MediaTek is shipping hundreds of millions of ARM Processors each year, second Smartphone chip provider by volume after Qualcomm, MediaTek is launching their Internet of Things optimized ARM Processors for Smart Homes, for wide area and short area networks connectivity. MediaTek pioneered the Turnkey solution 10 years ago for feature phones and they do exactly the same for Smartphones, enabling fast time to market for smart mobile technology.
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 shows off and claims that their new Tri-Cluster 10-core ARM processor can use about 30-40% less power running certain apps in Android for example saving power consumption or performance efficiency when doing things like Facebook and Web Browsing. The MediaTek Helio X20 has 4 ARM Cortex-A53 at a low 1.4Ghz clock speed, 4 ARM Cortex-A53 at a higher 2Ghz clock speed and 2 ARM Cortex-A72 at a high 2.5Ghz clock speed. MediaTek claims that them being able to shift gears improves power consumption and performance. MediaTek CorePilot 3.0 improves MediaTek's heterogeneous multi-processing to also integrate the GPU into the efficient processing.
The lowest power Cloud storage with Cold Storage support, allows for most storage with the lowest cost and power consumption, where Annapurna (acquired by Amazon last January) designs a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 SoC with built-in hardware RAID, also combining two Marvell chips totally the small motherboard can control 16 hard drives, designed for lowest power consumption and cost efficiency.
Gigabyte launched their AppliedMicro X-Gene 1 server on 64bit. This server can connect into for example the Annapurna storage server. By October Gigabyte will also be shipping the AppliedMicro X-Gene 2 server with DDR4 speed, lower power consumption, where AppliedMicro designs their custom SoC with many features integrated and performance and power consumption optimized. You can also see my tour at AppliedMicro featuring the X-Gene 1 and X-Gene 2: http://armdevices.net/2014/12/11/how-the-appliedmicro-x-gene-arm-server-processors-are-designed/
Allwinner launches their convertible-optimized Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7, similar to the Allwinner A83T Octa-core but at a higher clock speed for both the CPU and the PowerVR GPU. The roadmap for Allwinner's productivity processors and solutions includes multi-window Android support in Q3 2015 and also a 64bit Allwinner R88 processor with Windows 10 support by the end of the year.
Remix Android presented on this Jide 11.6” tablet that was launched on Kickstarter. Remix presents a multi-window UI and they say firmware-level changes to Android for combining tablet apps with productivity features for the Android convertible. Jide Remix is being made by a large software team in Beijing headed by 3 ex-Googlers and it is being manufactured by Foxconn. For now it's Nvidia Tegra4 based, and they are designing a next generation with a faster ARM processor and with a design that doesn't look as similar to a Microsoft Surface tablet.
Nvidia has launched their Nvidia Tegra X1 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A57/53 big.LITTLE based Nvidia Shield Android TV Home Console Set-top-box with their 256-core Maxwell GPU for and impressive 4K gaming experience. Right now due to Android limitations the gaming is limited at 30 frames per second, but this could be pushed to 60 frames per second through a firmware update if Android TV will support it soon enough, the Maxwell 256-core GPU should support it. Advanced Android games look quite good, it plays back 4K video.
For all devices with screens above 6.5", Allwinner will be partnering with Qualcomm to provide afforable LTE Tablet SoCs accelerating time to market through Allwinner's network of turnkey design houses, with fast component customization, offering system solution services for those OEMs and ODMs creating 4G LTE-enabled tablets to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and 210 processors, as Allwinner is a provider of total system solutions for the Android tablet ecosystem. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 supports 4G LTE Global Mode, with 7 mode support (LTE FDD, LTE TDD, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, GSM/EDGE), Cat 4 speeds of up to 150 Mbps, Up to 13 Megapixel Camera and 1080p Full HD video playback on 1280x800 display.
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.