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I love computers and I am fascinated by them, and the idea that i can mount my own computer with my hands like lego and this has in the 90's. Now we have mini pcs or hdmi tv dongles small computers that you can put in your pocket but they have some faults.
1-Internal wifi with bad performance, solution for this issue, external antennas that were implemented by the manufactures (see cozyswan s400 hdmi tv dongle and others)
2-A audio combo jack,is important for people that have lcd monitor's that dont have speakers, they need the audio combo jack (see MK806 hdmi tv dongle)
3-A 2-pin connector for a fan and holes to fix the fan into the board, for heating problems.
4-change the usb 2.0 to usb 3.0 for better performance (see hardkernel odroid xu+E)
5-the storage issue, all hdmi dongles have nand flash that is welded and you cannot remove to upgrade, only by microsd card.
People nowadays use microsd cards to install linux and to boot from the card but a youtube user posted that booting from a microsd card is not very fast and the performance is not very spectacular.(30MBps)
So the best solution is using a Emmc card with a connector in the bottom-160 Mbps (see hardkernel)
so with paint and gimp i altered some pictures of hdmi tv dongles that i found in the internet to show you what I considered should be the perfect Hdmi tv dongle
In this first picture I added by paint some holes and a 2-pin fan connector to put a "future" fan like this (photo from a russian web site)
In the third picture, I removed by paint the NAND FLASH and I added a Emmc connector. And the combo audio connector because a lot of people that I know they dont have speakers in their lcd monitor.
In the market there is already a company (hardkernel) selling this emmc cards with connectors, but is very expensive if every company that does hdmi tv dongles adopt this standard i think that the price will come down, and everyone can altered their storage very easy.
I am writing this post to show people that they can present good ideas to change the statuos quo of the designs of the hdmi tv dongles or mini pc.
And manufactures could see what can they do to change for a better way the mini pc.
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A few hours before the official unveiling of the Google Moto X phone, here I talk with Thomas Christiansen of http://worldoftommy.com, +Todd Neumann of AT&T and +Rafael Morales of http://AndroidSpin.com
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Thanks +Daniel Lietzan for sending me a Chromecast so I'm one of the first in Europe to be testing one! In this episode we talk about all the latest news around the Google Chromecast, Google's "simplified Chrome OS" Powered HDMI Stick!
Watch me talk about the $35 Google Chromecast HDMI Stick Chromestick on a Hangout for Chromecastcast.com
You can watch these 49 minutes of me being interviewed by Paul Terry Walhus in a Hangout On Air for his new blog that's going to be at http://chromecastcast.com (not yet launched) where I talk about what I think the Google Chromecast is, which ARM Powered hardware I expect it to have (I thought maybe Rockchip but it's Marvell), how it may be unlocked for a Chromebox mode (Micro-USB Host to Hub/Ethernet/RF), how this Chrome OS device may support the Chrome browser, Android apps and Games natively instead of only being used for streaming video and audio and more.
I guess Google reads my Google+ feed.. on April 16th I suggested:
$50 Chrome stick would be nice. ARM Cortex-A15 on a HDMI stick running Chrome OS. I'm just saying.
Not sure if the $35 Chromecast Google HDMI Stick has an ARM Cortex-A15 processor in it though, what is the ARM Processor inside of the new Google Chromestick? Is Google using the Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 Rockchip RK3188? Tegra4? Something from Qualcomm?
Which ARM Processor is being used? Can it run a full Chrome OS On ARM also? USB Host (to Ethernet/RF/Hub) supported?
Can the Chromecast Chromestick run a full Chrome OS included for free? Why didn't Google explain how to "unlock" the Chromestick to display a full ARM Powered Chrome OS on the TV?
I look forward to Chrome OS on ARM Powered HDMI Sticks, let it not just revolutionize Video-on-demand, let the $35 Google stick also be the x86 Wintel desktop killer.
1. My guess is Chromecast has MHL support, can otherwise get charge from MicroUSB, I wonder if a MicroUSB hub can allow for Ethernet connectivity on Chromecast.
2. I wonder how video games and apps are going to run natively on the Chromecast.
3. Does it support Bluetooth 4.0, RF and USB Host for wireless keyboards and mice to use the Chromecast as a Chrome OS desktop without a remote device?
