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My video-blogging Highlights of CES 2013

Posted by – February 5, 2013

Video-blogging last month at CES was awesome. I’ve posted 75 videos filming with the ultra-high quality Panasonic GH3 camera on a Tiffen Steadicam Merlin 2 with vest and using the Kopin Golden-i 3.8 for augmented video-blogging. At the CES 2013, there were some significant ARM related announcements, demonstrations and releases. Here are some of my highlights:

1. Samsung announcing the Samsung Octa ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE processor. (I didn’t get to film any interviews about Samsung Octa yet, here’s the 1-hour Samsung keynote) I did film the Samsung 2013 HDTV series (which features perhaps a latest newest ARM processor built-in for its smart tv and features)

2. Nvidia announced Tegra4, quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 with companion-core, Nvidia’s new 72-core GPU, huge new features, the Nvidia Shield gaming console, Nvidia Grid for cloud-streamed high-end gaming.

3. Rockchip RK3188 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 on 28nm HKMG process node launched for about Exynos4412-level performance in cheap tablets. Rockchip RK3066 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 also reaching more devices on the market like the Archos Titanium tablet series at $7″ 1024×600 $119. 8″ 1024×768 $169, 9.7″ retina $249 and 10.1″ 1280×800 $199, the $169 Archos Gamepad and the Minix HDMI stick.

4. Allwinner A31 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 in tablets being released: Archos launching Allwinner A31 Powered Platinum Tablet series in 8″ $199 and 9.7″ Retina $299, Allwinner A31 also shown by Eken and Sungworld.

5. Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 800 series, Qualcomm’s next generation ARM Processor records and playsback 4K video.

6. Nufront reaching maturity with their NS115 dual-core ARM cortex-A9 in many thin and light 7″ tablets coming out of China.

7. Infotmic launching iMAPx15 dual-core ARM Cortex-A5 processor for low-cost tablets and phones.

8. ARM Powered Set-top-boxes launched like new Marvell Powered Google TV boxes from netgear, Hisense, Asus and TCL and the OMAP4470 Powered Archos TV Connect.

9. E Ink on the backs of Smartphones being launched by Russian Yota Devices, can extend battery life on your smartphone by 10x (talking about weeks of battery life for your smartphone). E Ink was also showing their new awesome higher resolution and front-lit e-reader screens like in the awesome new Kindle Paperwhite (which I’ve got and that I’ll video-review) and the interesting super thin CST-01 E Ink wrist watch.

10. One Laptop Per Child’s latest XO-4 Touch ARM Powered laptop release with Neonode IR touch on Pixel Qi screen using Marvell’s Armada PXA2128 dual-core with companion core processor. OLPC also launches their XO learning OLPC XO Tablet, optimizing Android for productive use of Tablets in Childrens education worldwide.

11. Educational and fun robots: Lego Mindstorms EV3, Roboware Kimi and Parrot AR Drone 2.0

12. 1080p Android phones launched: ZTE Grand S LTE, Huawei D2, 6.1″ Huawei Mate, and Sony Xperia Z

13. 4K coming to the market: HiSense introducing $2000 4K 50″, $3500 65″ 4K and shows up to 110″ 4K TVs, Panasonic shows their first printed 4K OLED promising affordable high yield mass manufacturing, Panasonic showing an impressive 20″ 4K Tablet, Panasonic talking about 4K camcorder and showing a 4K 46″ and 20″ LCD TV, Sharp launching 32″ 4K Tablet, 60″ ICC-4K and showing 13.5″ 4K OLED, Samsung’s 4K 84″ TV for actual release, LG releasing 55″, 65″ and 84″ 4K and StreamTV upscaling and auto-3D.

14. Smartwatches: Italian startup I’m Watch has shipped over 30 thousand, Taiwanese WiMe shows one for $99.

15. Self-driving cars: Velodyne Lidar used by Google, Toyota showing Integrated Safety and Audi talking about their self-driving car.

16. Ubuntu Mobile OS launched, although I prefer their Ubuntu on Android implementation.

Highlights of 2012 on ARMdevices.net

Posted by – December 31, 2012

See also and compare with my Highlights of 2011.

I posted 767 videos from 17 tradeshows, with 6.8 Million views on my YouTube channel (increasing my total YouTube view count to 21.6 Million), thank you for your 8696 comments, 13826 Likes, thank you for reading my blog, watching my videos, commenting, rating, sending news tips and sharing! Thanks to my 12885 followers on Google+! Since August 2011, I post most of my tech opinions on my Google+. Here are some of my Highlights in ARM Powered devices that I blogged on ARMdevices.net in 2012:

