NXP Semiconductors has on display the Amazon Echo, for which they are partners. An NXP representative explains the different applications for which NXP provides solutions, and how voice recognition can be run on multi-core ARM processors for power-efficient computing. The IMX 6, 7 and 8 series cover the full range from low-power to high-performance solutions, with applications for the 8 being consumer high-performance video and audio, automotive, and heavy industrial usage. NXP supplies everything from the CPU to the I/O to the software. The Kindle series use IMX 6 and 7 processors, for example. NXP talks about the upcoming i.MX8 Quad max, i.MX8M for multimedia and another i.MX8 coming for the embedded world.
Iview, brand of Wiltronic Corporation, shows their latest Allwinner products including 2-in-1 Convertible and Detachable Touchscreen Laptops with Allwinner Double OS, all-in-one VR 3D Goggles and Camera, Smart Speaker, Smart Home, Tablet, and Converter Box. They do FHD Tablet, A83 all-in-one VR and more.
Azpen is showing some of their latest Allwinner powered products, the Azpen Hybrx A1160 which I filmed previously here and here they have the Allwinner powered Smart Robot Home Assistant that can potentially be connected to the Amazon Alexa service, the AzpenHome SmartHub based on Allwinner R16 with a rotatable security camera and an 8" 1280x800 display.
Allwinner is showing off some of their latest technologies at their CES 2017 showroom. Allwinner claims to have a leading market share of the all-in-one VR market. They are entering the Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatible Smart Speakers market. Allwinner Double OS is being pushed for the affordable 2-in-1 market changing the UI from Tablet mode to Productivity mode. Allwinner partners with Qualcomm for their affordable LTE enabled Tablet range. A64 is being pushed for the Laptop market. The Allwinner R16 with Tina OS powered sweeping robot is sold on the Xiaomi ecosystem. The end of this video also mentions the roadmap where Allwinner will have over 16 new chipsets in 2017 and they are working to introduce a 16nm solution the end of the year.
Dongguan-based Taide Industrial Co., Ltd. was established in 2001 as a manufacturer of Bluetooth headsets and speakers, with a turnover of over US$600 million. Here we see their Bluetooth speaker range coming in at various sizes, and a waterproof range that starts for as little as US$5. There are versions specifically for iPhones and iPads. There is an FM radio dock on demonstration as well, with a capacitive ring covering the colour gamut that can be used to control the light strip along the side of the receiver unit. The company also makes 2.1 and 2.2 stereo speakers.
On display here we see a Karaoke mic with speaker that can connect to devices via Bluetooth. It comes with a battery inbuilt. Another model advertised features two speakers such that one plays back the music playing from a connected Bluetooth device (presumably playing instrumental audio) and the other speaker plays back one’s own voice in real time.
Imagination PowerVR offers graphics IP for the ARM SOC market. PowerVR graphics technologies are used in set top boxes from Google, Apple, Amazon and other. Imagination also shows its standard for streaming wireless audio. MIPS systems on a chip are used in embedded devices such as in cars, Virtual Reality, wearables, and networking. MIPS processor designs can offer simultaneous multi threading similar to hyperthreading. MIPS devices have the ability to run multiple virtual machines if necessary. MIPS technology is licensed by Ingenic, Broadcom, Mediatak, Cavium and some other. Approximately 800 million MIPS processors are shipped every year. The PowerVR Wizard GPU was shown for the first time in silicon with a working benchmark demoing raytracing. PowerVR Wizard GPUs can be scaled from mobile all the way to desktop and console.
Lenovo Motorola Moto Z is an amazing new Smartphone, with Greybus (watch the video that I filmed with Greg Kroah-Hartman on their Greybus development for Google's discontinued Project Ara) based data and hot-swappable power pogopin docking technology on an ultra-thin Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Smartphone design, with options to dock a TI DLP Pico Projector MotoMod, a Hasselblad True Zoom Photo/Video Camera, JBL SoundBoost Speaker and the Incipio offGRID Power Pack, all MotoMods that customizes and expands the functionalities of a Smartphone. An absolutely fascinating potential evolution for the Smartphone market, Motorola is developing a potentially amazing ecosystem for future-proof MotoMods that can turn your Smartphone into a Project, into a point-and-shoot quality Camera, into an amazingly loud Speaker and that can expand its battery life easily. All these MotoMods are magnetically locked onto the back of the Moto Z. Now Motorola is also releasing the Moto Mods Development Kit to enable third parties to develop new MotoMods for the Moto Z, for example I hope someone makes an ultra-thin E Ink Mobius (flexible, plastic and non-glass) display for the back-size of the smartphone, a Kent Displays CH-LCD based notes taking back case and a LapDock Laptop Dock to use the Moto Z to power the Ultra-thin Laptop dock and desktop dock. The functionalities of Moto Z can also expand through the TurboPower fast charging USB Type C which I have used with USB Type C to SD card adapter, for example to upload videos from my SD card to YouTube. The possibilities with the Moto Z ecosystem are very, very interesting. But for these to get the attention of the consumers worldwide, I think that Lenovo/Motorola needs to lower the price of the bundles to around $599 for the phone including the Projector MotoMod, $699 including Projector and E Ink MotoMod, $349 or $399 for the Moto Z by itself (instead of the current $699). $699 should also be a bundle to include an ultra-thin and ultra-light small bezel 13.3" Laptop Dock and Desktop Dock MotoMod and with the appropriate Remix OS like Android implementation through Android Nougat to support full Android Powered Productivity on the external display.
Tour of the Allwinner showroom at China Sourcing Fair 2016, with Damien from the Allwinner Business Development group (industry insiders can contact him at Damien@allwinnertech.com), showing the latest products powered by Allwinner on the market, such as the Phoenix OS based Laptop, Double OS (dual UI of Android) for 2-in-1 market developed in partnership with the Phoenix OS team, the latest Android Marshmallow tablets, including the Aikun Morphus X300 powered by Allwinner. Here also are presented the latest Allwinner powered all-in-one VR devices starting with Allwinner A33 and support for A83T and A64 quad-core ARM Cortex-A53. Allwinner also shows some Smart Home IoT type products powered by Allwinner such as smart vacuum cleaner, smart home robot and smart wifi speaker (Amazon Alexa or Google Home possibly possible), talking about next year's successor of the Allwinner A33 for the tablet market, which they might do on a lower nanometer to lower power consumption and optimize the low-cost Tablet market further. Allwinner shows some of their Phablets released in partnership with qualcomm, where Allwinner is helping to get shipped Qualcomm based LTE tablets on Snapdragon 200 and 400 series working with the design houses and factories in Shenzhen to get them done more. Allwinner has a big position in the auto market with after market smart Android powered smart mirrors, smart car dashboard and Smart car-dvr products which are quite popular in China, adding object recognition, car parking support, lane departure and car distance alerts and more. Allwinner is also in Drones with their camera chip, in E Ink Android based e-readers, smart speakers (with multi-room sync), and web-TV Karaoke tablets popular in the Chinese market.
Microboe iCutes is a Shenzhen based company which produces speakers and audio products. Microboe speakers are available with bluetooth or wired versions. Microboe speakers are designed to resemble various animals and some models have selfie buttons for taking selfies on phones. Bluetooth models sell for 5 - 6 USD moq and wired models for 3 USD moq. After testing a sample, the sound quality on this $3 wired speaker is great, better than the sound coming out of a cheap laptop.