The guys of http://jig.jp are showing off their vision of augmented reality, overlaying video screens using prisms on sunglasses, the heads-up display is made by Epson. Jig.jp works on smartphone web browsers, they are suggesting to create software and user interfaces for augmented reality.
Telstar is showing a 3.5″ Retina Display and 4.3″ WVGA to be sold for $119 with a minimum order quantity of 1000 units, using the Qualcomm MSM7227A ARM Cortex-A5 (the 4.3″ may have the MSM7227 ARM11, to be confirmed).
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Here’s a demo to show off what HSPA+/LTE can potentially do, to include on-board video and do remote controlling wherever there is HSPA+/LTE coverage.
ST-Ericsson demonstrates the range of some of the devices announced that use the ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 that includes ST-Ericsson HSPA+ connectivity. They also announced the U8520 and U9540 LTE platforms.
Motion Core presents the usage of Sensor Fusion on the ST-Ericsson U8500 powered Sony Xperia P. It takes the information from all the sensors inside of the phone and renders it as a Wii-like remote control even without the use of infrared.
NXP shows and talks about how NFC is being implemented throughout the smartphones industry to provide for identification and their other chip for authentication technology.
VisualOn provides software solutions to ensure smooth video playback accross all ARM Powered devices. For example Netflix uses VisualOn to smoothly work accross all Android devices, all other OS etc.
Renesas Mobile demonstrates their MP5232 platform, containing a Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 at 1.5Ghz, PowerVR SGX544 GPU and integrated Cat-4 LTE/HSPA/2G triple-mode modem in a single chip, which offers a solution to handset vendors that significantly lowers the cost and power consumption of high-performance LTE smartphones. Together with Renesas MP5225 platform, a two-chip solution for high-end smartphones, and Renesas SP2531, a modem-only platform for Triple-Mode LTE/HSPA/2G data cards and embedded modules, Renesas Mobile is bringing LTE to the Mass Market.
ST-Ericsson demonstrates their new L9540 1.85Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-core processor with the SGX544 GPU. They show that it can be cranked at up to 2.2Ghz and it can also automatically be down-clocked to 400Mhz when not much CPU performance is needed when for example tasks like video-playback are offloaded to an other part of the System on Chip.
Here’s my 21-minute highlights video of the Windows 8 on ARM “Consumer Preview” event keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
After the presentation, I was able to ask a few questions to Steven Synofsky and Michael Anguilo, here are some of those replies that I got:
- Desktop apps on Windows Store and Windows Store for ARM: They’ll clarify it to my email later. Steve Synofsky says it’s clear in the blog post. Windows Store is for Metro apps but there is a “parallel thing” (paraphrasing) for Desktop apps, the whole Third Party Desktop Apps for Windows 8 are not to be previewed on the Consumer Preview release yet.
- Multi-booting other OS when secure boot is in use. Steve Synofsky says that is up to the OEM. Secure Boot is a feature Microsoft provides as an option. The whole point of Secure Boot is that people cannot just “boot stuff from their garage”. But he did not seem to dismiss that OEMs can dual-boot for example Android or Ubuntu on the same device.
He didn’t say if Microsoft plans to do backroom deals with manufacturers to force them only to load Windows 8 and nothing else on devices or not, I guess not, but you never know… Maybe they do not apply “rebates” for OEMs that make things a bit “too open”, does that make any sense?
- Windows 8 remains just TI, Qualcomm, Nvidia business for now on ARM, as with Windows Phone, Microsoft limits the number of ARM Partners that can fully hardware accelerate their software platform for now. I think a lot of the other ARM chip providers are in discussions with Microsoft to see when they can also support their software. My guess is Microsoft wants a very high performance for the first supported ARM SoCs, that is why it only is being demonstrated on TI OMAP4470, Nvidia Tegra3 and Qualcomm Krait MSM8960 for now.
If I do get in contact with someone from Microsoft over email to get clarifications for Windows on ARM, please let me know in the comments what type of questions remain to be answered.