January:
ARM Powered Google TV launching at CES 2012!
ST Ericsson U8500 in Smartphones shipping in China
ST Ericsson U8500 runs Ice Cream Sandwich
Marvell Armada 1500, ARM Powered Google TV
Acer Iconia Tab A700, 1920×1200 10.1″ ICS Tegra3 Tablet
Sharp ICC 4K Technology, 1080p to 4K upscaling on 55″ Sharp 4K TV to be released soon
OLPC XO-3 unveiled at CES 2012
Huawei Ascend P1 and P1 S, OMAP4460 1.5Ghz with 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen
LG 55″ OLED TV shown at CES 2012
CES Monorail Google+ Hangout
LG Spectrum, 4.5″ HD IPS display, 1.5Ghz Qualcomm MSM8660 LTE
FXI Technologies Cotton Candy, Samsung Exynos 4210 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with a Mali-400
Eken $108 10.1″ and $75 7″ Ice Cream Sandwich Boxchip AllWinner 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex-A8
Toshiba shows 5.1″, 7.7″ and 13.3″ Tablets at CES 2012
Casio GB-6900 G-Shock, Bluetooth 4.0 watch
Canon HF M52, WiFi uploading to YouTube, to your iOS device and even live streaming to Qik!
Robert Scoble at CES 2012
Samsung 70″ 4K2K Quad-HD TV
Always Innovating OMAP4 HDMI Dongle
Qualcomm S4 MSM8960 Tablet Gaming performance
Geniatech shows Ice Cream Sandwich on Set-top-box using AmLogic ARM Cortex-A9
Motorola Kopin Golden-i at the Verizon booth at CES 2012
Sharp ICC 4K Technology, 1080p to 4K upscaling on 55″ Sharp 4K TV to be released soon
E Ink On Every Smart Surface
CES 2012 Monorail Hangout day3
CES 2012 Monorail Hangout day3
Panasonic HC-X900M
Pixel Qi at CES 2012
Phaeton DVIP $200 Android Watch uses MTK6516 with dual-SIM
Freescale i.MX6 Lite Series launched at CES 2012
ViewLink MyVu VizCom Headmounted Android video-streaming system
Rockchip RK2918 for set-top-boxes
Windows RT on OMAP4470 Texas Instruments 1.5Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 Tablet
OMAP5 at CES 2012
Samsung 55″ Super OLED at CES 2012
iRiver Kibot, this robot takes care of children
Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone 7.5 at CES 2012
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110, Android ICS Qualcomm Krait MSM8960 Tablet with Keyboard Dock
Orchard Inc Toughlet, Pixel Qi tablet for commercial ruggedized outdoor use
Status of Ubuntu for ARM Laptops and Servers
ARM quarterly profits up 45% year/year
ARM Powered Sony Google TV NSZ-GS7 launched
Teradici PCoIP, optimized remote desktop on TI’s OMAP4460
CES 2012 Highlights
February:
I was on The White House Google+ Hangout yesterday
Mary Lou Jepsen presents at Google X event: Reading images from your brain’s visual memory
Chrome for Android now released
Google Entertainment System (GES)
Google Wallet should use ARM TrustZone for 100% security
MediaTek MT6575 single-core ARM Cortex-A9 launched!
Archos sells more tablets than Asus and Acer, has Europe’s number one sub-400€ tablet market share
Some of my expectations for Mobile World Congress
University of Art and Design in Geneva at Lift 2012
Anaïs Saint-Jude on the 17th century origins of Information Overload, Twitter, Blogging
Adrianne Jeffries and David Birch on BitCoin, digital worldwide currencies at Lift 2012
Mute Watch at Lift 2012
Xavier Dietlin’s innovative displays for luxury watches
Sony Xperia NXT Series launched at Mobile World Congress 2012
HTC design chief Scott Croyle talks about the HTC One Design
Huawei Ascend D Quad, “World’s Fastest Smartphone”
Huawei MWC 2012 Press Conference (31-minute HD video!)
HiSilicon K3V2 Quad-core 40nm ARM Cortex-A9
LG Optimus Vu vs Samsung Galaxy Note vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Texas Instruments OMAP5430
Recon Head-up Android Display for Ski and Snowboard Goggles
Google Booth at MWC 2012, Archos, Tablets and Phones on Display
Noalia augments the sensitive of the capacitive screen in 3D
Neonode Optical IR Touch Screen technology at Mobile World Congress 2012
ARM TrustZone at Mobile World Congress 2012
Build your own Henri Maillardet Drawing Automaton for $70 with rulers, motors and the Arduino
Panasonic Eluga Power, Qualcomm Krait S4 MSM8960, 5″ 720p LCD screen
Dream Chip xBounds mirroring to their OMAP3 HDMI dongle
Eric Schmidt at Mobile World Congress 2012
Rockchip RK30xx ARM Cortex-A9 announced
Qualcomm APQ8064 Quad-core with Adreno 320
Qualcomm Browser/Desktop Optimizations for Krait!
Windows 8 on ARM Consumer Preview Mobile World Congress 2012 keynote presentation highlights
March:
I’m interviewed on DRadio Wissen, German National Radio
ST-Ericson L9540 1.85Ghz ARM Cortex-A9
Renesas MP5232 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with integrated LTE
VisualOn video playback at Mobile World Congress 2012
Oblong g-speak spatial operating environment
Chips&Media CODA9A0 presents 4K2K video decode for ARM Cortex-A15
Telstar shows $119 3.5″ Retina Display on MSM7227A ARM Cortex-A5
Jig.jp Augmented Reality Glasses at Mobile World Congress 2012
Awesome Huawei Horse sculpture at Mobile World Congress 2012, made of phones
28-minute Cyanogenmod unboxing of Sony Xperia S
Valueplus TizzBird Stick N1
Zeiss Cinemizer OLED Heads-up Display
Usmart shows compact Samsung Hummingbird PCB for cheap/compact Smartphones
Pierre Cardin $130 9.7″ IPS Boxchip Tablet
Shenzhen Wabook shows $93 Rockchip RK2918 Laptop
Huawei eSight Mobile, mobile/tablet app for Network Administrators
Woddon Industrial Limited shows iOS/Android remote controlled Helicopters, Airships and more
Joyplus shows Pixel Qi 10.1″ and 7″ tablets at CeBIT 2012
Sony Xperia S review by Mike Demuth
Gearomat, vending machine based on a web shop application
Appear, Kopin Golden-i Software provider, won 2nd price at CeBIT
ZXD 5″ Smartphone MT6573 $120 (dual-sim, HSPA), MT6575 $130
I’m on the BBC (on YouTube)
ARM Cortex-M0+ announced, to power the Internet of Things
Archos G10 xs, Archos Elements and Arnova 50€ announced
Zenithink ST-Ericsson U8500 3G 7″ 1024×600 Tablet for $150
Grandstream GXP2200, GXP2124, DECT phones announced at CeBIT 2012
April:
Smartphone repair at the Shenzhen Smartphones Market
Huaqiangbei Shenzhen Smartphones Market
Boxchip A13 sub-$55 7″ Capacitive ICS Tablet by www.yooe.com.cn, even cheaper ARM Cortex-A8!
Zopo ZP100 MT6575 4.3″ qHD $174 street price
$63 7″ capacitive Boxchip A10 Tablet
$120 iPad2-clones in Shenzhen China
Tablet Catwalk at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair
$110 7″ Boxchip Laptop (with capacitive screen) by Yones Toptech Co Ltd
$79 Daza Electronics 1024×600 Boxchip Tablet
Hanlin shows unbreakable Flexible E-Ink e-reader!
$60 Apical 5″ capacitive 800×480 Boxchip A10 tablet
smartdevices.com.cn shows OMAP4460 10.1″ and OMAP4430 8″ Tablets at the HKTDC Electronics
Rockchip RK3066 Launched at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
Eken 9.7″ for $130 and 7″ for $64
$49 7″ capacitive Rockchip Rk2906 tablet by Sawink
$85 Boxchip A10 10.1″ Laptop runs ICS now by Sunlike, 4000mAh for $6 more
$142 Galaxy Nexus clone, runs ICS on MT6575, with 4.65″ LCD
$128 RK3066 1280×800 10.1″ ultra-slim and light Dual-Core Cortex-A9 tablet by Alldocube Technology and Science Co Ltd
Dr the Hon Samson Tam Wai-ho, JP, Member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council
Hyundai Brilliant H950, 5.2″ MT6575 phone runs Ice Cream Sandwich at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
Video-blogging at the Guangzhou Canton Electronics Fair
Yinlips shows 7″, 5″ and 4.3″ Android game players
$100 10.1″ Boxchip A10 Laptop/Tablet convertible by Kinstone
Pipo shows 10.1″ and 9.7″ RK3066 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 tablets at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
Pixel Qi announces 2048×1536 better-than-iPad3 screen, with 100x lower power consumption
iPhone4-clones on Qualcomm MSM7227 for around $100 in Shenzhen China
Fun things at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair
ICS on 5″ MediaTek MT6575 Dolphin A80 phone
The Shenzhen Speakers Factory
Highlights from my 2 weeks of video-blogging at 4 conferences in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Guangzhou China
May:
Alexander Bard, History, Sociology of Tech at Next Berlin
VIA WonderMedia WM8850, ARM Cortex-A9 in a Tablet
Yuandao Window N90, Rockchip RK3066 Dual-core based
Ramos W17Pro miumiu, AmLogic AML8726-MX Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with Mali-400
$55 7″ capacitive Boxchip A13 SMT line, mass producing the Boxchip A13 PCB
$55 AllWinner Boxchip A13 Tablet Factory Tour
Bernhard Rosenkränzer talks Linaro Android Toolchain at Linaro Connect
$74 Boxchip A10 HDMI stick
Paul McKenney of IBM at Linaro Connect
Novacut Video Editor for Ubuntu Linux
David Rusling, Linaro CTO, at Linaro Connect
June:
Linaro improvements to Android 4.0.4 performance on the Pandaboard TI OMAP4430 platform
Android at Linaro, the future, by Zach Pfeffer
Mark Shuttleworth at Linaro Connect
Patrik Klinger Program Manager of the ST-Ericsson Snowball development platform at Linaro Connect
Asus Tablet 600 with Windows 8 RT on ARM Tegra3
Windows 8 RT on the Qualcomm S4 Snadragon development platform
Rob Chandhok, Senior Vice President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies talks about the latest ARM Powered software advances
ARM Press Conference at Computex 2012
I’m being interviewed about how I started video-blogging and announcing a new feature for ARMdevices.net
Seshu Madhavapeddy, General Manager, Mobile Devices Business Unit at Texas Instruments at Computex 2012
ARM Servers Keynote: Ian Ferguson and Mark Shuttleworth at Computex 2012
MiTAC GFX ARM Server Launch: Gary Rumney and Ian Ferguson talk about ARM Powered Servers
$44 capacitive Rk2906 ICS tablet by Sawink at Computex 2012
Wexler Flexible E Ink reader
Windows 8 RT on a $68 7″ VIA 8850 ARM Cortex-A9 Tablet by Eken
Texas Instruments shows Wi-Fi Miracast wireless display
OMAP5 demonstrations at Computex 2012
e-Top 3 Technology hacks any R/C Controlled car into a Bluetooth remote car
Nufront at Computex 2012
Geniatech HDMI stick and AmLogic AML8726-MX Dual-core Set-top-box
VIA launches $49 APC, ARM11 computer platform
Ubuntu on Android demonstrated at Computex 2012
Calxeda ARM Powered Server
ARM and AMD partner for TrustZone security and for the future of Heterogeneous Computing
$146 9.7″ Rockchip RK3066 Dual-core from Daza Electronics at Computex 2012
Ice Computer, computer in a module
Geniatech Headquarters in Shenzhen
YF Technology Factory Assembly
YF Technology Factory SMT
Eken Camera Factory Tour
MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC AllWinner A10 HDMI Stick Factory Tour
Entering the JWD Factory
JWD 10.1″ AllWinner Factory Tour
JWD 7″ AllWinner A10 Tablet Factory Tour
Jeff Clavier, Venture Capitalist at LeWeb London 2012
Catmoji.com, Cats on the Internet!!
My Google I/O (June 27-29th) predictions
July:
Neonode to turn OLPC Pixel Qi Laptops into Tablets
FCC does it again, leaks new Archos generation
August:
E Ink buys SiPix Technology
ARM launches Mali-T624, Mali-T628 and Mali-T678 GPU
ARM Mali-T604 in Exynos5 ARM Cortex-A15 reference tablet shown at SIGGRAPH
Archos 101 XS review, Ultrabook-killing machine
Toshiba 4K Video-gaming!
Toshiba 4K Quad-HD 3840×2160 TVs with CEVO Engine upscaling/processing from 55″ to 84″
Panasonic 20″ 4K LCD Monitor at IFA 2012
145″ 8K Plasma by Panasonic shown at IFA 2012
Status of the TV Display industry by Paul Gray, Director of European TV Research for DisplaySearch
September:
E Ink at IFA 2012
$99 3G Allwinner A10 Eken G70 at IFA 2012
$39 AllWinner A13 Tablet (100K bulk) by Hott at IFA 2012
Minix RK3066 HDMI Stick at IFA 2012
LG 84″ 4K UD 3D TV
LG Google TV
Sharp IGZO LCD TFT Technolog
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung ATIV Windows RT Tablet
RFTECH at IFA 2012
Zaidtek at IFA 2012
Sony Xperia Tablet S
Sony 84″ 4K TV KD-84X9005 with 4K X-Reality Pro
ZhongXiang Quad-core Exynos 4412 PCB Design House
HSA Foundation Keynote at IFA 2012
Sony Xperia T
LG L9, OMAP4430 4.7″ Android Phone
Sony PRS-T2 Reader, 6″ with WiFi Evernote/Facebook share
Rockchip’s 28nm HKMG RK31xx processor is sampling
October:
$67 RK3066 7″ $110 10.1″ , $173 9.7″ Retina from Sailing
$145 i.MX6 Quad 10.1″ 1024×600, $155 with 1280×800 from Yamay
$116 13.3″ Allwinner A10 Laptop by Yones Toptech
Ramos Exynos4412 Quad-core, RK3066 Dual-core Retina 9.7″ and Actions ATM7029 Quad-core
$118 MT6577 5″ WVGA, $90 7″ MT6577 WVGA, $130 MT6577 5.3″ qHD by U-Force
Geniatech ATV120, dual-core HDMI Stick
Malata Smartphones at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
$89 13.3″ Laptop on VIA WM8850 ARM Cortex-A9 single-core by Hivision
Archos Gamepad N64 emulation
Rockchip RK2928 and RK2926 launched at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
Archos Gamepad, gameplay demo including the N64/NES emulator
Archos Arnova Familypad
Archos 80 XS and Archos 97 XS
electronicAsia trade show introduction by managing director Ronald Unterburger
Coby Tablets at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
SCT shows DLP pico-projector in MT6577 dual-core phone
Anole Bluetooth sunglasses and secure encrypted bluetooth USB stick
E Ink Android Phone by Onyx International
Hi-802, i.MX6 Quad HDMI Stick
$59 RK3066 HDMI Stick
i.MX6, Exynos4412 Quad-core tablets shown by Dbetter
Onyx Boox Touch Moon Light (i62), Kindle Paperwhite competitor
Skyworth sold 800 thousand of these Rockchip RK2918 Tablets in Indonesia
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! ARM Powered Chromebook launched by Google with Samsung Exynos 5 ARM Cortex-A15 on board, $249!!!
The bunch of Rockchip RK3066/RK2908 HDMI Sticks
SDC Technology shows RK3066, A10/A13, Tablets, Laptops, Set-top-box, HDMI Sticks and more
XBMC, RF remote, display settings on the Hiapad Hi-802 i.MX6 Quad HDMI Stick
Factory Tour: 9.7″ IPS 3G Allwinner A10 Tablet for $152 being assembled by Jia Chuang Bo
Factory Tour: $61 Allwinner A13 9″ Tablet being assembled at Jia Chuang Bo
Exynos4412 Tablet and Smartphone by Zhengdongxing
$46 7″ VIA 8850 ARM Cortex-A9 Tablet by pyd
PCB Design House: Rockchip RK3066/RK2926 at Shenzhen Inpad Digital Technology
Factory Tour: Allwinner A10 PCB SMT line at the Jia Chuang Bo factory
Become a $20/year Member of ARMdevices.net
$271 Zopo ZP900 5.3″ qHD IPS MT6577, $271 Zopo ZP300+ 4.5″ 1280×720 MT6577
MT6577 phones at Huaqiangbei Shenzhen market
Smartphones repair centers at the Huaqiangbei Smartphone market
$2 Tablet cases at the Shenzhen Tablet Market
HiMedia Q5 Smart TV Box, advanced HiSilicon Android Set-top-box
$82 13.3″ VIA 8850 Laptop (Macbook Air clone) and Allwinner A10S HDMI Stick by Wabook
$240 SmartDevices T30 10.1″ 1280×800 OMAP4470, $300 SmartQ U7, SmartQ U7H 7″ with built-in DLP projector
$64 7″ 1024×600 RK3066, $151 9.7″ IPS RK3066 by Sigo
$70 7″ 1024×600 Rockchip RK3066, $46 7″ 800×480 VIA 8850 by Guobangxingye
$81 Nufront NS115 ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-core 7″ 1024×600 IPS Tablet by Xusit
$25 Allwinner A10 HDMI Stick by Ditter
MT6577 phones (Samsung/HTC/Apple clones) by Huida
Oppo Finder, 6.65mm thin Qualcomm 8260 Android phone
Wabook ARM Powered laptops, $71 10.1″ 1024×600, $51 7″ 800×480
Walking through the Smartphone market in Huaqiangbei Shenzhen China
Overview of the latest/best HDMI Sticks and Set-top-boxe out of Shenzhen China
Overview of the latest/best 7″ Tablets out of Shenzhen China
Calxeda ARM Cortex-A57 64bit Server Processor announced
GLOBALFOUNDRIES at ARM Techcon 2012
ARM Keynote: ARM Cortex-A53 and ARM Cortex-A57 64bit ARMv8 processors launched
AMD makes ARM Cortex-A57 64bit Server Processor

