Category: Samsung

ARM Linux Linaro hangout with Zach Pfeffer

Posted by – November 27, 2012

Hanging out with Zach Pfeffer, Android lead at http://linaro.org, they are working to optimize Linux on ARM.

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laptopmag.com: Cotton Candy FXI-Tech Exynos4210 HDMI Stick reviewed

Posted by – November 20, 2012

I think the Norwegian guys at Cotton Candy FXI-Tech actually kind of invented the HDMI stick market, when they first showed a prototype of the Cotton Candy exactly a year ago in November 2011. Since then, tons of other ARM SoCs have been shown and released to the worldwide market:
January 2012: Allways Innovating shows OMAP4 on HDMI Stick (not released yet as far as I know),
March 2012: Telechips Cortex-A5 ultra compact HDMI sticks (2, 3) appears (probably still the most compact)
May 2012: The Allwinner A10 Mk802 appears, has taken most of the market, appearing for $74 but now available for $25 from Shenzhen, a version is $40 with free worldwide shipping in the ARMdevices.net members store.
June 2012: Geniatech shows AmLogic single-core Cortex-A9 in HDMI Stick (available for $49 with worldwide shipping in the ARMdevices.net members store)
September 2012: RK3066 is ready for dual-core HDMI sticks
October 2012: The dual-core AmLogic MX HDMI stick and $99 with worldwide shipping the ARMdevices.net members store).
More RK3066 HDMI Sticks shown, the one with Bluetooth, mini-jack audio out and female HDMI port selling for $60 including worldwide shipping the ARMdevices.net members store.
And now perhaps the most powerful HDMI stick on the market is the i.MX6 Quad-core HDMI stick (2), available for $89 including worldwide shipping hopefully starting later today on the ARMdevices.net Members Store.

Read the full review of the Cotton Candy FXI-Tech HDMI Stick with many pictures here: http://blog.laptopmag.com/cotton-candy-tested-fastest-pc-on-a-stick-can-take-over-any-screen

Re-watch my overview video of the latest HDMI Sticks from Shenzhen:

ARM Powered Chromebook by Samsung

Posted by – November 2, 2012

This is the most awesome device in the world. First Exynos5250 ARM Cortex-A15 Mali-T604 device on the market. I ordered 3 that I'll hopefully receive tomorrow from Amazon, and that I can video-review over several videos in the days to come. I plan to use this ARM Cortex-A15 Powered Chromebook as my main laptop for all my video-blogging work going forward. I only use YouTube video editor anyway, and I expect to have my 2TB USB3 portable 2.5" hard drives work quite fine to backup SD cards from the camera, I expect the USB Ethernet adapter to work fine, I expect the performance to be good enough also on a 720p or 1080p external 42" HDTV as external monitor with external mouse and keyboard, I expect to find FTP support, and hopefully my favorite VPN service providers (especially when I need YouTube while in China) can also be used, perhaps there's VPN support in extensions. I really look forward to see what performance and battery life optimizations can be made in the weeks and months to come. This isn't big.LITTLE yet and the battery is ultra thin and light, but I still expect/wonder if this device can be optimized utilizing full Mali-T604 hardware acceleration to reach 10 hours battery life in the months to come.

InSignal ArndaleBoard Exynos5250 ARM Cortex-A15 Mali-T604 Development Board

Posted by – November 2, 2012

The $249 http://arndaleboard.org is the worlds most powerful ARM based development board, providing developers with an ARM Cortex-A15 with Mali-T604 Samsung Exynos5250 development platform. It includes Android support now, Chrome OS and Ubuntu support to come soon and more also later. This video includes an unboxing of the development board bundled with the optional $250 7" touch-screen.

ARM Techcon Keynote: Samsung Industry Address: Enabling the Super Devices of Tomorrow

Posted by – November 2, 2012

John Kalkman, Vice President, System LSI, Samsung Semiconductor Inc.

Abstract: Mobile computing devices are evolving faster than today's process technology can support. The solution is in the total system design. By employing a wide range of innovative system centric technologies, we can enable tomorrows workloads today.

Speaker Bio: John Kalkman is Vice President of Marketing for Samsung Semiconductor Inc's business in the Americas. As a senior member of the development team, John is responsible for setting the strategic direction for Samsung Semiconductor overall System LSI business which includes all logic business including application processor, image sensor and several other contributing silicon. With key target markets such as smartphones, tablets and notebooks, this division is gaining attention throughout the industry for its award-winning Exynos application processors as well as market-leading CMOS image sensor products.

