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Linaro Connect 2013: Introduction to LAVA, the Linaro Automated Validation Architecture

Posted by Charbax – March 6, 2013

LAVA Workshop Day 1: Introduction

Overview of LAVA workshop sessions and topics
Overview of LAVA history, architecture and features
Overview of LAVA development and near term roadmap

Presented by Dave Pigott and Tyler Baker.


Tyler Baker interviewed on the LinaroOrg YouTube channel:

Linaro Connect 2013, George Grey, CEO of Linaro

Posted by Charbax – March 6, 2013

George Grey introduces the Linaro 2013, Linaro has now grown from 8 members 6 months ago to 24 members today. Core members ARM, Hisilicon and Texas Instruments. Club members LG, Samsung and ST-Ericsson. Group members AMD, AppliedMicro, Calxeda, Canonical, Cavium, Enea, Facebook, HP, LSI, Marvell, Montavista, Nokia Siemens Networks and Red Hat. Community members are Freescale and IBM. All those companies assign some of their engineers to work at the not-for-profit open source organization Linaro to optimize and improve Linux support on ARM devices, from ARM Powered Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, Set-top-boxes, Servers and Networking equipment.

The group picture for Linaro Connect 2013 is up here:

Linaro Connect 2013 group picture


Karim Yaghmour Presents Embedded Android #1 – Android Internals

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2013

Karim Yaghmour - CEO - Opersys inc.

While Android has been created for mobile devices -- phones first and now tablets -- it can, nonetheless, be used as the basis of any touch-screen system, whether it be mobile or not. Essentially, Android is a custom-built embedded Linux distribution with a very elaborate and rich set of user-space abstractions, APIs, services and virtual machine. This four-part workshop is aimed at embedded developers wanting to build touch-based embedded systems using Android. It covers Android from the ground up, enabling developers to get a firm hold on the components that make up Android and how they need to be adapted to an embedded system.

Specifically, Karim starts by introducing Android's overall architecture and then proceeds to peel Android's layer one-by-one. First, he covers the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), the open source project under which Android's source code is released. He then digs into the native Android user-space, Android's power tools, and covers how hardware support is implemented in Android. Given that Android is built on top of Linux, he also goes over some embedded Linux tricks and sees how the kernel is modified to support the Android user-space. In addition, he looks at the System Server, the Android Framework and core Android applications, and how to customize them.

Check back for part 2, 3 and 4 to be filmed and posted once a day over the next 3 days, while I am video-blogging here at the Linaro Connect conference.

Linaro Connect – Introduction to Linaro (New Assignees/Employees)

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2013

This week I am video-blogging at the Linaro Connect developer conference on optimizing Linux on ARM in Hong Kong. Here's Mike Levine's session introducing Linaro to the new Linaro employees and assignees (engineers from Linaro member companies assigned to work on Linaro).

Target audience: new assignees, employees, consultants, people interested in joining Linaro

Facts about Linaro
Tools used for global planning and communication
Selling points about Linaro
Company status
Environment and very light overview of policies/procedures
Basic On-Boarding review

Fujitsu Arrows X, 4.7″ 1080p 16.3 megapixel camera

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2013

Qualcomm 1.7Ghz Quad-core built-in.

Qualcomm Life 2net platform

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2013

The Qualcomm Life 2net platform transmits medical data back to the web and to physicians.

myTaxi app

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2013

The taxi drivers install an app, the taxi users install the app to hail taxies, myTaxi has over 20 thousand taxies registered, 3 million downloads of the app.

Lenovo S6000 10.1″ MediaTek MT8389

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2013

Here's Lenovo's MediaTek MT8389 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 tablet.

InvenSense gyroscopes

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2013

Invensense is the leader in motion processing, MEMS gyroscope, and motion processing technologies for consumer electronics. They did the gyroscope in Wii Motion Plus, in the Nintendo 3DS, and their gyroscopes are now being integrated in smartphones, smart watches and more.

Lenovo A1000, 7″ 1024×600, MediaTek dual-core MT8377

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2013

Lenovo releases this cheap MediaTek dual-core based tablet.