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Highlights of 2012 on ARMdevices.net

Posted by Charbax – December 31, 2012

See also and compare with my Highlights of 2011.

I posted 767 videos from 17 tradeshows, with 6.8 Million views on my YouTube channel (increasing my total YouTube view count to 21.6 Million), thank you for your 8696 comments, 13826 Likes, thank you for reading my blog, watching my videos, commenting, rating, sending news tips and sharing! Thanks to my 12885 followers on Google+! Since August 2011, I post most of my tech opinions on my Google+. Here are some of my Highlights in ARM Powered devices that I blogged on ARMdevices.net in 2012:

January:
ARM Powered Google TV launching at CES 2012!
ST Ericsson U8500 in Smartphones shipping in China
ST Ericsson U8500 runs Ice Cream Sandwich
Marvell Armada 1500, ARM Powered Google TV
Acer Iconia Tab A700, 1920×1200 10.1″ ICS Tegra3 Tablet
Sharp ICC 4K Technology, 1080p to 4K upscaling on 55″ Sharp 4K TV to be released soon
OLPC XO-3 unveiled at CES 2012
Huawei Ascend P1 and P1 S, OMAP4460 1.5Ghz with 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen
LG 55″ OLED TV shown at CES 2012
CES Monorail Google+ Hangout
LG Spectrum, 4.5″ HD IPS display, 1.5Ghz Qualcomm MSM8660 LTE
FXI Technologies Cotton Candy, Samsung Exynos 4210 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with a Mali-400
Eken $108 10.1″ and $75 7″ Ice Cream Sandwich Boxchip AllWinner 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex-A8
Toshiba shows 5.1″, 7.7″ and 13.3″ Tablets at CES 2012
Casio GB-6900 G-Shock, Bluetooth 4.0 watch
Canon HF M52, WiFi uploading to YouTube, to your iOS device and even live streaming to Qik!
Robert Scoble at CES 2012
Samsung 70″ 4K2K Quad-HD TV
Always Innovating OMAP4 HDMI Dongle
Qualcomm S4 MSM8960 Tablet Gaming performance
Geniatech shows Ice Cream Sandwich on Set-top-box using AmLogic ARM Cortex-A9
Motorola Kopin Golden-i at the Verizon booth at CES 2012
Sharp ICC 4K Technology, 1080p to 4K upscaling on 55″ Sharp 4K TV to be released soon
E Ink On Every Smart Surface
CES 2012 Monorail Hangout day3
CES 2012 Monorail Hangout day3
Panasonic HC-X900M
Pixel Qi at CES 2012
Phaeton DVIP $200 Android Watch uses MTK6516 with dual-SIM
Freescale i.MX6 Lite Series launched at CES 2012
ViewLink MyVu VizCom Headmounted Android video-streaming system
Rockchip RK2918 for set-top-boxes
Windows RT on OMAP4470 Texas Instruments 1.5Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 Tablet
OMAP5 at CES 2012
Samsung 55″ Super OLED at CES 2012
iRiver Kibot, this robot takes care of children
Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone 7.5 at CES 2012
Lenovo IdeaTab S2110, Android ICS Qualcomm Krait MSM8960 Tablet with Keyboard Dock
Orchard Inc Toughlet, Pixel Qi tablet for commercial ruggedized outdoor use
Status of Ubuntu for ARM Laptops and Servers
ARM quarterly profits up 45% year/year
ARM Powered Sony Google TV NSZ-GS7 launched
Teradici PCoIP, optimized remote desktop on TI’s OMAP4460
CES 2012 Highlights
February:
I was on The White House Google+ Hangout yesterday
Mary Lou Jepsen presents at Google X event: Reading images from your brain’s visual memory
Chrome for Android now released
Google Entertainment System (GES)
Google Wallet should use ARM TrustZone for 100% security
MediaTek MT6575 single-core ARM Cortex-A9 launched!
Archos sells more tablets than Asus and Acer, has Europe’s number one sub-400€ tablet market share
Some of my expectations for Mobile World Congress
University of Art and Design in Geneva at Lift 2012
Anaïs Saint-Jude on the 17th century origins of Information Overload, Twitter, Blogging
Adrianne Jeffries and David Birch on BitCoin, digital worldwide currencies at Lift 2012
Mute Watch at Lift 2012
Xavier Dietlin’s innovative displays for luxury watches
Sony Xperia NXT Series launched at Mobile World Congress 2012
HTC design chief Scott Croyle talks about the HTC One Design
Huawei Ascend D Quad, “World’s Fastest Smartphone”
