyone here have any info about how Google Motorola and Qualcomm are doing it? And how are the other ARM SOC vendors going to start shipping all those new Sensor Fusion and advanced Sensor features into devices?

Google Motorola is shipping this new Motorola X8 ARM Processor in their new range of Droid phones (selling exclusively on Verizon in the USA) and it’s probably also in the Moto X phone to be launched next week in New York (I wish Goog was inviting me to any of their events).

Are you looking forward to Moto X?

I think that Moto X needs to be $199 unlocked out of contract, released for pre-paid carriers around the world, even shipping with dual-sim card support. If Google can source enough X8 ARM Processors with Qualcomm, enough screens from whoever provides Motorola with screens and if Google can have suppliers manufacture and assemble those fast enough (including those that are rumored to be assembled in the USA, I guess to supply the US market only), if Google wants to sell Moto X all over the developing world, Google can rapidly expand Motorola’s market share in smartphone sales worldwide. I can’t wait to hear more about the features of the Moto X, how Google integrates those new sensors in Android, how those Sensors expand on the features of ARM Powered devices and to hear more about the range of hardware that Google and Motorola are planning to release. Android merging with Chrome OS and Google TV is just going to be a small part of our future.

3 years ago, I first video-blogged about Freescale’s Contextual Sensor Fusion technology talking about Freescale’s Xtrinsic Sensor technology being launched at the Freescale Technology Forum in June 2010, that may be similar to the technologies now to be included in Motorola’s new range of devices including in the Moto X, this is what I wrote in the description of this video here on this blog in June 2010:

Imagine not needing a power button to turn on your phone, just pick it up. Imagine cheaper warranty as manufacturers will know when devices were damaged because of usage error such as fall or banging. Imagine new user interfaces that are much more relying on sensors as the new Freescale Xtrinsic sensors can measure stuff 2000 times per second (the bandwidth and architecture being better). Imagine also sensors combining their abilities through fusion, again, no need to wake up the main ARM processor of the device to do all kinds of things! Imagine the device knowing exactly how it is touched, how it is moved, how it is held, the touch is not anymore only on the screen! This means better battery usage, months maybe even years of seamless standby. The new Xtrinsic sensor only needs 12 micro amps of power to be turned on all the time!

Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa announced, Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE with Six-core ARM Mali-T628 GPU

Posted by – July 23, 2013

Samsung is ready with their upgraded ARM big.LITTLE ARM Cortex-A15/A7 processor, now peaking at perhaps 1.8Ghz in A15 and 1.3Ghz in A7, perhaps peaking at 14.9Gbit/s in memory bandwidth with the ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU.

Samsung may use this in their next high-end products, here’s what we can hope Samsung ships it in:

1. New Samsung ARM Chromebooks, faster performance, longer battery life, better screens and priced still below $250 but some higher-end luxury Chromebook Pixel quality $400-$500 ARM Chromebooks from Samsung I think are probably also welcome. Samsung should push for major sales of $99-$149 ARM big.LITTLE Chromeboxes, to take over most of the Desktop PC market. Make it in a beautiful compact near HDMI Stick sized Chromebox, amaze everyone. Performance good enough for 95% of desktop and laptop computing needs and Chrome OS is perfect for it?

2. Galaxy S4 Plus Ultra? The diversity in S4 on Octa for “rest of world” and S4 on Qualcomm S600 for Europe/USA has been kind of confusing. How does a newer Samsung S4 perform with this chip?

3. New Galaxy Note 3?

4. New Galaxy Tabs?

5. Could Samsung possibly supply all other hardware makers with this new Octa also? I think all Laptop/Desktop makers are desperate to get a good big.LITTLE in their Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, I think competitors want big.LITTLE in phonesl, does Samsung want to supply Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP, Gigabyte, Quanta, Foxconn, Google Motorola, HTC, Sony, does Samsung want to supply all those companies or should they be left to use Qualcomm, Nvidia and other for their near-term ARM Cortex-A15 demand? I guess this question may have to do with Samsung’s production capacity and their corporate strategy to keep their supply for their own brand with maximized corporate exclusivity in maximizing profit margins.

I look forward to learn more about how Samsung is using the Mali-T628 GPU for this SoC, which are the possibilities for GPGPU, GPU Computing, what are the new Open GL 3.0 possibilities in Android? How can it speed up Chrome OS? What can Ubuntu do with it? What’s Samsung’s yield? When are we seeing more of their big.LITTLE? How big is it going to be?

