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Alldocube RK3188 Tablet Factory Tour Part 1/3: Headquarters

Posted by Charbax – April 2, 2013

Welcome on my full tour (Part 1 of 3) at the Alldocube Tablet Factory in Shenzhen China. This is the tour at the Alldo Cube Headquarters, featuring their R&D office, design, testing, component storage, component quality control and the device repair/support area. Alldocube in Shenzhen is finalizing the testing and is beginning mass production of the Rockchip RK3188 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 28nm HKMG based tablets. Full mass production of the new RK3188 Quad-core Tablets is expected for the middle of April 2013. Check back in the next days for the Parts 2 and 3 of this Factory Tour, to feature the Alldocube SMT Line and Assembly lines next.

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Tom Gall on the Linaro Graphics working group

Posted by Charbax – April 2, 2013

Tom Gall talks about the wide variety of graphics related optimizations that the Linaro Graphics working group works on, activities within the Kernel layer for panel and kernel device drivers, user space optimizations for libraries important for the graphics stack including audio-visual libraries for multimedia type applications, optimizing using NEON, starting to look at using GPGPUs, doing general purpose computing on a GPU device.

Vincent Guittot on the Linaro big.LITTLE MP work

Posted by Charbax – April 2, 2013

Vincent Guittot, Linaro assignee from ST-Ericsson, talks about the work that is being done at Linaro to Extend the Linux kernel to support ARM's big.LITTLE MP architecture, building on the features provided by the big.LITTLE Switcher project. The most powerful use model of big.LITTLE is called MP and enables the use of all physical cores at the same time. Threads with high priority and/or computationally intensive can in this case be allocated to the A15 cores while threads with less priority or less computationally intensive such as background tasks can be performed by the A7 cores.

I am the new CEO of Intel

Posted by Charbax – April 1, 2013

My non-disclosure agreement expires today, you can read the official press release at

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 1, 2013 – Intel Corporation's board of directors has announced that it has selected Charbax to be its new CEO effective May 23rd 2013. Charbax is being given full control over the company, tasking Intel's engineers to design and release ARM Processors in the months to come, the new company motto is to supply market demands instead of trying to control them. More information about Intel's new corporate priorities to follow in the next few weeks.

I'm excited to announce that the Intel board of directors has named me to be their new CEO. As I have been noticing from looking at my visitor statistics, hundreds of Intel employees have been visiting my blog at least weekly for over a year, they tell me that many of my posts have been sent around their executive offices and that they have then thought about considering me in their search for a new CEO.

I was surprised to hear Intel would hire someone like me as CEO of a $105 Billion Silicon Valley company. My background is just being a technology video-blogger, but the board of directors have convinced me, they are giving me complete freedom in choosing what to do with all engineering and fabrication resources at Intel corp. And I am also allowed to continue to blog on at the same time, so you can expect me to post more videos here, not fewer.

Here are my priorities for Intel to be enacted as soon as possible (expect official press releases to come in the next 2-3 weeks):

1. Intel to announce Licencing of the ARM Architecture, as well as licencing of ARM Cortex-A15/A7, Mali-T600 series GPU and ARM Cortex-A57/53. Intel is going to dedicate most R&D resources into making the worlds best ARM Processors.

2. Intel Fabs are hereby going to be optimized at making ARM Processors for third party companies. Apple has expressed interest in having Intel fabricate the Apple A6X and future Apple ARM Processors. Intel will do its best to supply Apple and anyone else with some of the worlds most advanced ARM Processors. 22nm ARM Process node manufacturing is available within the next 3 months, 14nm FinFet process node manufacturing of ARM designs to be in full mass production in Intel's Fabs by the end of the year.

