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Radxa Rock2 RK3288 development board

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2015

This is the Radxa Rock2 on Rockchip RK3288 quad-core ARM Cortex-A17, still being optimized for release at http://radxa.com/Rock2 it's configured as a SoM (System on Module) board with a choice of two base boards with more or less connectors and with that SoM module swappable. Tyler Baker of the Linaro LAVA team talks about the connectors and how Linaro is integrating this into http://kernelci.org which you can hear about at http://armdevices.net/2015/02/28/kernelci-org-upstream-kernel-validation-project/

Noah U30 Education Tablet with Digitizer runs Allwinner A83T

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2015

This is a high-end Tablet on Allwinner A83T Octa Core ARM Cortex-A7, with a high performance digitizer and educational software for elementary school children, who's parents want them to get through the educational content provided by the Noah company.

Grant Likely, Linaro Fellow, talks ARM Linux Development

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2015

Grant Likely is a Linaro Fellow, Linux kernel Device Tree maintainer and Chair of the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board. In this video he talks about the things Linaro has been doing to advance Linux on ARM and where he sees Linaro working towards in the future. They helped make big.LITTLE possible, they advance power/performance scheduling features around current and future ARM SoC designs to optimize the performance and power consumption for ARM Powered devices, from mobile to high-performance servers and networking.

ARM64 Open Laptop Project by Vero Apparatus

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2015

Vero Apparatus is trying to design the worlds most powerful ARM Powered Laptop, powerful enough for software developers at Linaro to use ARM Laptops for their ARM related software development. The open source hardware and software will address the concerns that many people have about proprietary products, and provide the most transparent assurances about absence of security vulnerabilities.

The ARM64 Open Laptop concept was announced in an ad hoc session at DebConf 2014 in Portland, Oregon, where over a dozen interested developers gathered at fairly short notice. They approved the concept and decided on some of the things to do next. See the slides of the presentation

The idea is to produce a small quantity (say 100) of replacement motherboards physically compatible with a laptop model that is already popular with developers. Lenovo or HP might have suitable chassis models. The Lenovo X220 is a good candidate but Vero Apparatus is open to alternative proposals. The design will re-use an existing case, SATA drive, display, battery, keyboard, touchpad, webcam, speaker and microphone to reduce development cost.

The main processor will probably be an AMD Opteron A1100 system-on-chip code named "Seattle". In short, this has four or eight 64-bit Cortex-A57 cores, supports up to 128GB RAM, SATA and LAN. Being a server chip it lacks video, audio and USB, so either those must be added to the motherboard or another, more versatile chip must come along soon. Hardware choices will opt for longer battery life rather than 3D graphics performance.

Debian GNU/Linux is the default OS and distribution choice but Open Source implies freedom for the user. UEFI is the preferred firmware architecture, realistically in the form of Tianocore EDK2.

Ployer Factory Tour mass manufacturing Onda V975S and V989 Air on Octa Core Allwinner A83T

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2015

Tour at the Ployer Factory, showing them mass manufacturing the Allwinner A83T Octa Core based Onda V975S Tablet, it comes with an IPS 1024x768 9.7" display, 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM, selling at sub-$130 retail out of China at http://www.onda-tablet.com/onda-v975s-octa-core-a83t-tablet.html and through other resellers worldwide. Ployer is also mass manufacturing the Onda V989 Air on Allwinner A83T.

You can contact Ployer here:
Brian Chou
info@ployer.com.cn
brian@ployer.com.cn
Leeon Wong
leeon@ployer.com.cn
Leeon Mobile: +86 13410724508
Phone: +86 755 82660733
http://en.ployer.cn
Building 8, Dongfang Jianfu Yusheng Industrial Park,
Gushu, Xixiang, Baoan District, Shenzhen, 518000, China

Ployer Tablet Company Latest Allwinner Tablets Overview

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2015

Brian Chou of Ployer, talks about the Ployer company Tablets business, manufacturing millions of tablets. Here showing some of their latest designs, mostly using Allwinner A33, and A83T, which Ployer says offers the best value for money. You can also see my latest 2015 Ployer Factory Tour video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR75Y9u2wd8 and my previous 2014 Ployer Factory Tour video is here.

You can contact Ployer here:
Brian Chou
info@ployer.com.cn
brian@ployer.com.cn
Leeon Wong
leeon@ployer.com.cn
Leeon Mobile: +86 13410724508
Phone: +86 755 82660733
http://en.ployer.cn
Building 8, Dongfang Jianfu Yusheng Industrial Park,
Gushu, Xixiang, Baoan District, Shenzhen, 518000, China

Best of MWC: MediaTek MT2601 Smartwatch and Smart Glass!!

