4K video on Sony Xperia Z2

Posted by – March 10, 2014

4K video recording and playback on a phone is amazing. Here Sony shows and talks about their Qualcomm S801 powered 4K video support on their new flagship Sony Xperia Z2 phone. They also show awesome 4K video playback using MHL 3.0 to a huge Sony 4K TV. Sony also ships a new stereo microphone accessory for higher quality microphone support.

NXP shows Worlds Smallest 5V Qi Wireless Charger

Posted by – March 10, 2014

NXP Semiconductors demonstrates their new Qi wireless charging transmitter device, which integrates all the circuits for a 5V mobile phone charger in an extremely small package measuring only 5-mm square. Using the NXP solution, fewer than 10 external components are needed to build a complete low-power 5V Qi A5/A11 wireless charging transmitter, alongside the Qi coil and resonant capacitors. The small footprint of the NXP NXQ1TXA5 system-on-chip means that the whole transmitter sits on a PCB of less than 1.5 cm-square with components on a single side. This opens up interesting possibilities for innovative wireless charging pad designs, including fitting the transmitter within the center of the Qi coil.

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MHL for Automotive, integrating Smartphones into Cars

Posted by – March 10, 2014

More than 400 Million MHL enabled Smartphones can now connect to cars, integrating the content and smart connectivity functions of the MHL-enabled smartphones into the in-car infotainment screens. 50 after-market in-car infotainment systems shipping from Pioneer, JVC, Kenwood, Sony have already integrated MHL support in their latest after-market car radios, mirroring all applications, video, music and information on the car display while charging the phone.

You can read more about it at http://meetmhl.com/FeaturedAutomotive.aspx

219€ Alcatel One Touch idol 2, MT6582 3G, 239€ MSM8926 LTE

Posted by – March 9, 2014

219€ (retail price) for the 5″ qHD nice looking display, MT6582 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 for the 3G version, and there’s an 239€ LTE verion using the Qualcomm MSM8926 also.

Tigel MT6582, 8.5mm, 8/2mpix, Broadcom Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9

Posted by – March 9, 2014

5″ 720p IPS OGS touch panels, 8/2mpix cameras, with DVB-T, they also have some low-end 3.5″ and 4″ MT6572 phones, they make about 800K devices per month with about 500 people in the factory.

249€ Wiko Stairway on Quad-core MT6589

Posted by – March 9, 2014

This is the best selling Wiko phone in France for the 2013 Christmas sales season, with 720p screen with gorilla glass, 13mpix/5mpix, expanding to the UK market and further.

Android optimizations for ARM by Linaro Engineers

Posted by – March 7, 2014

Linaro Engineers present a bunch of optimizations they recently did in Android for ARM. These optimizations are in areas like BIONIC for Cortex C string routines, migrating to GCC 4.9, migrating the external projects to their latest versions, optimizing SQLite, optimizing battery life, also they discuss their progress building Android with CLANG, migrating Android to latest versions and how Linaro is planning to release these optimizations to the Android community through Linaro Android releases and upstream them to respective project repositories.

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The Android Linaro team’s presentations are live and available on Linaro.org LCA14 and on youtube at LinaraOnAir channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/LinaroOnAir:
LCA14-205: Optimizing SQLite for Android mobile
LCA14-304: Building Android with CLANG for ARM v7 and v8 platforms

Qualcomm, Mediatek, ZTE, Allwinner and Comcast join Linaro

Posted by – March 7, 2014

George Grey, CEO of Linaro, the not-for-profit engineering organization consolidating and optimizing open source Linux software and tools for the ARM architecture, announces that Qualcomm, Mediatek, ZTE, AllWinner and Comcast are joining Linaro to work together on bringing Linux on ARM forward together. They are joining the existing Linaro member companies who are ARM, HiSilicon, Broadcom, Fujitsu, LG, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, AMD, AppliedMicro, Canonical, Cavium, Cisco, Citrix, Enea, Facebook, Freescale, HP, LSI, Marvell, Montavista, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Red Hat and IBM who all are contributing engineers to all be working together to improve Linux on ARM for Mobile, Enterprise (servers), Networking, and now also for Home (Set-top-box) usage with the Internet of Things potentially also to be supported. Linaro just held its Linaro Connect Asia here in Macau this week and I will be posting many videos from there, interviewing Linaro engineers about some of the latest Linux hacking work they are doing to speed up all ARM Powered devices.

Samsung Exynos 5422 Octa-core and Exynos 5260 Hexa-core

Posted by – March 6, 2014

Samsung releases the Exynos5422, their fastest yet Octa-core ARM Processor, with optimized HMP Heterogeneous Multi-processing support with all 8 cores working simultaneously at up to 2.1Ghz reaching something like 20 thousand on Antutu benchmark (which is a lot). The performance for ARM Chromebooks may be extremely high. The Exynos5422 may have more than double the CPU performance over the Exynos5250 of previous generation Chromebooks (according to some online benchmarks for the dual-core Exynos5250 in Nexus 10 compared with the Antutu number Samsung shows for their Octa core Exynos5422 Antutu result), this should provide for some extremely powerful new Samsung ARM Powered Chromebooks! Samsung also announced the 6-core Exynos5260 with 2 big ARM Cortex-A15 cores and 4 LITTLE ARM Cortex-A7 cores, a design that may feed well for the mid-range market perhaps also better for Android Smartphone usage scenarios while the Exynos5422 may be best on Chromebooks that may need higher burst performance. The Samsung Exynos5422 is going to ship in the newly announced $399 Samsung Chromebook 2 with a 13.3″ FHD display, 4GB RAM, 16GB Flash and an ultra-thin and light form factor for a laptop.

50 Billion ARM Processors Shipped

Posted by – March 6, 2014

ARM shipped over 10 billion processors in 2013 alone. From 1990-2008, ARM had shipped one billion processors. The growth of ARM Processor deployments worldwide is accelerating at a crazy pace. About 2 Billion ARM Powered Smartphones are now in use throughout the world. It won’t take long, perhaps just 3 years, for the next 50 billion ARM Processors to be shipped! The official 50 Billion chips videos are here http://armdevices.net/2014/02/26/50-billion-arm-processors-shipped/ and you can read more about it at http://50billionchips.com