3. Intel Ultrabook to be renamed the Intel Ultra Expensive Notebook division. Intel does hereby invest in ARM Powered Chromebook. Intel to provide full featured ARM Cortex-A15/A7 big.LITTLE designs in mass production within 3 months from today targetted at $199 ARM Powered Chromebooks. Customers Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer are to announce ARM Chromebooks using Intel's ARM big.LITTLE processor. Intel expects the ARM Chromebook to overtake x86 Laptop shipments by the middle of this year and Intel is going to do its best to supply to a majority of those ARM Powered laptops.

4. Intel to invest $1 Billion in the ARM Powered One Laptop Per Child project. Official apology letter sent to the One Laptop Per Child foundation with the title: "We are sorry to have delayed the distribution of laptops to children in developing countries around the world".

5. Intel to use own ARM Architecture licence to optimize ARMv8 64bit design for ARM servers. Intel is going to deliver mass production of 64bit ARM Server designs by the end of this year.

6. Intel allows Microsoft rename Windows RT into Windows 8 Value Edition. Intel will aim at supplying a new range of Windows 8 Value Edition ARM laptops at sub-$299 by the middle of this year. Intel recommends Microsoft open source and free the Windows 8 Value Edition source code, to optimize their chances in gaining market share, but that decision is up to Microsoft. Expect more on this to be announced by Microsoft in the weeks to come.

7. Proprietary projects Thunderbolt and Intel Wireless Display are abandoned, all in favor of USB 3.0 and WiHD open standards.

8. Intel to appologize to AMD and Nvidia for last decades of anti-competitive behavior. Promises to not use anti-competitive behavior going forward.

This is a major pivot for Intel's business model, the board of directors have full confidence in me being able to guide them through this major inevitable change. Supplying market demands and not trying to dictate and control market trends is hereby Intel's future role in this industry.

Lenovo to design own ARM processors

Posted by Charbax – March 31, 2013

Eetimes reports that Lenovo is getting a team of 100 chip designers together (60 in Shenzhen, 40 in Beijing)  to design and integrate their own ARM Processor designs.

Because Samsung may not agree to provide them with the latest fastest Exynos designs and because Lenovo needs own differentiation in this market.

I expect Lenovo to use ARM in ThinkPad Laptops soon also, using Chrome OS in priority.

Karim Yaghmour talks Linux Trace Toolkit, Embedded Linux and Embedded Android

Posted by Charbax – March 25, 2013

Karim Yaghmour talks to Zach Pfeffer about the Linux Trace Toolkit, the Embedded Linux book and now he's releasing the Embedded Android book. At Linaro Connect Asia 2013, Karim Yaghmour presented 4 sessions on Embedded Android which I filmed in their entirety which you can watch here:
Karim Yaghmour Presents Embedded Android Session 1: Android Internals
Karim Yaghmour Presents Embedded Android Session 2: Working with the AOSP
Karim Yaghmour Presents Embedded Android Session 3: Native Android user-space
Karim Yaghmour Presents Embedded Android Session 4: Using and Customizing the Android Framework

Adam Conrad talks to Zach Pfeffer at Linaro Connect Asia 2013

Posted by Charbax – March 25, 2013

Adam Conrad, Software Engineer at Canonical talks to Zach Pfeffer about his experiences developing and optimizing Linux on 68k then on ARM.

Cole Crawford, COO at the Open Compute Foundation

Posted by Charbax – March 25, 2013

Open Compute is a project originally started by Facebook as "Project Freedom", turned into a big community movement that is going to redefine how consumers consume enterprise hyperscale infrastructure.

Daniel Lezcano of the Power Management Team at Linaro Connect Asia 2013

Posted by Charbax – March 25, 2013

Daniel Lezcano talks about CPU idle optimizations, trying to power down the different peripherals of the ARM SoC, consolidating the drivers by changing the way they are managing the different peripherals.

Qun Fa E2001 5.7″ 720p MT6589 phone for $187

Posted by Charbax – March 25, 2013

Here's the 5.7" 720p E2001 phone on the MediaTek MT6589 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 sold for $187 in Shenzhen China.

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