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Open Source GPU driver Freedreno

Posted by Charbax – October 18, 2015

Bernhard Rosenkränzer on the Android team at Linaro and Rob Clark of Red Hat who works on the open source GPU driver called Freedreno for Qualcomm's ARM processors Adreno GPU. This open source GPU driver enables better open source software such as for example all kinds of Linux for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 powered Dragonboard 410c which I have filmed here: http://armdevices.net/?s=410c

Sunchip VR Glass on Allwinner H8 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7

Posted by Charbax – October 18, 2015

Sunchip makes a VR Glass powered by Allwinner H8 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 partnering with Nibiru to accelerate development of 360 video and games content to the VR market. Sunchip VR on Allwinner H8 sells at $169.

HOMiDO VR headset for smartphones

Posted by Charbax – October 18, 2015

HOMiDO Virtual Reality headset for smartphones with a custom made VR lense with up to 100° FOV, it's for 360 degree video and gaming, compatible with most recent smart phones, retail price is 69€ in Europe and $89 in the USA.

Geniatech 64bit AmLogic S905 HDMI stick plays 4K@60fps over HDMI2.0

Posted by Charbax – October 18, 2015

Geniatech shows their newest HDMI Stick on 64bit AmLogic S905 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, it supports real 4K@60fps H.265 10-bit video decode on HDMI 2.0 output. It runs Android 5.1, Dual-band 802.11A/C WiFi, mass production to be ready on November.

Distributors can contact Geniatech at:
http://geniatech.com
sales@geniatech.com

faytech Capacitive 55” Touch-PC, industrial Touch Monitor, embedded touch devices

Posted by Charbax – October 18, 2015

faytech shows world´s first 55” capacitive Touch as conference table, as single POS-information display, for industry automation or even as interactive information and Video Wall. faytech talks about them being industrial touch device specialist combining German engineering with price efficient Chinese production showing off a 15,360 x 8,640 pixel interactive video wall with up to 256 simultaneous touch points, set up from eight capacitive Full-HD 42” capacitive Touch Monitors connected to a single PC. The interactive information wall was developed by faytech for a German defense company as prototype for submarine simulators.

More highlights from the tour presented by Arne, the managing founder of faytech, is faytech´s new capacitive Touchscreen PC series from 7” to 21.5” with their patented rubber sealed IP65-front protecting the panels from water, dust and vandalism and faytech´s own capacitive chemical etched anti glare touch panel making them the first choice for Industry 4.0 applications, the Internet of Things and any POS usage. A slim 15.6” embedded Touch PC represented faytech´s embedded portfolio of 7” to 55” embedded resistive and capacitive Touch PCs running already as Taxi-application, in industry automatization or the point of sale. The presentation is completed by faytech´s first complete UL certified 19” Touchscreen Monitor and an optical bonded 11.6” Full HD capacitive TPC with features like light sensor, sunlight readable outdoor panel, full IP65 enclosure, RFID, MiFare, NFC card reader and even an integrated yoctoboard to open and close doors, an ultimate solution for entrance system and building automation.

Customers and distributors who need touch devices with a large stock of standard touch devices and the flexibility and competence to realize any touch device project can contact faytech at http://www.faytech.com or by e-mail to sales@faytech.com

Lattice USB Type-C SuperMHL for Smartphone productivity, high-speed data

Posted by Charbax – October 17, 2015

Lattice recently acquired Silicon Image, makers of MHL, here showing the awesome features of upcoming SuperMHL Smartphones with USB Type-C, where the one USB Type-C connector can transfer 4K video, audio and 5gbitps data over USB 3.1 standard. Here showing off the solution using a Qualcomm development kit and some demonstration boards made by Lattice to show off their SuperMHL processor. In the future output at up to 8K at 120fps will be possible. Charging will be ultra fast at up to 20volts and at up to 5A.

Remix Mini, Android PC for productivity! $69 (retail) 64bit Allwinner A64 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53

Posted by Charbax – October 17, 2015

With $1.6 Million successful Kickstarter funding, shipping to their backers within weeks, Jide shows Remix Mini, a 64bit ARM Desktop PC TV Box! It's real, I am publishing this video using a review sample of it (let me know in the comments what I should test in my review video!) They sold some at $40 to their early backers on Kickstarter, in total 21 thousand people have ordered it. The Remix team is based in Beijing, they have worked on a beautiful and amazing Desktop-like UI for Android, it really feels like a Desktop computer. Remix Mini supports every Android app. Apps open in windows in the UI, some apps open by default in full screen but mostly can be set to only open as a window (right click on app and change app to open in window). Remix Mini ships with Allwinner's new 64bit ARMv8 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 capable of playing back HEVC H265 in 4K. This is the beginning of Android being used for productivity!

