Allwinner launches A80 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A15 with ARM Cortex-A7 in big.LITTLE MP OctaCore configuration with the PowerVR6 series GPU with OpenGL 3.0 with GPU Compute. With potential support for Chrome OS, ultra-fast Ubuntu, advanced ARM projects to use extreme parallel processing. Allwinner is shipping these boards in Q1 2014, if anyone is interested to start developing with A80, they should contact Allwinner here (please tell them you saw this video)
- A80 OptimusBoard Features AllWinner Octa-Core big.LITTLE SoC (cnx-software.com)
- Allwinner A80 Optimus Board (liliputing.com)
- Allwinner A80 Optimus Board With Octa-core Processor Unveiled (geeky-gadgets.com)
- Allwinner Introduces The A80 Optimus Board, Comes With Octa-Core CPU (thedroidguy.com)
- Allwinner unveils octa-core A80 equipped Optimus Board (gizchina.com)
This new Intrinsic Dragonboard uses as Snapdragon 800 processor and has an optional display. The Dragonboard is capable of playing 4k video. The Dragonboard can even run Ubuntu. The dragonboard is already available for a price of 499 USD. INTRINSYC makes both system on module designs for 200 USD as well as development boards.
Atmel shows their latest Sensor Hub microcontroller solutions. Here showing a demo showing accurate controlling and measuring with 3d tracking. Showing also a true virtual reality augmented reality 3D accelerated software demo.
Toradex shows their Apalis T30 module is a module computer with a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with 2gb of ram. The price of the Apalis T30 is 169 USD individually. The Appalis T30 can be connected to a desktop motherboard with a desktop Nvidia graphics card and can be used with a desktop linux environment with CUDA support. Nvidia Tegra 4 is not available for embedded use so Tegra 5 will be the next platform available.
Omnitek is a UK based manufacturer of video testing and measurement systems as well as IP core development with Xilinx. The Xilinx development boards can take full HD video and upscale to 4k. OmniTek has been producing professional video equipment for a long time. Xilinx up-scaling technology will eventually make into consumer hardware. Xilinx technology can also be useful for medical or industrial applications as well general broadcasting. ARM powered devices are largely replacing pcs for embedded applications.
Freescale shows their wearable reference design, tiny to develop i.MX6 based BT4.0 accellerometer, adding ECG, heart-rate monitor, enabling a new range of Freescale powered wearable computers, smartwatches, headmounted computers, fitness devices, more to be announced and integrated. Freescale powers a range of healthcare products, weightscales, heart rate monitors and more. Freescale shows their Freescale One Box Platform, providing a reference Smart Home hub gateway, using Java, all the different wireless technologies integrated.
XMOS is a manufacturer of multicore micro-controller devices. xCORE-eXtended Architecture (the XA Family) combines multicore microcontroller technology with an ultra-low-power ARM® Cortex®-M3 processor, to create the next wave in programmable system-on-chip (SoC) products. The xCORE-XA architecture allows embedded system designers to use high-level software to configure a device with the exact set of interfaces and peripherals needed for their design, while re-using existing ARM binary code and standard library functions, and taking advantage of ultra-low energy fixed-function peripherals. Designers can also add real-time data-plane plus control processing and DSP blocks, using multiple xCORE processor cores, with the ARM available to run control plane processing software such as communication protocol stacks, standard graphics libraries, or complex monitoring systems.
You can read more about it here: http://www.xmos.com/de/products/silicon/xa-series
Inforce is an embedded Pico-ITX development kit maker using Qualcomm, here their latest APQ8064 SoC with 2GB RAM in a compact dev board retailing at $149. The boards come with basic connections like micro hdmi, micro sd, and ethernet. Inforce also sells a larger more fully featured version of the boards with a battery and camera. The boards have a wide variety applications in embedded computing ranging from software development and hobby uses to medical uses. Future versions of the board will come with the upcoming Snapdragon 8084 processor.
You can read more about the IFC6410 here: http://www.inforcecomputing.com/product/moreinfo/ifc6410.html
The all-new additions to Toradex’ Colibri product family are a couple of Freescale Vybrid SoC-powered low-power, small form-factor devices. The Colibri VF50 and the Colibri VF61, based respectively on Freescale Vybrid VF5xx and Vybrid VF6xx family of SoC. To give you a little more information, the Vybrid VF5xx family is a single-core (ARM Cortex-A5) solution with 1.5 MB on-chip SRAM, DDR2/3, high-speed USB with PHY, dual Ethernet and a host of other interfaces. On the other hand, the Vybrid VF6xx family is a dual-core (ARM Cortex-A5 plus ARM Cortex-M4) solution with 1.5 MB on-chip SRAM, DDR2/3, dual XiP quad SPI memory interfaces, dual high-speed USB with PHY, dual Ethernet, and a digital/analog video camera interface. The modules are also priced at an unbelievable USD 26 and USD 39 respectively for the Colibri VF50 and the Colibri VF61 (for high volumes). Toradex’ Colibri VF50 and VF61 are both SODIMM sized computer module with an emphasis, according to the company, on delivering cost-effective CPU, and graphic performance with a low power footprint. The dual-core on the Colibri VF61 makes it ideal for solutions that run a commercial operating system on the Cortex-A class core while the Cortex-M core runs an RTOS for time and security-critical operations. This kind of arrangement eliminates the need for an external MCU or field-programmable gate array (FPGA).
Luke Shields of JCSC shows off his supposed to be platform for open source platform development in schools, encouraging children to experiment making hardware, re-painting old home consoles, integrate ARM development boards, modulate, what you want may not be what I want and what I want may not be what you want. Check it out.