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Martin Riddiford interview, designer of Psion, Gemini PDA, Cosmo Communicator

Posted by Charbax – November 6, 2018

Martin Riddiford talks about the Psion, which he designed in the 90ies it was a ground-breaking PDA design with a full mechanical qwerty keyboard. Trying to combine laptop functions in a pocketable size. In partnership with Planet Computers, Martin Riddiford is happy to have been able to bring back the full keyboard design in with Android on the Gemini PDA and now into the upcoming Cosmo Communicator design that is now being crowdfunded for $549 on https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cosmo-communicator

$549 Cosmo Communicator interview, now on Indiegogo

Posted by Charbax – November 6, 2018

Planet Computers launches the Cosmo Communicator for $549 for early backers at Indiegogo, powered by MediaTek P70 Octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A73, quad ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, on TSMC 12nm FinFET. It comes with WorldMode LTE dual-SIM (one is likely eSIM) support. Strong antenna with good signal, and now it also comes with a second 2" touchscreen display, a toggle switch with fingerprint reader, a 24 megapixel high quality front facing camera with flash, and a backlit keyboard. The CPU is thus a performance upgrade over Gemini PDA, it also comes with 6GB RAM, 128GB Flash, MicroSD card slot, headphone jack, dual Type-C ports, dual speakers and microphones and a 4220mAh battery. Planet Computers shipped over 9500 Gemini PDAs to their backers over the past several months which I filmed here previously I have been using Gemini PDA as my main phone over the past 7 months and it has been an awesome experience. The backlight keyboard, fingerprint authentication, high quality back facing camera, improved phone calls support, better signal reception with a stronger processor, all these things are very welcome in their new flagship. Planet Computers intends to continue selling both Gemini PDA and Osmo Communicator as two in their range of devices available for 2019, with continued support and software updates coming on both. In this video they show a working Android 8.0.1 firmware on Gemini PDA and they are talking about Project Trebble, Android 9, new Sailfish releases to be supported, hopefully hardware accelerated improved Debian and other Linux distributions also to be supported throughout. Within less than a day, they have already reached more than 200% funding on crowdfunding here on Indiegogo with shipments scheduled for May 2019, as they optimize and develop everything, impressive working samples are going to be shown in the months to come.

World’s Most Powerful ARM Desktop: Marvell ThunderXStation ThunderX2 Workstation

Posted by Charbax – November 5, 2018

Gigabyte announces the industry's first ARMv8 workstation based on Cavium's ThunderX2 ARM64 multi-core processor. This 4U workstation is called the ThunderXStation. GIGABYTE has designed and is manufacturing the ThunderXStation. The 4U tower is 27" (D) x 17" (H) x 7" (W) and designed for floor mounting. The power supply included is a 800W PSU with a 1+1 redundant option. The motherboard is a standard GIGABYTE motherboard form factor.

The motherboard includes:
Dual or single ThunderX2 processor support. Optionally with LGA 4077 socket.
Integrated chipset.
8x DIMMs per CPU.
DDR4 2666/2400/2133 MHz DIMMs.
1x Management LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps.
Integrated VGA, 1920x1200.
ASPEED AST2500 BMC.
2x PCIe Gen 3.0 slots per CPU. (1x x16/x8/x4/x1 AND 1x x8).
1x Type-1 OCP PCIe Gen 3.0 x16 slot per CPU.
2x NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 ports with on board SAS slim line connectors per CPU.
2x SATAIII on board connectors.
2x U.2 or SATAIII 2.5" drive bay, supports any combination of NVMe and SATAIII SSDs.
1x RS-232 port.
4x USB 3.0 ports.
2x 8-pin GPU power connectors.

Each CPU can support upto 8 DDR4 DIMMs. The front 2.5" drive bay supports upto 2 drives. An optional 3.5" storage bay holds 4 drives. Initially, 2.2GHz 32-core 4-threads per core. Other SKUs will be available depending on demand. Various nVidia video cards have been tested with the open source Nouveau driver. Initial shipments include the nVidia GeForce 710 with dual monitor support. The AMDGPU driver has been tested with various AMD GPUs. Additional AMD and nVidia GPUs are being tested. Initial shipments include a 1 GbE PCIe adapter. If standard PCIe slots are in short supply a QLogic dual port 1/10 GBaseT RJ45 OCP adapter and driver are available. Units ship with Ubuntu 17.10. CentOS 7.4 and OpenSUSE are also available. Pricing is competitive with high end single and dual socket workstations from leading name brand workstation vendors with comparable Gold/Platinum processors. For the most upto date pricing and sales information on ThunderXStation please contact: http://www.phoenicselectronics.com

EBBR: Embedded Base Boot Requirements at Linaro Connect

Posted by Charbax – November 5, 2018

Standard pre-boot environment and boot sequence for embedded platforms, featuring:
- Upstream support in U-Boot
- UEFI ABI
- Firmware-provided system description (DT)
- Boots generic OS images
By standardizing the boot interfacei, platform specific details don't need to be encoded into the OS, and the ABI supports portable pre-boot applications for test and boot control, future work will be on the more standard UEFI featured (e.g. Secure Boot).

