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Cambrios is revolutionizing the touch screen industry, interview with their CMO

Posted by Charbax – September 6, 2013

One of the revolutionary new touch screen technologies is created by Cambrios, it's their ClearOhm® Silver Nanowires, that is now the leading candidate for replacing ITO in touch applications and making strides also in OLED lighting, Organic Photo Voltaic cells, electronic displays and others. At IFA, I interviewed Sri Peruvemba who was very excited about the prospects for the technology. Cambrios ClearOhm technology is replacing ITO not only in applications where ITO cannot play (large monitors, All-In-One computers and upcoming flexible/unbreakable tablets, phones and other devices) but also in applications like tablets and laptops and mobile phones where ITO is dominant. They already have many products in the field (see my video with Cambrios from Computex in Taiwan) and are expecting more tier one design wins to be announced in the near future. Already it's public that companies like Samsung, Nissha are investors in Cambrios ClearOhm, that the worlds biggest touch screen maker TPK is building a new factory to build Cambrios ClearOhm based touch screens and that Hitachi is also a customer. The ClearOhm product has better transmission than ITO on film, has better conductivity (since silver conducts 100 times better than Indium), is made on flexible plastic material that is 40% thinner and 40% lighter than traditional touch screens, can enable flexible touch screens that ITO cannot since it is brittle, and it is very rugged. The Silver Nanowires from Cambrios is almost invisible in the touch screen, I could not see any pattern or moire that you would see with other technologies like metal mesh and ITO. Also the Cambrios CMO says that they are price competitive even with inferior technologies, that is amazing. During my interview I examined the touch sensors and could not see any pattern visibility. This is why they are winning new business. How fast Cambrios ClearOhm is going to take over the whole worldwide touch panel market is unsure, Cambrios says that they can produce enough silver nanowire material to be in all 1 Billion smartphones to be sold in 2014 if the markets and if the touch screen device producers demand it. I would definitely like to see hundreds of millions of cheaper, lighter, flexible/unbreakable plastics based Cambrios ClearOhm based Smartphone and Tablet designs invade the whole worldwide market as soon as next year!

My 11-year old cousin Henry at the Samsung IFA 2013 Booth Tour

Posted by Charbax – September 6, 2013

Henry is my cousin from Denmark, he likes technology a lot and has started his own video-blog at http://youtube.com/techtothepeoplevideo. Here's his first time attending any consumer electronics show, he took an Easyjet from Copenhagen to hang around the IFA trade show with me. In the next days, I will post a few more of his booth tours, seeing IFA 2013 from his perspective. Henry watches a lot of the tech news on the web every day and I think he knows pretty much everything about all devices being released. I'll use him as my assistant here at IFA when I don't know a product name, screen resolution, special feature or maybe even the processor.

Subscribe to Henry's YouTube channel at: http://youtube.com/TechToThePeopleVideo

Latest AMD A4/A6/A8/A10 APU based laptop demos

Posted by Charbax – September 5, 2013

AMD shows off some of the latest best value Laptops based on their A-series APUs, such as a 15.4" AMD A10 laptop from Acer selling at $480 with additional ATI discreet graphics inside, also featuring examples by Lenovo, Toshiba, HP and other.

Kobo Arc 10 HD Tegra4 Tablet, Kobo Aura E Ink e-reader

Posted by Charbax – September 5, 2013

Kobo is probably the second biggest seller of E Ink e-readers in the world, focusing on many of the markets where Amazon isn't wanting to have a big presence. The new Kobo Aura HD e-reader is awesome, features the thinnest and lightest 6" touch and front-lit E Ink e-reader yet on the market. The Kobo Arc 10 HD is a new Tegra4 tablet with a 2560x1600 screen retailing at 379 Euro in Europe. Kobo also talks about a 1920x1080 7" Tablet to retail at 199 Euros. What do you think about Kobo? I think Kobo is being very aggressive and coming out with very interesting mass market devices selling more and more.

Shenzhen Tena Rockchip RK3188, RK3066, RK2928 HDMI Stick Factory Packaging Center

Posted by juliusaugustus – September 5, 2013

Shenzhen Tena shows their latest Rockchip based HDMI Sticks at their package and delivery center. The company is an ODM producer of HDMI sticks and sells them to HDMI Stick distributors worldwide. Here is their dual-USB Host RK3188 Quad core HDMI Stick, their RK3066 HDMI Stick and their new single-core RK2928 low-cost Miracast HDMI Stick.

Contact info (please only contact them if you are serious about buying/importing large quantities of these devices):
Shenzhen Tena Ltd
http://www.sztena.com
Sales manager: Calvin Huang
calvin@sztena.com

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2013

Samsung releases their latest Galaxy Note 10.1 with a Qualcomm S800 or an Exynos 5 processor inside.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launch at IFA 2013

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2013

Samsung releases latest Galaxy Note 3.

Samsung Galaxy Gear launch at IFA 2013

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2013

Samsung's new Smartwatch at its launch event.

Shenzhen Tena RK3188 HDMI Stick Factory Tour

Posted by juliusaugustus – September 3, 2013

This videos show the process of manufacturing a RK3188 HDMI stick. The Rk3188 features lower temperatures and greater stability. Shenzhen Tena is one of the close partners of Rockchip in optimizing and implementing the latest Rockchip processors for mass market HDMI Sticks to be sold worldwide. In the tour of the factory the manufacturing as well as the test of the Android mini pc is shown such as the different machines that are used to add components. Though much of the manufacturing process is automated, some of it is done by hand in order to add specific components like the female micro usb and male HDMI out. The process of installing Android is demonstrated and it is simply done through a computer and is then tested out. Overall the manufacturing process is a mixed one involving both hands and machines.

Contact info (please only contact them if you are serious about buying/importing large quantities of these devices):
Shenzhen Tena Ltd
http://www.sztena.com
Sales manager: Calvin Huang
calvin@sztena.com

$31 3.5″ 400×240 Spreadtrum SC6820 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A5, world’s cheapest dual-sim 2G/EDGE Android phone

Posted by juliusaugustus – September 3, 2013

Here's the world's cheapest Android phone (that I can find thus far). We're now approaching the sub-$30 pricing. Yup, $30, Android, capacitive 3.5". Not 3G though, you get dual-sim 2G/EDGE modem at that price. If the 3.5" screen is too small, you can get 4" for $36 (maybe 480x320 or same 400x240, I need to check), or even 4.5" for $45 (I think WVGA, I need to test and confirm), thus the Spreadtrum ARM Cortex-A5 system-on-chip solution with dual-sim 2G/EDGE support may compete well with the MediaTek MT6515 in that 2G/EDGE space. Let me know if you know which platform is more interesting in terms of reaching the world's cheapest yet still usable Android phone target. We may already have reached the sub-$25 for an Android phone price now today, although it may surely be reached by the end of this year. Where can we go next year? Sub-$25 3G Android phones and sub-$15 2G Android phones? I bought 3 of these world's cheapest phones, to use as my dual-sim roaming phone to keep my home SIMs active while I'm traveling, let me know what you would like me to test with those. The calling quality isn't amazing, that's one thing, but phone calls work. Wi-Fi works fine thus I can feed fast data to them from my 3G phone that does a portable hotspot if I want.

Read more on the Spreadtrum SC6820 platform: http://www.spreadtrum.com/en/products/basebands/view/sc6820/