Texas Instruments DaVinci DM816x and DM814x, does 4K2K video playback

Posted by – March 3, 2011

Playsback 3x1080p@60fps, for use in set-top-boxes, could be in Google TV boxes (imagine this powering 4K2K Google TV), it costs around $100. Video security, video conferencing, video signage, thin clients, products online monitoring, portable medical devices with strong imaging.

Beagleboard xM 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A8, 6 Ångström Linux desktops synchronized

Posted by – March 3, 2011

This is how one can create a mega display wall, combining several displays. The mouse is synchronized accross 6 ARM Powered ubuntu desktops through synergy, and a ffmpeg synchronization app makes it possible to combine them into a video wall.

Embedded World coverage coming up

Posted by – March 3, 2011

I’m in an early train from Hannover to Nurenberg, so today I plan to film as much as possible at the Embedded World trade show in Nurnberg. Lots of new ARM Powered demonstrations are probably being shown there. Look forward to many videos coming up. Please send me all video requests and tips of cool things at Embedded World that you have heard about here as comments or to my email charbax@gmail.com For example, to help me, please do some search on blogs and news sites about what the coolest things that might be shown at Embedded World and then let me know the company names in a comment here or to my email so I can try to prioritize my day and film as many cool things as possible. Thanks!

MSI WindPad 100A Tegra2 10.1″ Android Tablet

Posted by – March 3, 2011

MSI Is finally about to get ready with their MSI Wind Pad tablet, here they are showing a pretty finalized looking version of their upcoming Tegra2 tablet, to have Honeycomb, it will be sold at retail for about $399. They also showcase some interesting designs using a picto projector, dual-tablets and a frame.

Pierre Cardin Tegra2 9.7″ Android Tablet

Posted by – March 3, 2011

Pierre Cardin brings a new 9.7″ capacitive Nvidia Tegra2 based tablet to the market. Bulk price may be something like $340. They also have a cool priced $145 7″ capacitive Samsung Hummingbird ARM Cortex-A8 based tablet. They say Android Honeycomb 3.0 will be available on these from the beginning of April.

ARM Powered Tablets by Shuttle (soon laptops/desktops?)

Posted by – March 2, 2011

Shuttle is one of the major compact motherboard makers, they are now moving a lot of their ressources into making ARM Powered solutions, some may be branded by Shuttle, other might be ODM, based on ARM Processors by Texas Instruments, Nvidia and VIA Wondermedia.

HTC Flyer, I test the stylus

Posted by – March 2, 2011

This is HTC’s first Android tablet, it uses the second generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 8255 at 1.5Ghz, and comes with some special capacitive stylus system. I try it out in this video and try to understand how HTC is planning to integrate that kind of feature.

Skytex develops i.MX53 tablets

Posted by – March 2, 2011

Skytex is working on getting more performance in their low cost tablets, using Freescale’s new 1.2Ghz i.MX53 with better video and graphics, the Telechips 8803 ARM Cortex-A8 and the new VIA Wondermedia ARM9 with a better DSP.

Kinstone $95 7″ ARM Cortex-A9 AmLogic (single core) Tablet

Posted by – March 2, 2011

Available now. ARM Cortex-A9 Single-core AmLogic based 7″ tablet 800mhz performance for below $95 in bulk.

Microsoft and Open Source?

Posted by – March 2, 2011

I thought it was fun to see a Microsoft booth in the Open Source park at CeBIT 2011, so I went jokingly to ask if it was a mistake, turns out Microsoft has lots of things going on with Open Source around the world. “Microsoft is changing into a more open company”, does that mean Windows 8 for ARM will be open source and free? Does Microsoft prepare Azure OS to compete with Chrome OS? Should Microsoft and Nokia simply take Honeycomb and improve on that and call it Microdroid?