Category: Chrome OS

Rockchip RK3288

Posted by – November 17, 2014

As Rockchip is ramping up the output of their new RK3288 processor, this is the official presentation video for the Rockchip RK3288 processor. Some of the advantages highlighted are 10-second boot time, Fast app loading, Multi-window UI, Fast Web browsing, up to 2560×1600 display, H265 4K playback, 4K HDMI2.0 at 60fps, Turstzone PlayReady HDCP Widevine DRM, Dolby audio, 13 Megapixel back camera and some of the Mali-T764 GPU features such as Transaction Elimination, Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression, ARM Frame Buffer Compression, Stereoscopic 3D Game Driver and the POP-Star Searching Entertainment Engine. You can read more about it at http://www.rock-chips.com/a/en/products/RK32_Series/2014/0504/484.html and you can watch all the RK3288 videos that I posted thus far at http://armdevices.net/?s=RK3288

$149 RK3288 Chromebooks from Lenovo and Asus coming soon according to Digitimes

Posted by – November 14, 2014

Potentially released as soon as next month by Lenovo, Digitimes reports that Lenovo and Asus are preparing to release $149 Chromebooks based on the Rockchip RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 with Mali-T764. The rumored screen size is 11.6″ according to Digitimes.

To be seen if those include 2GB or 4GB RAM. I think 4GB RAM would be nice, even if that adds a few $ to BOM cost. Perhaps they can just let consumers choose to double RAM to 4GB if they just pay $10 or $20 more. I think it would also be nice if they also provide a larger $169 13.3″ skew. Both with 1366×768 matte displays would be good I think. At least one, or multiple SD card slots for storage, HDMI output, at least 2 USB3 would be nice.

It was here on ARMdevices.net on June 5th that I was the first post a video about the RK3288 Chromebook and back on April 13th about Chrome OS for RK3288 on the development board.

I think if the performance is smooth, if the keyboard/mousepad/display qualities are great, if the designs by Lenovo and Asus are classy “like a Macbook Air” and not purposefully cheap looking, the RK3288 Chromebooks may become more popular than RK3288 in Android Tablets, and Chrome OS on RK3288 Set-top-boxes may also be more popular than RK3288 Android Set-top-boxes. If priced right, and if mass produced at absolute maximum capacity by brands like Lenovo and Asus, I think this could potentially become one of the most popular laptops in the world, potentially overtaking Wintel laptops faster than anyone can imagine.

Acer Chromebook 13 on Nvidia Tegra K1

Posted by – September 23, 2014

Acer’s first ARM Powered Chromebook, to be released from around October onward, the price starts around $279/279€ for the basic HD 2GB RAM version, $20/20€ more for 4GB instead of 2GB RAM, going up to $379/379€ for the version with FHD display and 4GB RAM.

Toshiba Chromebook 2

Posted by – September 23, 2014

Toshiba releases their 13.3″ FHD Glossy 4GB RAM at $349/349€ and HD Matte 2GB RAM $249/249€ Chromebooks, based on Intel Celeron processors, they are thinner, 200gr lighter, better designed and with a battery life of 9hr for the FHD and 11.5hr for the HD one, where Google says the battery life can be enhanced even further with software update.

pcDuino8 Allwinner A80 development board

Posted by – July 23, 2014

pcDuino8 is one of the first Allwinner A80 development boards, targeted to be released soon commercially for around $99 according to demand, is a single board computer that bridges the open source software community and open source hardware community. Developers can build prototype with pcDuino and later go to production with pcDuono core board under a LinkSprite program called ‘produce together’. You can also see my video with pcDuino at their Shenzhen Maker Space.

Website:
http://pcDuino.com
http://facebook.com/pcDuino

Rockchip RK3288 Chromebook

Posted by – June 5, 2014

13.3″ RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A12 with Mali-T764 Powered Chromium OS Laptop. Meet some from the team working on Chrome OS at Rockchip, finalizing Chromium OS optimizations for the RK3288 ARM platform, with commercial Rockchip Chromebooks launching worldwide in Q3 of this year. What do you think is going to be the price for this ARM Powered Chromebook? $149? $179? $199? How is the performance? Battery life? I test a bit of web browsing and the Fish Tank benchmark at the end of this video. I will try to test it more and post some more web browser tests in another video to be posted soon, let me know of anything else you would like to see tested on the RK3288 Chromebook.

You can also watch my video of the unveiling of RK3288 at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair here. Also my videos of RK3288 in a Pipo tablet, at Vido, Sunchip HDMI Stick, Tena HDMI Stick and at the Unuiga PCB design house.

Chrome OS on Rockchip RK3288 with Mali-T764 in Tablets, Set-top-boxes, shipping next month

Posted by – April 13, 2014

Rockchip shows RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 in Tablets, booting Chrome OS (named Chromium OS when not Google certified), playing back H265 4K 60fp HDMI 2.0 10bit, extremely fast Mali-T764 GPU, mass production starts next month.

Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2014

Arndale Octa Board, Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa-core development board

Posted by – April 5, 2014

Linaro engineers unbox and talk about the Arndale Octa Board loaded with Android enabling engineers to work with the ARM big.LITTLE platform from Samsung. You can buy the Arndale Octa Board for $179 at http://www.pyrustek.com/us/

Qualcomm, Mediatek, ZTE, Allwinner and Comcast join Linaro

Posted by – March 7, 2014

George Grey, CEO of Linaro, the not-for-profit engineering organization consolidating and optimizing open source Linux software and tools for the ARM architecture, announces that Qualcomm, Mediatek, ZTE, AllWinner and Comcast are joining Linaro to work together on bringing Linux on ARM forward together. They are joining the existing Linaro member companies who are ARM, HiSilicon, Broadcom, Fujitsu, LG, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, AMD, AppliedMicro, Canonical, Cavium, Cisco, Citrix, Enea, Facebook, Freescale, HP, LSI, Marvell, Montavista, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Red Hat and IBM who all are contributing engineers to all be working together to improve Linux on ARM for Mobile, Enterprise (servers), Networking, and now also for Home (Set-top-box) usage with the Internet of Things potentially also to be supported. Linaro just held its Linaro Connect Asia here in Macau this week and I will be posting many videos from there, interviewing Linaro engineers about some of the latest Linux hacking work they are doing to speed up all ARM Powered devices.

Samsung Exynos 5422 Octa-core and Exynos 5260 Hexa-core

Posted by – March 6, 2014

Samsung releases the Exynos5422, their fastest yet Octa-core ARM Processor, with optimized HMP Heterogeneous Multi-processing support with all 8 cores working simultaneously at up to 2.1Ghz reaching something like 20 thousand on Antutu benchmark (which is a lot). The performance for ARM Chromebooks may be extremely high. The Exynos5422 may have more than double the CPU performance over the Exynos5250 of previous generation Chromebooks (according to some online benchmarks for the dual-core Exynos5250 in Nexus 10 compared with the Antutu number Samsung shows for their Octa core Exynos5422 Antutu result), this should provide for some extremely powerful new Samsung ARM Powered Chromebooks! Samsung also announced the 6-core Exynos5260 with 2 big ARM Cortex-A15 cores and 4 LITTLE ARM Cortex-A7 cores, a design that may feed well for the mid-range market perhaps also better for Android Smartphone usage scenarios while the Exynos5422 may be best on Chromebooks that may need higher burst performance. The Samsung Exynos5422 is going to ship in the newly announced $399 Samsung Chromebook 2 with a 13.3″ FHD display, 4GB RAM, 16GB Flash and an ultra-thin and light form factor for a laptop.