Allwinner is showing off some of their latest technologies at their CES 2017 showroom. Allwinner claims to have a leading market share of the all-in-one VR market. They are entering the Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatible Smart Speakers market. Allwinner Double OS is being pushed for the affordable 2-in-1 market changing the UI from Tablet mode to Productivity mode. Allwinner partners with Qualcomm for their affordable LTE enabled Tablet range. A64 is being pushed for the Laptop market. The Allwinner R16 with Tina OS powered sweeping robot is sold on the Xiaomi ecosystem. The end of this video also mentions the roadmap where Allwinner will have over 16 new chipsets in 2017 and they are working to introduce a 16nm solution the end of the year.
Marvell AndromedaBox Networking Edge development board, following the http://96boards.org size but with larger ports than the initial 96boards spec, it that can be configured to be used in many applications such as mobile NAS (network-attached storage), IoT gateways, home cloud server etc. The board features the 64bit dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 Marvell Armada 3700 processor, PCI-E 2.0 support, a USB 3.0 port, a SATA 3.0 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, WiFi 802.11ac built in, 8GB of eMMC memory, and Bluetooth 4.2.
On display here is the SECO UDOO x86, a computer along the lines of Raspberry Pi that combines a processor (a 2.56GHz 14nm quad-core Intel 64-bit part), RAM (up to 8GB), and storage (8GB eMMC upgradable to 32GB). The board features WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 (integrated Intel Curie microcontroller), and a fanless design. It can drive up to 3 4K displays via the 1xHDMI and 2XMini DisplayPorts. It is intended for use as a Windows/Linux/Android x86 computer, or as a development board for universities and students. The basic version starts at US$89.
Makeblock present the new educational and entertainment robot Gemini on CES 2016, this wheel-balancing robotic have 2 mode, the standard model can dance, play music, race, voice-control.The battle mode with a LED light turret at the top turn Gemini became a fighting robot.
inForce Computing, a Qualcomm partner, is focussed on utilising Snapdragon SoCs to power a multitude of applications – IoT, portable healthcare devices, robotics, and so on. At TechCrunch Disrupt, Keith Fleer, technical marketing manager at inForce, displays a robotics platform using a Snapdragon 615 SoC with peripherals such as a camera and gesture sensor, on a board with PWM output for servo motors. There is also a board using the Snapdragon 805 chipset (with a 2.7GHz quad-core CPU) that could be used to build video conferencing devices.
For more information see https://www.inforcecomputing.com/
The HardKernal ODroid-C2 is a board that outputs native 4K resolution over HDMI 2.0. It uses 4x ARM Cortex-A53 cores at 1.5GHz (Mali-450 GPU) coupled with 2GB DDR3 RAM. Upto 128GB eMMC HS400 and 200GB UHS-1 microSD cards are supported simultaneously. A Gigabit Ethernet port as well as 4USB Host and 1 USB OTG ports are present. The demo setup consists of a 4K TV playing 4K videos while using Ubuntu OS with MATE desktop environment. The board costs US$41.95 without the recommended eMMC memory.
NXP here is displaying their development system for Apple HomeKit. It consists of an RGB LED lightbulb being controlled through the setup using Bluetooth LE, with Siri integration. It uses an ARM Cortex-M4 CPU. Also on display is a Point-of-Sale kit (SLN POS RDR). Lastly we see NXP's modular IoT gateway that supports Zigbee, WiFi, Ethernet, and NFC.
Arizona-based Technologic Systems makes boards for embedded applications using ARM CPUs and Linux support packages. Their field applications engineer displays a range of boards with Marvell, NXP, FreeScale Semiconductor, and Cavium processors. Their BAT12 system on display is meant to provide power backup for a few hours in case of loss. They also display their range of LCD monitors with full computers built onto the back of them.
Cavium, a fabless semiconductor company based in California, has on display here their Octeon TX 81XX board. It has a quad-core ARMv8 processor for embedded applications, going up to 24 cores. The demo setup consists of an IoT gateway, using temperature and humidity sensors. It can use Bluetooth, WiFi, or cellular data.
After my initial video showing off the Moto Z and its awesome Moto Mods, here is an Interview with Stephen McDonnell, Director of the Moto Mods Developer Program and with Christian Flowers, Engineer on the Moto Mods platform, talking about the plans that Motorola has to promote their awesome Moto Mods ecosystem, promoting ideas and innovative development through Indiegogo at https://enterprise.indiegogo.com/motomods/ and through Hackathons in New York, in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere to come read more at http://modthefuture.com/