AppliedMicro gives an overview of X-Gene, providing the different design components as well the various benefits in using X-Gene for compute server, storage and high performance computing. AppliedMicro is one of the initial partners with ARM in developing the ARMv8 64bit architecture, and customizing it for high performance server computing.
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ARM is the most interesting thing that could happen to servers in decades: a chance to redefine system architecture, form-factor, hardware acceleration, power consumption and the supplier ecosystem. It’s also a chance to throw away legacy and build the ideal platform for a post-cloud world (whatever that means) — if we keep our eyes on that goal. This is Kiko’s view on where we are and where we need to be in order to turn opportunity into industry-defining success.
Christian Reis – VP Hyperscale at Canonical, Kiko is responsible for next-generation server engagements & technology, including Ubuntu Server for ARM and the provisioning solution MAAS. Prior to this role, Kiko was assigned as VP Engineering to Linaro, where he participated in the organization’s conceptualization and creation. Kiko holds an MSc in Software Engineering from USP and resides in São Carlos, Brazil.
Here’s Kiko’s keynote video: “Mythology and Potential of the ARM Server”:
pcDuino3Nano is an ultra cheap Allwinner A20 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 development board with Arduino support, selling at $39 with 1GB RAM, 4GB NAND flash, has a SATA connector, microSD card slot, HDMI, mini-jack audio, Gigabit Ethernet, 2xUSB host, 1xUSB OTG, Arduino UNO extension interface with 14 GPIO, 2 PWM, 6 ADC, 1 UART, 1 SPI, 1 I2C. MIPI camera interface, IR receiver, powered by 5V, 2000mA, the dimensions are 91.4mm x 53.3 mm (pcDuino3: 121 mm x 65 mm). pcDuino is made by LinkSprite which is offering their “produce together” service concept to help hackers and companies who have ideas based on the pcDuino boards that they want to bring to the market. Ideas can be things like Home Automation, Car Diagnostics, Rotary Vending Machine, Chess Programming, 3D Printer, Time Lapse video recorder, Smart Garage and more. Linksprite offers their R&D team as a service.
You can contact the pcDuino team here:
Mobbile: +86 186 0272 9237
Mobile: +86 18664537463
Allwinner presents the 1st 64-bit Board: Nobel64 Board:
The Nobel64 Board is a dev board based on Allwinner’s first 64-bit quad-core processor, which is also the first 64-bit dev board based on application processors from Chinese design houses. Allwinner claims it has industry-leading system performance and ultra-high system integration, they present their Nobel64 Board as suitable for development projects such as tablets, OTT boxes, notebooks, digital signage and AIOs and more.
Octa-Core A83 for HD Tablets:
Based on TSMC’s 28nm HPC process, Allwinner A83T is designed to be a high performance and an extremely power-efficient Octa-core processor. For that reason, A83T packs eight highly energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A7 cores that can run simultaneously at around 2.0GHz, and Allwinner says that it implements the advanced big.LITTLE architecture to maximize the battery life. Imaginations Technology’s PowerVR GPU is also combined in A83T to deliver balanced graphic processing performance and power consumption. Another noteworthy feature of A83T is its implementation of Allwinner’s next-gen SmartColor technology, Allwinner’s latest achievements in display technology, for delivering higher image quality with higher resolutions. The first Octa-core tablet sporting Allwinner A83T is to hit in Q4 2014.
Octa-core H8 for Set-top-Boxes:
Allwinner also shows their new Octa-core H8 SoC for high-end gaming and video OTT box markets at the HongKong Electronics Fair. Based on TSMC’s 28nm HPC process, this new SoC delivers high system performance with low heat, enabling ODM/OEM manufacturers to produce Octa-core OTT boxes at competitive BOM costs.
According to Allwinner, the H8 octa-core delivers:
· High-speed high performance computing system
· Premium multimedia features
· Video output system
· High system integration
T-Chip launches the Firefly Development Board on RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 with Mali-T764 runs Ubuntu and Android. Firefly-RK3288 provides some external expansion interface, including LCD interfaces and some other standard interfaces such as: Double MIPI, Double LVDS, ISP, EDP, PWM, SPI, UART, ADC , GPIO, I2C, I2S. Standard configuration is 2GB RAM and 16GB eMMC with a high configuration version possible with 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC. It has dual band Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit ethernet. In this video you can see the Ubuntu and Android demo on Firefly RK3288, and a tour of the T-Chip offices featuring their PCB Design engineers, Software engineers, sales staff and more.
