Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c is a credit card sized 96Boards compliant development board based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, with I/O like USB device, 1080P HDMI, micro USB port, support WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, support Android, linux, planned to support windows 10 in the near future. The DragonBoard 410c is designed to support rapid software development, education and prototyping, including the next generation of robotics, cameras, medical devices, vending machines, smart buildings, digital signage, casino gaming consoles, and much more. At Maker Fair Shenzhen, Qualcomm is showing off how easy it is to get going with development using their new DragonBoard 410c, being released now, it will start shipping in the next weeks through Arrow Electronics.
Acer BYOC is a cross-platform, multi-device, multi-network cloud system to create, personalize IoT devices to help make IoT devices be successful, where the IoT cloud apps are run on edge devices, to gateways to the cloud.
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/
Gigabyte shows their "fastest ARM Server in the world" solution, packing 384 cores into a standard 2U. Big cloud companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon could buy these to fill up their datacers with 11 thousand or 15 thousand of them. Gigabyte's ARM Server product manager talks about the performance, the features compared to the old fashioned Intel x86 servers, the power consumption is much lower. Gigabyte will launch the mass production in November, now providing samples for validation and testing by their big cloud company customers around the world. The 48-core ARM ThunderX Processor uses about 95W, while the comparative-performance Intel x86 based server processor consumes 145W, totally the saving is about 400W per 2U system, which means a potential saving of 8000W power per server rack. Gigabyte started using ThunderX in their R120-T30 single-socket server, moving to the dual socket design to be ready for taking over the massive cloud computing market.
Gigabyte is launching a whole range of ARM Powered Servers at Computex 2015: Gigabyte H279-T70 based on the Cavium ThunderX with 384 cores in a 2U system, Gigabyte D120-S3G featuring the Annapurna Labs Alpine AL5140 quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and the Gigabyte R120-P30 is based on the Applied Micro X-Gene 1 Octa-core 64bit processor.
Actions Semiconductor launches their first 96boards development board running Android 5 Lollipop, Ubuntu based on Linaro codebase, based on Actions S900 Quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 with PowerVR G6230 GPU, Memory 1-8GB DDR3, Storage support 4-64GB eMMC. Rich interfaces including HDMI, USB2.0 host and Micro USB2.0, LAN, WIFI.
This is the Radxa Rock2 on Rockchip RK3288 quad-core ARM Cortex-A17, still being optimized for release at http://radxa.com/Rock2 it's configured as a SoM (System on Module) board with a choice of two base boards with more or less connectors and with that SoM module swappable. Tyler Baker of the Linaro LAVA team talks about the connectors and how Linaro is integrating this into http://kernelci.org which you can hear about at http://armdevices.net/2015/02/28/kernelci-org-upstream-kernel-validation-project/
Grant Likely is a Linaro Fellow, Linux kernel Device Tree maintainer and Chair of the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board. In this video he talks about the things Linaro has been doing to advance Linux on ARM and where he sees Linaro working towards in the future. They helped make big.LITTLE possible, they advance power/performance scheduling features around current and future ARM SoC designs to optimize the performance and power consumption for ARM Powered devices, from mobile to high-performance servers and networking.
Vero Apparatus is trying to design the worlds most powerful ARM Powered Laptop, powerful enough for software developers at Linaro to use ARM Laptops for their ARM related software development. The open source hardware and software will address the concerns that many people have about proprietary products, and provide the most transparent assurances about absence of security vulnerabilities.
The ARM64 Open Laptop concept was announced in an ad hoc session at DebConf 2014 in Portland, Oregon, where over a dozen interested developers gathered at fairly short notice. They approved the concept and decided on some of the things to do next. See the slides of the presentation
The idea is to produce a small quantity (say 100) of replacement motherboards physically compatible with a laptop model that is already popular with developers. Lenovo or HP might have suitable chassis models. The Lenovo X220 is a good candidate but Vero Apparatus is open to alternative proposals. The design will re-use an existing case, SATA drive, display, battery, keyboard, touchpad, webcam, speaker and microphone to reduce development cost.
The main processor will probably be an AMD Opteron A1100 system-on-chip code named "Seattle". In short, this has four or eight 64-bit Cortex-A57 cores, supports up to 128GB RAM, SATA and LAN. Being a server chip it lacks video, audio and USB, so either those must be added to the motherboard or another, more versatile chip must come along soon. Hardware choices will opt for longer battery life rather than 3D graphics performance.
Debian GNU/Linux is the default OS and distribution choice but Open Source implies freedom for the user. UEFI is the preferred firmware architecture, realistically in the form of Tianocore EDK2.