HardKernel Odroid-X2, Exynos4412 1.7Ghz 2GB RAM development board

Posted by – November 1, 2012

HardKernel presents their latest update to the ODROID-X Exynos4412 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 development board. This new ODROID-X2 ships with the 1.7Ghz (1.8Ghz over-clockable) Exynos4412 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, with 2GB RAM, and a higher clocked 533Mhz Mali-400 quad-core GPU. The price is $149, the 16GB eMMC memory (4x to 5x faster than booting/running from SD Card) is $39 extra, the $9 power adapter is recommended also, then also add about $30 for shipping. Here is Ubuntu running, with support for doing things like compiling the Linux kernel on this ARM powered device supposedly with a performance superior to the first generation Intel Core i3 processor. Mali-400 hardware acceleration for Ubuntu should be coming soon, it's already there for Android of course. The ODROID-X2 should start shipping from http://hardkernel.com by the end of November.

Pictures of their catalog, click for full size:

ARM Keynote: ARM Cortex-A53 and ARM Cortex-A57 64bit ARMv8 processors launched

Posted by – October 31, 2012

Full 1 hour 9 minutes video of the ARM Cortex-A53 and ARM Cortex-A57 launch keynote here at the ARM Techcon in Santa Clara.

ArndaleBoard, $249 Exynos5250 ARM Cortex-A15 Mali-T604 development board launched

Posted by – October 26, 2012

The ArndaleBoard is the first ARM Cortex-A15 development board, featuring the Samsung Exynos5250 dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor on 32nm process with the quad-core Mali-T604 GPU.

ArndaleBoard ARM Cortex-A15 development board

World’s First Cortex-A15 Dual core
World’s Best 3D Performance with ARM Mali T-604 GPU
World’s first 12.8 Gbytes/sec Memory Bandwidth with 2-port 800MHz DDR3L
Ultimate WQXGA Display Solution with Low-Power eDP
1080p 60fps Video Performance and VP8 Decoder
USB 3.0 DRD Solution for Faster PC Sync UP and LTE

Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Arndale Board
CPU Board
Cortex-A15@1.7 GHz dual core subsystem with 64/128 bit SIMD NEON
32KB(instruction)/32KB(DATA)L1 Cache and 1MB l2 Cache
32-bit 800 MHz LPDDR3/LPDDR2 2GB
Base Board
Sensor
Accelerator : Invensence MPU-6050
Gyro : Invensence MPU-6050
e-Compass : AKM -AK8963C
ITU 601 camera Interface
HDMI 1.4 interfaces with on-chip PHY
One channel eDP output Single WQXGA
MIPI DSI Standard Specification V1.01r11
MIPI CSI Standard Specification V1.0 Two ports
USB3.0 Host or Device 1-channel that supports SS(5Gbps) with on-chip PHY
USB2.0 Host or Device 1-channel that supports LS/FS/HS with on-chip PHY
USB HSIC 2-channel that supports 480Mbps with on-chip PHY
SATA 1.0/2.0/3.0 interface
One channel eMMC 4.5
One channel SDIO 3.0
Two channel SD 2.0
Four channel high-speed UART
(up to 3Mbps data rate for Bluetooth 2.0 EDR and IrDA 1.0SIR)
Three channel high-speed SPI
Three channel 24-bit I2S audio interface
Four channel I2C interface support , up to 400kbps
Four channel HS-I2C up to 3.1Mps

Read more about it at: http://www.arndaleboard.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
found via: muktware.com

How I think that the ARM Powered Chromebook is a big deal for the industry

Posted by – October 21, 2012

I've been talking about ARM Powered Chrome OS for years now here on this blog (2, 3, 4, 5, 6). So you can imagine how happy I was to hear that Google and Samsung are launching the ARM Cortex-A15 Exynos5250 Powered Chromebook now today on Monday for $249!!! Here are some of the points that I think one can consider for how the ARM Powered Chromebook is a very big deal for the industry:

1. Chrome on ARM gets optimized, to use full hardware acceleration. It's important to have a web browsing experience on ARM in a 720p, 768p, 1080p resolution that be satisfactory to most users.