The Firefly RK3288 is now available for $129 each (you can order 5/10/15/20/25 units at $129 each by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org add $30/$33/$40/$45/$50 respectively for fast 3-5 day shipping to USA/Europe).
You can contact T-Chip here:
Candy Feng email@example.com
Merrii shows their A80 OptimusBoard, now shipping at their aliexpress.com store provides Android4.4.2 and Linux 3.4.39 support. Merrii OptimusBoard is a mini board based on Allwinner A80 SoC, with two USB hosts, an USB 3.0 OTG, Gigabit Ethernet, WIFI, BT4.0, line in and HDMI output, EDP, LVDS/RGB LCD and GMA. Allwinner A80 applies the UltraOcta core ARM big.LITTLE Cortex-A15/A7 structure, combining the performance of ARM Cortex-A15 and the energy-saving aspects of ARM Cortex-A7 with PowerVR G6230 GPU to not only improve system performance, but also to support advanced gaming support. In addition, A80 supports 4K*2K@30fps decoding, 4K*2K@30fps encoding and FHD 1080p@120fps encoding.
CPU Octa-core big.LITTLE ARM Cortex-A15/A7
GPU PowerVR 64core G6230 GPU Comply with OpenGL ES 3.0/2.0/1.1 OpenCL 1.1 Direct 9.3
Video UHD H.264/VP8 4k*2k@30fps video decoding Multi-format FHD video decoding, including Mpeg1/2, Mpeg4 SP/ASP GMC, H.263, H.264 BP/MP/HP, VP8, WMV9/VC-1, Jpeg/Mjpeg, etc. 264 High Profile 4096*2048@30fps、 1080p@120fps or 720p@240fps, H.265/VP9 1080P@30fps video playback, H.264/VP8 4K*2K@30fps video capture, 3840×1080@30fps 3D encoding/decoding, BD/SBS/TAB/FP supported, Comply with RTSP, HTTP,HLS,RTMP,MMS streaming media protocols
Display Support multi-channel HD display, Integrated HDMI 1.4 transmitter, RGB/LVDS/EDP LCD interface, Dual-channel LVDS 1920*1080@60fps
Camera Integrated parallel and MIPI I/F sensor, Support 8/10/12-bit YUV/Bayer sensor, Support 5M/8M/12M/16M CMOS sensor
Memory RAW NAND Flash controller with 72-bit ECC, Dual-channel DDR3/DDR3L/LPDDR3/LPDDR2 controller,up to 8G
Audio Integrated digital audio interface
OS Android 4.4.2 、linux3.4.39
Driver support: LCD, Touch Screen, UART, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, EDP, etc Support from Nand/eMMC Flash, SD card startup guide. Default Android4.4 system, and provide Linux 3.4 source code
You can contact Merrii here:
Hummingbird Kit Contact Details
Contact Person: Danielle
TEL: (+86) 755-28806588 EXT:812
Digital Signage Board and Industry Core Board
TEL: (+86) 755-28806588 EXT: 815
Design Service Group
TEL: (+86) 755-28805788 EXT:646
pcDuino8 is one of the first Allwinner A80 development boards, targeted to be released soon commercially for around $99 according to demand, is a single board computer that bridges the open source software community and open source hardware community. Developers can build prototype with pcDuino and later go to production with pcDuono core board under a LinkSprite program called ‘produce together’. You can also see my video with pcDuino at their Shenzhen Maker Space.
Cavium launches the world’s fastest ARM Processor in their family of workload optimized ThunderX 64bit ARMv8 Server Processors (including ThunderX_CP for Cloud, ThunderX_ST for Storage, ThunderX_SC for Security and ThunderX_NT for Networking), for a range of applications in the cloud and data center. With 48 cores running at 2.5GHz each, ThunderX is the world’s highest performing low-power 64-bit ARMv8 SoC family of workload optimized processors with a range of SKUs and form factors for high performance volume compute, storage, secure compute and networking specific workloads. Analysts predict that the global data center infrastructure market, including servers, storage, networking, security and virtualization, will reach $128 billion in 2014. Cavium is hereby taking their share of that market by releasing their extremely high performance custom design ARM Server processor.
This product family is based on highly efficient full custom processor cores designed by Cavium in 28nm process technology under architectural license from ARM. It is fully compliant with ARMv8 architecture as well as ARM’s Server Base System Architecture (SBSA) standard while bringing to market dramatic enhancements that include:
-The first ARM based SoC that scales up to 48 cores with up to 2.5 GHz core frequency with 78K of I-Cache and 32K of D-Cache along with 16MB of L2 cache.
