The SKY-S9500-ULP-CXX aka SNOWBALL has been available as a development board for the ST Ericsson ARM Cortex-A9 processor for about 4 months now. Here's an update on how they are doing. Find more at http://igloocommunity.org
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Ericsson is one of the leaders in cellular network infrastructure, for the past 4 years they also make HSDPA, HSPA+ and now also LTE modems to embed in Tablets, Laptops and more.
Rajiv Nema, product line manager, describes how Microsemi's Smart Fusion works, to combined the ARM Cortex-M3 with FPGA to provide for customizable system on chip.
Mentor Graphics is one of the major EDA providers of the ARM industry. At their booth they are showing some impressive 3D graphical user interfaces that they say is easy and cheap to implement on ARM Powered devices to make them more appealing and to differentiate in the UI design, and they are also showing an auto-balancing lego robot built using Texas Instruments Sitara microcontrollers and the nucleus real-time software.
They are launching before Christmas, it's a $299/299€ Android watch, running on the Freescale i.MX233 ARM9 processor, it has a 1.54" capacitive touch screen, with Bluetooth it synchronizes with any Android phone, iPhone or other smartphone, there is an API to adapt Android apps to it.
Toshiba is doing a range of ARM Cortex-M series of processors used in a huge number of devices around the world.
Here are the parts used and their cost:
4x Linear Actuator - $240
96x RGB LED - $100
1x Infinity Mirror - $20
1x Joystick - $10
1x ARM Cortex-M0 - Less than $1
They can provide the IP to integrate PCI Express type 3 and USB3 on ARM Powered devices, for example and ARM Powered Laptop or Tablet.
Variscite announces the first System on Module based on TI’s OMAP4460 smart multicore processor with dual ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCores™ running at up to 1.5GHz each - now the fastest on the market.
Variscite is really speeding things up with the new future-proof and highly integrated VAR-SOM-OM44, responding to the increasing demand for faster processing and cutting-edge multimedia performance. Leveraging Variscite’s known design expertise for proprietary System-on-Chips from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), this offering is based on TI’s smart multicore OMAP4460 (OMAP 4) mobile processor. The VAR-SOM-OM44 is ideal for a wide range of target markets requiring rich multimedia functionality, advanced graphics and video capabilities, together with high-processing power.
Find more info: http://www.variscite.com/
They have some kind of wireless USB dongle on the tablet, that can beam the Android screen and UI to a wireless USB touch monitor. The frame rate is not yet optimized but this seems to work.