TechNexion shows off their new products at Computex 2018: pre-certified IoT modules, Android Things development kits, IP69K embedded systems and more. The booth tour starts with Android Things development kit PICO-PI-IMX7 live demo, based on NXP i.MX7 Dual applications processor and ARM Cortex-A7 architecture has been the go-to development kit since the official Android Things launch at Google I/O in May. The company also demonstrates PICO-IMX8M SoM based on NXP i.MX8M processor and Cortex-A53 + M4 architectures that delivers a whooping 4K UltraHD video performance with HDR and pro audio fidelity for multimedia applications. TechNexion is also launching CE, ETSI, FCC, IC, RCM and TELEC pre-certified IoT wireless communication modules and development kits: PIXI-9377 based on Qualcomm QCA9377, PIXI-6174 based on Qualcomm QCA6174 that deliver high transmission rates, low latency and improved range in noisy industrial environments. The company is showcasing a fully waterproof TWP-1010-IMX6 HMI based on NXP i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 processor that was specially designed to withstand extreme environments and cleaning with a jet spray. TWP series likewise includes models based on Intel Braswell architecture. TEK5-APL box PC based on Intel Atom x5-E3930, x5-E3940, x7-E3950 and Apollo Lake architecture, enclosed in a fully ruggedized enclosure for use in a vehicle.
Here's my full video in 4K from my front row seat of the ARM Press Conference at Computex 2018. You can also watch my Interview with Nandan Nayampally here.
ARM Cortex-A76 is a new microarchitecture based on DynamIQ technology, delivers 35% faster 7nm laptop-class performance (Intel Core-i3, Core-i5 comparable performance) with 40% improved efficiency maintaining the power efficiency of a smartphone. ARM Cortex-A76 also delivers 4x compute performance improvements for AI/ML at the edge. The new ARM Mali-G76 enables higher performance gaming, cross-platform experiences 30% more efficiency and performance density, as the gaming market is expected to reach $137.9 billion in 2018 and possibly as high as $180 billion by 2021 where 60% of that might be on mobile. ARM Mali-V76 support 8K60 video decode, it can also support simultaneous 4K encode and decode for 4K video-conferencing.
E Ink shows their new 10.3" flexible display with digitizer, also on the Onyx Note, reMarkable, the 13.3" Sony e-reader, the dual 13.3" Guido music score reader and note taker. The latest generation 13.3" and 32" color E Ink with new optimized color gamuts, pigments, wave forms, electronics, starting with the signage market for advertising, transportatation and other. Autonomous E Ink tiles such as they have installed at the San Diego airport. The Sony watch where the whole band is an E Ink display. Organic TFT (OTFT) displays backplanes done with Flexterra. Battery-less smart shelf labels, other demos with Plastic Logic, video speed refresh rates, embedded into credit cards, electronic shelf labels with displaydata and JDI. Visionect, Epson smart watch, LTS Smart Patch, eManga, Yotaphone and more.
Sandro Casiraghi presents https://www.padformusician.com/en/ based on the awesome Onyx Boox Max2 for a single or dual 97% of full A4 "like A4 paper" digital music notes reading experience, with a synchronized Bluetooth page turning pedal and Smartphone app. There are more than 1 million professional musicians in the world who potentially could benefit from this technology. This is made possible due to Onyx's Android solution on their Boox E Ink e-reader platform, as this is enabled through Android. The two readers connect via Wi-Fi direct and the master reader connects with the pedal and Smartphone using Bluetooth. Thus far they have been reaching out to professional and amateur musicians to get their feedback. Onyx is bringing their whole E Ink e-reader range up to their new Quad-core 1.6Ghz ARM platform with smoother and faster page turns, faster and better Android support. Onyx shows some of their new 6" e-reader designs including Boox Ligo, Boox Nova, Boox Poke that will come before the end of the year. While the 10.3" Boox Note is awesome, it is probably not a large enough screen for the music reading market. The Boox 9.7" Note S is newer and thinner and lighter too on their new faster platform too.
Interested distributors of the PadMu and potential e-Music reading customers can contact and read more about PadMu here:
Factory tour showing testing process and SMT line of the Colorii Thunderbolt3 Type C HUB. Colorii's testing process confirms every hub must work perfectly doing a total of 8 different test for each unit separating the testing of video, data and charging:
1st test is testing the PCBA with power consumption, to check if the PCBA is short circuited. 2nd test they flash the firmware into the hub, at this time they can also check whether the PCBA work correctly. 3rd test is testing the data function of each port, including 1*Thunderbolt3, 1*USB Type C port, 2*USB3.0 A port, 1*SD card, 1*micro SD card port. 4th test is testing the video out function, checking the HDMI out is working correctly. 5th test is testing the charging function is working correctly. Then after assembly, the finished products are tested again to check data transfer, video and charging function again. 6th test is testing the data function of each port, including 1*Thunderbolt3, 1*USB Type C port, 2*USB3.0 A port, 1*SD card, 1*micro SD card port. 7th test is testing the video out function, checking the HDMI out is working correctly. 8th test is testing the charging function is working correctly.
The new Arm Allinea Studio release is a comprehensive and integrated tools suite to help Scientific computing, HPC and Enterprise developers to achieve best performance on modern server-class Arm-based platforms. Check out https://developer.arm.com/hpc for more info.
OPEN AI Lab aims to promote the industry development of Arm embedded smart machines, build an embedded SoC basic computing framework for smart machine application scenarios, and integrate application scenario service interfaces. Committed to promoting the in-depth collaboration of the entire industry chain of chips, hardware, and algorithm software, artificial intelligence will be available where there is computation. You can also watch Mingfei Huang's keynote about Open AI Lab here.
HKG18-200K2 – Keynote: Mingfei Huang: Accelerating AI from Cloud to Edge
The computing changes where machine meet AI. The AI shall not only be instructed from Cloud but also be embedded in Edge and Thing itself. We can’t image in the future those intelligent machines surrounding us get idiotic even horrific when disconnected. More and more instinctive intelligence in perception, cognition and decision should be embedded into machines. How to support diverse AI algorithms running across different embedded computing hardware? It needs platform that silicon companies, algorithm providers and device makers can collaborate on. Android NN is one of them, there are more devices without Android that need to be covered. OPEN AI LAB, initiated by Arm China, Allwinner and Horizon, open to all partners, is born to focus on eliminating the barriers. Its AI Distro contains a Tensor Engine that extracts ML/DL Computing from Arm-based CPU, GPU and 3rd party Accelerators for diverse algorithm models. With the collaboration between Linaro 96board and OPEN AI LAB, algorithm and application developers will have the best support with optimized AI libraries for different hardware.
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HKG18-200K1 – Keynote: Mark Hambleton: The Fog
Today’s world of devices connected to clouds looks set to evolve with more intelligence and processing being pushed to the edge or migrating between the cloud and the edge. The very definition of edge is evolving too. In this presentation we will look at some potential futures made possible by the emergence of the fog and its implications for the segments that it embraces.
Mark Hambleton / ARM
Approaching 20 years of experience in embedded systems ranging from real time control of wind tunnels in his early career to a more recently on mobile devices. Mark has been working with the Linux kernel for approaching 15 years, initially creating networking products focussing on traffic classification and shaping for core and edge routers to more recently on mobile devices. Working as a Chief Architect for at Symbian (and Nokia), Mark established himself within the ARM community, he then joined Broadcom in 2012 to refocus on Linux on ARM working on their leading edge mobile SOCs and then on to ARM in 2014.
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