DivX 10 offers free HEVC 4K encoding and decoding

Posted by – March 21, 2014

Rovi’s DivX presents a free encoding and decoding solution using High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC/H.265), the successor to H.264, the video compression standard that promises to deliver visual quality equivalent to H.264/AVC with up to 50% bitrate savings.

Archos 64 Xenon, 6.4″ 720p MT6582 $199€

Posted by – March 21, 2014

6.4-inch HD IPS screen (1280 x 720), the unlocked ARCHOS 64 Xenon phablet uses the MT6582 Quad-Core CPU for released available for under $200.

David Rusling and Jon Masters, Linaro CTO interviews Chief ARM Architect at Red Hat

Posted by – March 21, 2014

Jon Masters (2, 3) is responsible for leading research and development efforts around the ARM Architecture at Red Hat (in particular, the 64-bit ARM Architecture known as AArch64), instrumental in the creation of the Linaro Enterprise Group, sitting on the LEG Technical Steering Committee, and is elected to represent LEG on the core Linaro Technical Steering Committee.

Jon Master’s keynote:

Linaro Security Working Group discussing open source TEE

Posted by – March 19, 2014

Linaro Security Working Group (SWG), Jens Wiklander, Joakim Bech, Pascal Brand and Cedric Chaumont are talking about what is happening within Linaro’s working group that handles security. The group is currently focusing on creating an open source Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) solution running on TrustZone® for ARMv7 and ARMv8 architecture. They also mention that they are going to work on secure boot (UEFI) and DRM schemes (EME) later on. According to SWG there has been and is a lot of interest shown from various companies, markets and countries. People have a hard time trusting a black box that is supposed to protect their most valuable assets. Therefore it is more than welcome to create an open source TEE solution right now, says SWG.

Brady Forrest of Highway1 San Francisco based hardware incubator

Posted by – March 19, 2014

Highway1, PCH’s SF-based incubator, works with hardware startups to help them de-risk the hardware & manufacturing aspects of their business, providing them engineering hours and etc.

Sree Kotay, Comcast Chief Software Architect about starting the Linaro Home Group for optimizing Linux for the ARM Powered Set-top-box

Posted by – March 18, 2014

Radically revamping the device development model for Carrier class operators with ARM and Linaro. Comcast? Software? Isn’t that an oxymorom? See how the open source community and modern development models are re-shaping the feature velocity and security models for embedded devices like set-top-boxes, cable modems and gateways. Competing in the modern landscape means building products and experiences that compete with a new breed of innovators. Comcast’s SVP, Engineering and Operations and Chief Software Architect will provide insight into how its reinvented its technology stack and product line.

my interview with him:

The new Linaro Home Group is about optimizing ARM Linux for Multimedia Set-top-boxes. Here’s my interview with Sree Kotay, Comcast Chief Software Architect about how Comcast is interested in working with Linaro to optimize Linux on the ARM Powered Set-top-box.

and his keynote video is here:

Geniatech OTT TV devices, M802 HDMI Stick, DVT-T, ISDB-T, Office Cast, WiTV

Posted by – March 18, 2014

This video features:
1. Geniatech ATV180 shows 2Ghz AmLogic M802 based ATV180 Series HDMI Stick with 4K2K support, OTT STB / UHD Support, 600MHz Mali 450MP8 Octa Core GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash

2. Geniatech PT115 – Android TV Dongle for DVB-T, PT115 DVB-T is a high sensitivity Tiny size digital micro USB TV Stick It turns your Tablet into a portable digital multimedia center. Features Watch and record DVB-T TV on Tablet, Supports Electronic Program Guide EPG and Subtitle Supports Time-Shifting function Low power consumption, requires Android 4.1 and a phone or tablet with OTG USB host support.

3. Geniatech PT230 – Android TV Dongle for ISDB-T same as PT115 but for ISDB-T standard

4. Geniatech Office Cast / any cast New product / connect – display and beam any content from smartphone / tablet / notebook / PC to Beamer. Office use ! Protocol: Miracast, DLNA, UPnP, own APK iOS and Android. ARM CORTEX A9, frequency is 800MHz-1GHz, RAM is 1G, built in 2G-32G flash memory Linux / based !

5. Geniatech ATV1610 – Series

6. ATV582 Series

7. WiTV – Wireless, WiTV is a small stand alone TV tuner which connects worldwide TV signals and streams of live TV wirelessly to mobile devices in iOS/Mac OS/Android OS the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android Phone and Android tablet etc.. Live TV can be watched through your home Wi-Fi network

ARM Cortex-M for Wearables and IoT

Posted by – March 16, 2014

ARM Cortex-M Marketing Manager Diya Soubra talks Wearables and Internet of Things using ARM Cortex-M processor family. The ARM Cortex-M is a group of 32-bit ARM processor cores intended for microcontroller use, consists of the Cortex-M0, Cortex-M0+, Cortex-M1, Cortex-M3, Cortex-M4. The ARM Cortex-M processor family is an upwards compatible range of energy-efficient, easy to use processors designed to help developers meet the needs of tomorrow’s embedded applications. Those demands include delivering more features at a lower cost, increasing connectivity, better code reuse and improved energy efficiency. The Cortex-M family is optimized for cost and power sensitive MCU and mixed-signal devices for end applications such as smart metering, human interface devices, automotive and industrial control systems, white goods, consumer products and medical instrumentation. ARM Cortex-M processors is a global microcontroller standard, having been licensed to over 40 ARM partners including leading vendors such as Freescale, NXP Semiconductors, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba. Using a standard processor allows ARM partners to create devices with a consistent architecture while enabling them to focus on creating superior device implementations.

Pradeep Kathail, Cisco Chief Software Architect

Posted by – March 15, 2014

The Linaro Networking Group marked its first anniversary at the Linaro Connect Asia. Here Bob Monkman, ARM Enterprise Segment Marketing Manager, interviews Pradeep Kathail, Cisco Chief Software Architect, Network Operating System Group, to reflect on the year’s accomplishments and current activity within LNG. In addition to delivering Big Endian support in the Linux kernel, LNG launched the OpenDataPlane (ODP) project to enable data plane applications to easily port across different hardware platforms and architectures while retaining the ability to exploit hardware acceleration features unique to each platform. Pradeep discusses the importance of ODP and its relationship to other open source initiatives like OpenDaylight (ODL) as part of the larger industry trends of Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

and here’s my Interview with him:

and here is his keynote video from the LinaroOnAir channel:

HiSilicon D01, 16-core ARM Cortex-A15 presented by Huawei

Posted by – March 15, 2014

Here’s the 16-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor from HiSilicon Huawei on a development board for ARM Powered Networking and Servers coming up. Hacked on in this video by Linaro Toolchain Engineer Rob Savoye (2), who now is climbing the Mount Everest. Linux kernel v3.13 is running on this board, with three SATA ports and two Gigabit ethernet ports driver ready. The BSP code will soon be upgraded to kernel v3.14 and be upstreamed in parallel. Source code and binaries are released through Linaro website. Ubuntu Server is verified on this board. In this demo, it runs a GCC toolchain native build. Linaro Toolchain Working Group plans to use this board to run multiple builds per board, to maximally saturate D01’s computing and storage capability.

Kernel source: http://git.linaro.org/landing-teams/working/hisilicon/kernel.git (branch: integration-hilt-d01)
Binary release: http://www.linaro.org/downloads/ (found ‘HiSilicon D01′)
WiKi page: https://wiki.linaro.org/Boards/D01