Japanese NHK public broadcast R&D group shows their 120Hz 8K display and camera (at 144Gbit/s through optical) by Hitachi (red/blue/green prism sensors) and Astro (single image sensor) that I filmed here. Japan wants to just leapfrog 4K and go directly to 8K testing 8K broadcasts starting in 2016, with full massive deployments targetted for 2020 where everyone in Japan will maybe be able to receive 8K TV.
T-Chip launches the Firefly Development Board on RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 with Mali-T764 runs Ubuntu and Android. Firefly-RK3288 provides some external expansion interface, including LCD interfaces and some other standard interfaces such as: Double MIPI, Double LVDS, ISP, EDP, PWM, SPI, UART, ADC , GPIO, I2C, I2S. Standard configuration is 2GB RAM and 16GB eMMC with a high configuration version possible with 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC. It has dual band Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit ethernet. In this video you can see the Ubuntu and Android demo on Firefly RK3288, and a tour of the T-Chip offices featuring their PCB Design engineers, Software engineers, sales staff and more.
The Firefly RK3288 is now available for $129 each (you can order 5/10/15/20/25 units at $129 each by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org add $30/$33/$40/$45/$50 respectively for fast 3-5 day shipping to USA/Europe).
You can contact T-Chip here:
Candy Feng email@example.com
Cisco offers cloud to set-top-box services, enabling Internet Speed for Service Providers to provide video-on-demand, video streaming, smart TV functionalities. Dr. Ken Morse, previously of Scientific Atlanta (aquired by Cisco in 2006), talks about Cisco working with Linaro to enable ARM Powered Set-top-box and home gateway solutions through open source.
Here you can watch his 1-hour keynote at the Linaro Connect 2014:
"As we move into a world where consumers expect to access all their video services on amy device, at any time, in any place, this requires major changes to the architecture of video delivery. In addition, the expectation is for new services to be launched at Internet Speed and not the typical 6 months or longer cycle taken by many new service introductions."
Google works with Linaro to enable hot-swappable hardware modules in modular Android smartphones of the future.
Speaker: Paul Eremenko – Director of Project Ara at Google
Keynote Title: “What if hardware was more like software? Google’s Project Ara and the democratization of the hardware ecosystem.”
Paul's Bio: Paul Eremenko is currently director of Project Ara at Google, in the Advanced Technology & Projects (ATAP) organization. Previously he was an associate vice president at Motorola, where he led the development project of Ara, a project to create a modular hardware ecosystem—rivalling the mobile app ecosystem in pace and level of innovation–around smart phones in an effort to deliver the mobile internet to the next 5 billion people. Paul is also research affiliate at MIT in the Engineering Systems Division.
Prior to joining Motorola and then Google, Paul directed the Tactical Technology Office (TTO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon’s principal engine for disruptive innovation. TTO is DARPA’s systems office responsible for all X plane, spacecraft, ground vehicle, and robotics programs, totalling approximately $500 million annually. Previously, Paul developed and led DARPA’s advanced design and manufacturing program portfolio, and also served as program manager for several space efforts, including the 100 Year Starship.
Earlier in his career, Paul was an aerospace design engineer, the chief engineer for an unmanned aircraft program, and management consultant focusing on technology, innovation, and M&A strategies. He has undergraduate and Master’s degrees in aeronautics from MIT and Caltech, respectively, and law degree from Georgetown University. Paul is also licensed pilot.
Linaro is going to try to help at getting affordable 64bit ARM development boards to developers soon, Linaro CEO George Grey talks about Linaro's Past, Present and Future.
TCL Corporation is one of the biggest TV companies in the world. They are showing their latest products at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair including 4K TVs, smartphones, set-up-boxes and more. They are showing their Alcatel Onetouch branded phones series TCL Idol, TCL Pop and TCL Hero. A 55inch 4K TV from TCL is sold for about 10,000RMB(~$1,600) One of the phones of Hero series has an octa-core CPU and costs 1,016RMB(~$165). They are showing a set-up-box with RK3066 CPU with a Metro-style interface and 28inch Smart TVs for kids. These kids TVs have a kids design and a protective film over the display in order to protect their eyes. Some washing machines with a different design than others and Smart TVs with Mstar hexa-core CPU are some other products from TCL.
Samsung Gear Fit is a fitness band from Samsung. The Gear Fit needs to be connected to a Samsung smartphone to exchange information. This fitness band has tracking capabilities and also a heart rate sensor which can tell whats your current heart rate. It also has GPS capability for tracking location. Gear Fit has a low power and low-end CPU. It runs a Samsung's custom wearable OS which isn't based in Android neither Tizen. Samsung has released the Gear Fit SDK for developers. The SDK comes with an emulator that animates what you can do with the device and emulates your custom built apps.
Silver Nanowire Transparent Conductors From Cambrios for Touch Screens, Solar Panels, Lighting and Flexible displays
Cambrios CEO John LeMoncheck at IFA 2014 gives an update on the great progress they are making with AgNW transparent conductors for touch screens, enabling flexible touch, thin and light form that is suitable for wearable devices. With the latest launch of thin iPhones and Apple Watch, the race for thin, light, curved, flexible electronic devices has begun and material such as Cambrios ClearOhm silver nano wires are key to enable these technologies. In this video you will see their latest, never shown before 7” single layer touch screen that is highly conductive, transparent, very thin and light and suitable for bezel-less device designs. Apart from touch screens they are also enabling transparent solar cells, OLEd lighting, flexible displays like ePaper and OLED.
Allwinner Technology announces its brand-new high performance octa-core processor A83T for full HD tablets. Based on TSMC's new 28nm HPC process, A83T is designed to be a high performance but extremely power-efficient octa-core processor packing eight highly energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A7 cores that can run simultaneously at 2.0GHz implementing advanced ARM big.LITTLE architecture to maximize battery life. Imaginations PowerVR GPU is also included to deliver the best balance between graphic processing performance and power consumption.
"Octa-core is leading the market now, so after the remarkable UltraOcta A80, we're here to release another extraordinary octa-core A83T for middle range tablet market," said Jack Lee, the Chief Marketing Officer of Allwinner, "The system performance of Allwinner A83T octa core is definitely impressive, but that's not all. Our customers and consumers will be amazed by its extremely low power consumption as well, which even outperforms most quad-core tablet processors in the market."
Another noteworthy feature of A83T is its implementation of Allwinner's next-gen SmartColor technology, Allwinner's latest achievements in display technology, which helps to deliver splendid image quality with higher resolutions, providing tablet consumers with eye-pleasing visual effects.
The first octa-core tablets featuring Allwinner A83T are to hit in Q4 2014 with several designs to be shown at the Hong Kong Fairs next month.
- Allwinner unveils A83T octa-core processor (liliputing.com)
- AllWinner Announces A83T Octa Core Processor for Tablets (cnx-software.com)