In the future, when I record my own videos of keynotes, I should try to get a direct audio feed from the system, I need to buy some good wireless microphone setup and plug that into my camera. I've heard of Sennheiser and Sony making decent wireless microphone systems, let me know if you have any good suggestion for which wireless microphone system I should buy, perhaps one with lapel microphone so that I can also use it more often when I video-blog, to have some better audio quality at conferences than just using my Sennheiser MKE400 shotgun microphone.
I'm in the San Francisco area until November 8th, so let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for tech companies that I should try to video-blog at in the Silicon Valley. Of course it'd be awesome to video-blog with Google engineers in Mountain View about Chrome OS on ARM and Android, but I don't know how to contact someone there who can say it's ok for them to invite me. I'll video-blog at the GigaOm Roadmap conference on November 5th. I still have a few ARM Techcon videos to post, so check back. Some new devices, RK3066 HDMI Stick with BT and audio-out mini-jack and i.MX6 Quad-core HDMI Stick are going to be added to the Members Store also imminently, so also check back if you're interested in that.
Vinay Ravuri, Vice President and General Manager, Server Products at AppliedMicro gives an update on the 64bit ARM X-Gene Server Platform. At ARM Techcon 2012, AppliedMicro, ARM and several open-source software providers gave updates on their support of the ARM 64-bit X-Gene Server on a Chip Platform.
This is the most awesome device in the world. First Exynos5250 ARM Cortex-A15 Mali-T604 device on the market. I ordered 3 that I'll hopefully receive tomorrow from Amazon, and that I can video-review over several videos in the days to come. I plan to use this ARM Cortex-A15 Powered Chromebook as my main laptop for all my video-blogging work going forward. I only use YouTube video editor anyway, and I expect to have my 2TB USB3 portable 2.5" hard drives work quite fine to backup SD cards from the camera, I expect the USB Ethernet adapter to work fine, I expect the performance to be good enough also on a 720p or 1080p external 42" HDTV as external monitor with external mouse and keyboard, I expect to find FTP support, and hopefully my favorite VPN service providers (especially when I need YouTube while in China) can also be used, perhaps there's VPN support in extensions. I really look forward to see what performance and battery life optimizations can be made in the weeks and months to come. This isn't big.LITTLE yet and the battery is ultra thin and light, but I still expect/wonder if this device can be optimized utilizing full Mali-T604 hardware acceleration to reach 10 hours battery life in the months to come.
Dr. Jonathan Koomey, Consulting Professor, Stanford University
Abstract: Long-standing trends in the energy efficiency of computing and communications, combined with ever increasingly clever ways to harvest ambient energy (light, motion, or heat), promise to make ultra low-power mobile sensors and controls ubiquitous. Harvesting background energy flows opens up the possibility of mobile computing devices operating indefinitely with no external power source, and that means an explosion of available data from almost every device on our planet. These developments highlight the promise of what Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor of management at MIT, calls "nanodata," or customized fine-grained data describing in detail the characteristics of individuals, transactions, and information flows. This talk will describe the driving forces behind these trends and present real-world examples illustrating their implications for our ability to understand and respond to the world around us.
Speaker Bio: Jonathan Koomey is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University, worked for more than two decades at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University (2003-4 and Fall 2008), Yale University (Fall 2009), and UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group (Fall 2011). Dr. Koomey holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, and an A.B. in History of Science from Harvard University. He is the author or coauthor of ten books and more than 150 articles and reports. He's also one of the leading international experts on the economics of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of information technology on resource use. He is the author of Turning Numbers into Knowledge: Mastering the Art of Problem Solving, which has been translated into Chinese, Italian, and (soon) Korean, and Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-Based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs (both from Analytics Press).
Versatile Express is ARM's development board using real prototype silicon for developers to be able to work on future upcoming ARM designs months in advance of their release. Here is the Versatile Express TC2 being used to demonstrate software solutions that use the big.LITTLE configuration with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 and a triple-core ARM Cortex-A7.
Here's my first playing around with the $599 Microsoft Surface with Touch Keyboard and other new Windows RT devices from Dell, Asus and Lenovo that are being released to the market.
I think the $599 is a bit expensive, and I'd like a full Chrome browser on RT, I'd like remote access to all x86 apps streamed over a cloud based x86 app hosting service, I'd like Google Search and Google Maps instead of Bing Search and Bing Maps, but otherwise I think the Surface is pretty cool! Lenovo also shows a pretty impressive 11.6" Windows RT laptop, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, but at $799 it's quite expensive.
The $249 http://arndaleboard.org is the worlds most powerful ARM based development board, providing developers with an ARM Cortex-A15 with Mali-T604 Samsung Exynos5250 development platform. It includes Android support now, Chrome OS and Ubuntu support to come soon and more also later. This video includes an unboxing of the development board bundled with the optional $250 7" touch-screen.
The DragonBoard includes:
- The OPEN-Q™ main board with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus APQ8060A processor with dual-core CPUs, Android 4.0 operating system, WLAN/Bluetooth®/FM (WCN3660), GPS (WGR7640), 1GB SDRAM, 16GB eMMC, Connectors: micro SD, Micro HDMI, mini-USB.
- A carrier board with SIM slot, Audio codec (WCD9310), USB, Dual SATA, Dual USB & Ethernet, JTAG & RS 232, 5.1 Audio Surround, Expansion Connectors.
- A peripheral kit which includes a battery, a 4” MIPI Display Capacitive MultiTouch screen Daughter Board, and a MIPI 8MP Camera Daughter Board
ARM provides simulation models a year or more before the first silicon can be made for upcoming ARM Processors, here demonstrating how developers can work today to prepare software for upcoming ARM Processors such as the ARM Cortex-A57 64bit ARMv8 processors that are to be manufactured next year.