Huawei MWC 2012 Press Conference (31-minute HD video!)
HiSilicon K3V2 Quad-core 40nm ARM Cortex-A9
LG Optimus Vu vs Samsung Galaxy Note vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Texas Instruments OMAP5430
Recon Head-up Android Display for Ski and Snowboard Goggles
Google Booth at MWC 2012, Archos, Tablets and Phones on Display
Noalia augments the sensitive of the capacitive screen in 3D
Neonode Optical IR Touch Screen technology at Mobile World Congress 2012
ARM TrustZone at Mobile World Congress 2012
Build your own Henri Maillardet Drawing Automaton for $70 with rulers, motors and the Arduino
Panasonic Eluga Power, Qualcomm Krait S4 MSM8960, 5″ 720p LCD screen
Dream Chip xBounds mirroring to their OMAP3 HDMI dongle
Eric Schmidt at Mobile World Congress 2012
Rockchip RK30xx ARM Cortex-A9 announced
Qualcomm APQ8064 Quad-core with Adreno 320
Qualcomm Browser/Desktop Optimizations for Krait!
Windows 8 on ARM Consumer Preview Mobile World Congress 2012 keynote presentation highlights
March:
I’m interviewed on DRadio Wissen, German National Radio
ST-Ericson L9540 1.85Ghz ARM Cortex-A9
Renesas MP5232 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with integrated LTE
VisualOn video playback at Mobile World Congress 2012
Oblong g-speak spatial operating environment
Chips&Media CODA9A0 presents 4K2K video decode for ARM Cortex-A15
Telstar shows $119 3.5″ Retina Display on MSM7227A ARM Cortex-A5
Jig.jp Augmented Reality Glasses at Mobile World Congress 2012
Awesome Huawei Horse sculpture at Mobile World Congress 2012, made of phones
28-minute Cyanogenmod unboxing of Sony Xperia S
Valueplus TizzBird Stick N1
Zeiss Cinemizer OLED Heads-up Display
Usmart shows compact Samsung Hummingbird PCB for cheap/compact Smartphones
Pierre Cardin $130 9.7″ IPS Boxchip Tablet
Shenzhen Wabook shows $93 Rockchip RK2918 Laptop
Huawei eSight Mobile, mobile/tablet app for Network Administrators
Woddon Industrial Limited shows iOS/Android remote controlled Helicopters, Airships and more
Joyplus shows Pixel Qi 10.1″ and 7″ tablets at CeBIT 2012
Sony Xperia S review by Mike Demuth
Gearomat, vending machine based on a web shop application
Appear, Kopin Golden-i Software provider, won 2nd price at CeBIT
ZXD 5″ Smartphone MT6573 $120 (dual-sim, HSPA), MT6575 $130
I’m on the BBC (on YouTube)
ARM Cortex-M0+ announced, to power the Internet of Things
Archos G10 xs, Archos Elements and Arnova 50€ announced
Zenithink ST-Ericsson U8500 3G 7″ 1024×600 Tablet for $150
Grandstream GXP2200, GXP2124, DECT phones announced at CeBIT 2012
April:
Smartphone repair at the Shenzhen Smartphones Market
Huaqiangbei Shenzhen Smartphones Market
Boxchip A13 sub-$55 7″ Capacitive ICS Tablet by www.yooe.com.cn, even cheaper ARM Cortex-A8!
Zopo ZP100 MT6575 4.3″ qHD $174 street price
$63 7″ capacitive Boxchip A10 Tablet
$120 iPad2-clones in Shenzhen China
Tablet Catwalk at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair
$110 7″ Boxchip Laptop (with capacitive screen) by Yones Toptech Co Ltd
$79 Daza Electronics 1024×600 Boxchip Tablet
Hanlin shows unbreakable Flexible E-Ink e-reader!
$60 Apical 5″ capacitive 800×480 Boxchip A10 tablet
smartdevices.com.cn shows OMAP4460 10.1″ and OMAP4430 8″ Tablets at the HKTDC Electronics
Rockchip RK3066 Launched at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
Eken 9.7″ for $130 and 7″ for $64
$49 7″ capacitive Rockchip Rk2906 tablet by Sawink
$85 Boxchip A10 10.1″ Laptop runs ICS now by Sunlike, 4000mAh for $6 more
$142 Galaxy Nexus clone, runs ICS on MT6575, with 4.65″ LCD
$128 RK3066 1280×800 10.1″ ultra-slim and light Dual-Core Cortex-A9 tablet by Alldocube Technology and Science Co Ltd
Dr the Hon Samson Tam Wai-ho, JP, Member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council
Hyundai Brilliant H950, 5.2″ MT6575 phone runs Ice Cream Sandwich at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
Video-blogging at the Guangzhou Canton Electronics Fair
Yinlips shows 7″, 5″ and 4.3″ Android game players
$100 10.1″ Boxchip A10 Laptop/Tablet convertible by Kinstone
