Linaro Performance Contest, John Maddog Hall

Posted by – February 8, 2015

At http://performance.linaro.org/, in anticipation of ARM’s new 64-bit architecture, Linaro reviewed some of the source code of a typical GNU/Linux system and found over 1400 source code modules that included ARM assembly language which might need to be ported and does need to be tested to work on new ARM 64-bit processors (Aarch64).
Linaro also recognized that some of the modules were written a long time ago (by computer standards) when CPUs were single core and not multi-core, compilers were not as optimized and RAM memories were smaller and more expensive leading to trade-offs in portability and algorithm selection. In today’s era, it might be better to re-evaluate the use of assembly language and perhaps replace it completely with a higher-level language such as “C”. It might also be worthwhile to review algorithms that made sense in an earlier time, but have outlived their usefulness.
In some cases the assembly language that exists in the code was “transposed” from existing assembly language of a different architecture and did not necessarily utilize the best features of each assembly or machine language architecture. In other cases it might make more sense to create a compiler intrinsic to do certain functions such as identifying the architecture of the machine.
Finally, while the code in the modules may be very efficient and highly portable, the compiler invocations may need review to take advantage of new optimization switches.
All this amounts to a major opportunity to not only ensure GNU/Linux based systems will operate efficiently on new ARM 64-bit processors, but also to optimize the performance of these systems across architectures. In pursuit of this performance goal, Linaro decided to create a long-running performance contest directed at these modules, and in the future extend the contest to even more modules which may or may not have assembler language in them.
To get started, click on the “Getting Started” Tux Penguin: http://performance.linaro.org/start/

Geniatech shows Android 5.0 Lollipop Android TV on AmLogic and shares strategy

Posted by – February 4, 2015

Shenzhen Geniatech Inc. Ltd, one of the world leading Android TV ODM / OEM Platform vendor, release, demo and leaked today insider technical information, roadmap information about their Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android TV strategic deployment, migration and release strategy for 2015. Watch and follow Geniatech VP. Features include Google Cast (Chromecast protocol support!), 4K, Android TV UI and more.

For any request questions and further information, with regards to Android TV / Android 5.0,. Android TV Solution, Product and Sales Inquiries, you can visit Geniatech public website http://geniatech.com or send e-mail to sales@geniatech.com.

$110 Onda V975s with Allwinner A83T Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7

Posted by – February 1, 2015

This is the new mass market Onda V975S "iPad Air style" thin ultra light Octa-core tablet powered by the Allwinner A83T Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 with the PowerVR SGX544MP GPU selling at only $110 (699rmb) retail all over China with 1GB RAM and 16GB Flash with an IPS 1024x768 display. Onda also has 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash and Retina display Onda V989 Air for sale for about $130 (799rmb) as the mass market retail price. They both come in as thin form factors as the iPad Air, with thin and light metallic like 9.7" display form factor. Android 5.0 Lollipop is also just about to be pre-installed shipped on these. Onda is the number 1 top selling "Tier 2" brand in China, shipping millions of tablets per year!

Vuzix next generation Smart Glass design

Posted by – January 31, 2015

Vuzix is showing their next generation 1.4mm display engine that can fit into products that look like normal sunglasses, will support augmented reality, virtual reality and 3D. Intel just invested $25 million to buy 30% of Vuzix to help Vuzix get that next generation smart glass design to the consumer market sooner.

Airwolf 3D uses 3D printers to print 3D printers. Interview with IDTechEx

Posted by – January 28, 2015

Airwolf's technicians use 3D printers to replicate more 3D printers nearly 24/7 at the company’s headquarters in Mesa CA. This video with IDTechEx was taken at the IDTechEx event 3D Printing LIVE!. Learn more at http://www.idtechex.com.

ARM mbed OS platform for Internet of Things

Posted by – January 28, 2015

ARM talks sensors to servers demonstrations, ways to implement Internet of Things, using the mbed development boards with Arduino headers, the Arduino Shield with a low-power WiFi, doing custom sensor modules with temperature, microphone, ultra-sonic and motion sensors, stacking them up to do sensor nodes, then putting them around the booth to show a dashboard of things happening at the booth hosted on an AppliedMicro X-Gene server.

Sony Booth Tour with my 12-year old cousin

Posted by – January 28, 2015

Sony 4K World Cup TVs and cameras, Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet, Sony Smart Glass, Sony E Ink SmartBand Talk, Sony Smartwatch 3 with Android Wear, 4K Camcorder with Sony Xperia Z3 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Sony Playstation 4 demos, Sony Action Camera, Sony RX100 and more.

Samsung Booth Tour with my 12-year old cousin

Posted by – January 28, 2015

Samsung Gear VR 360-degree panoramic video with Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, 4K TVs, curved, straight, Samsung washing machines and more.

IDTechEx interview 3DPonics at 3D Printing LIVE!

Posted by – January 27, 2015

3Dponics is a 3D-printable hydroponics system that allows you to grow your own food and follow a healthy lifestyle. However, it is much more than that, especially when used in an educational environment such as a school or a club. 3Dponics teaches children of all ages about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and it encourages them to apply technology to their lives in meaningful and beneficial ways. This interview with IDTechEx was taken at the IDTechEx event 3D Printing LIVE!. For more information see http://www.IDTechEx.com

pcDuino Acadia 1, Freescale i.MX6 Quad Development Board with Arduino Headers

Posted by – January 27, 2015

pcDuino Acadia 1, powered by Freescale i.MX6 Quad processor with 1 GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, 2 SD card interface, 2 camera interface, other common ports, and Arduino hearders in order to connect Arduino shields to this Linux/Android board. It has IR receiver, up to 6 buttons. With Ubuntu 12.04 and Android 4.4 support for the board, as well as the usual API and development tools available for other pcDuino boards, you can read more about it here: http://www.linksprite.com/?page_id=829

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