Read more at http://www.anandtech.com/show/7164/samsung-exynos-5-octa-5420-switches-back-to-arm-gpu

HDMI input/output Android set-top-box Geniatech ATV1610

Posted by – July 21, 2013

This is the first non-GoogleTV ARM Powered Android set-top-box with HDMI input/throughput that I have yet seen. This couls allow for many of the Google TV features here on this AmLogic based Android set-top-box. Thomas from Geniatech is showing the new Geniatech ATV1610 Android TV set-top-box on the dual-core AmLogic AML8726-MX ARM Cortex-A9 processor and the 1G DD3 RAM you are able to multitask throughout the Android Box with Mali-400 3D processing. The android TV box also includes a built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n module and together with the 3G USB Dongle support this makes it possible to have internet everywhere. You can download all the android apps that are available on Google play or customize the android box to any specific wants or needs. It is time to make your TV smart again!

specifications:
-AmLogic AML8726-MX dual-core ARM Cortex™-A9*4 CPU
-2.4G Wireless QWERTY Remote Control
-Build in 802.11b/g/n dual-band (long strong range) Wi-Fi Module
-Support SATA HDD Mass Storage
-Support 3G USB Dongle
-Support USB Webcam for Video Call
-Support USB Webcam for Video Call
-High Capability 1G DDR3 RAM
-Embedded Open GL 3D GPU

Smart Features:
HDMI input support
Dual Band module built-in
ARM CORTEX A9 x 2, frequency is 1.5GHz,RAM is 1G,built in 2G-32G flash memory
Powered by Android 4.1
Built-in Google Chrome Browser and support virtual private network access
Built in 802.11b/g/n WIFI module, wireless Internet access
USB interface, support mobile HDD, support mouse and keyboard operation
RJ45 10/100M Ethernet interface
Support 1080P video playback
HDMI video output, connect to HDTV for HD video playback
Support weather, calendar, and desktop clock gadgets
Support USB mouse and keyboard operation
Support 2.4G wireless motion (also called air or sky) remote control
Support Flash Player 10.2 for hardware decoding, Flash 11.1 for software decoding ,play back online video
Support music player, picture player and more family entertainment
Support SD card, 3 USB ports and Google Chrome browser
AppInstaller for application installation from USB/SD card

Reference Link:
http://www.geniatech.com/pa/atv1610.asp

OMAP4470 Glasses-free 3D 10.1″ tablet by Hampoo

Posted by – July 19, 2013

1. Glass-free 3D Tab from Hampoo science & Technology Co. Ltd
First of its kind in the world,Glass free 10.1ich 3D  Tablet which converts 2D photo/videos and 2D games to 3D visual experience. Snehesh Sinha a Lead Key Account Generator from Hampoo is describing Glass Free 3D 10.1 inch TAB in Tablet Trade Show.

Features:
- Plays all 3D &3D Video & Games/Photo
- Converts 2D Videos n Games into 3D
- Naked eye 3D experience
- Handy control in the application on the lhs of screen to amplify the
2D Videos  to 3D
- Far and behind option to reach back side of the screen to when
viewing 3D Videos/

Technical Specifications:
- Android OS
- 10.1”, 1920 X 1200 IPS Screen
- Wi-Fi/3G Support for smart 3G Video games
- 2D TO 3D Special Software Engine
- 50+ Games support
- 3D Photo & Video player
- GPU- SGX544 With 3D accelerator

2. OMAP4430 cortex A-9 TABS FOR Vertical Applications from Hampoo

Here is another Tab for vertical application from Hampoo.
A handy tool for Medical, Restaurants , Logistics,& Custom Apps
- Bar code scanner
- RFID sensor

Specifications:
- 1D & 2D Barcode scanner
- Wi-Fi roaming switch over time < 1 sec
- TI OMAP 4430, Cortex A-9 Duel core 1.9Ghz
- Front 2MP camera, Rear 5 MP
- 1G LPDDR2 RAM/ 16 G ROM
- Blue Tooth 4.0/ AGPS
- Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
- NFC

This product is already in use in one of the major Restaurant chain group in US.

