Amlogic S912 is their high end CPU with 64bit Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 with High performance OpenGL 3.1 3D GPU on ARM Mali-T830 GPU for higher performance gaming. Amlogic S912 supports 4K HDR including Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG, 4K@60fp 10bit video decode and picture in picture display, multi-format video playback including VP9, H.265 10-bit and AVS+, with complete Dolby, DTS certifications, support operators level hardware security 4K DRM. Mass production and shipping will start from Q3 2016.
Amlogic also shows S905X, which is their upgraded version of Almogic S905, 64bit Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, compared with S905, it now supports HDR10 and VP9, intergrated Ethernet port inside the CPU. That means S905X can be certified by Google for Android TV at a very low system BOM for the TV Box market.
Rockchip RK3399 dual-core ARM Cortex-A72 with quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 big.LITTLE at 28nm with ARM Mali-T864 GPU is ready for mass production, here showing an ultra-slim tablet, featuring dual USB Type-C for charging, for data and display output. Rockchip also shows their high performance VR solution ready for mass production based on RK3399, Chromebooks, Windows 10, Set-top-boxes, Robots and more are probably to come.
TechNexion is a Taiwanese company under European Management with own manufacturing facilities in Taipei, Taiwan. Florian Wohlrab, Marketing manager at TechNexion shows us around their booth at COMPUTEX 2016. The first thing to see is their tiny Modules which pack an ARM based NXP i.MX6/7 CPU (UltraLite/Solo/DualLite/Dual/Quad) with RAM, Memory and WiFi on just 36mm x 40mm. They are also the only one running a NXP i.MX7 live demo at their booth. The NXP i.MX7D is with 2x Cortex-A7 and a Cortex-M4 this a tiny, ultralow power, that can be used for vending machines, industrial applications or generic headless systems. TechNexion is also committed to the open source EDM standard for ARM Modules. Their boards are fit for Digital Signage, rugged industrial Applications and many more. Technexion can scale up to the NXP i.MX6 QUAD Plus, which will be available shortly. They also have some cool ARM bassed systems like their BoxPC the TEK Series. This Box PC’s have MiniPCIe slots with SIM-Card holder inside and also M.2 Slots for memory upgrade. Technexion also supports USB Type-C and for automation a VGA connector as well a HDMI to fit it for Digital Signage as well. Inside is a modular system which allows you to switch e.g. Power input between 12V/24V/10~30V/PoE (Power over Ethernet). TechNexion HMI series ranges from 7” to 10” and 15” again with NXP processors. All the Software is freely available on their website with no need to register.
Microsoft is trying to launch "the next generation" of Windows as a Holographic world, augmenting the world we already know, with computer graphics, using their system for headmounted holographic lenses, with the Hololens that also has sensors to measure distance of things in front of you, and in a specific area of your field of view it can try to position augmented graphics on top of your environment. Now Microsoft invites hardware partners in Taiwan, in Asia and in the world, to sign up with them to develop mass market Hololens based devices, hopefully to be sold at below the $3000 cost of the Microsoft Hololens development kit.
AOC is a major monitor display manufacturer, they are partnering with Jide to sell the AmLogic S905 quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 based All-in-one PC, the price will be "not much more than the regular price of the monitor itself". It includes 4 USB ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio mini-jack input and output. The HDMI port is an input so one can use the monitor to run any external PC or Set-top-box. There is a switch button on the back to go back and forward between the HDMI input and the built-in Remix OS experience. This is an interview with Ben, one of the co-founders of Jide, about this product and about the actual status of Remix OS in the industry and how Jide is striving to be at the forefront of using Android for productivity.