I’ll update this post to add my lists of highlights for November-December 2012 in the next couple of days.

Thanks for watching my videos of 2012, Happy New Year!

Up this post with my Linux on ARM videos on Slashdot

Posted by – June 3, 2012


[Videos] Linaro engineers talk about the status of Linux on ARM
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Highlights from my 2 weeks of video-blogging at 4 conferences in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Guangzhou China

Posted by – April 27, 2012

During these past 2 weeks, I posted 122 videos from my trip in China. Thanks for watching! I have now returned back in Europe. Here are the numbers of videos that I posted from each conference:

Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Shenzhen Electronics Fair (April 10-11th): 21 videos

China Sourcing Fair (April 12, 15th): 32 videos

HKTDC Electronics Fair (April 13, 14, 16th): 36 videos

Canton Fair (April 18th): 11 videos

– Videos filmed at the Shenzhen Electronics Market, at Shenzhen company headquarters and at Shenzhen Factories: 22 videos

Here are the trends from these conferences looking at the number of videos that I filmed in each trending chip provider category:

1. Boxchip AllWinner A10 and A13 ARM Cortex-A8 with Mali-400 GPU. 24 new videos filmed. Before this trip, I only had 3 Boxchip related videos on my site, Boxchip has now exploded in popularity among Chinese device makers. It offers a beautifully smooth Ice Cream Sandwich experience for a really low cost. This cheap ARM Cortex-A8 SoC with Mali-400 GPU acceleration for Android 4 ICS might be key to make this solution now very popular: $63 no-name from Shenzhen Market, $47 capacitive Boxchip A13, Aipad Wacom, $120 9.7″ iPad-like, $79 1024×600 7″ IPS from Daza Electronics, FirstView, $85 10.1″ Laptops from Sunlike, $80 1024×600 7″ and $57 WVGA from Bmorn, Boxchip in Game players by Yinlips, $59 A13 from T Link, 1024×600 compact 7″ from Avaid, $49 resistive, Ochang, Yones Toptech, GDB, $60 Apical, $64 Eken, Rocat, Sanxo, 10″ Laptop by Kinstone, 7″ Laptop by Kinstone, 4upad, Yamay.

