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Microdul Algra Dynapic piezo wireless switch

Posted by Charbax – June 6, 2016

Phil Poole, Director of Semiconductors at Microdul shows their low power temperature and timing sensors at the IDTechEx Show! in Berlin. Working with the Swiss company Algra, Microdul is developing finger-powered piezo wireless push buttons named Algra Dynapic, aiming it as stick-on light switches and other building control applications. Microdul AG develops and produces customised microelectronic components.

Microsoft Keynote: Hololens “open to partners” at Computex 2016

Posted by Charbax – June 3, 2016

Microsoft is trying to launch "the next generation" of Windows as a Holographic world, augmenting the world we already know, with computer graphics, using their system for headmounted holographic lenses, with the Hololens that also has sensors to measure distance of things in front of you, and in a specific area of your field of view it can try to position augmented graphics on top of your environment. Now Microsoft invites hardware partners in Taiwan, in Asia and in the world, to sign up with them to develop mass market Hololens based devices, hopefully to be sold at below the $3000 cost of the Microsoft Hololens development kit.

AOC Remix OS All-in-one, 24″ and 32″ 1080p

Posted by Charbax – June 2, 2016

AOC is a major monitor display manufacturer, they are partnering with Jide to sell the AmLogic S905 quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 based All-in-one PC, the price will be "not much more than the regular price of the monitor itself". It includes 4 USB ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio mini-jack input and output. The HDMI port is an input so one can use the monitor to run any external PC or Set-top-box. There is a switch button on the back to go back and forward between the HDMI input and the built-in Remix OS experience. This is an interview with Ben, one of the co-founders of Jide, about this product and about the actual status of Remix OS in the industry and how Jide is striving to be at the forefront of using Android for productivity.

Cavium ThunderX2, 54-core 3Ghz 14nm ARM Server Processor

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2016

ThunderX2 is Cavium's Second generation ARM Server Processor product family providing one of the fastest 64bit ARMv8 Data Center & Cloud Processor, featuring high integration and high SoC performance on 14 Finfet process. With high performance custom fully out-of-order (OOO) cores, single and dual socket configurations, very high memory bandwidth, large memory capacity, integrated hardware accelerators, fully virtualized core and IO, scalable Ethernet fabric and feature rich I/O’s supporting 25Gbps. The ThunderX2 family includes multiple Workload Optimized SKUs that enable servers & appliances that are optimized for compute, storage, network and secure compute workloads in the cloud. The ThunderX2 processor family is fully compliant with ARMv8 architecture specifications as well as ARM’s SBSA. ThunderX2 scales up to 54 cores with up to 3.0 GHz core frequency, fully cache coherent across dual sockets using Cavium Coherent Processor Interconnect (CCPI™) offering the largest integrated I/O capacity with 100s of Gigabits of I/O bandwidth using integrated 25Gbps SerDes, Six DDR4 72 bit memory controllers capable of supporting 3200 MHz memories with 1+TB of memory in a dual socket configuration, Hundreds of integrated hardware accelerators for security, storage, networking and virtualization applications, Fabric for interconnectivity of nodes supporting SLA enforcements with awareness and policy enforcement for virtual networks, Virtualization everywhere with Cavium virtSOC technology – Full system level low latency virtualization solution from core to I/O. Support for PCIe Gen3 x16 along with integrated 10/25/40/50/100GbE and SATAv3 ports and more.

Unspoken VR Game on Oculus Rift

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2016

Unspoken is a new Oculus Rift game the video-games company Insomniac is developing, integrating prototype VR controllers by Oculus Rift where one hand can hold a shield with the left hand and throw fireballs with the right hand. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53

Nvidia GTX 1080 powered HTC Vive VR

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2016

Nvidia is showing their best VR experience powered by 3 Nvidia GTX 1080 GPUs (costing $700 each) with a powerful and expensive gaming Intel desktop PC running Nvidia's Funhouse VR game with impressive graphics rendered by 1 GTX1080 GPU for each eye and a third GTX 1080 calculating all the physics in the game, experienced with the amazing $800 HTC Vive with its amazing controllers all tracked in the room using IR. The GTX1080 is the world's most powerful consumer PC GPU. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53