Pipo shows 10.1″ and 9.7″ RK3066 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 tablets at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
Pixel Qi announces 2048×1536 better-than-iPad3 screen, with 100x lower power consumption
iPhone4-clones on Qualcomm MSM7227 for around $100 in Shenzhen China
Fun things at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair
ICS on 5″ MediaTek MT6575 Dolphin A80 phone
The Shenzhen Speakers Factory
Highlights from my 2 weeks of video-blogging at 4 conferences in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Guangzhou China
May:
Alexander Bard, History, Sociology of Tech at Next Berlin
VIA WonderMedia WM8850, ARM Cortex-A9 in a Tablet
Yuandao Window N90, Rockchip RK3066 Dual-core based
Ramos W17Pro miumiu, AmLogic AML8726-MX Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with Mali-400
$55 7″ capacitive Boxchip A13 SMT line, mass producing the Boxchip A13 PCB
$55 AllWinner Boxchip A13 Tablet Factory Tour
Bernhard Rosenkränzer talks Linaro Android Toolchain at Linaro Connect
$74 Boxchip A10 HDMI stick
Paul McKenney of IBM at Linaro Connect
Novacut Video Editor for Ubuntu Linux
David Rusling, Linaro CTO, at Linaro Connect
June:
Linaro improvements to Android 4.0.4 performance on the Pandaboard TI OMAP4430 platform
Android at Linaro, the future, by Zach Pfeffer
Mark Shuttleworth at Linaro Connect
Patrik Klinger Program Manager of the ST-Ericsson Snowball development platform at Linaro Connect
Asus Tablet 600 with Windows 8 RT on ARM Tegra3
Windows 8 RT on the Qualcomm S4 Snadragon development platform
Rob Chandhok, Senior Vice President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies talks about the latest ARM Powered software advances
ARM Press Conference at Computex 2012
I’m being interviewed about how I started video-blogging and announcing a new feature for ARMdevices.net
Seshu Madhavapeddy, General Manager, Mobile Devices Business Unit at Texas Instruments at Computex 2012
ARM Servers Keynote: Ian Ferguson and Mark Shuttleworth at Computex 2012
MiTAC GFX ARM Server Launch: Gary Rumney and Ian Ferguson talk about ARM Powered Servers
$44 capacitive Rk2906 ICS tablet by Sawink at Computex 2012
Wexler Flexible E Ink reader
Windows 8 RT on a $68 7″ VIA 8850 ARM Cortex-A9 Tablet by Eken
Texas Instruments shows Wi-Fi Miracast wireless display
OMAP5 demonstrations at Computex 2012
e-Top 3 Technology hacks any R/C Controlled car into a Bluetooth remote car
Nufront at Computex 2012
Geniatech HDMI stick and AmLogic AML8726-MX Dual-core Set-top-box
VIA launches $49 APC, ARM11 computer platform
Ubuntu on Android demonstrated at Computex 2012
Calxeda ARM Powered Server
ARM and AMD partner for TrustZone security and for the future of Heterogeneous Computing
$146 9.7″ Rockchip RK3066 Dual-core from Daza Electronics at Computex 2012
Ice Computer, computer in a module
Geniatech Headquarters in Shenzhen
YF Technology Factory Assembly
YF Technology Factory SMT
Eken Camera Factory Tour
MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC AllWinner A10 HDMI Stick Factory Tour
Entering the JWD Factory
JWD 10.1″ AllWinner Factory Tour
JWD 7″ AllWinner A10 Tablet Factory Tour
Jeff Clavier, Venture Capitalist at LeWeb London 2012
Catmoji.com, Cats on the Internet!!
My Google I/O (June 27-29th) predictions
July:
Neonode to turn OLPC Pixel Qi Laptops into Tablets
FCC does it again, leaks new Archos generation
August:
E Ink buys SiPix Technology
ARM launches Mali-T624, Mali-T628 and Mali-T678 GPU
ARM Mali-T604 in Exynos5 ARM Cortex-A15 reference tablet shown at SIGGRAPH
Archos 101 XS review, Ultrabook-killing machine
Toshiba 4K Video-gaming!
Toshiba 4K Quad-HD 3840×2160 TVs with CEVO Engine upscaling/processing from 55″ to 84″
Panasonic 20″ 4K LCD Monitor at IFA 2012
145″ 8K Plasma by Panasonic shown at IFA 2012
Status of the TV Display industry by Paul Gray, Director of European TV Research for DisplaySearch
September:
E Ink at IFA 2012
$99 3G Allwinner A10 Eken G70 at IFA 2012