2. Chrome OS on ARM gets open sourced, means here's an OS to run on all ARM SoCs, this means that the $89 13.3" and $75 10.1" ARM Cortex-A9 Powered laptops, even single-core using VIA WM8850 for example, can soon ship with Chromium OS pre-installed.

3. Full Chrome on Android, with all plugins (including Flash, Java, etc), extensions, full tabs support, user interface for mouse and keyboard. This means a merger of Chrome OS and Android. The Chrome experience on Android should be as good as on a pure Chrome OS device. You can even have resume and boot-to-Chrome as a choice on Android, if you are using a device where you just want to use Chrome and that you may not care much about the rest of Android.

4. Gives a new purpose to ARM Powered Laptops, HDMI Sticks, Set-top-boxes and more. You can get a sub-$100 HDMI Stick to use as a Chromebox on your HDTV or PC Monitor. If you'd like to use the HDMI stick in Entertainment mode, it should be able to switch to Google TV mode.

5. Chromebooks are now sub-$250. This makes them very attractive to a majority of new Laptop buyers worldwide. I think that Chrome OS is going to dominate as the main OS for laptops and desktops worldwide. Though for that to easily happen, 13.3" ARM Cortex-A15 Chromebooks need to be sold for well below $200, the 11.6" ones should be sold towards below $150.

6. Combine the ARM Powered Chromebook with an 11.6" or 13.3" Pixel Qi screen, also wait for eventual full hardware optimizations to be automatically added to Chrome OS on ARM to take advantage of the Mali-T604 GPU and much else deep level ARM Cortex-A15 optimizations and you could have a battery life on your super thin ARM Powered Chromebook above 20 hours. This is game-changing for a super thin laptop.

7. Chrome OS forces App Developers to think Web First. That means better quality web apps. Expect high-quality online video-editing, photo-editing, word processing, FTP, programming and even gaming to work awesomely on the Web pretty quickly. That means web apps with full offline support, full cached acceleration for instant web app load times regardless of connection speed, Web GL for full GPU advanced 3D gaming including streaming of game info, remote 3D rendering and streaming of the highest quality 3D games, once all app developers think first about how to use the web to improve their apps, that brings the worlds best apps to everyone.

8. Upgrading the PC/Laptop is redefined. Consumers won't need to think about upgrading their PC/Laptop, unless they find one with a nicer design and style, with a different screen size or screen type which they may prefer. Upgrading a PC/Laptop for faster performance is going to be less and less of a reason for people to upgrade their computer. The most important specification is going to be battery life and screen technology. That is, if one can expect all web apps to load instantly on the ARM Powered Laptop, with unlimited simultaneous tabs opened smoothly at the same time, which is something we can expect on this ARM Cortex-A15 Chromebook.

9. You may think that this ARM Chromebook may not have yet an optimal performance. Consider that the web browser is perhaps one of the most advanced and complicated application on a PC/Laptop. Chrome on x86 is 50x faster than Internet Explorer was on x86 just 3 years ago. ARM Cortex-A15 is all new, so is Chrome on ARM, expect tons of optimizations to be beamed over the next weeks and months to come, as Google, Samsung and open source Chrome project engineers fully optimize the software on ARM.

10. You may think that the quoted 6.5 hours battery life on this initial ARM Chromebook may not sound like a whole lot. Consider that the power consumption governors may be cranked up to the maximum power consumption by Google and Samsung to prevent any slowdowns before Chrome for ARM gets optimized. As ARM optimizations are fully integrated in Chrome OS on ARM, you can perhaps expect this ARM Chromebook to magically suddenly be able to last more than 10 hours on the same thin and light battery.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other informations about how optimized Google and Samsung have made Chrome OS on ARM yet, if Google has announced much more about their plans to open source Chrome OS on ARM, if it's already open source, what you think we can expect for Chrome OS on lower power cheaper ARM SoCs such as RK3066, VIA 8850, Allwinner A10 and other processors that can be used in making much cheaper ARM Powered Chromebooks. Write also in the comments how many ARM Chromebooks you plan to buy, you are welcome to use my amazon link!

Exynos4412 Tablet and Smartphone by Zhengdongxing

Posted by – October 21, 2012

They have the Samsung Exynos4412 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 working on their $220 tablet and smartphone.

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