Ceph Cluster Storage Appliance ARM Micro Server by Ambedded

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2016

Ambedded provides an ARM Micro Server solution for Software Defined Storage, distributed Cloud Storage/Computing integrated to lower the cost of energy, hardware and management for datacenter and enterprise. Ambedded's architecture uses one Marvell Armada 385 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 based micro server, 2GB RAM, 2.5Gbit Ethernet, 6Gbit/s SATA, 8GB Flash for each hard drive which enables unlimited scalability to scale out compute power, network bandwidth and storage capacity. Ambedded's software defined storage solution is supported by Ceph and GlusterFS to offer unified scale out storage solution for object storage, block storage and file sharing system. Ambedded's ARM microserver product can also potentially to be used for various distributed applications such as web service, content delivery, NoSQL and big data analysis. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53

$20 Red Bear BLE Nano development board uses ARM mbed and Device Cloud Connector

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2016

At the ARM booth at Computex 2016, Shenzhen based Red Bear presents their $20 BLE Nano development board, the world's smallest Bluetooth Low Energy development board using a Nordic Semiconductor nRF51822 16Mhz ARM Cortex-M0 SoC with 32KB RAM, 256KB Flash that supports BLE Central and BLE Peripheral roles, supports voltage from 1.8V to 3.3V and that work's with their free Android or iOS app. ARM IoT Business Unit Marketing Engineer Neil Tan also shows his project to make a Strength Enhancing Exoskeleton developed with ARM mbed on an STM32F401 ARM Cortex-M4 based development board. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53

ARM Press Conference at Computex 2016 (in 4K), Launching ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Mali-G71

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2016

ARM Computex Taipei 2016 pre-show press and analyst conference with EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, Rene Hass and VP Marketing and Strategy of CPU Group, Nandan Nayampally launch ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Mali-G71. This video also includes the Q&A towards the end of the video. You can also watch my Interview with Nandan Nyampally here.

ARM Cortex-A73, ARM Mali-G71

Posted by Charbax – May 30, 2016

ARM Cortex-A73 is the fastest ARM processor yet (30% faster than ARM Cortex-A72), ARM Mali-G71 is the fastest ARM GPU ever (50% faster than ARM Mali-T880). Sampling on 10nm before the end of this year, to be in flagship devices from early next year.

ARM Cortex-A73 enables more efficiency and performance for Mobile SoCs, at under 0.65mm2 per core (on 10nm FinFET process) the ARM Cortex-A73 is the smallest and most efficient 'big' ARMv8-A core. 30% faster, 30% more power efficient compared with ARM Cortex-A72. Size and efficiency improvements enhance the ability of silicon providers to use the Cortex-A73 in ARM big.LITTLE configurations. These improvements create further opportunities for designers to scale big cores along with the GPU and other IP in a single SoC. Ten partners have licensed ARM Cortex-A73 so far, including HiSilicon, Marvell and Mediatek. In addition to smartphones, ARM's latest premium IP suite offers the increased performance density and throughput required for other consumer electronics applications such as large-screen compute devices, industrial gateways, in vehicle infotainment and smart TVs.

ARM Mali-G71 GPU enables 50% better graphics performance (compared with Mali-T880), 20% better power-efficiency, 40% more performance per mm2. The Mali-G71 scales efficiently up to 32 shader cores, twice as many as the Mali-T880. The uplift means the Mali-G71 surpasses the performance of many discrete GPUs found in today's mid-range laptops. The product is also fully coherent, helping to simplify software development and efficiency. To power immersive VR and AR experiences on mobile devices and leading silicon providers including HiSilicon, MediaTek and Samsung Electronics have already taken licenses. Bifrost, the third-generation ARM GPU architecture, is the foundation of the Mali-G71. The architecture is optimized for Vulkan and other industry-standard APIs, building on innovations from the previous Utgard and Midgard architectures.