Category: Tablets

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PowerVR G6230 64-Core GPU Tuning on the Allwinner A80T

Posted by Charbax – July 18, 2014

This video shows one of the GPU tuning tools (PVRTune) used during A80 development. To run the tests, an A80T tablet is hooked up to a host computer running PVRTune. A tester can then operate different use cases on the tablet (scrolling through the GUI, playing games, etc) while seeing how GPU load is affected on the host computer’s PVRTune display window. In this video, we see how the GPU’s 3D engine is loaded while scrolling through Android’s stock GUI. When performance bottlenecks are spotted, this tool can help engineers better distinguish CPU/GPU root causes, increasing debugging efficiency.

Allwinner A80T Onda V989 Tablet now shipping! new Smart features!

Posted by Charbax – July 17, 2014

The first tablet based on the Allwinner A80 is now shipping out of China! It's the Onda V989, using the nice ultra slim iPad Air display, this tablet looks extremely sleek and nice. Here Allwinner is showing off some of their new Smart features, including the cool "always on" sensor that wakes the device up with just a double-touch of the display (similar to LG knock-on feature, and similar somewhat to previous Moto X sensor fusion stuff), they also have a few head-tracking Smart functions that they added in settings, taking advantage of their hardware accelerated head-tracking feature: Smart Pause pauses video when you look away from the screen, Smart Rotate does not rotate the screen when you for example lie down on the bed, Smart Stay means the screen always stays on if you are still looking at it when the dimming setting kicks in (it overrides screen dimming). More specs, pricing, and other stuff to follow, let me know what you might like me to test on this tablet in a next video about it.

Onda V989 Specs, Price:
Ultra-light, extremely narrow bezel 9.7” 2048x1536 IPS LCD
OctaCore A7/A15 CPU
64-Core PowerVR G6230 GPU
2GB LPDDR3
32BG eMMC
G-Sensor, Gyroscope, USB 3.0
WiFi + BT 4.0
0.3MP/5MP

China Market Price 1099 RMB

Actions Semiconductor Headquarters Tour in Zhuhai China

Posted by Charbax – June 18, 2014

Tour at the headquarters of Actions Semiconductors in Zhuhai near Shenzhen in China includes a look at their wafer and package testing systems on location that enables them to manage production quality and peak production capacity, shipping around 10 million processors per month, Actions Semi is ramps up their output with their new Actions ATM7039 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 solution with a high level of integration on the SoC design with SGX544MP, also providing Actions ATM7021, ATM7029B providing SGX540 graphics with dual and quad-core ARM Cortex-A5 for the entry-level to mid-range tablet market.

Crave 6.95″ quad-core Smartphone and 3G 10.1″ octa-core Tablet

Posted by Kevin Sadria – June 17, 2014

Crave shows their latest range of  smartphones and tablets. One of their 3G smartphones has a 6.95" 1280x1000 resolution display and is powered by a MTK quad-core CPU. A 10.1" tablet with MTK octa-core CPU and dual sim 3G built-in is also one of their new products.  They are launching a new line of Intel-powered tablets and a kid's line with different case colors and kid's software Crave is based in Shenzhen, China and produce around 200k units per month.

6 different RK3288 Tablets and Set-top-box ready from Pipo

Posted by Charbax – June 15, 2014

Pipo shows a whole range of RK3288 Tablets, they are ready to ship into mass production as soon as Rockchip is mass producing the RK3288 processor, which may be imminently. In this video, Pipo shows 6 designs of Tablets to be released with the RK3288 as well as one Set-top-box.

Allwinner A80 with iPad Air display (thinner, lighter Retina 9.7″ tablets)

Posted by Charbax – June 8, 2014

Allwinner A80 is now getting into customer tablet designs here Allwinner is showing the reference design using the iPad Air Retina 9.7" display, enabling thinner, lighter high performance Allwinner tablets, with thinner bezel, thinner form factor overall, powered by Allwinner's upcoming Octa Core big.LITTLE ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7 with the PowerVR 6230 64-core GPU. Over 8 hours of battery life, potentially over 10 hours of battery life is possible. Allwinner shows how their 8-core big.LITTLE processor has superior performance over every other consumer ARM Processor on the market today. Demonstrating also the new PowerVR 6230 GPU performance, enabling better games, Allwinner A80 potentially plays games as nicely as 3rd generation home consoles on the tablet, on the TV Box home console and more. Allwinner also demonstrates how the big.LITTLE design enables for longer battery life and higher performance as needed.

Geniatech PT360 DVB-T2 TV on Android Phone and Tablet

Posted by Charbax – June 6, 2014

Where DVB-T2 is yet deployed, in South Asia, Russia and Northern Europe, the Geniatech PT360 enables any Android Phone or Tablet with USB Host and Android 4.1 or above, to connect this on the MicroUSB port to get DVB-T2 support. Geniatech also shows an ARM PC, using ARM PCB Boards instead of the X86 based motherboards, one can just replace the X86 motherboard by Geniatech's motherboard for industrial use.

Allwinner A33 launched at Computex 2014

Posted by Charbax – June 6, 2014

The Allwinner A33 is sampling now, and the first commercially available devices using A33 can be expected around July. The Allwinner A33 is an extremely power efficient processor based on a Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali400MP2 GPU. It is pin compatible with the previously released A23 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor, greatly speeding up the product time to market. Allwinner claims it has an even lower power consumption level than the dual-core Allwinner A23, while speeding up performance, by offering a balanced combination of the low power ARM Cortex-A7 CPU architecture, advanced fabrication process, optimized DDR technology, hardware 1080p video process support, low power Talking standby mode support during voice call applications, low power MIPI DSI interface, and more. Allwinner A33 features enhanced SmartColor display technology capable of image saturation enhancement and skin tone protection to deliver a better visual effect on tablets, 1080p video playback and capture, Integrated MIPI DSI controller, up to 1280x800 and Integrated Hi-Fi audio codec.

Asus Transformer Book 5, $1200 double-Intel “converged” device

Posted by Charbax – June 5, 2014

Asus shows their $1200 laptop/tablet/phone combination device, with an Intel processor in the Phone (with LTE support) and another Intel processor in the Tablet, with a keyboard dock. They say battery life is fine, we'll see about that. Price I think is around $1200 or $1300, since they say it costs something like a $1000 laptop + their zenphone. Asus has been showing a lot of Intel devices for many years, but I don't think they have been selling many.

Adreamer Dual Core 3G 6.95″ Tablet, 13.3″ Tablet, and 8″ Tablets

Posted by juliusaugustus – May 31, 2014

Adreamer makes a 6.95" (1024x600) tablet with a dual core mtk 8312 processor, 3g (Dual Sim), and a thin bezel. The 6.95" tablet sells for 60 USD in bulk. Adreamer also makes a 13.3" (1280x800) tablet with a Rockchip 3188 processor. The 13.3 model sells for 140 USD in bulk. Adreamer also makes a 8" (1024x768) tablet with an unspecified MTK dual core Cortex A7 processor. The 8" model sells for 80 USD in bulk and an extra 10 dollars for IPS screens. Adreamer also makes another 8" IPS (1280x800) tablet with a MTK 8382 processor and sells for 108 USD in bulk.

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