Here’s my latest walk through the Rockchip booth featuring Chen Feng Vice President at Rockchip, walking through all the latest developments at Rockchip. Including their equation for performance per dollar per power consumption. Rockchip’s Android software optimization strategies, including some talk about some of their Chromium OS and Ubuntu experiments and some little talk about what Rockchip wants to do to support the hackers that want to build on top of their platform. Please join the ARMdevice Unlisted Mailing List https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/armdevices-unlisted to suggest how this description can be improved and to help me write the next batches of titles and descriptions so that I can release more Hong Kong HKTDC trade show videos sooner!
Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) 2013
FXI Technologies invented the HDMI Stick, first having shown their Cotton Candy for the first time in November 2011. Here running on the Samsung Exynos 4 processor. They now have 250 partners working on the device, integrating their ideas, technology and applications, providing and upgrading their own solutions, they have hundreds of developers developing solutions and applications for it. They expect to have the Ubuntu platform ready by the end of March. FXI Tech inspired all other SoC vendors and device makers to integrate all other SoCs into HDMI sticks since then.
This can mean that Ubuntu for Android is imminent. They seem to suggest that consumers can soon choose Ubuntu support next time that they buy a smartphone.
Here are some of my questions about Ubuntu for Android:
- Does Canonical work only on specific exclusive hardware and chip makers? Is there some kind of exclusive partnership with a Samsung or other Smartphone/chip maker to optimize and fully hardware accelerate Ubuntu on Android for them?
- Does the PC/Laptop Docking happen through a standard MHL connector compatible with multiple designs/sizes of phones and tablets?
- Are most Android 5.0 phones going to be compatible with alternative OSes to boot on top of Android? Can we soon just download the 700mb Ubuntu app made on Android Native Development Kit (NDK) on Google Play Store (if our Android device is officially supported with full hardware acceleration) to activate the on-top-of-Android-boot functionality?
- Can Chrome OS on Android be available at the same time? How about Google TV on Android? My big guess for Android 5 is that this multi-OS strategy is going to be a deep new feature of the next Android release. Dock your next Android device and it can switch or boot on the external HD display any alternative Linux OS such as Chrome OS, Google TV, Ubuntu, and maybe even Windows RT.
Vinay Ravuri, Vice President and General Manager, Server Products at AppliedMicro gives an update on the 64bit ARM X-Gene Server Platform. At ARM Techcon 2012, AppliedMicro, ARM and several open-source software providers gave updates on their support of the ARM 64-bit X-Gene Server on a Chip Platform.
Versatile Express is ARM’s development board using real prototype silicon for developers to be able to work on future upcoming ARM designs months in advance of their release. Here is the Versatile Express TC2 being used to demonstrate software solutions that use the big.LITTLE configuration with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 and a triple-core ARM Cortex-A7.
The $249 http://arndaleboard.org is the worlds most powerful ARM based development board, providing developers with an ARM Cortex-A15 with Mali-T604 Samsung Exynos5250 development platform. It includes Android support now, Chrome OS and Ubuntu support to come soon and more also later. This video includes an unboxing of the development board bundled with the optional $250 7″ touch-screen.