2. Rockchip RK3066 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with Quad-core Mali-400 GPU. My Interview with Rockchip about RK3066. The initial benchmarks I’ve heard about on RK3066 place its performance very high. There are already a range of prototypes with RK3066 inside being shown by a whole range of Rockchip partners. Here are my first RK3066 videos: $128 10.1″ 1280×800 by Alldocube, Pipo 10.1″ and 9.7″. Expect lots new RK3066 devices to be released quickly. The SoC and price difference between this and ARM Cortex-A8 solutions may make this one very popular even for cheap/affordable implementations out of China.

3. MediaTek MT6575 ARM Cortex-A9 with SGX531 GPU. MediaTek looks to dominate the low-cost Android smartphone market out of China. Last year, it was the ARM9 based MT6516 (as in my FG8 phone that I used as my main phone for 9 months until I upgraded to a Galaxy Nexus this February) that only supported 2G Dual-sim, which they then upgraded to the ARM11 based MT6573 with 3G dual-sim about 6 months ago, but now the MT6575 is a single-core ARM Cortex-A9 with full Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich support. The MT6575 is likely going to have a huge influence on the new higher performance yet still cheap Android phones to come in the next weeks and months out of China. ICS on sub-$150 5″ WVGA MT6575 Dolphin A80 phone (2), ICS on 5.2″ Hyundai H950 MT6575, $142 Galaxy Nexus clone with MT6575, Zopo ZP100 with MT6575 selling now for $174 street price in Shenzhen (I bought one, I’m waiting for the ICS release within days/weeks), Amoi dual-battery MT6575, sub-$140 5.2″ MT6575 by Daza Electronics, Quality Industrial MT6575, $75 3.5″ MT6575 by Orient and a bunch of companies showing MT6573 solutions: Yooe/Runtong MT6573 7″ Tablet, Long Ten Jie, Sharing, Begin, Dynamax, Vinus, Pusite, Zivi, J8000 and X20i, Zhongyi, Goal, LGTD, Migo, Zhenai waterproof.

4. Rockchip RK2906 ARM Cortex-A8 without HDMI for cheap. As with the Boxchip A13 without HDMI, Rockchip now also releases a new lower cost ARM Cortex-A8 skew without HDMI called the RK2906. The thinking might be that many people in China and worldwide do not have a HDMI or do not need the HDMI output, so they may as well design the SoC without HDMI to save another $2-$5 on the bill of material for the device. I’ve found it in the $49 Rk2906 7″ capacitive tablet by Sawink. Rockchip also launched the RK2908 (also featured in my Rockchip interview video) for cheaper ARM Cortex-A8 Set-top-boxes only.

Processors that I have not yet seen or noticed a lot of on this trip but who may have imminent devices that may quickly gain significant market share out of Shenzhen based device makers:

AmLogic announced their AML8726-MX Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 design. I think I’ve been hearing about a Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 coming from Telechips. But those can not yet be sighted at the fairs as far as I know.

A bit can be seen featuring the ST-Ericsson U8500 and low-cost skew U8410, I expect several more devices to be shown soon out of China featuring these. Also offering potentially great value Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 for smartphones and connected tablets. I think ST-Ericsson wants to position their Dual-core Cortex-A9 to compete with Single-core Cortex-A9 solutions.

Broadcom can be found just a bit. Sprodcom was showing some.

I hear rumoring of impending Freescale i.MX6 devices, up to quad-core but I guess possibly also great value lower priced Single and Dual-core devices to come.

Renesas announced their MP5232 1.5Ghz Dual-core Cortex-A9 with integrated LTE modem back at Mobile World Congress. But I have not yet found devices featuring that. I wonder if they plan to regain Chinese makers interest with a faster low-cost successor to last year’s EV2 533Mhz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9.

Qualcomm seems to have upgraded the MSM7227 with skews that use the new faster ARM Cortex-A5 instead of the previous year’s ARM11. I am not sure if I have noticed that on this trip. I get a bit confused as they still call it MSM7227 or MSM7225, they add a T or an A at the end, I forget which is the new Cortex-A5 design.

Telechips also has a new Cortex-A5 processor which I first saw in March at CeBIT in the Valueplus Tizzbird HDMI stick, but I am also not sure if I have seen any other devices on this trip using that yet.

CES 2012 Highlights

Posted by – February 1, 2012

I filmed 92 videos at CES 2012. Here are some of my Highlights:

1. The Motorola Kopin Golden-i Headmounted computer for wearable computing

Being able to borrow this setup for the past 2 months, among many other that I’ve been able to meet and demonstrate it to, this allowed me to meet Google co-founder Sergey Brin at CES 2012, Sebastian Thrun (Google X, Stanford Artificial Intelligence, Udacity, Inventor of the Google Self-driving Car) and Steve Lee (Manager of Google Maps for Mobile, Latitude and Google X), I was speaking with them for about 5 minutes!


Thanks Robert Scoble for taking this photo! I interviewed Robert Scoble about his CES impressions a few minutes earlier.

I am really lucky to be one of the first few people in the world to be able experiment with this headmounted computer (they have manufactured less than 250 prototypes thus far). That caught the attention of Google co-founder Sergey Brin who approached me and asked me what it was! I got them to try some of the headmounted voice command software demos in the headset, talk about my $199 Archos 70b Internet Tablet with Honeycomb (and ICS later) which Archos claims to have nearly the third largest worldwide tablet market share with their 2 million Android tablets sold in 2011 (Sergey Brin knows Archos perfectly well it seems, Archos has been making Android tablets for over 2 years but has only gotten fully Google certified since using Honeycomb on their G9 tablet generation released 3 months ago).

Sergey Brin and his colleagues asked me if I thought headmounted monocular wearable computing was going to be big, I said yes of course. I consider it can be like the dashboard for ones life. Positionned a bit below the eye, it can provide augmented informations about your surroundings, display your emails, social media updates, search news alerts, chat messages and more, without the need to pull out your phone or tablet from your pocket. Of course for the mass market consumer audience, it needs to be nearly as compact as a bluetooth headset with a retractable micro-display and a priced below $500 to become an accessory interfacing by bluetooth to any Android phone or tablet. I expect this to start becoming huge later this year or soon after. Kopin is working with Motorola Solutions to mass manufacture an industrial version and they want to work on consumer oriented uses. I also expect wearable computing to become huge in the form of intelligent Android wrist watches such as the DVIP Phaeton and the I’m Watch (Casio GB 6900 G-Shock, Sony-Ericsson Liveview and Motorola Moto ACTV also qualify as early attempts)

I wish I had thought to suggest to Sergey Brin and his team when they asked me what was my CES highlight, that I could guide them 20 meters around the corner of the Samsung booth to the Texas Instruments booth that was showing the OMAP5 development kit and the $30 BOM OMAP4 Always Innovating HDMI Stick (similar to the more expensively priced FXI Tech Exynos 4 stick), instead I could only think of telling them that I liked the $75 Eken AllWinner 7″ ICS tablet in the Hilton China hall which was so far away from Central Hall they probably didn’t spend the time to go there.

2. E Ink provided me with a new demonstration of their latest technology in my E Ink On Every Smart Surface video. Featuring the 300DPI 11.5″ E Ink screen, new high-speed stylus on E Ink demos (with the right collaborative text editing and collaborative stylus annotations software, this could be huge!), on devices like the Eton Rukus, E Ink for digital signage. All your local supermarkets may soon be using E Ink for showing prices in stores.

3. All Camcorder companies seem to wake up to the idea of including low power high performance WiFi streaming and upload into consumer camcorders. See my videos of the Sony Bloggie Live, Toshiba Camileo Air10, Canon HF M52. This is awesome! WiFi in camcorders has been on my wishlist of camcorder features since my post of August 2nd 2008 and my updated camcorder wish-list post of January 31st 2010. Finally the camcorder makers are waking up and differentiating! There still are a bunch of features that I would like from these camcorders. High-quality wireless (multi-Bluetooth) and wired external microphones support. 1080p recording and at the same time live WiFi video streaming, Google+ Hangouts live streaming video upload. Automatic resumable YouTube WiFi upload in between takes. Touch screens to edit Titles, Descriptions, Tags right from the camcorder. WiFi upload must be as fast as using a Laptop. But for sure they are on the right track! I’m looking forward to Panasonic’s Sanyo HD3000 level entry into this market, hopefully with all these WiFi features and more!