– The first ARM based SOC to be fully cache coherent across dual sockets using Cavium Coherent Processor Interconnect (CCPI™)
– Integrated I/O capacity with 100s of Gigabits of I/O bandwidth
– Four DDR3/4 72 bit memory controllers capable of supporting 2400 MHz memories with 1TB of memory in a dual socket configuration
– Hundreds of integrated hardware accelerators for security, storage, networking and virtualization applications.
– Standard based low latency Ethernet fabric interconnecting thousands of ThunderX™ nodes in 2D and 3D configurations and enabling fabric monitoring and SLA enforcements with awareness and policy enforcement for virtualized networks.
– Virtualization everywhere with Cavium virtSOC™ technology – Full system virtualization for low latency from virtual machine to I/O.
– Best in class performance per watt and performance per dollar for the target applications
Read more: press release
- Cavium announces 48-core ARMv8 server processor (techreport.com)
- Cavium packs 48 cores into ThunderX ARM chips (pcworld.com)
- Cavium Thunder X ups the ARM core count to 48 on a single chip (semiaccurate.com)
- Welcoming Cavium as latest Xen Project Advisory Board member (xen.org)
- Cavium ThunderX: 2.5 GHz, 48 Core ARMv8 SoC (phoronix.com)
- Cavium ThunderX ARM Chip Rumbles Into Hyperscale (enterprisetech.com)
- 48 Core ARM-64 processors from Cavium to challenge Xeons? (eetimes.com)
- 64-bit Cortex Platform To Take On x86 Servers In The Cloud (electronicdesign.com)
- Cavium sets sights on Intel with 48-core SoC (go.theregister.com)
- Cavium Announces Mainstream ARM Server Chips To Challenge Xeon (techweekeurope.co.uk)
The A20 Hummingbird Development Board was introduced last November by Merrii, compared with that, the new A31 Quad Core Hummingbird Board has better performance. The A31 Hummingbird Development System is a mini board based on A31, there are two USB hosts, an OTG, a Gigabit Ethernet as well as line in and HDMI HD video output. Support VGA, CVBS input, MIPI interface, these parts are all integrated on the motherboard which is only slightly larger than a A5 paper. It has all the basic functions of a PC when connect TV and keyboard, such as spreadsheets, word processing, play games and HD videos etc.
1. Advantages of A31 Hummingbird:
1. Slightly larger than A20 Hummingbird.
2. Android 4.4 and Linux 3.3 for development
3. Various interfaces: Gigabit Ethernet, BT, HMDI, mini USB OTG, CVBS, Line in, YPbPr input
4. Fully open source code and image.
The Allwinner A31 processor is a Quad Core ARM Cortex-A7 equipped with a Power VR SGX544MP2 GPU. In addition, the highest A31 support 3840×1080 video encoding and decoding.
2. Highlights of A31 Hummingbird:
1. 4Kx2K video playback.,
2. Quad-core PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
3. MIPI Camera.
4. 15w*2 / 10w+2 amplifier on board.
5. Super stand-by function when power is lower than 0.5w.
6. Supports larger screen and multi-touch.
7. Support VGA/CVBS-IN
8. support dual-channel DDR, dual-channel NAND flash
3. Difference between A31-Humingbird and A20-Humminbird
1. Supports 3G Modules
2. Quad-core processors
3. Has VGA interface
4. More interfaces can be extended
You can buy the Merrii A31 Quad Core Hummingbird Kit Here on their Aliexpress Store now available for $70 (+ $20 shipping)!
Hummingbird Kit Contact Details
Contact Person: Danielle
TEL: (+86)755-28806588 EXT:812
Digital Signage Board and Industry Core Board
TEL: (+86)755-28806588 EXT: 815
Design Service Group
TEL: (+86)755-28805788 EXT:646
pcDuino is an Allwinner A20-based development board targetted at education and hackers, it can run Android and Ubuntu among other. It has HDMI, Wi-Fi, 1GB RAM, 4GB Flash, and hardware headers interface compatible with Arduino (14xGPIO, 2xPWM, 6xADC, 1xUART, 1xSPI, 1xI2C). pcDuino can be used to teach Python, C and other things. pcDuino provides a Maker Space in Shenzhen where hackers and enthusiasts can come to hack some things based on the pcDuino. The pcDuino team will also be releasing an Allwinner A80 based development board in May. You can learn more about it at http://pcduino.com and http://learn.linksprite.com