- Google Announces "Chromecast" - Runs Chrome OS (chromestory.com)
- Google Launches The Chromecast To Bring Chrome To The Living Room (techcrunch.com)
- Chromecast Is Official: Costs $35, Sends Video, Music, And Chrome Tabs To Your TV, 3 Months Of Free Netflix Included (androidpolice.com)
- "OK Google, What is Chromecast?" (chromestory.com)
- Chromecast hits $35 price point, aims to connect TV to the web this week (slashgear.com)
- Google announces Chromecast, a dongle to stream online videos to your TV (gigaom.com)
Google Motorola with Qualcomm designs modified Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM SoC based on the dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 Pro with quad-core Adreno 320 GPU. Google says they add "natural language" and "contextual computing" cores hinting at dedicated processes for the OK Google Now touchless control features, to me feel like Sensor Fusion type of support within new upcoming smart devices. This means extreme low power sensors that can monitor things all the time, or which can for example "start listening" as long as the phone is touched at some point in the specific amount of time before you do the touchless voice commands. These types of sensor fusion features may bring very impressive new features to smartphones, the phone may learn always more about where it is in the world, where it is around you, about exact touching and other things. Think about sensors that detect taps without needing to even turn on the screen, meaning you could interact while keeping it in your pocket. Sensor fusion processing is so low power, as far as I remember hearing from Freescale, the battery in a phone can run that sensor for something like a year, or several months, where it can constantly monitor all movements of the device, triggering other areas on the SoC to be activated when specific movements are detected. Consider this may replace the need for a power button to be touched each time you power on the screen of your phone. Consider unlocking mechanisms and a whole new range of gestures and behaviors to interact with your phone. Your phone may even detect all types of touches not only on the screen but also on the back and around your phone, perhaps even touches on the table next to your phone. The GPS may be further optimized and super accurate and fast for all types of positioning features, including expanded Google Now functionality, without turning the phone on, from within your pocket, your phone may start saying something like "Hey Roger, you should check out the restaurant to your right, and I think you must be hungry" because your phone can know that you haven't eaten yet and it knows what types of restaurants you like and it can constantly monitor your positioning to provide smart automatic notifications based on the types of augmented information you would like.
I don't know if Google Motorola with Qualcomm is integrating those new sensors on the die of that Snapdragon/Adreno or if those new type of sensors are outside of the die on the SoC somehow. Does anyone here have any info about how Google Motorola and Qualcomm are doing it? And how are the other ARM SOC vendors going to start shipping all those new Sensor Fusion and advanced Sensor features into devices?
Google Motorola is shipping this new Motorola X8 ARM Processor in their new range of Droid phones (selling exclusively on Verizon in the USA) and it's probably also in the Moto X phone to be launched next week in New York (I wish Goog was inviting me to any of their events).
Are you looking forward to Moto X?
I think that Moto X needs to be $199 unlocked out of contract, released for pre-paid carriers around the world, even shipping with dual-sim card support. If Google can source enough X8 ARM Processors with Qualcomm, enough screens from whoever provides Motorola with screens and if Google can have suppliers manufacture and assemble those fast enough (including those that are rumored to be assembled in the USA, I guess to supply the US market only), if Google wants to sell Moto X all over the developing world, Google can rapidly expand Motorola's market share in smartphone sales worldwide. I can't wait to hear more about the features of the Moto X, how Google integrates those new sensors in Android, how those Sensors expand on the features of ARM Powered devices and to hear more about the range of hardware that Google and Motorola are planning to release. Android merging with Chrome OS and Google TV is just going to be a small part of our future.
3 years ago, I first video-blogged about Freescale's Contextual Sensor Fusion technology talking about Freescale's Xtrinsic Sensor technology being launched at the Freescale Technology Forum in June 2010, that may be similar to the technologies now to be included in Motorola's new range of devices including in the Moto X, this is what I wrote in the description of this video here on this blog in June 2010:
Imagine not needing a power button to turn on your phone, just pick it up. Imagine cheaper warranty as manufacturers will know when devices were damaged because of usage error such as fall or banging. Imagine new user interfaces that are much more relying on sensors as the new Freescale Xtrinsic sensors can measure stuff 2000 times per second (the bandwidth and architecture being better). Imagine also sensors combining their abilities through fusion, again, no need to wake up the main ARM processor of the device to do all kinds of things! Imagine the device knowing exactly how it is touched, how it is moved, how it is held, the touch is not anymore only on the screen! This means better battery usage, months maybe even years of seamless standby. The new Xtrinsic sensor only needs 12 micro amps of power to be turned on all the time!