4. Ice Cream Sandwich on every device! On Rockchip (2, 3), Telechips (2) , AmLogic (2, 3, 4 ) (ICS on AmLogic Set-top-box by Geniatech), Boxchip AllWinner A10 (Cortex-A8), ST Ericsson U8500 (2)

5. Pixel Qi shows latest status. 10.1″ 1280×800 and 7″ 800×480 in mass production, a lot of design wins, big brand products to be announced soon.

6. OLPC XO-3 shown for the first time!, OLPC does it again, this time revolutionizing the use of tablets for education, pricing it below $100 for mass orders, building it sturdy, unbreakable, sunlight readable with a 8″ Pixel Qi, with a solar charger in the screen cover.

7. ARM Powered Google TV has finally been launched! Featuring solutions shown using the Marvell Armada 1500 platform, Mediatek has an ARM Processor for it, LG showed their new ARM Powered Google TV L9 Processor and platform. Sony shows their second generation Google TV, now ARM Powered for cheaper/better and more revolutionary and awesome! I expect we’ll hear about Samsung, Panasonic, Philips, Sharp, Toshiba all will announce ARM Powered Google TV within months from now. By the half of 2012, most new HDTVs will come with ARM Powered Google TV built-in by default! I also expect as soon as the ARM Powered Google TV software is open sourced that we’ll see it run on cheaper ARM Processors that don’t do 1080p60fps, overlays, IR blaster and HDMI input.

8. 4K HDTVs are comming! Yeah! 4K 55″ HDTVs are always the most awesome demonstrations at trade shows and have been for the past 3-4 years! The arguments by supposed home theater experts that 4K is not usable in living rooms are not true! 4K is fantastic, fenomenal technology to have in the home! Just put your 8 megapixel pictures on an SD card, see those pictures on that 4K 55″ HDTV, and be ready to faint, standing up close to the screen the quality is spectacular. Consumers and even professional photographers never get to see the full detail and resolution of their high megapixel photography. Unless you zoom in on pictures, you never get to see more than 2 megapixel of your pictures quality! With a 4K screen in your living room and that you can use as office desktop monitor, the 4K screens are going to be revolutionary. At CES 2012, Sharp claims their 4K-ICC 55″ TV is to be mass manufactured and launched at consumer oriented pricing later this year! Samsung showed a totally awesome 70″ 4K TV. I have a feeling that Sharp, Toshiba, Samsung and others are just about to launch 4K at hopefully way below $10 thousand, hopefully below $2000 soon! If it’s going to be $1999, I recommend everyone save money to get one. As source, all Hollywood movies are already digitized to 4K and that can fit on a regular Blu-ray disc, streamed from YouTube 4K or over 50 4K movies can fit on a 2TB hard drive.

9. Panasonic launches consumer priced HC X900M camcorder with 4K video sensor! But still a 1080p engine for now. The 4K consumer priced camcorders must be very close! My JVC GC-PX10 also has a 4K video sensor! But mine with its Falconbrid 4K processor also is for now only setup to record it to a 1080p (up to 36mbitps) file.

10. Acer shows 10.1″ Iconia Tab A700 1920×1200 Tablet. Purely amazing super high resolution tablet displays and Ice Cream Sandwich works amazingly smoothly on it! Retina Tablet resolution has been achieved! Toshiba seems to want to do lots of weirdly sized HD tablets also.

11. Lenovo shows Tablet Dock MSM8960 Qualcomm Krait Tablet convertible. Qualcomm shows MSM8960 for gaming.

12. iRiver Kibot, the small new robots are cool, basic stuff for now. Within 10-15 years we’ll be having ARM Powered Robots take care of everything in our homes, washing dishes, take out the trash, cook the food, everything else!

13. 55″ OLED screens shown by Samsung and LG. Those are cool for sure! But I expect they are way more expensive to manufacture than 4K LCD screens of the same size today.

14. Freescale launches 2 new skews of their ARM Cortex-A9 i.MX6 processor platform (for E-readers and certain In-Car infotainment segments).

15. New Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note clones are invading China! Kente shows some examples. Consider that excellent 4.3″ capacitive WVGA 3G-ready Android phones are being sold below $100 in China by now. Check back here on ARMdevices.net during the next few months for a lot of news and coverage on these. Also a cheap new Android phone design by ZTE.

16. Virtualization on Android for Enterprise by VMware, smooth remote desktopping PCoIP protocol on OMAP4 shown by Teradici.

16. LG Spectrum, nice 4.5″ 1280×800 IPS-LCD LTE Android phone! LG for sure plans to play an always bigger role in the high-end smartphones market.

17. The Huawei Ascend P1 and P1 S are awesome looking OMAP4460 1.5Ghz 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus 6.65mm thinnest Smartphone in the world. I think Huawei plans to be a huge player in the worldwide smartphones market. Look for this and much more awesome Huawei Android Smartphones coming out. Their main advantage may be their aggresively competitive pricing. If this phone is sold for $299 unlocked, who wouldn’t buy it?

18. I did my first live Google+ Hangouts On Air from CES, but because of the interference I couldn’t reliably do it at the CES show floor with my headmounted augmented video-blogging system. But I did it every morning on my way between my hotels and the CES showfloor in my series of CES 2012 Monorail Hangouts: 1, 2, 3. I hope to soon do much more impressive things with the Google+ Hangouts On Air features! Expect quality live and on-demand Hangout entertainment from my website at the level of the Hangouts with Barack Obama and Desmond Tutu!

Highlights of 2011 on ARMdevices.net

Posted by – December 31, 2011

I posted 573 videos from 15 tradeshows, with 7.1 Million views on my YouTube channel (doubling my total view count to 14.7 Million), thank you for your 7159 comments, 7397 Likes, thank you for reading my blog, watching my videos, commenting, rating, sending news tips and sharing! Thanks to my 4520 followers on Google+! Since August, I post most of my tech opinions on my Google+. Here are some of my Highlights in ARM Powered devices that I blogged on ARMdevices.net in 2011:

January
Microsoft announces and shows Windows 8 on ARM
All-in-one Motorola Atrix 4G launched
Nvidia announces Project Denver (I think it may be their ARM Cortex-A15 project)
OLPC shows ARM Powered XO-1.75 Laptop
Google confirms ARM Powered Google TV
Pixel Qi shows 7″ and announces 9.7″ and 10.1″ 1280×800
Seco shows pico projector in a lamp concept
view top-20 CES 2011 videos
February
CERN accelerates to 3.5TeV to find Higgs Boson (7TeV in 2014)
Archos has 22% of the tablet market share in France
Samsung Galaxy S2 is launched
Mediatek powers $80 Android smartphones
LG launches first OMAP4430 phone
Google has a giant Booth and dominates at MWC
My interview with Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich designer Mathias Duarte
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launched
TI talks OMAP5 ARM Cortex-A15
MHL is the new standard for HDMI output through the MicroUSB connector
I ask RIM when Playbook is to get Android apps support
ST Ericsson A9500 ARM Cortex-A9 development kit launched
Nvidia shows quad-core Tegra3
ST Ericsson ST6715 powers sub-$100 Android smartphones
Sony Ericsson Liveview is the first wearable Android wrist watch
view my top MWC videos
Arnova 8 launched
Arnova 10 launched
Asus Transformer Honeycomb laptop launched
March
Nintendo 3DS launched, first mass produced non-glasses 3D portable screen
Shenzhen Ider Sub-$60 Android Set-top-box launched
Zinwell shows $70 Android set-top-box
HTC Flyer with stylus launched
Beagleboard xM launched
TI DaVinci DM816x and DM814x can do 4K2K video playback
Hard Kernel Samsung Exynos 4210 tablet development kit launched
Trim Slice Tegra2 desktop launched
QNX talks about the Blackberry Playbook software
Seco ARM/x86 cross platform modules
Toradex shows Tegra2 on SO-DIMM form factor
My interview with ThePirateBay founder Peter Sunde
I’m interviewed on German Radio DRadio Wissen about my video-blogging
view top-15 CeBIT 2011 videos
view top-6 Embedded World videos
First Archos G9 rumors leak
April
Larry Page starts as Google CEO
Archos at the Shenzhen electronics fair
My review of the $95 Kinstone ARM Cortex-A9 Android tablet
My review of the $87 3.5″ capacitive Android Smartphone FG8, which I still use as my main smartphone today and it works great
Behind the scenes at a little Shenzhen Tablet/Laptop factory
Geniatech talks ARM Cortex-A9 Set-top-box
Karasnn talks cheap Mediatek Android Smartphones
My review of the $120 Android 3.5″ capacitive iphone4-clone H2000
Archos 7c Home Tablet, Rk2918 capacitive shown at Archos Shenzhen headquarters
Hello Kitty booth in Hong Kong
Arnova 10 G2 first demonstrated
AmLogic ARM Cortex-A9 set-top-box tested
Ramos ARM Cortex-A9 capacitive tablets booth tour
Rockchip RK2918 in a potentially sub-$50 Android Set-top-box
$125 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core NEC/Renesas powered capacitive tablet by Livall.cn
Honeycomb keyrings at Rockchip RK2918 booth
My Android Tablet review in the Qatari Desert 2, 3
Archos dominates Hong Kong Android tablet sales
Walking around at the huge Shenzhen Smartphones market, where the worlds cheapest Android smartphones can be found
view top videos filmed at 3 Shenzhen and Hong Kong fairs in April 2011
May
The Chrome OS Team Answers some of my ARM Powered Chromebook questions at Google I/O
Solar Impulse does first solar-powered international flight from Switzerland to Belgium
Google Wallet launched
Samsung Origen Exynos 4210 development kit launched
Pixel Qi shows 10.1″ 1280×800 screen
HD videoconferencing shown on TI OMAP4430
TI talks OMAP4 memory bandwidth
June
ZiiLabs ZMS-20 Dual-core tablet reference designs shown
Android for point-of-sale systems
Cupp computing turns any x86 laptop into an ARM Powered Laptop
Pixel Qi can be solar powered
Shizhu shows Pixel Qi tablets
Walking with Monkeys in the Taiwanese jungle
Qualcomm Dragonboard MSM8260/MSM8660 development board launched
Microsoft shows Metro UI for Windows 8 tablets
view top-20 Computex 2011 videos
My first time flying on the Airbus A380 airplane
iWave Freescale i.MX51/53/27 based PCB designs
Genesi talks ARM hardfloat hardware acceleration
Freescale launches i.MX6 Quad-core processor in tablet reference design
Genesi launches new cheaper i.MX53 based ARM Powered Laptop platform
History and status of Freescale’s Microcontrolers
Freescale i.MX53 development kit
Boundary Devices 12″ i.MX53 Android tablet launched
Linaro status in June 2011
July
My first video of the Archos G9 tablets
August
Google buys Motorola (still processing through worldwide Government regulators needing to accept it)
September
Lenovo A1 7″ Android tablet launched
Toshiba shows awesome 55″ Quad-HD 4K2K screens, I want them to sell it below $1999 now!
Galaxy Note 5.3″ Super AMOLED HD Android smartphone launched, 2, 3
Galaxy Tab 7.7 shown with large Super AMOLED screen, has yet to be released, my guess the screen is too hard/expensive to manufacture for now and they may redesign to fit jacket pockets.
E Ink for credit cards shown
Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE shown, with 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus screen
Sharp shows 8K4K 85″ HDTV, worlds best TV
My interview with E Ink about the latest news and developments at E Ink
Sony Android tablets P and S launched
Sony PRS-T1 Android E Ink e-reader with infrared dual-touch touchscreen launched
JVC GC-PX10 camcorder launched, has since become my new 1080p camcorder, the JVC Falconbrid processor can maybe soon record 4K2K video at prosumer-prices
Samsung Galaxy Y launched, cheapest Samsung Android phone yet, also see W, Y Pro
Samsung Super Clear LCD compared with Super AMOLED Plus
Huawei Mediapad 7″ 1280×800 Honeycomb Qualcomm MSM8260 tablet launched
3M invests in Pixel Qi
Arnova 10 G2 sold for $99 with newspaper subscription
My review of the sub-$100 N5Zero 5″ capacitive Rk2918 Android tablet
October
Sharp, Toshiba and Sony launch 4K2K Quad-HD TVs and Projectors, mass produce them and sell them below $2000 now, thank you!
Texas Instruments OMAP4460 selected as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich reference platform for Galaxy Nexus ICS launch
OLPC Summit in San Francisco discuss latest OLPC news in October 2011
Raspberry Pi $25 ARM Powered Desktop launched
I’m Watch Android wrist watch launched
Ubuntu on ARM status in October 2011
Marvell PXA2128 “Tri-Core” tablet reference design launched
Freescale i.MX6 Quad-core Tablet reference design performance demonstrated
ARM Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE announced
ARM Mali Graphics status in October 2011
ARM Cortex-A15 prototype demonstrated
My interview with ARM Inc (USA) President Simon Segars
My interview with ARM CTO Mike Muller at the launch of the ARMv8 64bit architecture, after his keynote
My hands-on with the ARM Powered OLPC XO-1.75
MHL shows the latest HDMI Android features, your smartphone becomes your desktop, your home console and your Set-top-box
November
ARMv8 Technology Preview, a highly technical presentation video
Calxeda EnergyCore ARM Powered server launched with HP Project Moonshot, to disrupt the server market
AppliedMicro X-Gene ARMv8 64bit Server processor demonstrated running on FPGA, a bit more than a year before it’s ready
Mali T-658 announced, PS3 quality graphics in your pocket
My head-mounted augmented video-blogging system demonstrated and explained, 2
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich source code is released, soon smoothly working on every ARM Processor, OMAP4430, ST-Ericsson A9500, Tegra3, Rockchip, ZiiLAbs ZMS-20 more coming..
Samsung announced Exynos 5250 ARM Cortex-A15
December
Archos Home Connect launched, probably best home radio alarm clock
Archos Smart Home Phone, probably best home DECT phone
Ice Cream Sandwich previewed on the Archos 101 G9 Tablet
My first video of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Test driving the Renault Twizy electric car
Archos 101 G9 1.5Ghz OMAP4460 Turbo launched, performance possibly around Tegra3 and priced $200 cheaper
Google Analytics launching social media analytics tools
My interview with Yves Behar, probably the top consumer electronics designer in the world
My interview with MG Siegler, the most influential Apple fanboy number 1
My interview with Gabe Rivera, Techmeme.com CEO, most influential tech news aggregator
I was interviewed for 10 minutes on Twit by Leo Laporte and Sarah Lane!, showcasing my head-mounted augmented video-blogging system and voicing some of my tech opinions

Thanks for watching my videos of 2011, Happy New Year!

My Top-10 LeWeb 2011 videos

Posted by – December 17, 2011

I filmed 43 videos at LeWeb 2011 last week in Paris! (all filmed using my new JVC GC-PX10 camcorder at 36mbitps 1080p50 with the JVC MZ-V8/MZ-V10 external microphone) Here’s my selection of my top-10 best videos filmed there:

1. I was on Twit!, I was interviewed by Leo Laporte and Sarah Lane featuring the ARM Powered devices that I use for augmented video-blogging.

2. Techmeme.com CEO Gabe Rivera interview, he runs one of the most influential tech news aggregators, I asked him if he thinks that his algorithms and editors choose too many pro-Apple stories or not.

3. Google social media Analytics interview, Google launched the beta of a tool to measure the value of social media.

4. Yves Behar interview, he’s probably one of the top consumer electronics designers in the world, he designed the OLPC laptop and upcoming OLPC tablet.

5. Google Display Advertising interview, an interview with Google’s Thomas Serval, Media and Platforms Director for SEEMEA.

6. MG Siegler interview, I only had 2 minutes to ask him a few questions, I tried to ask him a few things about Google vs Apple. MG Siegler is probably one of the top most influential Apple fanboys on the web.

7. StartupBus.com interview, an interesting project to get developers to do more startups faster

8. Windows Phone 7.5 interview, an overview of some of the latest Windows Phone devices and some of the latest news in Windows Phone land.

9. Test driving the Renault Twizy, this is a cool new 7000€ compact electric car.

10. Bill Gross interview, founder and CEO of http://idealab.com he invests in many startups and web companies, here’s his opinion on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and more.

My top-20 videos filmed at Computex 2011 in Taiwan

Posted by – June 8, 2011

I just returned from 10 days video-blogging over 44 videos from Taiwan. Here’s my list of my top-20 best Computex 2011 videos:

1. Pixel Qi launches 10.1″ super thin 1280×800 screen, their first showing of the 1280×800 resolution Pixel Qi screen to be mass manufactured in Q4, they also will mass produce 7″ in Q3, and listen to this video for more talk by Mary Lou Jepsen on the latest status and news on Pixel Qi in the industry.