$39 AllWinner A13 Tablet (100K bulk) by Hott at IFA 2012
Minix RK3066 HDMI Stick at IFA 2012
LG 84″ 4K UD 3D TV
LG Google TV
Sharp IGZO LCD TFT Technolog
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung ATIV Windows RT Tablet
RFTECH at IFA 2012
Zaidtek at IFA 2012
Sony Xperia Tablet S
Sony 84″ 4K TV KD-84X9005 with 4K X-Reality Pro
ZhongXiang Quad-core Exynos 4412 PCB Design House
HSA Foundation Keynote at IFA 2012
Sony Xperia T
LG L9, OMAP4430 4.7″ Android Phone
Sony PRS-T2 Reader, 6″ with WiFi Evernote/Facebook share
Rockchip’s 28nm HKMG RK31xx processor is sampling
October:
$67 RK3066 7″ $110 10.1″ , $173 9.7″ Retina from Sailing
$145 i.MX6 Quad 10.1″ 1024×600, $155 with 1280×800 from Yamay
$116 13.3″ Allwinner A10 Laptop by Yones Toptech
Ramos Exynos4412 Quad-core, RK3066 Dual-core Retina 9.7″ and Actions ATM7029 Quad-core
$118 MT6577 5″ WVGA, $90 7″ MT6577 WVGA, $130 MT6577 5.3″ qHD by U-Force
Geniatech ATV120, dual-core HDMI Stick
Malata Smartphones at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
$89 13.3″ Laptop on VIA WM8850 ARM Cortex-A9 single-core by Hivision
Archos Gamepad N64 emulation
Rockchip RK2928 and RK2926 launched at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
Archos Gamepad, gameplay demo including the N64/NES emulator
Archos Arnova Familypad
Archos 80 XS and Archos 97 XS
electronicAsia trade show introduction by managing director Ronald Unterburger
Coby Tablets at the HKTDC Electronics Fair
SCT shows DLP pico-projector in MT6577 dual-core phone
Anole Bluetooth sunglasses and secure encrypted bluetooth USB stick
E Ink Android Phone by Onyx International
Hi-802, i.MX6 Quad HDMI Stick
$59 RK3066 HDMI Stick
i.MX6, Exynos4412 Quad-core tablets shown by Dbetter
Onyx Boox Touch Moon Light (i62), Kindle Paperwhite competitor
Skyworth sold 800 thousand of these Rockchip RK2918 Tablets in Indonesia
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! ARM Powered Chromebook launched by Google with Samsung Exynos 5 ARM Cortex-A15 on board, $249!!!
The bunch of Rockchip RK3066/RK2908 HDMI Sticks
SDC Technology shows RK3066, A10/A13, Tablets, Laptops, Set-top-box, HDMI Sticks and more
XBMC, RF remote, display settings on the Hiapad Hi-802 i.MX6 Quad HDMI Stick
Factory Tour: 9.7″ IPS 3G Allwinner A10 Tablet for $152 being assembled by Jia Chuang Bo
Factory Tour: $61 Allwinner A13 9″ Tablet being assembled at Jia Chuang Bo
Exynos4412 Tablet and Smartphone by Zhengdongxing
$46 7″ VIA 8850 ARM Cortex-A9 Tablet by pyd
PCB Design House: Rockchip RK3066/RK2926 at Shenzhen Inpad Digital Technology
Factory Tour: Allwinner A10 PCB SMT line at the Jia Chuang Bo factory
Become a $20/year Member of ARMdevices.net
$271 Zopo ZP900 5.3″ qHD IPS MT6577, $271 Zopo ZP300+ 4.5″ 1280×720 MT6577
MT6577 phones at Huaqiangbei Shenzhen market
Smartphones repair centers at the Huaqiangbei Smartphone market
$2 Tablet cases at the Shenzhen Tablet Market
HiMedia Q5 Smart TV Box, advanced HiSilicon Android Set-top-box
$82 13.3″ VIA 8850 Laptop (Macbook Air clone) and Allwinner A10S HDMI Stick by Wabook
$240 SmartDevices T30 10.1″ 1280×800 OMAP4470, $300 SmartQ U7, SmartQ U7H 7″ with built-in DLP projector
$64 7″ 1024×600 RK3066, $151 9.7″ IPS RK3066 by Sigo
$70 7″ 1024×600 Rockchip RK3066, $46 7″ 800×480 VIA 8850 by Guobangxingye
$81 Nufront NS115 ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-core 7″ 1024×600 IPS Tablet by Xusit
$25 Allwinner A10 HDMI Stick by Ditter
MT6577 phones (Samsung/HTC/Apple clones) by Huida
Oppo Finder, 6.65mm thin Qualcomm 8260 Android phone
Wabook ARM Powered laptops, $71 10.1″ 1024×600, $51 7″ 800×480
Walking through the Smartphone market in Huaqiangbei Shenzhen China
Overview of the latest/best HDMI Sticks and Set-top-boxe out of Shenzhen China
Overview of the latest/best 7″ Tablets out of Shenzhen China
Calxeda ARM Cortex-A57 64bit Server Processor announced
GLOBALFOUNDRIES at ARM Techcon 2012
ARM Keynote: ARM Cortex-A53 and ARM Cortex-A57 64bit ARMv8 processors launched
AMD makes ARM Cortex-A57 64bit Server Processor

