Category: Texas Instruments

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Teradici PCoIP, optimized remote desktop on TI’s OMAP4460

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2012

Teradici is doing software optimization using the PCoIP (PC-over-IP) protocol to run a full x86 desktop remotely over the Internet onto an OMAP4460 device. Here in this demo remotely using an x86 desktop that is over 2000 miles away (and considering that Internet connections at trade shows can be unreliable).

Texas Instruments shows latest Augmented Reality Tablet demos

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2012

Using software from Total Immersion and Metaio, Texas Instruments is showing their latest status of hardware acceleration on the DSP, Still Image Co-processing for Augmented Reality applications, games, navigation and more.

Status of Ubuntu for ARM Laptops and Servers

Posted by Charbax – January 24, 2012

David Mandala, Manager of the ARM Team at Canonical talks about the status of Ubuntu Linux on ARM Laptops and Servers, and about their plans for Ubuntu on ARM until 2014 and beyond. Who wouldn't want to buy an awesome $199 ARM Powered Ultrabook, 13.3" screen, ARM Cortex-A9 1.5Ghz TI OMAP4460 or 1.8Ghz TI OMAP4470, thinner, lighter than Intel Ultrabooks, 2x longer battery life on a smaller thinner battery (10x with the sunlight readable Pixel Qi), 1GB or 2GB RAM for full speed Chrome and Firefox web browser speeds?

Talking about the status of Ubuntu on TI OMAP3 (beagleboard), OMAP4 (pandaboard), Marvell, Freescale, Calxeda, plans for Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 optimizations by Ubuntu 12.10, ARM Cortex-A15, ARM Cortex-A7, ARMv8 64bit, the imminent inclusion of full hard-float optimization in Ubuntu 12.4 on ARM:

With Ubuntu 12.04 on ARM there is also hard-float support (ARMhf), as previously talked about on Phoronix, and this will mean a huge performance boost for many workloads. Mandala said the performance boost they are seeing is between 5% and 30% improvement for floating-point operations. Also benefiting greatly for end-users is improved font-rendering, web-page scrolling, and other operations from this ARM hardfp support. Other code is also benefiting due to better use of the stack calling convention.


Orchard Inc Toughlet, Pixel Qi tablet for commercial ruggedized outdoor use

Posted by Charbax – January 24, 2012

Orchard Inc raised $4 Million for a tablet startup, here showing their titanium aluminium enclosure design, water resistant, unbreakable, with Pixel Qi and OMAP4 Powered Android, designed for outdoor use.

OMAP5 at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 20, 2012

Texas Instruments was showing the OMAP5 ARM Cortex-A15 processor for the first time at CES 2012 running on their new development kit which they were showing to people but not allowing video recording of yet. was the first to be allowed to film a demo of it:

Look forward to much more on the Texas Instruments OMAP5 platform at Mobile World Congress next month and in the months to come until devices start shipping using OMAP5 by the end of the year or early next year.

Windows RT on OMAP4470 Texas Instruments 1.5Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 Tablet

Posted by Charbax – January 20, 2012

Here's Windows 8 on an ARM Powered Tablet, running on the Texas Instruments OMAP4470 1.8Ghz processor with the SGX544 GPU. This is the first time that I saw the OMAP4470 in a tablet and it's the first time that I briefly touched Windows 8 on an ARM Powered tablet (as you can hear in the video, I wasn't supposed to be allowed to touch it). Look forward to much more on OMAP4470 and Windows 8 on ARM in the months to come.

Augmented Video-blogging Hangout featuring the Kopin Golden-i at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 16, 2012

Here's a Google+ Hangout recorded while at the Kopin Golden-i reception held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas during CES 2012. Demonstrating and talking about my Augmented Video-blogging using their device, and other uses of this headmounted display device and other news from the CES. You can fast forward to about 34 minutes 40 seconds in for the demo by Motorola Solutions's Product Lead on the Golden-i, Nicole Tricoukes, explaining how the Golden-i headmounted computer works and what Motorola Solutions plans to target it for when they plan to mass produce it and release it in the second half of the year (you can watch her TEDx presentation)

Toshiba Excite X10 launched in the USA, OMAP4430 1.2Ghz thinnest lightest 10.1″ Tablet

Posted by Charbax – January 15, 2012

The Toshiba engineers use a magnesium casing and a new type of display where they are directly bonding the touch panel to the display itself, eliminating the air-gap between those two, helping them to get it to be really thin and really light.

Motorola Kopin Golden-i at the Verizon booth at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 14, 2012

The Motorola Kopin Golden-i is being showcased at the Verizon booth at CES 2012, demonstrating hands-free wearable computing user interfaces for Industrial uses such as Construction, Medical, Public safety, Utilities and more. I've been using this for the past 2 months to attempt to have a wearable computing augmented video-blogging system, using Google+ Hangouts On Air with the headmounted display showing a live chat and live status updates from Google+, Twitter, Email alerts and more.

Always Innovating OMAP4 HDMI Dongle

Posted by Charbax – January 12, 2012

Always Innovating fits the Texas Instruments OMAP4 motherboard with all the needed features for a Desktop, Set-top-box and 3D home console into a USB stick sized device that connects to the HDMI port of your HDTV and gets power from USB. It has Bluetooth for Bluetooth keyboards and game controllers. Its USB can do USB host.