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Geniatech dual-boots Linux with Qt UI on their AmLogic based Set-top-boxes

Posted by – December 19, 2013

Geniatech engineer shows how they support dual-booting to some basic Linux from the SD card on several of the Geniatech Android Set-top-boxes, going back to their single-core AmLogic M3 based Set-top-boxes and also to their new ones. Geniatech tries or wants to provide everything open source and unlock their Set-top-boxes so for users who want a cheap ARM Powered Linux box, they can use Geniatech for that also.

Pipo M8HD, 10.1″ 1920×1200, RK3188, 2GB RAM

Posted by – December 18, 2013

Pipo shows their Pipo M8HD 10.1″ Full HD Rockchip RK3188 Tablet, 2GB RAM, started to ship around October 2013, competes with Nexus 10 and the price is about half of Nexus 10 and about 30% of the latest iPad. 5 megapixel back camera with flash. The multi-window Android user interface option also comes included, being developed by Rockchip. The possible retail price is $169€.

Shenzhen Geniatech CEO Interview, AmLogic Android TV Set-top-box Innovation Leader

Posted by – December 10, 2013

Shenzhen Geniatech http://geniatech.com was founded by Mr Fang 16 years ago and is one of the world’s early Multimedia Set-top-box makers. Starting since 4 years ago doing ARM based Set-top-boxes, Geniatech is now the world’s leader using the latest AmLogic multimedia optimized ARM Processors, getting early access to AmLogic alpha development, being able to optimize the multimedia functionality, supporting all audio and video codecs, implementing innovative features that other Set-top-box makers don’t support. For example 4K2K decoding, open source, many licences including Adobe and with a strong support team in Shanghai. The use of ARM Powered Android for TV Set-top-boxes is a high potential high growth market, many competitors are trying to use Android on the Set-top-box, as Google TV is turning into Android TV, Geniatech still has very big room for innovation into implementing Android on the TV Box, doing more customization based on Android and AmLogic’s latest SoC, porting DRM, NFC Driver support on USB, Zigbee driver and more differentiation based on different kind of accessories for example microphone on remote control also TV Tuner USB Dongle, HDMI loop-through input functionality, able to release private API on CEC HDMI Control Interface, IR Blaster, Bluetooth etc enabling customers to develop B2B applications on top of Geniatech’s platform. For example hotel VOD, Games and more.

Onyx Shenzhen R&D Headquarters Tour, E Ink Android Freescale i.MX6 Solo Lite Product Manager, Device Driver Engineer

Posted by – December 9, 2013

Onyx International shows the first ARM Cortex-A9 Android 4.0 E Ink e-reader in the world at their Shenzhen R&D Headquarter. Onyx is able to do custom designs for Android based e-readers, engineering new features, designing new devices, enabling E Ink alternatives to Amazon Kindle, Nook and Kobo. Providing the fastest yet Android support on E Ink. Watch in this video filmed at the Onyx Headquarters in Shenzhen China, how the Onyx teams of engineers do their innovative work.

Pipo U7 MT8389 3G-dual-sim with phone function tablet Q7903M

Posted by – December 6, 2013

Pipo releases this Ultra-U7 tablet, with the same 7.85″ display as on iPad Mini, it’s with the 1.2Ghz MediaTek MT8389 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 1GB RAM, with 3G dual-sim calling functionality, selling at retail price of 999rmb in China ($164) the retail price target may be below $199€ in USA/Europe (consider import taxes etc). It also includes an excellent back-facing 8megapixel camera with auto-focus and flashlight.

You can read more about it here: http://pipo.com.cn/product.php?id=127

ARM Accredited MCU Engineer (AAME) Training Exam

Posted by – December 3, 2013

Chris Shore, ARM Training and Education Manager and Daniel Dearing, ARM Engineering Qualifications Manager talk about the ARM Accredited MCU Engineer Exam, having provided day-long training sessions for spreading information about accreditation for engineers working with the ARM ecosystem.

Read more at http://www.arm.com/support/arm-accredited-engineer-program/accreditations/arm-accredited-mcu-engineer/

Geniatech PT115 Pad TV Tuner, add DVB-T to all Android devices

Posted by – December 2, 2013

Geniatech releases the Pad TV Tuner, a very small Micro USB device that works in any Android device that support OTG on the Micro-USB port. You just plug it in and it automatically works with the Geniatech DVB-T Tuner Android app.