I'll update this post to add my lists of highlights for November-December 2012 in the next couple of days.

Thanks for watching my videos of 2012, Happy New Year!

Windows Phone 8 Review: HTC Windows Phone 8X

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2012

My initial look at Windows Phone 8, asking what is new about it to Harry McCracken Technology Editor at Time.com (he wrote an article about one of the tablets I showed him the Eken VIA8850 based A70 tablet at http://techland.time.com/2012/11/07/a-50-not-really-windows-tablet/).

Highlights from my 2 weeks of video-blogging at 4 conferences in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Guangzhou China

Posted by Charbax – April 27, 2012

During these past 2 weeks, I posted 122 videos from my trip in China. Thanks for watching! I have now returned back in Europe. Here are the numbers of videos that I posted from each conference:

Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Hong Kong Trade Development Council

- Shenzhen Electronics Fair (April 10-11th): 21 videos

- China Sourcing Fair (April 12, 15th): 32 videos

- HKTDC Electronics Fair (April 13, 14, 16th): 36 videos

- Canton Fair (April 18th): 11 videos

- Videos filmed at the Shenzhen Electronics Market, at Shenzhen company headquarters and at Shenzhen Factories: 22 videos

Here are the trends from these conferences looking at the number of videos that I filmed in each trending chip provider category:

1. Boxchip AllWinner A10 and A13 ARM Cortex-A8 with Mali-400 GPU. 24 new videos filmed. Before this trip, I only had 3 Boxchip related videos on my site, Boxchip has now exploded in popularity among Chinese device makers. It offers a beautifully smooth Ice Cream Sandwich experience for a really low cost. This cheap ARM Cortex-A8 SoC with Mali-400 GPU acceleration for Android 4 ICS might be key to make this solution now very popular: $63 no-name from Shenzhen Market, $47 capacitive Boxchip A13, Aipad Wacom, $120 9.7" iPad-like, $79 1024x600 7" IPS from Daza Electronics, FirstView, $85 10.1" Laptops from Sunlike, $80 1024x600 7" and $57 WVGA from Bmorn, Boxchip in Game players by Yinlips, $59 A13 from T Link, 1024x600 compact 7" from Avaid, $49 resistive, Ochang, Yones Toptech, GDB, $60 Apical, $64 Eken, Rocat, Sanxo, 10" Laptop by Kinstone, 7" Laptop by Kinstone, 4upad, Yamay.

2. Rockchip RK3066 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with Quad-core Mali-400 GPU. My Interview with Rockchip about RK3066. The initial benchmarks I've heard about on RK3066 place its performance very high. There are already a range of prototypes with RK3066 inside being shown by a whole range of Rockchip partners. Here are my first RK3066 videos: $128 10.1" 1280x800 by Alldocube, Pipo 10.1" and 9.7". Expect lots new RK3066 devices to be released quickly. The SoC and price difference between this and ARM Cortex-A8 solutions may make this one very popular even for cheap/affordable implementations out of China.