Android Treble on Texas Instruments Beagle-X15 at Linaro Connect

Posted by Charbax – November 5, 2018

Android Treble implemented on TI Beagle-X15 development board which is ARM Cortex-A15, making the upgrade process easier. So there is no need to communicate with the vendor to upgrade a device.

Internet of Tiny Linux, Google IoT on ARM Cortex-A5 memory constrained device

Posted by Charbax – November 5, 2018

Nicolas Pitre of Linaro and his team have worked to reduce the size of the Linux kernel and user space binaries to make them suitable for very small IoT applications to enable the Internet of Tiny Linux. Here at Linaro Connect Vancouver 2018, Linaro shows mainline Linux kernel for IoT devices, running with as little as 4MB of RAM here for example Google IoT.

Kodi Playback with Standard V4L2 Stack

Posted by Charbax – October 29, 2018

Full upstream implementation of Hardware accelerated video decoding (mainly H264) with the generic V4L2 Mem2Mem API, Zero-copy rendering with DRM Atomic kernel Drivers, DMA-BUF transferred from V4L2 to DRM, FFmpeg V4L2 Mem2Mem integration with Kodi, Kodi GBM Display for Atomic Direct to plane rendering.

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Wi-Fi and Bluetooth single chip Unisoc in UCRobotics IVY5661 IoT Edition 96Boards development board

Posted by Charbax – October 29, 2018

This is a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth single chip solution IoT Edition 96Boards, it can be used as a Wi-Fi Repeater, for Bluetooth on-boarding, Bluetooth 5 Mesh Network. It's an ARM Cortex-M4 dual core, runs Zephyr. You can read more about it here

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$499 Essential PH-1, the first Bezel-Less Smartphone

Posted by flatslap – October 29, 2018

Essential's PH-1 Smartphone : Display: Resolution: 2560 x 1312 QHD. Aspect Ratio: 19:10.Diagonal Size: 5.71” Material used: Titanium body Ceramic back, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass. System: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835.CPU: Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10nm processor GPU: Adreno 540, 710MHz, 64bit. Battery: 3040mAh Front Camera: 8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio f/2.20 fixed hyper focal lens 4K and 1080p HD video recording at 30fps.OS:8.1 Memory & Storage: RAM: 4GB Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1. Water and Dust Resistant: IP54
360 Camera for Essential Phone: Essential 360 Camera is the world's smallest 4k 360° camera and captures 3D spatial audio using four built-in microphones. Model Name: Essential 360 Camera. Dimensions Height: 67mmWidth: 32mmThickness: 12mm (body) Weight: 35grams Audio Microphone: 4x microphones in 3D, ambisonic tetrahedral arrangement Dual Cameras Sensor Resolution: Dual 12MP fisheye imagers Lens aperture: f1.8 FOV: 210° (each) Video Resolutions:360° UHD (3840 x 1920) at 30fps Ports: 60GHz Wireless, Super Speed USB 2x accessory power pins System Architecture OS Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. (text by flatslap5657 of Fiverr)

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$229 MyKronoz Zee-Time Hybrid Smartwatch, $97 Zee Circle Activity Tracker

Posted by flatslap – October 24, 2018

MyKronoz is a Swiss company headquartered in Geneva that designs and develops wearable devices intended to improve our increasingly mobile, connected and digital lifestyles. MyKronoz products in categories: Activity Trackers, Smart watches, Hybrid Smart Watches and Watch phones. ZeTime, the world’s most funded hybrid smart watch.The world’s first hybrid smart watch combining mechanical hands with a round color touchscreen – black silver. With up to 30-days battery for the analog movement*, ZeTime shows you the time even when the screen is turned off. Sphere glass, touch panel, Mechanicals hands, TFT color Display. Optical heart rate sensor, 5 ATM water resistant. Battery 200mAh up to 30 days stand by life. Charging contactor. Display TFT Color touch screen with hole. Andriod 5.0+. https://www.mykronoz.com/uk/en/ (text by flatslap5657 of Fiverr)

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