The Linaro Digital Home Group (LHG) has achieved a milestone in the delivery of an open source reference solution for the consumption of premium content on ARM powered devices.
The media solution ulitizes several open source components coupled with a commercial DRM that executes in a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). The TEE used is the Open Portable TEE (OPTEE) from Linaro, running on ARM TrustZone.
The solution integrates the following key components:
- W3C EME Working Draft (31 March 2015)
- Microsoft PlayReady DRM Porting Kit v3.0
- Chromium v43
The solution is powered by a STMicroelectronics STiH410 ARM Cortex-A9 processor.
ACER Chromebook R11 is 360 degree Foldable notebook with 11.6’’inch Touch screen, comes with very nice slim and nice design, based on Quad Core Intel Celeron N3150 @1.6GHz, 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, retailer price at $299 coming soon in middle October.
Haier presents their Haier Chromebook 11 on Rockchip RK3288 selling at $149 now at http://amzn.to/1yrxBY2 they are also the only manufacturer who can provide this as the OEM Chromebook for any brand who wants to make a big order. Before the end of this year, Haier will also make a 13.3" Chromebook. This is the product that I have been waiting for for 10 years since OLPC was launched. This is potentially the $100 Laptop for Education realized. It's $149 now in retail, but it could be $100 maybe if subsidized when providing for the children in developing areas of the world. Google needs to invest in a lower power sunlight readable LCD display, HTML5 offline apps and content needs to work better, the Android apps integration in Chrome OS needs to be fully supported. If Haier, Google, Rockchip, Governments and others do this right, they can sell 100 million of these.
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Acer BYOC is a cross-platform, multi-device, multi-network cloud system to create, personalize IoT devices to help make IoT devices be successful, where the IoT cloud apps are run on edge devices, to gateways to the cloud.
Asus Chromebook Flip is the world’s first 360 degree convertible Chromebook, light and nicely designed, powered by Rockchip RK3288 quad core ARM Cortex-A17, with 2GB or 4G RAM, 10.1" and 10 finger multi-touch screen, dual band WiFi 802.11&BT4.0, full size QWERTY keyboard, and large touchpad, up to 9 hours battery life, Ultra ligh at 0.89KG, to be available from Q3 2015 worldwide.
The Asus Chromebook C201 is an ultra light well built ARM Powered Chromebook, powered by the Rockchip quad-core RK3288 Processor, with 2GB RAM or 4GB RAM as option, 11.6" display, dual-band WiFi 802.11, BT4.0, full size QWERTY keyboard, and large touchpad, up to 13hours of battery life, Ultra light at 0.98KG, super thin at 17.9mm. It is shipping from now for $169 at http://amazon.com.
Marvell launches their new 88W8997 chipset for the highest performance Wi-Fi chipset for Chromebooks, Laptops, Tablets, Chromecasts, TVs and more. The 88W997 is built on 28nm enables 40% lower power consumption for the Wi-Fi at a higher performance. Marvell are first to get qualified for Chromebooks, in front of Broadcom, Intel and Qualcomm. The 2x2 Wi-Fi system doubles the range. Marvell integrates also the Bluetooth 5.0 spec implementing double the bandwidth for Bluetooth, LTE anti-interference. Marvell provides CSP Chip on Board, QFN package Chip on Board and the M2 2230 module PCI-E Form factor.
MediaTek are showing their first Chromebook, with a dual ARM Cortex-A72 with dual ARM Cortex-A53 big.LITTLE of their "world's fastest" MT8173 SoC with SGX6250 GPU. MediaTek are optimizing the Chrome OS performance in partnership with Google to get this launched as soon as possible, though probably not before the beginning of next year they say. It has dual USB Type-C, one of which can output to a secondary display. For the final product, the built-in Chromebook display can be up to 2K resolution, now showing off 1366x768 on this prototype. Fast charge through the USB Type-C will work. The displays could be 11.6" or 13", the displays will probably be 1366x768 or 1920x1080. The target is affordable pricing. MediaTek together with Imagination and Google are the first to optimize the PowerVR6 GPU for Chrome OS, trying to take advantage of all its heterogeneous multiprocessing speecs to try to optimize the performance. MediaTek is revisiting their optimization approach to upstream all of their work, soon enough people will be able to get all of the source code that they are developing to get this ready.
Haier is launching their ARM Powered Haier Chromebook 11 to be shipping any day now at http://amzn.to/1yrxBY2 for shipping all over the USA with availability probably in all Chrome OS countries also imminently. The Haier RK3288 Chromebook 11 has a nice matte type of display, which may make it preferable for me over the Hisense and Asus one. But if matte or not is to be exclusive to this model or not, is to be confirmed. Again I would prefer a 13.3" matte RK3288 Chromebook with 4GB RAM and with at least 13 hours of battery life. To challenge my $199 Acer Chromebook 13!
Asus C201 is their new Rockchip RK3288 based ARM Chromebook to be sold at $169. With a nice keyboard and mousepad. The Asus Rockchip Chromebook is to be available imminently.