3. MediaTek MT6575 ARM Cortex-A9 with SGX531 GPU. MediaTek looks to dominate the low-cost Android smartphone market out of China. Last year, it was the ARM9 based MT6516 (as in my FG8 phone that I used as my main phone for 9 months until I upgraded to a Galaxy Nexus this February) that only supported 2G Dual-sim, which they then upgraded to the ARM11 based MT6573 with 3G dual-sim about 6 months ago, but now the MT6575 is a single-core ARM Cortex-A9 with full Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich support. The MT6575 is likely going to have a huge influence on the new higher performance yet still cheap Android phones to come in the next weeks and months out of China. ICS on sub-$150 5" WVGA MT6575 Dolphin A80 phone (2), ICS on 5.2" Hyundai H950 MT6575, $142 Galaxy Nexus clone with MT6575, Zopo ZP100 with MT6575 selling now for $174 street price in Shenzhen (I bought one, I'm waiting for the ICS release within days/weeks), Amoi dual-battery MT6575, sub-$140 5.2" MT6575 by Daza Electronics, Quality Industrial MT6575, $75 3.5" MT6575 by Orient and a bunch of companies showing MT6573 solutions: Yooe/Runtong MT6573 7" Tablet, Long Ten Jie, Sharing, Begin, Dynamax, Vinus, Pusite, Zivi, J8000 and X20i, Zhongyi, Goal, LGTD, Migo, Zhenai waterproof.

4. Rockchip RK2906 ARM Cortex-A8 without HDMI for cheap. As with the Boxchip A13 without HDMI, Rockchip now also releases a new lower cost ARM Cortex-A8 skew without HDMI called the RK2906. The thinking might be that many people in China and worldwide do not have a HDMI or do not need the HDMI output, so they may as well design the SoC without HDMI to save another $2-$5 on the bill of material for the device. I've found it in the $49 Rk2906 7" capacitive tablet by Sawink. Rockchip also launched the RK2908 (also featured in my Rockchip interview video) for cheaper ARM Cortex-A8 Set-top-boxes only.

Processors that I have not yet seen or noticed a lot of on this trip but who may have imminent devices that may quickly gain significant market share out of Shenzhen based device makers:

AmLogic announced their AML8726-MX Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 design. I think I've been hearing about a Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 coming from Telechips. But those can not yet be sighted at the fairs as far as I know.

A bit can be seen featuring the ST-Ericsson U8500 and low-cost skew U8410, I expect several more devices to be shown soon out of China featuring these. Also offering potentially great value Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 for smartphones and connected tablets. I think ST-Ericsson wants to position their Dual-core Cortex-A9 to compete with Single-core Cortex-A9 solutions.

Broadcom can be found just a bit. Sprodcom was showing some.

I hear rumoring of impending Freescale i.MX6 devices, up to quad-core but I guess possibly also great value lower priced Single and Dual-core devices to come.

Renesas announced their MP5232 1.5Ghz Dual-core Cortex-A9 with integrated LTE modem back at Mobile World Congress. But I have not yet found devices featuring that. I wonder if they plan to regain Chinese makers interest with a faster low-cost successor to last year's EV2 533Mhz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9.

Qualcomm seems to have upgraded the MSM7227 with skews that use the new faster ARM Cortex-A5 instead of the previous year's ARM11. I am not sure if I have noticed that on this trip. I get a bit confused as they still call it MSM7227 or MSM7225, they add a T or an A at the end, I forget which is the new Cortex-A5 design.

Telechips also has a new Cortex-A5 processor which I first saw in March at CeBIT in the Valueplus Tizzbird HDMI stick, but I am also not sure if I have seen any other devices on this trip using that yet.

CES 2012 Highlights

Posted by Charbax – February 1, 2012

I filmed 92 videos at CES 2012. Here are some of my Highlights:

1. The Motorola Kopin Golden-i Headmounted computer for wearable computing

Being able to borrow this setup for the past 2 months, among many other that I've been able to meet and demonstrate it to, this allowed me to meet Google co-founder Sergey Brin at CES 2012, Sebastian Thrun (Google X, Stanford Artificial Intelligence, Udacity, Inventor of the Google Self-driving Car) and Steve Lee (Manager of Google Maps for Mobile, Latitude and Google X), I was speaking with them for about 5 minutes!


Thanks Robert Scoble for taking this photo! I interviewed Robert Scoble about his CES impressions a few minutes earlier.

