Category: MWC

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DisplayPort 1.4 Brings 8K Support and Lossless Video Compression over USB Type-C

Posted by Charbax – March 9, 2016

Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) Executive Director Bill Lempesis (who I previously interviewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4PGoVR3ENo) introduces DisplayPort 1.4 A/V standard, which VESA developed, with input and cooperation from more than 230 global members. DP 1.4 includes a number of next-generation features, including capabilities for High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 8K video across the USB-C connector. It also features, for the first time, VESA’s Display Stream Compression Standard (DSC) standard, which enables up to 3:1 video compression with visually lossless performance. Stephane Boisclair, senior hardware designer for Hardent, provides an in-depth description of the latest DSC specification update, v1.2. A VESA member company, Montreal-based Hardent develops IP cores to support DSC encoding and decoding. DSC 1.2, which supports up to 16 bits per color and HDR, has great implications for high-end TVs and PCs, as well as automotive applications, where the growing number of camera sensors requires less cabling and greater range.

7Gbit/s Wi-Fi using 802.11ad over 60Ghz by Qualcomm

Posted by Charbax – March 5, 2016

Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. shows off 802.11ad, the next generation Wi-Fi over 60Ghz, that enables data transfer speeds at up to 7Gbit/s. The 60 GHz signal cannot typically penetrate walls but can propagate off reflections from walls, ceilings, floors and objects using beamforming. When roaming away from the main room the protocol can switch to make use of the other lower Wi-Fi bands on 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz at a much lower rate, both of which can propagate through walls. 802.11ad is supported in Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm Atheros Qualcomm Internet Processor (IPQ) 8064 reference designs combined with its QCA9500 802.11ad chipset. Letv's first Snapdragon 820 smartphone will support it. New Wi-Fi Access points from Elecom, NEC and TP-Link support it, and Acer and Asus plan to release laptops with 802.11ad. SiBEAM, Inc., a Lattice Semiconductor company, and Peraso Technologies, Inc. will also deliver Adapters to the market.

Sharp Robohon speaks English at the Qualcomm booth at MWC 2016

Posted by Charbax – March 5, 2016

Sharp Robohon (which I previously filmed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiZSL3o8L7M) is Sharp's vision for the future of the smartphone. A pocket-sized humanoid Robot, with built-in Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, LTE Sim card slot, it has a built-in projector, microphone, speaker. The concept is to use AI conversations to bring usefulness as a notification robot. I think Sharp needs to mass manufacture it, sell it worldwide for the price of an iPhone, and load all kinds of AI apps so it can be powered by Google, Amazon, Microsoft or anyone else who is making an AI voice assistant.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 runs Windows 10 Continuum for productivity

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2016

Seshu Madhavapeddy, VP of Product Management, responsible for the mobile compute product line at Qualcomm, presents the awesome HP Elite x3 phablet powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 running Windows 10 Mobile with Continuum. Qualcomm is working with Microsoft to bring Windows to Qualcomm ARM SoCs, running the Universal apps and enabling Continuum using the dock.

Remix OS on Qualcomm Snapdragon 810

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2016

Remix OS is shown here running super smoothly on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A57 and quad ARM Cortex-A53, here on a tablet reference.

Ubuntu booth tour at MWC 2016, Convergence, Phones, Tablets, Drones, IoT and more

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2016

After my interview with Mark Shuttleworth, here's my 17-minute Ubuntu booth tour video. Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition comes with 5.7" 1080p Exynos7420 octa-core ARM Cortex-A57/53, 3GB RAM. At MWC 2016, Canonical is showing Ubuntu Convergence running on a Nexus 4, running a "Full Ubuntu" Unuity 8 out of the phone on the slimport HDMI output from the phone. Running the exact same Ubuntu on desktops and on ARM Powered Smartphone. Canonical is really excited to see more powerful hardware to come out running this Ubuntu Convergence solution, here poiting out that the phone runs LibreOffice, Firefox, GIMP, xchat, gedit, making it possible to use this as a desktop device.

BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet runs on the MediaTek MT8163A Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with Mali GPU and 2GB RAM. It runs a full Ubuntu, enabling to set it to Desktop mode to run any Ubuntu app.

Snappy Ubuntu Core delivers applications for Drones, Robots and the IoT market. Here showing off the UAVIA Snappy Ubuntu Core powered drone, running on a Toradex Freescale i.MX6 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 System on Module, making a more intelligent drone better to enable autonomous flight thanks to sense and avoid technologies. It also facilitates maintenance of drones by making remote software deployments secure, effective and failsafe. Snappy Ubuntu Core also is being demonstrated for home automation running on a Qualcomm Dragonboard 410c.