CERN CMS tests 64bit ARM Servers for worldwide grid scientific computing

Posted by Charbax – October 16, 2015

David Abdurachmanov of Fermilab works in Geneva at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, testing all the latest different 64bit ARM Server platforms to measure when they may be recommended to be used by up to hundreds of computing centers around the world, potentially deployed to hundreds of thousands of servers to crunch large amounts of scientific data worldwide. The GRID of Computing resources analyses scientific data for experiments in high energy physics, to find proof that the Higgs Boson exists, at the core of understanding how the world is made. These scientific server grids must be built at optimal cost to consume the least amount of power as more and more scientific experiments require to analyse more and more data. CERN is where the Web was born, it might also be where the ARM Server will get kickstarted. As computing centers around the world have the requirement to use the least amount of power. David Abdurachmanov is eager to test and potentially to implement mass production ready ARM 64bit Server hardware.

You can also watch David Abdurachmanov's keynote at Linaro Connect here:

In 2007, I filmed some videos at CERN LHC which you can see here: My 2007 CERN LHC Atlas tour
My 2007 CERN Grid computing video

$230 Google Glass by Shenzhen Topsky, Android 4.3, Kopin 640×400, Ingenic

Posted by Charbax – October 15, 2015

Topsky is the only supplier of headmounted micro-display based devices that I have seen at Hong Kong tradeshows who may be able to provide a Google Glass like experience starting at $230 per unit for a 100-unit minimum order quantity. The only negative things about it is the Ingenic MIPS dual-core processor (instead of using Rockchip or Allwinner ARM solutions), and the software is "not yet" provided by Google, this doesn't run Google Glass UI, it doesn't run Android Wear UI, it runs Topsky's custom UI on top of Android, which looks good, but is not quite the same as having Google's support. What could happen though, is Google people watch this video and contact Topsky below, or maybe some hackers get it and improve it somehow. I look forward to try it out some more to see about the voice-control capabilities, if it hooks into Google Now yet or some other voice command Android app, and how in general it may or may not manage to use any other Android app that may work good for this user interface. My dream is still (since CeBIT 2005) to live-stream from my face and see a live chat from anyone watching about which questions to ask the people that I interview in 4K. Crucial for this "vision" is for affordable Google Glass type devices to become available. These need to be mass produced, the price can be lowered further, then the software platform should be open and fully supported by Google and by everyone! Let's make headmounted computing happen!

You can contact Topsky here (thanks for telling them you watched my video!)
Sofia Huang, Sales Manager
sofia@hktopsky.com
Mobile: +86 15815527996
Skype: sofiatopsky

$49 Android Smartwatch platform on Intel/Rockchip RK6321 dual-core ARM Cortex-A5

Posted by Charbax – October 15, 2015

Rockchip shows the cheapest Android Smartwatch platform, can potentially run Android 5 Android Wear (depending on Google's approval) for now it's just running Android 4.4.4 with Rockchip's custom Android Smartwatch UI. This is an ARM Processor with an Intel logo on it! (which previously I filmed at http://armdevices.net/?s=6321) To compete with MediaTek MT2601 it'll bring ultra-affordable Android Smartwatches to the mass market with built-in dual-SIM card slots with dual-standby possible depending on Smartwatch design (most of the Smartwatch designs will probably only have 1 SIM card slot) , with A-GPS, GPS, GLONASS, with 3G/2G quad-band, supports displays of up to FWVGA, can record 720p videos at 30fps or take 8megapixel pictures from the Smartwatch camera! Meizu is probably going to be one of the brands to release this Smartwatch platform at a good price. The smart tracking possibilities for Kids trackers, Old people smart heart monitoring, Advanced fitness watches and a whole Smartwatch category in general, Rockchip with Intel wants to have a big part in that!

To develop and bring this to market, distributors and brands can contact design houses who work with Rockchip to make this Smartwatch platform, one of them is T-Chip, the info is here:
T-Chip PCB Design House (I filmed them here http://armdevices.net/2014/09/17/129-firefly-rk3288-development-board-release/)
West
Email: mqy@t-chip.com.cn
Mobile: +86 13723459415

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