Here’s an interview with Nico Zhao (President) and Brian Xia (CEO), the co-founders of Shenzhen MELE Digital Technology Ltd. They talk about how they started Mele making ARM7 and embedded Linux in hard drive based portable media players for the Aigo brand in 2004, after 2006/2007, Mele enabled the Realtek MIPS based Set-top-box market by adopting that Realtek processor for the multimedia player box (switching from Sigma Designs) and then how they’ve shifted to using ARM processors in the last year or two to run Android on their latest series of TV Set-top-boxes and bringing a whole range of new features with that.
Gennie Peng of Mele shows around the Mele Shenzhen Headquarters Management Offices as well as Mele’s research and development, hardware, software, mechanical design, graphic design, testing, quality control and more. Also showing the CEO, President, Sales Manager offices, HR, Finance and everything else. Mele is a lead Allwinner A31/A20/A10 TV Box maker, probably one of the worldwide leaders in that ARM Powered Set-top-box segment.
Mele is probably one of the worlds biggest ARM Powered Android Set-top-box makers in the world. They manufacture up to 500 thousand Android ARM Set-top-boxes per month. On this Mele factory tour, 8 floors, 10 thousand square meters, One floor is for Management, one floor is for R&D the other floors are for the Factory. This tour shows the SMT lines that are gearing up to mass produce Allwinner A31, A20 PCBs that go in Mele’s next generation Android Set-top-boxes. The next floor tour features the factory assembly lines, where the Mele factory workers are assembling the latest Mele Android set-top-boxes. Finally, this tour also shows Mele’s storage area for packed Set-top-boxes to ship as well as storage area for components before assembly.
Julia and Jane of the http://jartj.eu and http://facebook.com/Jartj painting and gadget designing Group, show around on their walk Buying Electronics at the Huaqiangbei Consumer Electronics Market in Shenzhen China. Join in for a look at some of the latest/cheapest Android HDMI Sticks, Laptops, Smartphones and Tablets, as well as a look at some cases and exchanging a broken bag. I first met Julia and Jane while filming my video at their Golden Dragon Russia booth showing their multi-charging stations at the HKTDC Electronics Fair.
This video features Julia and Jane buying the $62 RK3188 HDMI Stick, the $66 10.1″ VIA8850 Laptop, $47 7″ VIA8850 Laptop, $194 Pipo RK3188 9.4″ Tablet, $31 RK3066 HDMI Stick, $60 MT6577 iPhone5 clone and more.
Jeremy Abbett talks about using Google APIs, being creative at making new things with the technologies available. We talk about Google+, hardware hacking “making digital physical/tangible”, using arduino, sensors, Google Glass and many other things.
Mele shows the first Allwinner A31 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 based Android TV Set-top-box, they have also designed a Windows 8 like UI on top of Android, they have designed one of the market’s best RF remote controls with a keyboard on one side and a remote control on the other side with microphone and speaker for using the remote as a phone, built-in accelerometers, gyroscope, also showing their box off running some advanced games on the Allwinner A31′s SGX544 GPU. The retail price is going to be around $110.
Mele shows some of their Skype Video-conferencing Camera modules that work with their latest Allwinner A20, A31 based set-top-boxes, with either built-in camera connected on the set-top-box, or with a cable on the top of the TV, or a design for the Set-top-box actually built in to the larger camera to mount on the top of the TV. I am not sure about the status and possibility of doing 720p or even 1080p Video-conferencing on Skype on Android Set-top-boxes, I guess that support is up to the Skype Android app (which Microsoft controls), but I guess there are other Android Video-conferencing apps that support 720p and 1080p video-conferencing already and which should work with this system. HD video-conferencing is awesome, and this may be a way to have that work for around $150 retail price on each side.
Mele shows their Allwinner A20 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 based Set-top-box, running on Android 4.2.2, this Mele box is to replace their Allwinner A10 based box. USB Host price, Lan port, optical digital audio output and a bunch of other things, the retail price can be $60-$70.
John Buchanan, Chairman of ARM Holdings plc, said, “Warren has transformed ARM during his time as CEO. In 2001 ARM had one processor product line found mainly in mobile phones. Now ARM provides the broadest portfolio of technologies in the industry, used by more than 300 semiconductor customers in nearly 9 billion chips last year. During Warren’s tenure the company has received royalties for over 40 billion ARM-based chips. As CEO he has created a strong platform for growth and consistently created value for shareholders even in a challenging external environment. On behalf of the Board, and the wider ARM team, deep thanks are due to Warren for his passion, service and leadership.”
“The Board is delighted to have someone of Simon Segars’ experience and calibre within ARM to appoint to the role of CEO. Following an extensive review of candidates worldwide, Simon’s proven technology expertise and management skills across a range of senior executive roles make him an excellent CEO candidate and highly qualified to take the company forward. The Board looks forward to continuing to work with Simon to build on the strong momentum that has been created over the past years.”
Here’s a look back at some of my video interviews posted during the past 2 and a half years with both Warren East and Simon Segars:
From 3 weeks ago, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I posted my first video interview with Warren East:
At ARM Techcon 2011 in October 2011 I interviewed Simon Segars: