Transflective LCD Smartwatch Podoor PW305II, Assembly, Roadmap

Posted by – February 17, 2015

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at a Shenzhen smartwatch company. The Shenzhen Podoor PW305II uses an always-on translucent screen, it is a new material, can display clock all the time at a low power consumption. with the backlight on for a full backlit image. Podoor says that they are the first company to use this display. The other features of this watch is measuring heart rate in normal time and at sport. Waterproof. They built a sever for smartwatches, so that exercise and heart rate data can be analysed on the server; the sever organizes and ranks users. Podoor’s Android mobile watch PW306II and PW308, they show multiple colors that can be customized. For 2015, Shenzhen Podoor will unveil PW305S compatible with both Android and iOS The Podoor Lady’s watch, using a circle case, can detect lack of skin humidity, sense ultraviolet radiation, they even have a lady alert system when she is in danger, she can press one button on watch which sends her position to 10 friends, and the Podoor Elder smartwatch for easy use and for elder and care.

You can contact Shenzhen Podoor here:
Fessmin Zhan (Overseas sales manager)
Shenzhen Ptah Technology Co.,Ltd
T:0755-2795 6729 F:0755 2997 0821 Cell:180 3811 3951
Skype: fessmin.zhan
fessmin@szpodoor.com
http://www.szpodoor.com
4th Floor,Bao'he Business Bldg., 74 Area, Bao'an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Hisilicon D02, 16-core ARM Cortex-A57 High Performance Board (32-core version coming next months!)

Posted by – February 15, 2015

Hisilicon engineer Justin Zhao, Software Architect at Hisilicon SoC architecture department, is bringing up the Linux software on the Hisilicon D02 Board, one of the most powerful ARM Processors in the world. They have a configuration with 32-core Cortex A57 @ max 2.1GHz and up to 2 SoC per board coming up within a few months (64-cores per board!), each SoC has 1MB L2 cache/cluser, 32MB L3 cache. The board has 12 SATA\SAS (8 for one SoC, 4 for the other), 2 10/100/1000Mb/s compatible Ethernet ports, 2 10Gb/s SFP+ Ethernet ports, 8 DDR3 RAM DIMMs, 4 PCIE solts (2 pieces/SoC), 2 UARTs & 2 JTAGs for debug, 1 USB host. Rob Savoye of Linaro's Toolchain Group joins in this video discussing the installation of the latest GCC to this Board. Justin Zhao shows how he can bootup from Sata, PXE, Provision mode, NFS, with OpenSuse 13.1, Ubuntu 14.04, working on Red Hat. A LAMP (LAVA) and lxc (container) have already been enabled, and some Benchmarks (e.g. perf, iperf, ltp) have been executed on it too, perhaps Hisilicon will soon publish the test results also.

Linaro Engineers, world’s top Linux on ARM engineers, Hiring process and collaboration

Posted by – February 15, 2015

Linaro has been going through a 4 and a half year growth hiring the world's top Linux on ARM engineers globally, and working on their collaboration initiatives to keep everyone communicating and happy. This is a conversation between Release Manager, Koen Kool and Director Global Talent, Mike Levine.

faytech touchscreen PC factory tour, optically bonded transflective, Allwinner A20 and more

Posted by – February 14, 2015

Arne Weber takes us on a tour through the factory operation of faytech Tech. Co. Ltd., a touchscreen manufaturer in Shenzhen he has been running with his wife for more than 5 years. This is the second time I am visiting them and faytech has greatly progressed since my last visit.
The video starts on the rooftop of the faytech factory in Hongmen Technology Park. We see a comparison of faytech´s standard 10” touchscreen PC, a high brightness waterproof 10.4” touchscreen PC and an optical bonded transflective 17.3” model for crisp clear picture even under direct sunlight. The tour continues showing the factory highlights: optically bonded resistive touchscreen panels, faytech´s new capacitive 15” touchscreen PC with Intel´s E3800 series and an explanation of their new A20 based embedded mainboard for industrial customers. We also see the equipment that faytech invested in over the last year like a temperature room, a vibration and gluing machine and a dust free clean room improving faytech´s in-house capability of touchscreen and high brightness panel handling.
The tour ends with a ball drop test showing that optical bonded touch panels don’t just have a better viewing angle, reflection and color characteristics but are also far more resistant against damages. You can read more about faytech at http://www.faytech.com

96Boards Linaro Development Boards Initiative, $129 HiKey with Hisilicon 64bit Kirin620