ThunderX2 is Cavium's Second generation ARM Server Processor product family providing one of the fastest 64bit ARMv8 Data Center & Cloud Processor, featuring high integration and high SoC performance on 14 Finfet process. With high performance custom fully out-of-order (OOO) cores, single and dual socket configurations, very high memory bandwidth, large memory capacity, integrated hardware accelerators, fully virtualized core and IO, scalable Ethernet fabric and feature rich I/O’s supporting 25Gbps. The ThunderX2 family includes multiple Workload Optimized SKUs that enable servers & appliances that are optimized for compute, storage, network and secure compute workloads in the cloud. The ThunderX2 processor family is fully compliant with ARMv8 architecture specifications as well as ARM’s SBSA. ThunderX2 scales up to 54 cores with up to 3.0 GHz core frequency, fully cache coherent across dual sockets using Cavium Coherent Processor Interconnect (CCPI™) offering the largest integrated I/O capacity with 100s of Gigabits of I/O bandwidth using integrated 25Gbps SerDes, Six DDR4 72 bit memory controllers capable of supporting 3200 MHz memories with 1+TB of memory in a dual socket configuration, Hundreds of integrated hardware accelerators for security, storage, networking and virtualization applications, Fabric for interconnectivity of nodes supporting SLA enforcements with awareness and policy enforcement for virtual networks, Virtualization everywhere with Cavium virtSOC technology – Full system level low latency virtualization solution from core to I/O. Support for PCIe Gen3 x16 along with integrated 10/25/40/50/100GbE and SATAv3 ports and more.
Unspoken is a new Oculus Rift game the video-games company Insomniac is developing, integrating prototype VR controllers by Oculus Rift where one hand can hold a shield with the left hand and throw fireballs with the right hand. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53
Nvidia is showing their best VR experience powered by 3 Nvidia GTX 1080 GPUs (costing $700 each) with a powerful and expensive gaming Intel desktop PC running Nvidia's Funhouse VR game with impressive graphics rendered by 1 GTX1080 GPU for each eye and a third GTX 1080 calculating all the physics in the game, experienced with the amazing $800 HTC Vive with its amazing controllers all tracked in the room using IR. The GTX1080 is the world's most powerful consumer PC GPU. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53
Allwinner unveils Tina OS, their open-source OS based on Linux with their full range SoCs with open source support from Allwinner. Allwinner R8 is their entry level Single-core ARM Cortex-A8 SoC; Allwinner R16 is their quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 at 1Ghz with WiFi; Allwinner R40 is their new enhanced Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 for the IoT and open source market, with better performance and enhancements including HDMI support; Allwinner R58 is their 28nm Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 at up to 2.0Ghz with ISP and a higher performance GPU. Allwinner open source partners making and selling development boards includes the $9 CHIP deveplopment board based on Allwinner R8 with 512MB RAM, 4GB Nand Flash, with WiFi and Bluetooth4.0. CHIP got 2 million dollars funding from their kickstarter campaign and they have shipped to all their backers last December/January. Banana Pi is made by Foxconn, they make open-source development boards powered by Allwinner SoCs, having already shipped over 600 thousand, used in different applications like drones, robotics, education, servers, toys, smart home, IoT and more. BananaPi's product line includes:
BananaPi BPI-M1 and M1+ powered by Allwinner A20 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali-400 GPU;
BananaPi BPI-M2 is powered by A31s Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU;
BananaPi BPI-M2+ is powered by H3 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali-400 GPU;
BananaPi BPI-M3 is powered by A83T Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU.
Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53
Allwinner shows their 4K VR all-in-one solution using Allwinner H8vr Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 with PowerVR SGX544 GPU, runs Android, 2GB RAM, 16GB Nand Flash, supports up to 4K@30fps video playback. Allwinner expect that VR all-in-one will take the biggest market share by 2020, bigger than Phone VR (cardboard+) and PC-based VR (Oculus Rift). Allwinner H8vr's main focus is video decoding based VR experience, producing less heat (60% compared with competitors), less power consumption (3 hours battery life with a 3000mAh battery, 20% better energy saving compared with competitors), less weight (only 300g for the total VR headset). Allwinner also presents their VR roadmap until 2017, VR9 will be release on in Q42106 with 4X faster performance and with full mobile VR gaming support, VR10 will be released with the a new architecture SoC with 4G LTE, software and hardware based artificial intelligence module, 2X faster performance and 50% lower power consumption (compared with VR9). Allwinner also shows their single-lens 360degree camera solution based on their Allwinner V3 ARM Cortex-A7, supports H.264 video record in MP4 format at 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps. With built-in WiFi, it supports real-time live streaming of the 360 video to your all-in-one VR headset or smart phone. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53
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