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Live Lava Lab demonstration, adding new development boards for automatic testing

Posted by Charbax – February 8, 2015

Showing how easy it is to integrate any development board in Lava. Beaglebone Black, Allwinner A20 Cubieboard2, IFC6410, Odroid-UX3 (Exynos5422). They can take any new board and just get it connected. LAVA is an automated validation architecture primarily aimed at testing deployments of systems based around the Linux kernel on ARM devices, specifically ARMv7 and later. The current range of boards (device types) supported by this LAVA instance can be seen on the scheduler status page https://validation.linaro.org/scheduler/ which includes details of how many boards of each type are available for tests and currently running jobs.

eInfochips enabling Linux support on ARM based SoCs

Posted by Charbax – February 8, 2015

They have enabled the Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 (Snapdragon 600) with Linaro's Linaro OpenEmbedded based Ubuntu release. They have optimized it for video/audio capture encode/decode through software based encoding and optimizing HD resolution with hardware acceleration for video-chat.

Linaro Performance Contest, John Maddog Hall

Posted by Charbax – February 8, 2015

At http://performance.linaro.org/, in anticipation of ARM’s new 64-bit architecture, Linaro reviewed some of the source code of a typical GNU/Linux system and found over 1400 source code modules that included ARM assembly language which might need to be ported and does need to be tested to work on new ARM 64-bit processors (Aarch64).
Linaro also recognized that some of the modules were written a long time ago (by computer standards) when CPUs were single core and not multi-core, compilers were not as optimized and RAM memories were smaller and more expensive leading to trade-offs in portability and algorithm selection. In today’s era, it might be better to re-evaluate the use of assembly language and perhaps replace it completely with a higher-level language such as “C”. It might also be worthwhile to review algorithms that made sense in an earlier time, but have outlived their usefulness.
In some cases the assembly language that exists in the code was “transposed” from existing assembly language of a different architecture and did not necessarily utilize the best features of each assembly or machine language architecture. In other cases it might make more sense to create a compiler intrinsic to do certain functions such as identifying the architecture of the machine.
Finally, while the code in the modules may be very efficient and highly portable, the compiler invocations may need review to take advantage of new optimization switches.
All this amounts to a major opportunity to not only ensure GNU/Linux based systems will operate efficiently on new ARM 64-bit processors, but also to optimize the performance of these systems across architectures. In pursuit of this performance goal, Linaro decided to create a long-running performance contest directed at these modules, and in the future extend the contest to even more modules which may or may not have assembler language in them.
To get started, click on the “Getting Started” Tux Penguin: http://performance.linaro.org/start/

pcDuino Acadia 1, Freescale i.MX6 Quad Development Board with Arduino Headers

Posted by Charbax – January 27, 2015

pcDuino Acadia 1, powered by Freescale i.MX6 Quad processor with 1 GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, 2 SD card interface, 2 camera interface, other common ports, and Arduino hearders in order to connect Arduino shields to this Linux/Android board. It has IR receiver, up to 6 buttons. With Ubuntu 12.04 and Android 4.4 support for the board, as well as the usual API and development tools available for other pcDuino boards, you can read more about it here: http://www.linksprite.com/?page_id=829

You can contact the pcDuino team here:
Sky
chang.luo@linksprite.com
Mobbile: +86 186 0272 9237
QQ: 18227904
Wechat: minisky002

Pillar
baozhu.zuo@linksprite.com
Mobile: +86 18664537463
skype: pillar_zuo
QQ: 471044839
Wechat:pillar_zuo

Yanny
yunyan.guo@linksprite.com
Moile: +86 13036151639
QQ;1345355689
Wechat:54168580
http://twitter.com/pcduino
http://facebook.com/pcduino

Enplug Digital Signage Software

Posted by Charbax – January 13, 2015

Enplug, winner of CES's ShowStoppers Startup Competition, is the developer of the first public computing platform. Enplug's software turns any display into a public computer, enabling businesses to seamlessly engage with their audience. Businesses with displays of all sizes use Enplug to show interactive and live social media feeds, news, games, and many other apps developed by third-parties. Enplug wants to partner with display and set-top box makers to have its software pre-loaded for free and revenue-share with the hardware maker. It is looking for other display and set-top box makers to work with you can contact them here by phone: +1-855-536-7584 or email: Hello@enplug.com

AppliedMicro X-Gene ARM Server Software Status and Performance

Posted by Charbax – January 3, 2015

In this video, AppliedMicro’s Kumar Sankaran discusses the software of the X-Gene platform and provides a comparison of X-Gene 1 and 2 against the latest Intel server processors Xeon E5.

Also see Tour at AppliedMicro's X-Gene Testing Lab
How the AppliedMicro X-Gene ARM Server Processors are designed
and AppliedMicro launching X-C1 Dev Board for 64bit Android development

You can order AppliedMicro's 64bit ARMv8 development board here: https://www.apm.com/products/data-center/x-gene-family/x-c1-development-kits/

How the AppliedMicro X-Gene ARM Server Processors are designed

Posted by Charbax – December 11, 2014

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.

Also see Tour at AppliedMicro's X-Gene Testing Lab
and AppliedMicro launching X-C1 Dev Board for 64bit Android development

Christian Reis aka Kiko, VP Hyperscale at Canonical, Mythology and Potential of the ARM Server

Posted by Charbax – December 10, 2014

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":

$39 pcDuino3Nano Allwinner A20 development board

Posted by Charbax – November 12, 2014

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:
Sky
chang.luo@linksprite.com
Mobbile: +86 186 0272 9237
QQ: 18227904
Wechat: minisky002

Pillar
baozhu.zuo@linksprite.com
Mobile: +86 18664537463
skype: pillar_zuo
QQ: 471044839
Wechat:pillar_zuo

Yanny
yunyan.guo@linksprite.com
Moile: +86 13036151639
QQ;1345355689
Wechat:54168580
http://twitter.com/pcduino
http://facebook.com/pcduino

Allwinner Nobel64 Board, Octa-core H8 for OTT Boxes, Octa-core A83 for HD Tablets

Posted by Charbax – October 14, 2014

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

Allwinner Nobel64 Board