Samsung also showcases their new Samsung Artik 1, Samsung Artik 5 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali400MP2 GPU, 512MB RAM, 4GB eMMC flash, built in wireless WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE, ZigBee, 6LoWPAN based Thread protocol for Google Nest. Samsung Artik 10 octa-core quad ARM Cortex-A15 and quad ARM Cortex-A7. All Samsung IoT Artik modules are offered using their new ePoP (package-on-package) design, optimized for the IoT market. Artik includes also cloud-based device management based on SmartThings Open Cloud providing SDKs to help connect endpoint devices to the cloud using Java, Android, iOS, PHP, and Python tools. Open Cloud is partially based on the Samsung SAMI data driven development platform. The Atik 5 development board with the module is available for $100 at digikey

Also at the Ubuntu booth is the lead developer for the Etherum decentralized software platform, using blockchain to power the IoT market. Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference. The Ethereum team now works on Slock.it, where the vision is that an unused bicycle in your shed gets a new lease on life. Parking spots can be sublet on demand. Airbnb apartments become fully automated. It's the future infrastructure of the Sharing Economy, Slock.it was shown at the Lift Conference here

DS-TAGS E Ink BAGTAG with NXP enables Smart Luggage Tag

Posted by Charbax – March 3, 2016

DS-TAGS (http://www.dstags.com) shows off their new BAGTAG solution at the NXP booth. BAGTAG enables passengers on airplanes and the travel industry to speed up the luggage check-in process at airports, it includes a secure electronic E Ink bag tag, an Android/iOS app & SDK and a cloud-based platform that allows secure end-to-end data service. With BAGTAG airlines can now offer “off-airport” baggage check-in, which allows travelers to beat the queues at an airport or terminal thanks to a revamped baggage drop-off process of less than 8 seconds. BAGTAG will become available later this year.

DS-TAGS BAGTAG has "10-year battery life" using an ultra-low power ARM Cortex-M0 to drive a 4” E-INK display. The device powers off instantly when the tag is updated while passively providing routing information to the airline infrastructure due to the bi-stable feature of E Ink. The BAGTAG’s superior barcode readability and integrated UHF results in improved read-rates, reduce the chance of misplaced luggage. A traveler can update the BAGTAG themselves with their own smartphone via either NFC or Bluetooth LE. The security of the device is handled by a secure element provided by NXP, much like the payment card industry is using today.

MWC 2016 Keynote: ARM CEO Simon Segars

Posted by Charbax – March 2, 2016

Simon Segars, CEO of ARM Holdings, gives a keynote speech at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona. Talking about security for the Internet of Things, how ARM is working towards bringing solutions for the market to be mindful of cyber crime, implementing robust security for the IoT to really take off.

You can also watch the official video of this keynote here: http://www.mobileworldlive.com/mwc16-videos/mwc16-keynote-arm/

ENEA Pharos Lab, 64bit ARM server for Networking, world’s first OPNFV reference Lab

Posted by Charbax – March 2, 2016

OPNFV Pharos Lab project deals with developing an OPNFV lab infrastructure that is geographically and technically diverse. The Pharos Lab is hosted in Kista, Sweden, it will greatly assist in developing a highly robust and stable OPNFV platform (see more: https://wiki.opnfv.org/pharos) OPNFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source platform to accelerate the introduction of new NFV products and services (see more: https://wiki.opnfv.org/start)

The following ARMv8 servers are used:
- Controller nodes: 3 * Applied Micro X-Gene 2 ARMv8-64 8 cores @ 2.4GHz, 32GB RAM, 1x128GB SSD, 2x1TB HDD, 1x10Gbps SFP+ NICs, 2x1Gbps NICs.

- Compute nodes: 2-3* Cavium Networks CN8890-CRB ThunderX ARMv8-64 48 cores @ 2.5GHz, 8x16GB RAM (128GB total), 1x500GB HDD, 1x40Gbps QSFP+ NIC, 2x10Gbps SFP+ NICs, 1x1Gpbs NIC (RJ45, IPMI interface).

ENEA’s demo in ARM booth was showing a simple NFV application running on our operational ARMv8 Pharos lab infrastructure. The application demonstrates a simple NFV service chain integrating a DPI (deep packet inspection) VNF engine provided by QOSMOS (see more: http://www.qosmos.com).

Kirk Skaugen, General Manager of Intel PC Client Group at Huawei MateBook launch

Posted by Charbax – March 1, 2016

Intel partners with Huawei to release Huawei's first Intel consumer device, the Huawei MateBook running on an Intel Core-M3/M5/M7 processor, with different skews from 4GB/8GB RAM and from 128GB/512GB SSD storage, to be sold from $699 to $1599 without the keyboard dock. Kirk Skaugen talks about how Intel says that the 2-in-1 segment is their fastest growing consumer client market after the phablet with a 40% growth in 2015 compared with 2014 (but not saying how many units that represents). Kirk Skaugen also says Intel is looking forward to provide "full" Windows Continuum products also taking advantage of USB Type-C DisplayPort and other screen outputs and smart docks that add connectors also through USB Type-C like the MateDock.

Off camera I asked him (as I've been asking every Intel spokesperson that I see at tradeshows for years) when Intel would be making ARM Processors for consumer devices in their Fab, letting the market choose which architecture is best to use, but he smiled and didn't respond. Check back later on my channel for more on that, probably.