Category: Laptops

MHL for Productivity, Acer Extend, MediaTek MT6592 MHL Optimizations and Dell/Roku MHL HDMI Sticks

Posted by – February 28, 2014

One of the most interesting aspects of MHL in my opinion is that MHL enables your Smartphone to run your PC/Desktop/Laptop experience. Now Acer is showing their Acer Extend prototype where it's an "empty" good looking laptop shell as stylish as an Ultrabook, which only contains the display, battery, keyboard, mousepad and basic MHL support electronics, thus potentially being sold at a very cheap price, then you power that Laptop Dock with your Phone, in the similar way to the Motorola LapDock system of a couple of years ago. MediaTek is showing some Android software optimizations that they are doing to run this setup on their Octa Core MT6592 processor, thus switching the Android UI to a more Laptop-friendly orientation and configuration when the MHL connectivity to the Laptop Dock is triggered. Hopefully that Android 5 will feature optimized MHL functionality also, perhaps even enabling to instantly switch to a full Chrome OS like productivity state when the MHL to Laptop Dock is detected. MHL also demonstrates a couple of important HDMI sticks from Dell and from Roku which feature MHL support, making HDMI Sticks easy to use and clutter-free, automatically powered by the TV itself and running the full Productivity Suite or the Entertainment Functions directly on the HDMI Stick. Now with MHL 3.0, MHL supports up to 600mbit/s on the USB Host direction, something that I have been looking forward to since I started video-blogging about MHL in 2011. The potential here is to accelerate the adoption of ARM Devices for powering productivity.

Latest Hasee Laptops, Phones and Tablets

Posted by – February 20, 2014

HASEE is a 20 year old company. HASEE makes laptops, smartphones, and tablets. HASEE employs 3,000 - 4,000 people in their factories. HASEE has a 4.5" phone for 69 USD and a 5" phone 99 USD and 139 USD and a 6" phone for 159 USD all for retail price.

Company Website: http://www.hasee.com/en/

MHL shipped in over 400 million devices, MHL 3.0 does 4K

Posted by – January 26, 2014

MHL launches MHL 3.0 with 6gbit/s bandwidth to support 4K 2160p30 video output from a phone, simultaneous up to 40mbitps data channel for USB 2.0 host (for example USB hard drives), new RCP commands, HID support for touchscreens, keyboard and mice, now charging with up to 10W of power, HDCP 2.2, 7.1 surround sound with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, connector agnostic (uses as few as five pins), support for simultaneous up to 4 displays on one MHL 3 output while being backward compatible with MHL 1 and MHL 2. Thus far, more than 200 companies have shipped over 300 MHL compatible devices in phones, tablets, TVs, accessories and more, shipped in more than 400 million devices on the market thus far since MHL 1 launched in 2010.

Toshiba launches 13.3″ Chromebook For $279

Posted by – January 17, 2014

Toshiba's first Chromebook is 13.3" (1366x768 resolution). Sadly it uses an Intel Haswell Celeron processor. The Toshiba Chromebook has a fullsized laptop keyboard. In terms of storgage you get 16gb internally and 100gb of cloud storage. The Toshiba Chromebook contains most basic ports such as an HDMI and SDXC slot. The battery life is 9 hours. The Chromebook will sell for $279 and it will be on the market next month.

OLPC XO-2 7″ $149 and XO-10 10.1″ $199, bringing productive education to tablets

Posted by – January 11, 2014

The One Laptop Per Child shows their latest quad-core RK3188 Tablets, 7" retailing for $149 and 10.1" retailing for $199, those retail prices can subsidize the One Laptop Per Child foundation, bringing tablets and laptops to more children in the developing world as soon as possible. The XO Tablets ship with OLPC's latest UI replacement for Android 4.4 kitkat. Parents can unlock that UI and use the tablets as Nexus-like unlocked tablets also. When are all the 1 Billion children in the world going to have full access to education using technology?

You can also watch Giulia D'Amico of OLPC talk to Engadget about the latest with OLPC here: http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/07/olpc-interview/

Toshiba 4K Laptop

Posted by – January 10, 2014

Toshiba will release laptops with 4K screens starting later this year. The 4K screens enables you to display amazingly sharp text and can do more for the readability of multi-window multi-tasking and a lot more. The price and specifications of the laptop itself are to be announced with summer being the target. The laptop itself is still considered an ultrabook despite its large screen and graphics card.

Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth, runs on 30 Smartphones, all ARM Servers and upcoming ARM Laptops

Posted by – December 17, 2013

Ubuntu Founder, Mark Shuttleworth, talks about why he started Ubuntu, how it runs on 30 different ARM Powered Smartphones, on all the ARM Servers, on upcoming ARM Powered Laptops also. GPU providers opening up more and more to allow full Ubuntu hardware acceleration, optimizing Ubuntu on one GPU can enable Ubuntu on ARM Powered phones, tablets, laptops and desktops also.

$108 13.3″ Android Laptop, VIA8880 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, 5000mAh

Posted by – December 8, 2013

The cheapest 13.3" Ultrabook killer, now selling at near $100, with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor WM8880 from VIA WonderMedia. Running smooth Android, but of course would be nicer with Chrome OS (or Chromium OS) and Ubuntu, on dual or triple boot. It has 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash, 1366x768 screen resolution, 5000mAh battery could do 10+ hours battery life if the display was a Pixel Qi ultra-low power sunlight readable LCD. This is where the upcoming Intel-killing Ultrabook-killing is going to come from.

Samsung Wide IO Memory Interface for the faster and lower power ARM Processors of the future

Posted by – November 21, 2013

Memory bandwidth is one of the most important features in an SoC to get performance. Here presenting Samsung's new memory architecture, possibly (my guess) to be used in Exynos6 (64bit) possibly at 20nm or perhaps even 14nm even, Samsung talks about their upcoming Wide-IO faster Memory Interface architecture for future ARM Processors to input and output much faster memory bandwidth. To run the same workload, it can use 60-70% less power of the memory plus memory interface power within the SoC, which is a large part of the power consumption within an ARM SoC, Samsung is ready with the technology. The business is about the timing, they are aiming for the best timing to introduce this technology. Provides for example 17gbit/s memory bandwidth, allowing to increase memory bandwidth possibly above 100gbit/s, to be confirmed as better technology is implemented. The history of LP-DDR is to increase the frequency to increase memory bandwidth, but with Samsung's Wide-IO memory design, they can increase the memory lines instead and thus achieve much better memory bandwidth, possibly running 2-3x faster memory bandwidth at the same frequency, perhaps something like 50gbit/s easily. The demand for the memory bandwidth for smartphone devices will surpass memory bandwidth for the traditional desktop PC.

Samsung Exynos5420 HMP big.LITTLE demo

Posted by – November 21, 2013

Samsung shows HMP big.LITTLE mode working on the Exynos5420, Heterogeneous Multi Processing means that you can manage the 8 big.LITTLE cores independently and use them all at the same time. Showing HMP mode achieving a higher benchmark result over IKS process switching mode on the same CPU and on the same exact tablet hardware. Even being able to do full Octa Core Exynos5420 CPU and the full 6-core Mali-T628 GPU performance using renderscript at the same time heterogeneously achieving the maximum performance and at the same time also improving battery life when doing the same task. Showing here some advanced photo editing app using renderscript to optimize performance of that type of app.