2. Latest e-ink e-reader news from Freescale, check out the new Android friendly i.MX508 that may be used in the new Nook and Kobo to also use Android as software basis for e-ink e-reader innovation. This video is also featuring the new Acoustic Pulse Recognition (APR) touch screen technology integrated in a prototype e-reader by Tyco Electronics.

3. ShiZhu Technology shows Pixel Qi Tablets, ShiZhu Technology is a big Chinese manufacturer, they can now mass produce Android Tablets with Pixel Qi screens. This video features comparisons of its matte Pixel Qi screen compared with the glossy Archos 70 Internet Tablet screen and with HTC flyer with a matte anti-reflective layer.

4. MHL now in several phones at Computex 2011, the MHL protocol for sending HDMI over Micro-USB is now not only on the best ever smartphone the Samsung Galaxy S2, it’s also now in HTC Sensation, HTC Flyer, Evo 4G and Evo 3D phones and more to come.

5. The whole ARM Powered Tablet or Laptop with Pixel Qi screen can run on a relatively small and cheap $3 1W solar panel, Solar panels could be built-in to the bezel, on the back of tablets or laptops or on a flip-out screen protector to thus be able to power the whole tablet and laptop and charge its battery just from direct or indirect sunlight. This means children in Africa, India, other places with a lot of Sun but little power, could be getting Internet connected ARM Powered devices that can run just on sun power. Pixel Qi is able to demonstrate that this works, but they didn’t have the time to set it up at Computex and the day I was there to film it was half-cloudy in Taipei (it had been raining some of the days during Computex) so perhaps not optimal for filming the actual demonstration. Pixel Qi could be releasing an official video showing pretty soon on their blog proving that this works today.

6. Texas Instruments talks Memory Bandwidth and Desktop Computing performance on the OMAP4430, TI suggests that they may have the fastest memory bandwidth on their OMAP4430, OMAP4460 and on the newly announced OMAP4470 that goes to 1.8Ghz.

7. Cupp Computing turns every Laptop into an ARM Powered laptop with hard drive to SSD replacement module, this is really awesome, it means that all Intel/AMD x86 powered laptops can easily get added an ARM Processor to their motherboards, or added in replacement of the Hard Drive with an SSD, to provide every laptop with the option to run up to 40 hours on a battery on a button switch. Imagine if by a button switch you could automatically resume your x86 work in the ARM version of Windows, thus extending your battery runtime by 10x or more. This could be a great transitional solution from x86 to ARM for people not yet totally confortable with going away from x86.

8. HD Video Conferencing on Texas Instruments OMAP4430, 720p and 1080p SIP and Skype video conferencing is now possible on the modern ARM Powered smartphones and tablets, just amazing.

9. Hands-on with Nvidia Kal-El Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.2Ghz (or more) prototype tablet, Nvidia continues their run towards bringing Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 to the market, to be clocked at least with 1.2Ghz maybe more, it may reach the commercial top brand name Honeycomb tablets after August, normally well in time before Christmas. Nvidia has upgraded their graphics and video playback support significantly.

10. ZiiLabs ZMS-20 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9, with ZiiLab’s Stemcell alternative to DSP/GPU for massive multi-threaded computing it seems to run Honeycomb smoothly on their Jaguar 10.1″ and 7″ reference design tablets.

11. Nufront Cortex-A9 (up to) 2Ghz runs Ubuntu 11.4 ARM Edition, they show that they have completed their tablet reference design, now just gearing up for commercial announcements for products using their new powerful chip.

12. Qualcomm says their Dual-core strength is in being asynchronous, Qualcomm’s implementation of the ARM Dual-core is about to reach many of the top most powerful ARM Powered devices. With the HTC Senstation coming out now, Asus Memo coming out later and many other smartphones and tablets in preparation.

13. ZTE Light tablet featuring their 7″ Pixel Qi screen (not yet matte, still glossy on that prototype).

14. Asus Memo, worlds first 7″ Honeycomb, Honeycomb looks great on 7″, even with it only being optimized for larger 1280×800 screens for now. Maybe it is too bad that Asus only wants to sell this with a 3D screen and this expensive looking Bluetooth headset/remote control MiMic thing. I also filmed another 7″ Honeycomb tablet, the Viewsonic 7x using Tegra2.

15. Samsung Origen, the new $199 Exynos 4210 development board, possibly the most powerful publicly released ARM Powered development board, to be sold for $199, featuring Samsung’s latest Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with Mali-400 graphics, fast DDR3 RAM and other features of fast memory bandwidth.

16. ARM President Tudor Brown Computex 2011 keynote, 15 minutes of his Computex 2011 keynote talking about how ARM is dominating the world.

17. ARM keynote at Computex 2011, Ian Drew is the Executive VP of Marketing at ARM, here’s my recording of most of his keynote speech. Sorry for missing out the first 3 minutes in this video, and my audio volume is a bit low you have to turn up your playback volume to the maximum to hear things clearly enough.Q Which was fun to come right after the Intel keynote. A notable quote from this keynote is this part: “Multiple options is always better than one size fits all”.

18. Qualcomm Dragonboard, $300-$500 Dual-core MSM8660/APQ8060 development board to work on Qualcomm’s Dual-core platform.

19. VIA WonderMedia Prizm WM8710 ARM11 Gingerbread solution, now VIA also has a newer faster DSP-accelerated Gingerbread solution for low-cost Android tablets.

20. ARM Powered Android to lower cost and power consumption of Point-of-sale setups, POSLab shows in this video how they are implementing ARM Powered solutions runing POS software on top of Android to significantly lower the cost and power consumption of Point-of-sale systems to be used by all stores around the world.

Latest Android Tablet/Smartphone Trends out of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, at 3 tradeshows

Posted by – April 22, 2011

Following is my summary and my top-20 videos filmed during 10 days spent in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, at 3 tradeshows, filming, interviewing, uploading and posting 97 videos from the Shenzhen Electronics Fair (April 8-10th), China Sourcing Fair (April 12-15th) and HKTDC Electronics Fair (April 13-16th). With all those many videos posted, it can be hard for you to look through all of them to find out which are the best. That is why I now always summarise my best videos in a post in the Top Video Lists category. Many awesome new ARM Cortex-A9 tablets and cheap smartphones were shown.

New major ARM processor trends from the Shenzhen and Hong Kong tradeshows and markets:

Based on the overwhelming amount of new videos filmed related to those new processors, I added 3 new Chip provider categories to ARMdevices.net:

AmLogic, I filmed 9 new videos: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9] (in order of most to least interesting), it’s a new low-cost Single-Core Cortex-A9 processor, clocked at 800Mhz for now, it can be found in the first sub-$100 Cortex-A9 tablets (resistive). The performance of these are likely better than 1Ghz Cortex-A8, but I will test this on my Kinstone AmLogic tablet sample (that I bought for $130 (850 renminbi)) and report in my upcoming second part video-review soon.

Mediatek, I filmed 10 new videos: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10] (in order of most to least interesting), this low-cost ARM9 processor seems to win big in the Chinese made emerging Android smartphones market. It’s absolutely amazing how cheap some of the Mediatek MTK6516 based Smartphones are being sold at, I bought a $87 FG8 Mediatek MTK6516 based Android Smartphone (that looks similar to a HTC Desire with its casing design). With Mediatek’s upgraded ARM11 3G-enabled MTK6573 Smartphone processor coming up, they may again make big wins in the Chinese smartphone market and bring sub-$100 maybe soon sub-$50 Android smartphones to the worldwide (not only emerging) mass market. Amazing.

NEC/Renesas, I filmed 7 new videos: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7] (in order of most to least interesting), about 2 years ago, NEC Electronics and Renesas merged and out of that merger is coming this new NEC/Renesas EV2 ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core 533Mhz processor, the SoCs based on it are very low priced. Consider this to be the Japanese ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core entrant. Some of my reports claim that a nice capacitive tablet design based on this processor can be sold in bulk for as little as $110, $125 or $135. I bought a sample from Livall.cn for $171 which I will soon video-review further.

My top-20 best Shenzhen/HongKong April 2011 videos:

1. Archos 7c Home Tablet, RK2918 Capacitive, Archos are building amazing value tablets based on the Rockchip RK2918 ARM Cortex-A8 1.2Ghz processor, with great capacitive touch screens, and they are bringing that to the definitely sub-$200 price range. As I am probably the biggest Archos fanboy in the world (I’m the admin and founder of http://forum.archosfans.com), I found it super fascinating to meet their expert staff and visit their Shenzhen headquarters.