I am really lucky to be one of the first few people in the world to be able experiment with this headmounted computer (they have manufactured less than 250 prototypes thus far). That caught the attention of Google co-founder Sergey Brin who approached me and asked me what it was! I got them to try some of the headmounted voice command software demos in the headset, talk about my $199 Archos 70b Internet Tablet with Honeycomb (and ICS later) which Archos claims to have nearly the third largest worldwide tablet market share with their 2 million Android tablets sold in 2011 (Sergey Brin knows Archos perfectly well it seems, Archos has been making Android tablets for over 2 years but has only gotten fully Google certified since using Honeycomb on their G9 tablet generation released 3 months ago).

Sergey Brin and his colleagues asked me if I thought headmounted monocular wearable computing was going to be big, I said yes of course. I consider it can be like the dashboard for ones life. Positionned a bit below the eye, it can provide augmented informations about your surroundings, display your emails, social media updates, search news alerts, chat messages and more, without the need to pull out your phone or tablet from your pocket. Of course for the mass market consumer audience, it needs to be nearly as compact as a bluetooth headset with a retractable micro-display and a priced below $500 to become an accessory interfacing by bluetooth to any Android phone or tablet. I expect this to start becoming huge later this year or soon after. Kopin is working with Motorola Solutions to mass manufacture an industrial version and they want to work on consumer oriented uses. I also expect wearable computing to become huge in the form of intelligent Android wrist watches such as the DVIP Phaeton and the I'm Watch (Casio GB 6900 G-Shock, Sony-Ericsson Liveview and Motorola Moto ACTV also qualify as early attempts)

I wish I had thought to suggest to Sergey Brin and his team when they asked me what was my CES highlight, that I could guide them 20 meters around the corner of the Samsung booth to the Texas Instruments booth that was showing the OMAP5 development kit and the $30 BOM OMAP4 Always Innovating HDMI Stick (similar to the more expensively priced FXI Tech Exynos 4 stick), instead I could only think of telling them that I liked the $75 Eken AllWinner 7" ICS tablet in the Hilton China hall which was so far away from Central Hall they probably didn't spend the time to go there.

2. E Ink provided me with a new demonstration of their latest technology in my E Ink On Every Smart Surface video. Featuring the 300DPI 11.5" E Ink screen, new high-speed stylus on E Ink demos (with the right collaborative text editing and collaborative stylus annotations software, this could be huge!), on devices like the Eton Rukus, E Ink for digital signage. All your local supermarkets may soon be using E Ink for showing prices in stores.

3. All Camcorder companies seem to wake up to the idea of including low power high performance WiFi streaming and upload into consumer camcorders. See my videos of the Sony Bloggie Live, Toshiba Camileo Air10, Canon HF M52. This is awesome! WiFi in camcorders has been on my wishlist of camcorder features since my post of August 2nd 2008 and my updated camcorder wish-list post of January 31st 2010. Finally the camcorder makers are waking up and differentiating! There still are a bunch of features that I would like from these camcorders. High-quality wireless (multi-Bluetooth) and wired external microphones support. 1080p recording and at the same time live WiFi video streaming, Google+ Hangouts live streaming video upload. Automatic resumable YouTube WiFi upload in between takes. Touch screens to edit Titles, Descriptions, Tags right from the camcorder. WiFi upload must be as fast as using a Laptop. But for sure they are on the right track! I'm looking forward to Panasonic's Sanyo HD3000 level entry into this market, hopefully with all these WiFi features and more!

4. Ice Cream Sandwich on every device! On Rockchip (2, 3), Telechips (2) , AmLogic (2, 3, 4 ) (ICS on AmLogic Set-top-box by Geniatech), Boxchip AllWinner A10 (Cortex-A8), ST Ericsson U8500 (2)

5. Pixel Qi shows latest status. 10.1" 1280x800 and 7" 800x480 in mass production, a lot of design wins, big brand products to be announced soon.

6. OLPC XO-3 shown for the first time!, OLPC does it again, this time revolutionizing the use of tablets for education, pricing it below $100 for mass orders, building it sturdy, unbreakable, sunlight readable with a 8" Pixel Qi, with a solar charger in the screen cover.

