Linaro Engineers present a bunch of optimizations they recently did in Android for ARM. These optimizations are in areas like BIONIC for Cortex C string routines, migrating to GCC 4.9, migrating the external projects to their latest versions, optimizing SQLite, optimizing battery life, also they discuss their progress building Android with CLANG, migrating Android to latest versions and how Linaro is planning to release these optimizations to the Android community through Linaro Android releases and upstream them to respective project repositories.
George Grey, CEO of Linaro, the not-for-profit engineering organization consolidating and optimizing open source Linux software and tools for the ARM architecture, announces that Qualcomm, Mediatek, ZTE, AllWinner and Comcast are joining Linaro to work together on bringing Linux on ARM forward together. They are joining the existing Linaro member companies who are ARM, HiSilicon, Broadcom, Fujitsu, LG, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, AMD, AppliedMicro, Canonical, Cavium, Cisco, Citrix, Enea, Facebook, Freescale, HP, LSI, Marvell, Montavista, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Red Hat and IBM who all are contributing engineers to all be working together to improve Linux on ARM for Mobile, Enterprise (servers), Networking, and now also for Home (Set-top-box) usage with the Internet of Things potentially also to be supported. Linaro just held its Linaro Connect Asia here in Macau this week and I will be posting many videos from there, interviewing Linaro engineers about some of the latest Linux hacking work they are doing to speed up all ARM Powered devices.
Cavium talks about and shows their latest enterprise, data center, wired and wireless networking OCTEON and OCTEON Fusion SoCs based on ARMv8 64bit and MIPS, making customized optimized core designs for each in use for cloud servers and base stations among other. CAVIUM claims that their ARMv8 64bit enterprise/server design, due to be released later this year, provides more performance at lower power consumption than Intel´s x86.
MHL launches MHL 3.0 with 6gbit/s bandwidth to support 4K 2160p30 video output from a phone, simultaneous up to 40mbitps data channel for USB 2.0 host (for example USB hard drives), new RCP commands, HID support for touchscreens, keyboard and mice, now charging with up to 10W of power, HDCP 2.2, 7.1 surround sound with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, connector agnostic (uses as few as five pins), support for simultaneous up to 4 displays on one MHL 3 output while being backward compatible with MHL 1 and MHL 2. Thus far, more than 200 companies have shipped over 300 MHL compatible devices in phones, tablets, TVs, accessories and more, shipped in more than 400 million devices on the market thus far since MHL 1 launched in 2010.
MiiPC by zerodesktop is a desktop computer, media center and gaming hub all in a single device. Running on the dual-core Marvell Armada 1500 Plus with Gc100 GPU, 2GB RAM (1GB on basic model), 8GB built-in eMMC Flash (4GB on basic model) expandable via SD slot and 3xUSB 2.0 Host ports, WiFi-N, Ethernet, Bluetooth 4, speaker jack. They have developed web-based and app based parental control systems, MiiP Web app center, and the user interface of their customized Android is optimized for the desktop user experience. The idea for the MiiPC is for this to be a cheap desktop for children to use in the home while it being managed by the parent. You can buy it here: MiiPC basic 1GB RAM 4GB Flash and MiiPC Premium 2GB RAM/8GB Flash MiiPC here. The MiiPC was launched as a kickstarter project that sold for over $175 Thousand dollars: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2102024857/miipc-power-to-the-parents
Marvell Video R&D Software Architecture Team Leader Gaurav Arora talks about how Marvell and Google deliver the ARM Powered Google TV, now renamed Android TV on the dual-core Marvell Armada 1500-Plus, how the extremely popular and successful Chromecast runs on the single-core Marvell Armada 1500-Mini. Marvell also shows their new quad-core Marvell Armada 1500 Pro HD to be released in devices Q2 2014 running Android TV. Google is bringing the TV into the mainline ARM Powered Android releases, that is why they now brand it Android TV. The app package included on Android TV is called the Android TV GMS Package, includes apps like YouTube, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and everything else optimized for the TV. The apps are designed for a 10-foot experience remote control user interface.
Wyplay powers open, modular, and innovative Home Media software solutions for leading pay TV Operators (IPTV, Cable, Satellite, Terrestrial) around the world. The technology developed at Wyplay enables TV operators to easily select, configure, and deploy solutions from the richest list of pre-configured functionality in the market (Zapper, Recorder, Media center, home connectivity, Social TV, HTML5, Android, OTT platform, multi-screen, multi-room…). Specialties include Middleware Provider for Operators and Broadcasters, DVB (Satellite, Cable, Terrestrial), OTT, Multi-Application Framework (HTML5, Android…), Advanced Media Player, Connected Home, CAS/Chipset/STB/Back-end Agnostic providing solutions for MIPS and ARM based platforms from ST ARM, Sigma Designs MIPS, Mstar MIPS and to Broadcom and other. Wyplay is a privately owned French company founded in 2006 by Jacques Bourgninaud.
Mele shows off 4K video playback on their Linux (not yet Android based) Allwinner A31 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 Set-top-box. Playing back specific codecs, bitrates, framerates, 30fps for now. Mele also shows OTT video-on-demand support. Mele also shows their new Telechips dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with full multimedia playback including the Blu-ray ISO files support, thus supporting all the video playback.
Geniatech engineer shows how they support dual-booting to some basic Linux from the SD card on several of the Geniatech Android Set-top-boxes, going back to their single-core AmLogic M3 based Set-top-boxes and also to their new ones. Geniatech tries or wants to provide everything open source and unlock their Set-top-boxes so for users who want a cheap ARM Powered Linux box, they can use Geniatech for that also.