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.
HardKernel presents their latest update to the ODROID-X Exynos4412 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 development board. This new ODROID-X2 ships with the 1.7Ghz (1.8Ghz over-clockable) Exynos4412 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, with 2GB RAM, and a higher clocked 533Mhz Mali-400 quad-core GPU. The price is $149, the 16GB eMMC memory (4x to 5x faster than booting/running from SD Card) is $39 extra, the $9 power adapter is recommended also, then also add about $30 for shipping. Here is Ubuntu running, with support for doing things like compiling the Linux kernel on this ARM powered device supposedly with a performance superior to the first generation Intel Core i3 processor. Mali-400 hardware acceleration for Ubuntu should be coming soon, it’s already there for Android of course. The ODROID-X2 should start shipping from http://hardkernel.com by the end of November.
Calxeda’s VP of Marketing Karl Freund talks about the status of Calxeda’s ARM Powered server solutions and how they are launching their upcoming ARM Cortex-A15 32bit and then ARM Cortex-A57 32/64bit processors, what type of markets they expect to reach in the months and years to come.
The ArndaleBoard is the first ARM Cortex-A15 development board, featuring the Samsung Exynos5250 dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor on 32nm process with the quad-core Mali-T604 GPU.
World’s First Cortex-A15 Dual core
World’s Best 3D Performance with ARM Mali T-604 GPU
World’s first 12.8 Gbytes/sec Memory Bandwidth with 2-port 800MHz DDR3L
Ultimate WQXGA Display Solution with Low-Power eDP
1080p 60fps Video Performance and VP8 Decoder
USB 3.0 DRD Solution for Faster PC Sync UP and LTE
Samsung Exynos 5 Dual Arndale Board
Cortex-A15@1.7 GHz dual core subsystem with 64/128 bit SIMD NEON
32KB(instruction)/32KB(DATA)L1 Cache and 1MB l2 Cache
32-bit 800 MHz LPDDR3/LPDDR2 2GB
Accelerator : Invensence MPU-6050
Gyro : Invensence MPU-6050
e-Compass : AKM -AK8963C
ITU 601 camera Interface
HDMI 1.4 interfaces with on-chip PHY
One channel eDP output Single WQXGA
MIPI DSI Standard Specification V1.01r11
MIPI CSI Standard Specification V1.0 Two ports
USB3.0 Host or Device 1-channel that supports SS(5Gbps) with on-chip PHY
USB2.0 Host or Device 1-channel that supports LS/FS/HS with on-chip PHY
USB HSIC 2-channel that supports 480Mbps with on-chip PHY
SATA 1.0/2.0/3.0 interface
One channel eMMC 4.5
One channel SDIO 3.0
Two channel SD 2.0
Four channel high-speed UART
(up to 3Mbps data rate for Bluetooth 2.0 EDR and IrDA 1.0SIR)
Three channel high-speed SPI
Three channel 24-bit I2S audio interface
Four channel I2C interface support , up to 400kbps
Four channel HS-I2C up to 3.1Mps
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