You can find out more about it at http://www.geniatech.com/pa/pt115m.asp

Geniatech ATV1800 Enjoy TV Quad Core Box does 4K video on AmLogic M802 Set-top-box on new KKTV $1100 55″ 4K LCD TV

Posted by – November 28, 2013

In China, the 55″ 4K TV now sells for $1100!!!!!!!! Dreams come true! We’re all about to get a 4K TV (this one is the Konka KKTV LED55K60U). Android Set-top-box leader Shenzhen Geniatech shows me here their ATV1800 on AmLogic Quad-core M802 with Eight-core Mali-450 to actually playback 4K video over HDMI. This is the beginning of the Ultra HD future, on Android Box, here beautifully showing off this amazingly affordable new Konka KKTV LED55K60U 55″ 4K TV sold for only $1100 all over China!!!! The trick of course is how we in the future will get 4K video contents, the trick I think is to stream it all from the web. I believe most movies of this last century are or can be digitized and made available in 4K streaming as soon as movie studios and cinemateques around the world make the 4K version of all 35mm-sourced or often 4K-digital (for movies filmed in the last 5 or so years) movies available. How much bandwidth does one need for good 4K video streaming? My guess is 20mbitps may be enough, even less sometimes if the 4K comes from YouTube and Netflix, while a good 4K streaming provider should scale above 20mbitps if your home Internet connection for example has 50mbitps, 100mbitps downstream speed or above.

$50 Merrii HummingBird Kit Allwinner A20 Development Board and PCB Design House Tour

Posted by – November 26, 2013

The Merrii Hummingbird Kit is a cheap $50 Allwinner A20 Development Board, with Android 4.2.2 and Linux 3.4 currently available officially. It has two USB hosts, an OTG, Gigabit Ethernet, line in, HDMI output. The Hummingbird motherboard which is only slightly larger than a credit card. It has all the basic functions of a PC when connected TV and to a keyboard/mouse, it can support things like spreadsheets, word processing, games, HD videos and more.

Merrii provides a forum for Hummingbird enthusiasts, developers to share advancements developed for the system, the latest information of the A20 Hummingbird system will also be released through the forum.

Users can download the official firmwares (Android 4.2.2 and Linux 3.4) separately by PhoenixSuit tool to burn to hummingbird development system, while Merrii also will provide Android and Linux SDK for enthusiasts to research.

The Linux System GUI provided by Merrii is based on Qt 4.7.3 graphics library written, the function of this program is for individual system tests of a variety of OS resource. As we all know, Android OS is a very excellent OS, but the drawback is system structure is very large, it will consume more hardware resource and start slowly. Compared to Android, A20 Hummingbird Linux system will consume less hardware resources, start quickly and can run smoothly at a lower configuration and less cost. And if the user wants to do dedicated system rather than just a APK, then they can choose Linux, but the disadvantage is likely to develop cycle is relatively longer.

Linux GUI of hummingbird system is written by Qt, Qt is a development framework of cross-platform C + + GUI application which developed by Trolltech in 1991. It can develop GUI program and non-GUI program, such as console tools and servers, the program can be run on Windows, MAC OS X, Linux \ X11, embedded Linux because of cross-platform, hummingbird Qt is running on the embedded Linux.Based on this system,it can be applied to video surveillance, POS, advertising machine, automotive system and other fields. Linux UI interface as following,

Due to the expansion interfaces of hummingbird development system are much more than some other similar products, and it has got global high attention. Thus making it very powerful,rich social environment and market value. the more people participate, the more rapid development, the greater the potential market, followed by the more purposes. Currently,besides the children’s education above-mentioned, it also can be used as basic computer, home theater HD player etc.As following:
• Multimedia player
• PlayStation
• IPTV
• Emulation box
• Auto PC
• Car GPS
• smart robot
• Server
• Electronic Album
• remote surveillance
• Home alarm apparatus / automation system

Hummingbird Kit Contact Details
Contact Person:Dora
TEL:(86)755-28805788#611
QQ:406289497
Skype:dora.liu330
E-mail: ljx@merrii.com

Industry Core Board and Digital Signage Board
Contacts: Rebecca
TEL: 86-755-28806588 EXT: 815
Skype: rebeccadai09011
E-mail: dn@merrii.com

Design Service Group
Contacts: Allen
TEL:(86)755-28805788 EXT:646
Skype: yemazhang
E-mail: zmh@merrii.com

Hummingbird Kit A20
Hummingbbird Kit A20 with LCD
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ARM CEO Simon Segars at ARM Techcon 2013

Posted by – November 3, 2013

ARM CEO talks about some of the things he does as CEO of ARM, spending a lot of time talking to people about what they are doing, and then going back to the office to make sure ARM is doing the right thing to support it all. The ARM ecosystem is growing. The breadth of end markets ARM is being designed into is increasing. After powering virtually every mobile device on the planet, ARM is getting into Servers and also looking into the Internet of Things, which is a very different computing problem. It’s still about getting the right amount of compute power, making it as low power as possible, as small and as low cost as possible.