7. ARM Powered Google TV has finally been launched! Featuring solutions shown using the Marvell Armada 1500 platform, Mediatek has an ARM Processor for it, LG showed their new ARM Powered Google TV L9 Processor and platform. Sony shows their second generation Google TV, now ARM Powered for cheaper/better and more revolutionary and awesome! I expect we'll hear about Samsung, Panasonic, Philips, Sharp, Toshiba all will announce ARM Powered Google TV within months from now. By the half of 2012, most new HDTVs will come with ARM Powered Google TV built-in by default! I also expect as soon as the ARM Powered Google TV software is open sourced that we'll see it run on cheaper ARM Processors that don't do 1080p60fps, overlays, IR blaster and HDMI input.

8. 4K HDTVs are comming! Yeah! 4K 55" HDTVs are always the most awesome demonstrations at trade shows and have been for the past 3-4 years! The arguments by supposed home theater experts that 4K is not usable in living rooms are not true! 4K is fantastic, fenomenal technology to have in the home! Just put your 8 megapixel pictures on an SD card, see those pictures on that 4K 55" HDTV, and be ready to faint, standing up close to the screen the quality is spectacular. Consumers and even professional photographers never get to see the full detail and resolution of their high megapixel photography. Unless you zoom in on pictures, you never get to see more than 2 megapixel of your pictures quality! With a 4K screen in your living room and that you can use as office desktop monitor, the 4K screens are going to be revolutionary. At CES 2012, Sharp claims their 4K-ICC 55" TV is to be mass manufactured and launched at consumer oriented pricing later this year! Samsung showed a totally awesome 70" 4K TV. I have a feeling that Sharp, Toshiba, Samsung and others are just about to launch 4K at hopefully way below $10 thousand, hopefully below $2000 soon! If it's going to be $1999, I recommend everyone save money to get one. As source, all Hollywood movies are already digitized to 4K and that can fit on a regular Blu-ray disc, streamed from YouTube 4K or over 50 4K movies can fit on a 2TB hard drive.

9. Panasonic launches consumer priced HC X900M camcorder with 4K video sensor! But still a 1080p engine for now. The 4K consumer priced camcorders must be very close! My JVC GC-PX10 also has a 4K video sensor! But mine with its Falconbrid 4K processor also is for now only setup to record it to a 1080p (up to 36mbitps) file.

10. Acer shows 10.1" Iconia Tab A700 1920x1200 Tablet. Purely amazing super high resolution tablet displays and Ice Cream Sandwich works amazingly smoothly on it! Retina Tablet resolution has been achieved! Toshiba seems to want to do lots of weirdly sized HD tablets also.

11. Lenovo shows Tablet Dock MSM8960 Qualcomm Krait Tablet convertible. Qualcomm shows MSM8960 for gaming.

12. iRiver Kibot, the small new robots are cool, basic stuff for now. Within 10-15 years we'll be having ARM Powered Robots take care of everything in our homes, washing dishes, take out the trash, cook the food, everything else!

13. 55" OLED screens shown by Samsung and LG. Those are cool for sure! But I expect they are way more expensive to manufacture than 4K LCD screens of the same size today.

14. Freescale launches 2 new skews of their ARM Cortex-A9 i.MX6 processor platform (for E-readers and certain In-Car infotainment segments).

15. New Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note clones are invading China! Kente shows some examples. Consider that excellent 4.3" capacitive WVGA 3G-ready Android phones are being sold below $100 in China by now. Check back here on ARMdevices.net during the next few months for a lot of news and coverage on these. Also a cheap new Android phone design by ZTE.

16. Virtualization on Android for Enterprise by VMware, smooth remote desktopping PCoIP protocol on OMAP4 shown by Teradici.

16. LG Spectrum, nice 4.5" 1280x800 IPS-LCD LTE Android phone! LG for sure plans to play an always bigger role in the high-end smartphones market.

17. The Huawei Ascend P1 and P1 S are awesome looking OMAP4460 1.5Ghz 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus 6.65mm thinnest Smartphone in the world. I think Huawei plans to be a huge player in the worldwide smartphones market. Look for this and much more awesome Huawei Android Smartphones coming out. Their main advantage may be their aggresively competitive pricing. If this phone is sold for $299 unlocked, who wouldn't buy it?

18. I did my first live Google+ Hangouts On Air from CES, but because of the interference I couldn't reliably do it at the CES show floor with my headmounted augmented video-blogging system. But I did it every morning on my way between my hotels and the CES showfloor in my series of CES 2012 Monorail Hangouts: 1, 2, 3. I hope to soon do much more impressive things with the Google+ Hangouts On Air features! Expect quality live and on-demand Hangout entertainment from my website at the level of the Hangouts with Barack Obama and Desmond Tutu!

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

Posted by Charbax – 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.