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Google for Education at Bett 2018: Chromebooks, G Suite, Jamboard and more…

Posted by Charbax – February 22, 2018

Google booth tour at the BETT education technology conference, showcasing some of the newest Chromebooks released for the education market, new security features to help schools prepare for the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the EU (more information at Google Blog), collaborative tools for teachers and students, the Jamboard interactive whiteboard display device, Google Expeditions using Augmented Reality and VR. Chromebooks are the leading device for the K-12 education market in the USA and now also in Sweden, Canada and New Zealand with 25 million users worldwide. G Suite for Education is used by 80 million users worldwide.

Robin Saxby Lecture: Growing a start-up into a global powerhouse

Posted by Charbax – February 20, 2018

At the 2017 IET Christmas Lecture, Hub Mentor and pioneering technology entrepreneur Sir Robin Saxby, founding CEO and Chairman of ARM Holdings (who I interviewed here) shares his advice for growing a start-up with limited resources into a global powerhouse. Under his leadership, ARM became the world’s leading semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) company, and now connects over 5 billion people, powering everything from supercomputers to each Whatsapp message on your phone.

[You can auto-translate the english subtitles to any language from YouTube on a desktop, the video is also available with only external subtitles here]

He answers questions like:
How can a small start-up compete with far bigger competition?
How do you build the right team?
What is the most common mistake technical founders make?

Sir Robin continues to champion entrepreneurship in the UK, and is a committed supporter of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub (

Exciting Liverpool Technology start up:

Robin and Friends Bandcamp

Participated in creating this video:
Jan Mary Baloyo, IET
Nilar Shyun Mya, IET PSB Academy On Campus
Syafiq Shahul, IET PSB Academy On Campus
Stanley Liau, IET Singapore LN

Better Gaming with HDMI 2.1 using VRR, QMS, QFT, ALLM

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2018

HDMI 2.1 Specification Supports a Range of Features for Enhanced Gaming:
- Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) reduces or eliminates lag, stutter and frame tearing for more fluid and better detailed gameplay.
- Quick Media Switching (QMS) for movies and video eliminates the delay that can result in blank screens before content is displayed.
- Quick Frame Transport (QFT) reduces latency for smoother no-lag gaming, and real-time interactive virtual reality.
- Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) allows the ideal latency setting to automatically be set allowing for smooth, lag-free and uninterrupted viewing and interactivity.

48Gbit/s HDMI 2.1 cable, up to 10K120

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2018

HDMI 2.1 Specification Supports Ultra High Speed Bandwidth Up to 48Gbps enabling Higher resolutions and faster refresh rates including 8K60Hz and 4K120Hz and support for resolutions up to 10K120 compressed. The Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable supports 48Gbit/s bandwidth for uncompressed HDMI 2.1 feature support and has very low emissions of Electromagnetic interference (EMI).

Dynamic HDR with HDMI 2.1, Technicolor Advanced Dynamic HDR

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2018

Dynamic HDR support ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast and wider color gamuts. Here this interview is with Technicolor about their implementation of Dynamic HDR supported as part of the new HDMI 2.1 Spec.

eARC with HDMI 2.1, Enhanced Audio Return Channel at up to 40mbit/s

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2018

eARC in HDMI 2.1 simplifies connectivity and supports the most advanced audio formats such as object-based audio, such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, highest audio quality, and ensures compatibility between audio devices and upcoming HDMI 2.1 products, enabling to deliver those formats via an eARC-enabled HDMI port on a future HDMI 2.1 TV. eARC also provides support for the TV’s over-the-air tuner, streaming apps received by the TV, and audio from HDMI sources connected to the TV.

A key advantage of eARC is that it enables a TV-centric living room or home theater configuration that can provide a more seamless experience. Today, an AV receiver—or a similar repeater device—is necessary to extract high quality audio from an HDMI link, while the video is processed and passed through to the TV. The user may have to switch inputs on both the TV and an audio device to find the source of their content, and content sourced within the TV and from TV inputs is frequently limited to stereo or, in the best case, one of a very small number of compressed formats.

With eARC, it will be possible to connect all sources through the TV and send audio to the sound system completely uncompromised. Furthermore, eARC will make possible a new breed of audio-only receivers that will yield greater value and ease-of-use by eliminating a video subsystem. So, in theory anyway, overall video and audio performance will improve with eARC.

HDMI 2.1 Press Conference at CES 2018, premium HDMI cables, HDMI Alt Mode for USB-C

Posted by Charbax – February 10, 2018

This is the press conference by HDMI LA on HDMI Technology at CES 2018, covering HDMI 2.1 Spec, premium HDMI Cables, and HDMI Alt Mode for USB-C.


Arm HPC Ecosystem update, Arm Supercomputing at SC17

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2018

Chris Goodyer
Overview of Arm
• HPC engagements
Arm partner information
• Latest deployment information
Arm Software Ecosystem
• Software stack enabling
• Arm's priorities on libraries and applications,

Filmed at the Arm HPC User Group at SC17 in Denver.


Onyx Boox Note 10.3″ and Max2 13.3″ now shipping

Posted by Charbax – January 11, 2018

At CES 2018, Onyx is launching Boox Note, the nicest E Ink device yet, thin and light (320gr) 10.3" 1872x1404 (227dpi) E Ink notepad e-reader to be shipping in February at $549 on Amazon (with a red limited edition for Valentine's Day) and the Onyx Boox Max2 is a 13.3" 2200x1650 (207dpi) E Ink notepad e-reader at 550gr in weight for sale now at $849 at (price to be $799) both run on a Quad-core ARM Processor, with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, very long battery life with a 4100mAh battery in both. The HDMI input is available on Max2 to use the 13.3" E Ink display as a Computer monitor. Both come with WACOM stylus note input with 2048 levels of touch input for annotations, note taking, idea scribbling, pdf document scribble overlays, with 11 ebook formats supported, eventually that can be used for collaboration and productivity. Both run Android and any Android apk that runs on Android 6 can be loaded and used on these devices which run with 2GB RAM and 32GB Flash storage with a MicroSD slot.

Geniatech Tablet Dock for 96Boards

Posted by Charbax – December 11, 2017

Geniatech shows their Tablet Dock for use with 96Boards compatible/sized development boards, where the board can just be swapped into the Tablet Dock to power it, including with touch support. To be distributed by Arrow at an affordable price.

Geniatech also provides a range of 96Board sized open source Qualcomm 410, 820 based development boards which you can see some of them featured in this video filmed at Embedded World 2017: