Category: Chip provider

$249 ZTE Nubia 5S Mini, 4.7″ 720p IGZO, APQ8064

Posted by – January 26, 2014

ZTE's Nubia brand introduces 5S Mini, priced at around $249 now in China, selling millions of flagship ZTE Nubia units in China, they are now making it available worldwide.

Nvidia Tegra K1 Visual Computing Module for Self-Driving Cars

Posted by – January 24, 2014

Nvidia shows their new Tegra K1 based in-car infotainment system, using their advanced GPU to increase the photo realism of the car's Digital Dashboard. When the car dashboard looks like and reacts like a real material, it becomes more glance able, less distracting in the car. The Tegra K1 will then also enable self-driving car technology, potentially processing all that is needed to be processed to power a self-driving car. Tegra K1 will drive camera-based, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning and street sign recognition and can also monitor driver alertness via a dashboard-mounted camera.

$129 MiiPC Android desktop on Marvell Armada 1500 Plus

Posted by – January 23, 2014

MiiPC by zerodesktop is a desktop computer, media center and gaming hub all in a single device. Running on the dual-core Marvell Armada 1500 Plus with Gc100 GPU, 2GB RAM (1GB on basic model), 8GB built-in eMMC Flash (4GB on basic model) expandable via SD slot and 3xUSB 2.0 Host ports, WiFi-N, Ethernet, Bluetooth 4, speaker jack. They have developed web-based and app based parental control systems, MiiP Web app center, and the user interface of their customized Android is optimized for the desktop user experience. The idea for the MiiPC is for this to be a cheap desktop for children to use in the home while it being managed by the parent. You can buy it here: MiiPC basic 1GB RAM 4GB Flash and MiiPC Premium 2GB RAM/8GB Flash MiiPC here. The MiiPC was launched as a kickstarter project that sold for over $175 Thousand dollars: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2102024857/miipc-power-to-the-parents

Nvidia Tegra K1, Kepler 192-core GPU DX11 OpenGL 4.4, 64bit Denver soon

Posted by – January 23, 2014

Nvidia launches Tegra K1 with quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and their 192-core Kepler GPU, now bringing DX11, OpenGL 4.4 PC-class gaming to ARM Powered devices. Nvidia now claims that most x86 PC games can be ported over to their Kepler ARM platform relatively easily. They will release a dual-core 64bit Denver version of Tegra K1 later during the year. This video also includes parts of the CES 2014 Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang keynote which you can also see the full official video below.

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" 854x480 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.