http://wandboard.org is launching this new $69 (single-core) and $89 (dual-core, with wifi/bluetooth) Freescale i.MX6 Solo/Dual based ARM Cortex-A9 development board. They say they start shipping around the middle of November. No word yet if there's going to be a quad-core i.MX6 Quad version also.
Read more about it at http://wandboard.org
Qualcomm announces their new entry-level 45nm ARM SoC for entry-level smartphones, it features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A5 design, with Adreno 203 GPU, DDR2 support, up to 1280x720 resolution smartphone screens support. It's sampling in Q4 2012 and is to be shipped in entry-level smartphones starting in Q1 2013, the MSM8225Q is for HSDPA and the MSM8625Q is for CDMA.
EEtimes published this Interview with Rockchip's vice president Feng Chen about the status of the Chinese ARM Processor industry:
Here are some quotes:
By volume, the Android tablet sector has grown to an estimated 80 million units, outpacing the 75 million iPads sold by Apple thus far, according to estimates by Rockchip vice president Feng Chen.
At the beginning of 2012, the target price of a 7-inch capacitive screen media tablet featuring Cortex-A8 was $99. That price has since dropped to around $65, due largely to Allwinner
"now, as end-product cycles get shorter, we do everything from designing a chip to developing a board and software that goes around the hardware -- literally within a couple of months,” he explained. In March, for example, Rockchip started to design its RK3066, a dual-core Cortex A9 chip with a quad-core Mali-400 GPU. By April, it hustled to showcase sample tablets based on the chip at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair. By May, the company began shipping the new apps processor to its customers.
RF31xx is a dual core Cortex A9 product designed for tablets and smartphones. Using Globalfoundries' high-k 28-nm process, “we can reduce cost, gain performance, but most importantly, we will reduce power consumption for tablets,” said Chen. “This gives us a better chance for competing against MediaTek,” which uses TSMC's more conservative process node.
Read the whole article at http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4397038/China-fabless--Worldwide-table-war-rocks-Rockchip-
Here's a service robot that follows people around and talks info, shows data on 3 tablet screens, moves face around, translates, browses the web.
Robot to take care of kids, house cleaning and more.
Celluon shows mockups of their future more compact laser keyboard.
Bluetooth phone accessories, usb hub, other.
7" ICS based tablet from PocketBook for 89€.
Sony's newest E Ink e-reader with Neonode IR touch screen, wifi and new fast E Ink refresh allowing for smooth scrolling and fast page turns without a full page black flash on each page turn or on each web page scrolling. It can synchronize and share highlighted quotes of text in Evernote and on Facebook.
New large Exmor 20.2MP CMOS sensor with support for extreme low-light shots, new lens Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 3.6x zoom, Full HD 1080/60p video with manual control and dual record, 101.6 mm x 58.1 mm x 35.9 mm, 213g (3.8oz.).