Marvell launches their new 88W8997 chipset for the highest performance Wi-Fi chipset for Chromebooks, Laptops, Tablets, Chromecasts, TVs and more. The 88W997 is built on 28nm enables 40% lower power consumption for the Wi-Fi at a higher performance. Marvell are first to get qualified for Chromebooks, in front of Broadcom, Intel and Qualcomm. The 2x2 Wi-Fi system doubles the range. Marvell integrates also the Bluetooth 5.0 spec implementing double the bandwidth for Bluetooth, LTE anti-interference. Marvell provides CSP Chip on Board, QFN package Chip on Board and the M2 2230 module PCI-E Form factor.
MediaTek shows off and claims that their new Tri-Cluster 10-core ARM processor can use about 30-40% less power running certain apps in Android for example saving power consumption or performance efficiency when doing things like Facebook and Web Browsing. The MediaTek Helio X20 has 4 ARM Cortex-A53 at a low 1.4Ghz clock speed, 4 ARM Cortex-A53 at a higher 2Ghz clock speed and 2 ARM Cortex-A72 at a high 2.5Ghz clock speed. MediaTek claims that them being able to shift gears improves power consumption and performance. MediaTek CorePilot 3.0 improves MediaTek's heterogeneous multi-processing to also integrate the GPU into the efficient processing.
The lowest power Cloud storage with Cold Storage support, allows for most storage with the lowest cost and power consumption, where Annapurna (acquired by Amazon last January) designs a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 SoC with built-in hardware RAID, also combining two Marvell chips totally the small motherboard can control 16 hard drives, designed for lowest power consumption and cost efficiency.
Gigabyte launched their AppliedMicro X-Gene 1 server on 64bit. This server can connect into for example the Annapurna storage server. By October Gigabyte will also be shipping the AppliedMicro X-Gene 2 server with DDR4 speed, lower power consumption, where AppliedMicro designs their custom SoC with many features integrated and performance and power consumption optimized. You can also see my tour at AppliedMicro featuring the X-Gene 1 and X-Gene 2: http://armdevices.net/2014/12/11/how-the-appliedmicro-x-gene-arm-server-processors-are-designed/
Ian Drew (ARM CMO EVP Marketing and Business Development) talks about the IoT opportunity, he talks about innovation, scalability, power efficiency, how a user friendly user interface and the development of killer apps are key for the success of companies building solutions for IoT that will cover the whole world.
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My interview with Acer and Computex Founder Stan Shih, I try to ask him about the lack of Investments in new technology for Taiwan to take leadership in technological development instead of working for American brands, how Taiwan's design and implementation of ARM technologies including Smartphones, Tablets, and ARM powered Laptops, Servers and IoT represents the future for Taiwan, how Taiwan may or may not be able to define technological development more than just to serve Intel's, Microsoft's and Apple's agenda. Stan Shih says that if he follows American rules, he will always loose.
Allwinner launches their convertible-optimized Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7, similar to the Allwinner A83T Octa-core but at a higher clock speed for both the CPU and the PowerVR GPU. The roadmap for Allwinner's productivity processors and solutions includes multi-window Android support in Q3 2015 and also a 64bit Allwinner R88 processor with Windows 10 support by the end of the year.
Remix Android presented on this Jide 11.6” tablet that was launched on Kickstarter. Remix presents a multi-window UI and they say firmware-level changes to Android for combining tablet apps with productivity features for the Android convertible. Jide Remix is being made by a large software team in Beijing headed by 3 ex-Googlers and it is being manufactured by Foxconn. For now it's Nvidia Tegra4 based, and they are designing a next generation with a faster ARM processor and with a design that doesn't look as similar to a Microsoft Surface tablet.
Rockchip RKi6000 is claimed to be the lowest power Wi-Fi in the world, similar to that of Bluetooth 4.0 LE, it is designed for IoT applications, for Smart Homes, for smart lights, doors, kitchens, wearables, consumer electronics, home appliances, home safety, automation systems, automobiles and medical equipment, etc. Rockchip says that it can run for 35 years on AAA Batteries (when set to only ping data only once every several minutes) The RKi6000 uses Rockchip's new ultra-low power Wi-Fi and memory technology to reduce power consumption of IoT (Internet of Things) smart devices by 85%, with power consumption equal to that of Bluetooth 4.0 LE (Low Energy), with receiving power consumption around 20mAh during use, 85% lower than standard Wi-Fi from competitors claims Rockchip. When compared with the Bluetooth/ZIGBEE standard, Rockchip says that Wi-Fi is more convenient to use for IoT.
Nvidia has launched their Nvidia Tegra X1 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A57/53 big.LITTLE based Nvidia Shield Android TV Home Console Set-top-box with their 256-core Maxwell GPU for and impressive 4K gaming experience. Right now due to Android limitations the gaming is limited at 30 frames per second, but this could be pushed to 60 frames per second through a firmware update if Android TV will support it soon enough, the Maxwell 256-core GPU should support it. Advanced Android games look quite good, it plays back 4K video.