MHL Consortium shows some of the latest MHL features

Posted by – October 30, 2011

There are now 2 HDTVs that are MHL compliant, the Toshiba WL800A and the Samsung UN46D7000 now also got a firmware update that ads MHL support. Possibly that all new HDTVs will include this functionality. It allows for charging MHL compliant phones and tablets and to remote control them with the TV remote through one simple cable and one Micro-USB connector. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich might add new MHL features to the UI, otherwise the MHL Consortium is trying to convince app developers and smart phone makers to design the apps and the OS to take advantage of the 1920x1080 resolution of the HDTV when using the HDMI output, to provide higher resolution user interfaces, higher resolution games, the ARM Processors and GPU in those phones and tablets are now getting powerful enough to output full 1080p UIs, videos and graphics, it's time for the industry to take advantage of that! One pocketable phone can now combine the features of Android, Chrome OS and Google TV, it's now a phone, a desktop, a set-top-box and a home console all in one!

OLPC XO-1.75 hands-on

Posted by – October 30, 2011

I got to play with the new Marvell Armada PXA618 powered One Laptop Per Child XO-1.75 laptop during the ARM Technology Conference. It seems to already be very stable and run very fast, although this is still a beta prototype, with beta software, OLPC, Red Hat, Marvell still have some work to do to optimize the software and complete the hardware so that it can be mass produced and shipped to children around the world starting early next year. Here in this video I walk around with it outdoors for a few minutes and show you some of how it looks like.

B Labs demonstrates Virtualizating 2 OS on ARM

Posted by – October 30, 2011

B Labs can run 2x Android OS, for example one secure business install and one for personal use, or to run Android and a version of Linux.

FirstView pre-approves outsourcing partners in India for US

Posted by – October 30, 2011

FirstView pre-approves potential outsourcing partners and suppliers in India and elsewhere, to enable reliable outsourcing of ARM related PCB design and other ARM optimizations work, tablet, set-top-box designs and more.

ST Microelectronics STM32F4

Posted by – October 30, 2011

ST is the current leader in ARM Cortex-M series shipments, those microprocessors go into everything.

Marvell Armada 618 in the Vizio V-Tab 8″ capacitive sub-$200 tablet

Posted by – October 30, 2011

Marvell provides this low leakage highly optimized single core Armada 618 now in end consumer products and reaching sub-$200 pricing.

ARM Cortex-M4 hardware accelerated Mp3 playback

Posted by – October 30, 2011

ARM Cortex-M4 with a DSP in the Freescale K60 Tower Board to demonstrate hardware accelerated Mp3 playback.

Update on the ST Ericsson SNOWBALL ARM Cortex-A9 development board

Posted by – October 30, 2011

The SKY-S9500-ULP-CXX aka SNOWBALL has been available as a development board for the ST Ericsson ARM Cortex-A9 processor for about 4 months now. Here's an update on how they are doing. Find more at http://igloocommunity.org

Ericsson HSPA+ and LTE modems

Posted by – October 30, 2011

Ericsson is one of the leaders in cellular network infrastructure, for the past 4 years they also make HSDPA, HSPA+ and now also LTE modems to embed in Tablets, Laptops and more.

Charbax Cyborg: How I video-blog, Live and On-demand

Posted by – October 29, 2011

This is how I was walking around the ARM TechCon 2011, with the OMAP3530 Powered Kopin Golden-i Headmounted display (voice-controlled and with head-tracking) to monitor the live Ustream IRC chat, a USB webcam on my head streaming live video to Ustream through the Marvell Armada 618 Powered OLPC XO-1.75 in my bag (using another netbook when Marvell was showcasing the XO-1.75 at their booth), a T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot ($50/3GB/month/prepaid/$141-Mifi), and my nearly 4-year old Sanyo HD1000 (9mbitps 720p) with the external Sennheiser MKE400 shotgun microphone.


Source: ti.com

I also have the new higher quality JVC GC-PX10 but its 24/36mbitps 1080p50 recording bitrate is too high to upload on the relatively slow upload speed at this conference. At the San Francisco Downtown University Campus last weekend, the upload speed was 100mbitps so there I filmed all 16 videos at the OLPC Summit with that camera, for most of which you can even download the full original camera sample video file using Google Docs separately linked under each video.