The Libri by BlueLibris, wearable connected health sensor

Posted by – February 1, 2012

The Libri by BlueLibris uses the Freescale Xtrensic MMA9550 solution, the Freescale Xtrinsic MAG3110 Magnetometer and the Xtrinsic MPL3115A2 Pressure Sensor, fusing together all the sensor data for Activity Monitoring, Voice Monitoring, TeleHealth Gateway, Location, Fall Detection and more. They say it's the worlds smallest, simplest 3G speaker phone.

Diesel Dogs Smart Weights

Posted by – February 1, 2012

Diesel Dogs develops Bluetooth Smart Weights, records the movements of weights into an Android application, to be used for people working out and who want to try to optimize their workout. They were invited by Freescale to exhibit at CES 2012 as being in the top-10 winners of the Freescale Third Annual Bluetooth Innovation World Cup.

Monbaby Baby Health Monitor

Posted by – February 1, 2012

Remnart Technologies presents the Baby Health Monitor, they want to use Freescale sensors and low energy Bluetooth to make it thin and light enough to be put on the wrist of babies to monitor their health signals in realtime. Monbaby was also in the top-10 at the Third Annual Freescale Bluetooth Innovation World Cup.

ARM quarterly profits up 45% year/year

Posted by – January 31, 2012

ARM just published their Q4 2011 numbers:

Q4 2011 – Financial Summary
Q4 2011 Q4 2010 % Change
Revenue ($m) 217.0 179.6 21%
Revenue (£m) 137.8 113.9 21%
Operating margin 48.2% 41.1%
Profit before tax (£m) 69.0 47.6 45%
Earnings per share (pence) 3.71 2.90 28%

Warren East, Chief Executive Officer, said:

"In Q4 and throughout 2011 ARM has seen strong licensing growth, driven by market-leading semiconductor companies increasing their commitment to ARM technology, and more new customers choosing ARM technology for the first time. We have also seen our royalty revenue continue to grow faster than industry revenues as the ARM Partnership gains share in our target markets.

2012 will bring exciting opportunities and challenges as ARM enters competitive new markets where we are well positioned to succeed with leading technology, an innovative business model and a thriving ecosystem of Partners. As our customers are designing more ARM technology into their widening product portfolios, ARM is investing in the development of new products. These products will drive further long-term growth in our revenues, profits and cash."

Since I started this blog on January 1st 2010 (I was before video-blogging at TechVideoBlog.com since 2004), the ARM stock has gone up 343%.

NDS Snowflake Set-top-box user interface demo

Posted by – January 25, 2012

Using the AmLogic single-core ARM Cortex-A9 with Mali-400 graphics, here is a showcase of the NDS Snowflake Set-top-box user interface on top of Android. NDS recently won the TV Innovation Award for this ARM Powered Set-top-box user interface.

Fortrend capacitive touch panel modules

Posted by – January 25, 2012

Fortrend of Taiwan makes capacitive touch panels, here they are showing the different sizes and types up to 12.1" dual-touch.

Lenovo SmartTV K91 55″ Android ICS TV

Posted by – January 25, 2012

Using the Qualcomm APQ8060 Dual-core 1.5Ghz processor, Lenovo is releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich 55" HDTV in China.

UbiDuo by sComm, communication device for deaf and hard of hearing

Posted by – January 25, 2012

This ARM Powered device is for deaf and hard of hearing people to communicate with hearing people to interact with each other face-to-face.

Status of Ubuntu for ARM Laptops and Servers

Posted by – January 24, 2012

David Mandala, Manager of the ARM Team at Canonical talks about the status of Ubuntu Linux on ARM Laptops and Servers, and about their plans for Ubuntu on ARM until 2014 and beyond. Who wouldn't want to buy an awesome $199 ARM Powered Ultrabook, 13.3" screen, ARM Cortex-A9 1.5Ghz TI OMAP4460 or 1.8Ghz TI OMAP4470, thinner, lighter than Intel Ultrabooks, 2x longer battery life on a smaller thinner battery (10x with the sunlight readable Pixel Qi), 1GB or 2GB RAM for full speed Chrome and Firefox web browser speeds?

Talking about the status of Ubuntu on TI OMAP3 (beagleboard), OMAP4 (pandaboard), Marvell, Freescale, Calxeda, plans for Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 optimizations by Ubuntu 12.10, ARM Cortex-A15, ARM Cortex-A7, ARMv8 64bit, the imminent inclusion of full hard-float optimization in Ubuntu 12.4 on ARM:

With Ubuntu 12.04 on ARM there is also hard-float support (ARMhf), as previously talked about on Phoronix, and this will mean a huge performance boost for many workloads. Mandala said the performance boost they are seeing is between 5% and 30% improvement for floating-point operations. Also benefiting greatly for end-users is improved font-rendering, web-page scrolling, and other operations from this ARM hardfp support. Other code is also benefiting due to better use of the stack calling convention.

Source: phoronix.com

Orchard Inc Toughlet, Pixel Qi tablet for commercial ruggedized outdoor use

Posted by – January 24, 2012

Orchard Inc raised $4 Million for a tablet startup, here showing their titanium aluminium enclosure design, water resistant, unbreakable, with Pixel Qi and OMAP4 Powered Android, designed for outdoor use.