Posted by Charbax – March 21, 2015

MediaTek launches their MT2601 Android Wear ready (soon) Smartwatch platform, and also they show off their Kopin micro LCD Smart Glass solution on MediaTek Aster MT2502. In my opinion, these are the best looking Smartwatch and Smartglass at Mobile World Congress 2015. The Smartwatch that MediaTek is showing is designed by GoerTek and it runs Android 4.4 for now but Android 5.0 with Android Wear UI is coming soon for the MT2601 platform according to MediaTek. MediaTek MT2502 is running an ARM11 core to run the MediaTek LinkIt OS while MediaTek MT2601 is a dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 to run a full Android Lollipop with Android Wear soon supported! This is perhaps the optimal low cost Smartwatch and Smart Glass solution for the market, finally available from MediaTek, with soon to come Lollipop thus Android Wear supported.

Specs of the GoerTek MediaTek MT2601 Smartwatch:
- 1.5” circular TFT LCD 320x320
- IPX7 waterproofing
- BT/BLE, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G cellular supported
- Android 4.4 OS (Lollipop Android Wear soon!)
- PPG heart-rate sensing
- Built-in microphone and speaker

$38 UyeSee SoundMate WM201 Wireless Music Adapter

Posted by Charbax – March 19, 2015

Uyesee releases their second generation WiFi audio streamer in Uyesee SoundMate WM201 wifi audio streaming adapter which is able to transform any old speaker into a connected WiFi HiFi Smart audio System. With Soundmate, you can stream music from local storage or cloud through any smart device by airplay or DLNA streaming protocol, including phone, tablet, laptop, Mac with Android, iOS, Windows, Windows Phone, Mac support. They ship it with the EZCast app helping with the user experience for the maximum compatibility, supporting all audio formats from normal audio files to lossless audio files, such as flac, ape, wav.

Main Features :
- Streaming from 3G/4G network of mobile device, can be used in car or outdoor
- Using WiFi technology to enable a longer streaming distance compared to Bluetooth
- Unified app and operating systems supported iOS/Android/Windows/Windows Phone/Mac
- Support popular streaming protocols DLNA/AIRPLAY
- Audio outputs 3.5" earphone audio output and SPDIF with 2.1 and 5.1 channel support
- Support playing from USB pen drive and TF card
- Support Lossless audio FLAC/APE/WAV
- Internet Radio: 120+ Countries, 10000+ Channels
- Support Streaming music from Cloud
- Support Streaming music from MTV

You can read more at: http://www.uyesee.com
Business inquiry: inquiry@uyesee.com
3G/4G Streaming Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F4nSZAJ3ok
Where to Buy:
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/SoundMate-WM201-AirPlay-DLNA-EZMusic-WiFi-Music-streamer-for-iOS-Android-Windows-Mac-Internet-Radio-Play/1191754_32259406189.html

Qualcomm at Linaro Connect, Open Source Freedreno GPU Drivers for Qualcomm Adreno GPUs running on Inforce Computing’s Single-board-computers

Posted by Charbax – March 17, 2015

Hacking on Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 805 based Inforce Computing single-board-computers, Inforce 6410 and Inforce 6540, in this video, the Qualcomm Linaro Landing Team and Qualcomm Linaro engineers talk about the status of Ubuntu Linux release on Snapdragon 600 processor based development boards. Rob Clark, Freedreno project owner, talks about the status of open source graphics drivers for Qualcomm Adreno processor. The Linaro Linux release uses Freedreno graphics driver for HW acceleration. Other landing team engineers talk about various other plugins and drivers such Gstreamer plugin developed for the Linux release to enable to support for HW accelerated HTML5 video. There has been a lot of progress made on up streaming drivers for Snapdragon processors. For latest Linaro Linux release, visit: http://releases.linaro.org/latest/ubuntu/snapdragon For information on development boards based on Snapdragon processor, visit http://mydragonboard.org/. For Inforce Computing’s single-board-computers based on Snapdragon processors, visit http://inforcecomputing.com/products/inforce_products.html

Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ FPGA MPSoC with quad ARM Cortex-A53 and dual ARM Cortex-R5

Posted by Charbax – March 16, 2015

Xilinx announces their next generation 16nm FPGA with quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 and dual-core ARM Cortex-R5, Mali400 GPU. The FPGA market is for designs where flexibility, high performance and fast time to market is important providing programmable hardware. The silicon is going to be available at the end of this year, so they are for now showing emulated version of their SoC. The dual-core ARM Cortex-R5 on the SoC are used for increased safety and security. By going with a 16nm 64bit design, Xilinx can pack a lot more performance without consuming more power than their previous dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 based Zynq 7000 which I filmed here http://armdevices.net/2011/03/04/xilinx-zynq-7000-series-cortex-a9-in-fpga-at-embedded-world-2011/