Reference Link:
http://www.hampoo.com/en
https://www.computextaipei.com.tw/en_US/product/info.html?id=EFE0076A286722DF22EC395E2D67AB04
http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2013/06/07/552728/10035647/en/DDD-licenses-TriDef-3D-to-Hampoo-for-glasses-free-3D-tablets.html
http://www.3dfocus.co.uk/3d-news-2/worlds-first-10-1-glasses-free-3d-tablet-for-2013/13368

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Rockchip launches multi-window Android user interface

Posted by – July 19, 2013

Rockchip is launching their customized multi-window UI option for Rockchip devices based on Android 4.2.2. This custom UI option is provided for free for all makers of Rockchip based Android 4.2.2 devices. And this is just their first release of this special multi-window UI, if there is a lot of demand for it they will improve it and optimize it further. Rockchip uses graphics and hardware acceleration to optimize this multi-window UI.

What do you think about this custom UI? How does it compare with some previous Android custom UIs for multi-windowing by Samsung, LG and others? Do you think Google is going to release something like this in Android 4.3 or Android 5? I think there is a need to improve productivity and to improve the ways to use multi-tasking on Android, and some types of multi-windowing like this custom UI may be useful, but I think it may be important for these advanced UI features to not add bloat nor slow down the Android UI and they should I think only appear as an option for advanced users and for advanced usage. As ARM Processors performance increases, and number of cores increase, being able to do these types of simultaneous multi-tasking user interfaces may be the best or only way to really use the performance that is available with these new ARM processors on Android.

The Rockchip device maker CHUWI already has released a device with this new multi-window UI pre-installed and activated by default, here is their press release:

CHUWI V88V88S update to Android window operate system

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Rockchip shows sub-$10 Miracast/DLNA HDMI Dongle for all Android devices

Posted by – July 18, 2013

Rockchip shows the worlds cheapest Miracast and DLNA HDMI Dongle, Rockchip programmed Linux on their most basic ARM Processor to support quick and easy Miracast and DLNA for any Android WiFi device that can support that, making a WiFi Direct connection to any smartphone, tablet and making it easy to stream all screen content onto the HDTV. Miracast is a default feature for any Android 4.2 device. No configuration, no password prompting, you just connect to the HDMI Dongle directly to start transmitting the screen content to the HDTV.

Rockchip shows H.265 and WebM VP9 video decoding on RK3188

Posted by – July 18, 2013

Rockchip shows the world’s first H.265 and VP9 advanced video playback on their Rockchip RK3188 processor. Right now Rockchip is doing this software based decoding, with potential support for hardware based decoding coming later. This shows how the Rockchip RK3188 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 is fast enough to do such advanced software based video decoding. In the future, even Rockchip’s single-core and dual-core will support H.265 and VP9 codec, the goal is to have 1080p software based playback on RK3188 and 720p support on the Rockchip’s dual and single-core. The H.265 and VP9 support is added with a patch with no need to do a full firmware flash upgrade. The new H.265 HEVC and the WebM VP9 codecs can potentially save something like half the bitrate and file size at the same video quality.

$45 Dual-SIM 7″ MediaTek MT6515 Tablet with hot-swappable batteries

Posted by – July 17, 2013

Check out this 7″ dual-sim-GPRS MT6515 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 based tablet with hot-swappable batteries that I found on the market in Shenzhen. I think you can get IPS for $10 more and 3G-capable dual-sim MT6577 for $10-$20 more. I like the hot-swappable batteries.

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Shenzhen Tena RK3188 HDMI Stick and Set-top-boxes

Posted by – July 17, 2013

Shenzhen Tena is a close and early partner with Rockchip designing and implementing Rockchip RK3188 based HDMI Sticks and Set-top-boxes, they have 14 production lines currently outputting 30K HDMI Sticks and Set-top-boxes per month but with a capacity that is much higher as soon as software is fully optimized and as soon as demand is maximized.

Shenzhen Tena at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair

Vido Yuandao RK3188 Tablet Factory Tour

Posted by – July 17, 2013

Vido Yuandao Window88 shows around their Shenzhen factory where they are currently manufacturing Rockchip RK3188 based tablets and a lot of other tablets. Here you get a tour around their R&D department, the production lines, packaging, testing and more. One of the tablets that Vido outputs is the Vido Mini One on 7.85″ RK3188 of which you can see my video of here and see a tour at Vido’s booth with more Vido videos to come on http://ARMdevices.net

This is how it looks when I film this type of video at the Vido factory using my Steadicam Merlin 2 on vest:

Charbax video-blogging at Vido factory

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