Posted by – February 12, 2015

With the first being the Hislicon Kirin620 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A53 based $129 HiKey development board, http://96Boards.org is a new open hardware specification for ARM 32bit and 64bit development boards, and a Community Program for software delivery to developers, makers and OEMs. In this video, Linaro CEO George Grey describes the standardized expansion buses for peripheral I/O, display and cameras allowing the hardware ecosystem to develop a range of compatible add-on products that will work on any 96Boards product over the lifetime of the platform.The 96Boards initiative is designed to offer a single software and hardware community across multiple vendor boards supporting a range of different features. A fixed set of minimum functions including USB, SD, HDMI and standardized low speed and high speed peripheral connectors are provided. Vendors may add customized hardware and feature sets provided the minimum functions are available. Linaro expects this to extend the platform life, increase the market for add-on hardware, and accelerate open source upstreaming of support for new SoC features.

Here is the session by Linaro CEO George Grey talking further about the 96Boards hardware at Linaro Connect Hong Kong 2015:

$99 Mele X1000 4K on Realtek 1195 now shipping

Posted by – February 11, 2015

Mele is now shipping their 4K H265 Realtek 1195 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 based Android hard drive media player, with Dolby True HD/DTS 7.1 channel pass through, X1000 4K does full local playback, supporting most audio/video formats, includes 4K H.265, BD ISO, 3D MVC, BDMV. The Mele X1000 4K can integrate a 2.5" hard drive of up to 2TB. Mele develops their Special MeLE Media center app for smarter local video content playback featuring movie posters, info and actors from IMBD. The Mele X1000 4K is based on Android 4.4 Kitkat, with XBMC/Neflix/Youtube, using MeLE U3 smart TV system, all GUI optimized for remote control. with Gigabit LAN, it support local network streaming up to 120Mbps, support for Miracast and DLNA.

MeLE on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/shops/MeLEofficialstore
MeLE on eBay: http://stores.ebay.com/MeLE-Official-Store
MeLE on aliexpress: http://www.aliexpress.com/store/715968

You can contact MeLE directly here:
Shenzhen Mele Digital Technology Ltd. 深圳市迈乐数码科技股份有限公司
Gennie Peng, Distibution and reseller for MeLE brand sales manager
sales10@mele.cn
Mobile: +86 15013777080
Mobile: +86 18675512024
Phone: +86 755 86363225
Fax: +86 755 86363201
Skype: apvell091
QQ: 277365163
Isaac Long
sales5@mele.cn
Skype: isaac_520320
Tina Zhang, OEM & ODM Brand sales manager
sales14@mele.cn
Skype: tina.zhang703
Coco Jiang
sales8@mele.cn
Skype: melecoco
http://en.mele.cn
http://meleshop.com

Allwinner H3 4K Set-top-box by Sunchip, and H8 Octa-core Set-top-box

Posted by – February 10, 2015

Sunchip is launching their Allwinner H3 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 based set-top-box with 4K support, it is shipping now. Sunchip is also showing the Allwinner H8 octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 TV box, also shipping now. Sunchip can do HDMI Sticks with the H3 and H8 also.

You can contact Sunchip here:
Shenzhen Sunchip Technology Co., Ltd
Kobe Chen, Sales Manager
kobe@sunchip-tech.com
Mobile: +86 13751103656
Phone: +86 755 26733959
Skype: Kobechen6132
QQ: 1191324838
http://www.sunchip-tech.com

Hisilicon 3716CV200 runs RDK with Chromium Blink Framework

Posted by – February 8, 2015

Linaro with members such as Hisilicon are porting and optimizing Chromium Blink with gstreamer running just above EGL, the next steps are to merging fully with the RDK project to replace the webkit core with blink core.

Live Lava Lab demonstration, adding new development boards for automatic testing

Posted by – February 8, 2015

Showing how easy it is to integrate any development board in Lava. Beaglebone Black, Allwinner A20 Cubieboard2, IFC6410, Odroid-UX3 (Exynos5422). They can take any new board and just get it connected. LAVA is an automated validation architecture primarily aimed at testing deployments of systems based around the Linux kernel on ARM devices, specifically ARMv7 and later. The current range of boards (device types) supported by this LAVA instance can be seen on the scheduler status page https://validation.linaro.org/scheduler/ which includes details of how many boards of each type are available for tests and currently running jobs.

eInfochips enabling Linux support on ARM based SoCs

Posted by – February 8, 2015

They have enabled the Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 (Snapdragon 600) with Linaro's Linaro OpenEmbedded based Ubuntu release. They have optimized it for video/audio capture encode/decode through software based encoding and optimizing HD resolution with hardware acceleration for video-chat.