2. Arnova 10 capacitive RK2918 to be released in May, at possibly $229 MSRP, for this 10.1″ capacitive Rockchip RK2918 ARM Cortex-A8 1.2Ghz tablet, it’s hard to find better value 10″ tablet. Consider this kind of price is for a product that will be massively available at all retail stores in Europe and the USA, that price is the retail price, including all import taxes, fees, margins and everything. I believe Archos can make huge sales of their new Arnova line, especially now that they are able to bring ARM Cortex-A8 performance and nice capacitive screens to these entry-level priced devices.

3. Best of Shenzhen: $87 Android 3.5″ capacitive phone, MTK6516 FG8, that is my initial video review of my new FG8 $87 Android Smartphone. Mediatek MTK6516 based, with Android 2.2 Froyo and a 3.5″ HVGA Capacitive touch screen. This is amazing to see how cheap the Android smartphones are getting. Check back for my further video reviews coming up to show the performance and features of this cheap smartphone platform.

4. Shenzhen Behind the Scenes 1: Hongda Factory tour, a fascinating look inside of a small Shenzhen consumer electronics factory. That day they are manufacturing Intel Atom based netbooks, the day before they were making cheap Freescale i.MX51 based tablets for utopiacn.

5. Geniatech explains their AmLogic Cortex-A9 Single Core Set-top-box, an interview with the product manager on this sub-$100 AmLogic based set-top-box, watch this to get an idea how the potential upcoming Google TV on ARM based set-top-box makers are planning their global sub-$100 ARM Powered Set-top-box market entry.

6. $95 Cortex-A9 Tablet Review, Kinstone KS-UMD070A9, my initial review of this sub-$100 (bulk, resistive) ARM Cortex-A9 AmLogic 800Mhz Single Core tablet. I’ve got the review sample right here, so I will post a further full video review with benchmarks, video codec tests and other speed tests as soon as I get the time, check back for that.

7. Shenzhen Behind the Scenes 3: Richtechie.com, Freescale i.MX51/53 PCB designer, have a look behind the scenes at a PCB designer in Shenzhen. This PCB design house makes Freescale i.MX51 motherboards and they are working on their upcoming i.MX53 based PCB designs. They work with utopiacn.

8. Archos at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair, not much news in this video, it’s just interesting to see how Archos has a big booth at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair and uses it to do sales of their devices towards growing their sales in the Chinese mainland market.

9. Catwalk girls show Tablets and Smartphones in Shenzhen, just fun if you would like to see how the Tablets and Smartphones are the center of the trendy topic at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair.

10. NEC/Renesas EV2 ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core 533Mhz in videos with Livall.cn, Gaia, Ebot, Quality Industrial and TAL Electronics.

11. Rockchip Rk2918 in a Set-top-box, this could power a sub-$50 ARM Powered Google TV Set-top-box.

12. Honeycomb at the Rockchip booth (just keyrings for now..), once you get Honeycomb on the Rockchip RK2918 (could be happening by Google I/O on May 10-11th?), that could create the most explosive disruptive mix for the tablet industry. Also check-out my video of the Rockchip RK2918 based laptop which could also provide great value for an ARM Powered laptop running Chrome OS or Honeycomb.

13. Review: $120 Hero H2000 MTK6516 Android Froyo Powered iphone4-copy, my initial video review of my new $120 iphone4-clone that seems to run Android 2.2 super smoothly on this 3.5″ HVGA capacitive touch screen Mediatek MTK6516 based Hero H2000 smartphone. It’s probably manufactured by Karasnn.com.

14. Epudo Telechips Cortex-A8 tablets, the new Telechips 8803 ARM Cortex-A8 1.2Ghz processor may be reaching stability for Android Gingerbread support. Telechips 8803 ARM Cortex-A8 1.2Ghz Gingerbread also featured in videos with Digilink and huashiguang.

15. MID123.com Hummingbird Gingerbread Tablet, Gingerbread seems also to be reaching stability on the Samsung ARM Cortex-A8 Hummingbird processor platform.

16. Karasnn.com Hero Android MTK6516 Smartphones, interview with one of the potentially leading Mediatek MTK6516 based Android smartphone makers.

17. Meizu M9, $380 Android phone with Retina Display, interesting to see a 3.5″ Retina Display and the Samsung Hummingbird ARM Cortex-A8 1Ghz processor in this new Meizu M9 phone. At $380 unlocked it’s expensive, but surely less expensive than an iPhone while having pretty similar hardware performance. Meizu has several stores in the Shenzhen electronics market area, they seem to be a relatively big smartphone brand in China.

18. Trend Technology (HK) Ltd does Android Tablets, discussion with an insider how to get those tablets made and distributed.

19. Performance test on AmLogic ARM Cortex-A9 Android Set-top-box, testing the performance doing web browsing and more on this AmLogic development board. It seems fast!

20. Ramos booth tour, featuring Ramos W18, 9.7″ capacitive ARM Cortex-A9 AmLogic Android Tablet, Ramos has nice new products. Also check my videos of the Ramos T8Pro and Ramos V70/T11Pro/T11AD.

While in Shenzhen, I filmed following 5-part series of videos showing a bit of the Behind the Scenes of Shenzhen, the capital of the world for consumer electronics manufacturing:
1: Hongda Factory tour
2: utopiacn, Apad Android Tablet maker
3: Richtechie.com, Freescale i.MX51/53 PCB designer
4: Walking around the Shenzhen smartphone market
5: 3Gnet Factory Tour

Flying back from Hong Kong to Copenhagen using the excellent and cheap airline Qatar Aiways, they can provide free stop-over in Doha (that can be booked using their Multi-city online booking feature), also check these 3 videos that I filmed, they are not very tech related, but they show the atmosphere in an interesting Middle-eastern Golf country:
1. Arrived in Qatar
2. Walking the Souq Waqif, the Corniche and checking out the Doha skyscrapers at night
3. Desert Safari with Arabian Adventure Qatar (includes a fun Video-review of the NEC/Renesas based dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 533Mhz capacitive 7″ tablet from livall.cn)

Top-6 Embedded World 2011 videos

Posted by – March 14, 2011

On the 3rd of March, I jumped on a train from CeBIT Hannover to Embedded World in Nurnberg, so that I could try to interview the representatives of some of the cool ARM Powered devices shown there. I managed to film 15 videos during that day at Embedded World, here are my top-6 best videos:

1. Worlds first Samsung Exynos 4210 ARM Cortex-A9 tablet presented by Hard Kernel, it’s just awesome to see this $750 dev-kit transparent Tablet design, allowing to see through all the awesome hardware features of this platform.

2. Worlds most compact Tegra2 PC presented by Toradex, the potential is a $150 ARM Cortex-A9 Powered desktop PC, with dual-screen output (one HDMI, one VGA), USB host ports, Ethernet, audio input/outputs and more. It’s cool!

3. $200 Tegra2 slim PC by Trim Slice Compulab, yet another cool looking Tegra2 powered super compact desktop PC, this one may actually seem to be more finalized than the Toradex, in terms of software and in terms of cheap motherboard design availability, though it’s to be seen once it gets released what the status for software and hardware pricing will be then.

4. 4K2K video playback on the new Texas Instruments DaVinci DM816x and DM814x, the powers of Texas Instruments DaVinci ties in with what they do with OMAP, the DaVinci perhaps targetting more video-centric uses such as potentially one of the next $100 ARM Powered Google TV set-top-boxes. 4K2K ARM Powered Google TV at $100 retail would be awesome. Until then, the OMAP4 stuff is not yet in these DaVinci and the video stuff is not yet in OMAP4, but those are merging their powers.

5. Seco shows x86-ARM Cross Platform, they work on making it easy for the industry to get away from using x86 and to use ARM solutions instead. They support OMAP4, Tegra2, OMAP3 and i.MX51 designs among others. It becomes as easy as swapping the one for the other, all other aspects of the design, even the software being interoperable.

6. QNX talks about their software on the Blackberry Playbook, still no confirmation if Blackberry will choose to install a Dalvik Engine on top of this to support Android apps in there, but it’s sure interesting to try to understand how QNX does it to utilize the dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processor to its fullest to provide the smoothest UI and multi-tasking.