- Motorola X8 homemade SoC recap: modified Snapdragon forms 'the first true mobile computing system' (phonearena.com)
- Google/Motorola now have their own X8 ARM processor, to debut in new Droids (9to5google.com)
- Motorola new X8 ARM processor to power the Moto X (thedroidguy.com)
- Motorola's X8 Mobile Computing System packs eight cores, one for language processing, one for contextual computing (androidauthority.com)
- Motorola introduces X8 chip for smartphones (liliputing.com)
- Motorola X8 8-core computing system official with Qualcomm backing (slashgear.com)
- Details on Motorola's X8 Mobile Computing System (intomobile.com)
Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa announced, Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE with Six-core ARM Mali-T628 GPU
Samsung is ready with their upgraded ARM big.LITTLE ARM Cortex-A15/A7 processor, now peaking at perhaps 1.8Ghz in A15 and 1.3Ghz in A7, perhaps peaking at 14.9Gbit/s in memory bandwidth with the ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU.
Samsung may use this in their next high-end products, here's what we can hope Samsung ships it in:
1. New Samsung ARM Chromebooks, faster performance, longer battery life, better screens and priced still below $250 but some higher-end luxury Chromebook Pixel quality $400-$500 ARM Chromebooks from Samsung I think are probably also welcome. Samsung should push for major sales of $99-$149 ARM big.LITTLE Chromeboxes, to take over most of the Desktop PC market. Make it in a beautiful compact near HDMI Stick sized Chromebox, amaze everyone. Performance good enough for 95% of desktop and laptop computing needs and Chrome OS is perfect for it?
2. Galaxy S4 Plus Ultra? The diversity in S4 on Octa for "rest of world" and S4 on Qualcomm S600 for Europe/USA has been kind of confusing. How does a newer Samsung S4 perform with this chip?
3. New Galaxy Note 3?
4. New Galaxy Tabs?
5. Could Samsung possibly supply all other hardware makers with this new Octa also? I think all Laptop/Desktop makers are desperate to get a good big.LITTLE in their Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, I think competitors want big.LITTLE in phonesl, does Samsung want to supply Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP, Gigabyte, Quanta, Foxconn, Google Motorola, HTC, Sony, does Samsung want to supply all those companies or should they be left to use Qualcomm, Nvidia and other for their near-term ARM Cortex-A15 demand? I guess this question may have to do with Samsung's production capacity and their corporate strategy to keep their supply for their own brand with maximized corporate exclusivity in maximizing profit margins.
I look forward to learn more about how Samsung is using the Mali-T628 GPU for this SoC, which are the possibilities for GPGPU, GPU Computing, what are the new Open GL 3.0 possibilities in Android? How can it speed up Chrome OS? What can Ubuntu do with it? What's Samsung's yield? When are we seeing more of their big.LITTLE? How big is it going to be?
- Samsung Updates Exynos 5 Octa (5420), Switches Back to ARM GPU (anandtech.com)
- Samsung's new Exynos 5 Octa chip is faster, but is it smarter? (androidauthority.com)
- Samsung Unveils a New Exynos 5 Octa (5420) With Greater CPU and GPU Processing Power (cnx-software.com)
- Samsung's new Exynos 5 Octa processor brings faster clock speeds, power increase (androidcommunity.com)
- Samsung Makes New Exynos 5 Octa 5420 Official With Double The GPU Performance (androidpolice.com)
- Samsung announces Exynos 5 Octa 5420, touts 2x GPU performance (vr-zone.com)
- Samsung Intros More Powerful Exynos 5 Octa Processor (phonescoop.com)
- New Samsung Exynos 5 Octa: 20% more CPU power, twice the graphic capabilities (phonearena.com)
- Samsung's new Exynos 5 Octa (5420) processor unveiled. Twitter giveaway lets you win a Galaxy S4 Zoom, Tab 3 8.0, or Chromebook (unwiredview.com)