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Kirk Skaugen, General Manager of Intel PC Client Group at Huawei MateBook launch

Posted by Charbax – March 1, 2016

Intel partners with Huawei to release Huawei's first Intel consumer device, the Huawei MateBook running on an Intel Core-M3/M5/M7 processor, with different skews from 4GB/8GB RAM and from 128GB/512GB SSD storage, to be sold from $699 to $1599 without the keyboard dock. Kirk Skaugen talks about how Intel says that the 2-in-1 segment is their fastest growing consumer client market after the phablet with a 40% growth in 2015 compared with 2014 (but not saying how many units that represents). Kirk Skaugen also says Intel is looking forward to provide "full" Windows Continuum products also taking advantage of USB Type-C DisplayPort and other screen outputs and smart docks that add connectors also through USB Type-C like the MateDock.

Off camera I asked him (as I've been asking every Intel spokesperson that I see at tradeshows for years) when Intel would be making ARM Processors for consumer devices in their Fab, letting the market choose which architecture is best to use, but he smiled and didn't respond. Check back later on my channel for more on that, probably.

Qualcomm booth tour at MWC 2016

Posted by Charbax – February 28, 2016

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 on 14nm is ready shown in LeTV Le Max Pro, LG G5 and the Sony Xperia X using their newest Kryo custom ARMv8 64bit CPU, their newest Adreno GPU and their newest Spectra ISP camera image sensor. Qualcomm also releases 3 new ARM processors, the Snapdragon 625 on 14nm, Snapdragon 425 and Snapragon 435 for the mid-tier and sub-premium tier. Those include the Snapdragon 500 series GPU, faster memory bandwidth and more. Qualcomm shows ultrasonic fingerprint technology that can go behind glass. Qualcomm shows 802.11ad for up to 7gbit/s Wi-Fi over the 60Ghz spectrum, and they show their newest LTE modems, the Qualcomm X12 LTE modem, and the Qualcomm X16 LTE modem that can go to gbit/s speeds over LTE.

Rapiro, Arduino/Raspberry Pi powered humanoid robot kit

Posted by stromium – February 27, 2016

Rapiro is a humanoid robot kit that includes 12 servo motors, RGB LED lights for the “eyes”, an Arduino base (upgradeable to Raspberry Pi) to bring robotics to the masses. The kit can be used out of the box even without any programming. The kit is available for around $400 in Japan.

Skyworth L18A $100 Octa-core MT6753 Smartphone 5.0’ 3G 16G

Posted by Gennie – February 27, 2016

Skyworth shows smart phones powered by MediaTek MT6753 Octa-core Cortex-A53 with different price range on MWC2016. Skyworth L18A is affordable smart phone with 5.0’ HD display at 1280*720 resolution, 3GB RAM, 16GB Flash, bulk price at $100 for 5000pcs MOQ. Skyworth T612 is smartphone support full world-wide bands network in any country, bulk price at $175 for 2000pcs MOQ.

You can contact Skyworth here: (Please let them know if you watch this video)
Johnny Zhang, Deputy General Manager
zhangguojian@skyworth.com

Topdisk Type-C OTG Flash Drive, USB lighting Drive for iPhone/iPad, micro-USB Drive

Posted by Gennie – February 27, 2016

Topdisk shows the USB Type-C OTG Flash drives with capacity from 8GB to 128GB on MWC2016, it with both USB Type-C and standard USB2.0 or USB3.0 connectors, support Windows, Linux, Mac OS.
As Apple certified licensee manufacture, Topdisk also show the USB Apple lighting drive for iPhone and iPad with both lighting and USB3.0 connectors, and the OTG micro-USB drive with both micro-USB and USB3.0/USB2.0 port, support up to 128GB storage.

Distributors can contact Topdisk here:(Please let them know if you watch this video)
sales@topdisk.com.cn

Best of MWC 2016: HP Elite x3 with Windows 10 Continuum on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Posted by Charbax – February 27, 2016

HP shows the future of computing! HP's vision for the future of consumer and enterprise pocketable electronics, the Windows 10 Continuum enabled HP Elite x3 running on the super fast 14nm (Samsung Fab) Snapdragon 820. HP offers DeskDock with USB Type-C, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB2, DisplayPort, USB Type-C. It outputs to a large display, with an RF or Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. HP Elite X3 has a 5.96" 2K 2560x1440 Super AMOLED with 550nits brightness "best in class".4GB LPDDR4 RAM. 64GB internal with Dual Nano SIM that can also be One Nano SIM and one MicroSD card slot. "Best in class" single touch fingerprint scanner. A second biometric authentication is the iris scanner. IP67 waterproof 1.5m for 30 minutes "all sealed". Shock-proof with Gorilla Glass. 4150mAh battery. HP even shows their "empty" 12.8" thin bezel Laptop Dock "mobile extender" under 1kg to be powered by this amazing phone! The Laptop dock also miracast wirelessly. Bang and olufsen sound. Pogopins on the back of the phone allows it to extend with Smart back-cases, a POS (point of sale) solution and I also suggest them in the video to do an E Ink back-case for long battery life sunlight readable e-reading. Everybody at Microsoft, Qualcomm, HP and even Marc Benioff CEO of Salesforce is excited about this product. HP talks about running their virtualization engine to run any x86 app through the cloud. This looks like they are all going to make sure this product gets successfully deployed on the market by Summer this year.

I think that HP should try to price the full bundle at below the current price of a high-end iPhone/Samsung, thus below $700 including the Desktop, keyboard/mouse and also including the "empty" 12.8" Laptop Dock. The Desktop Dock needs a HDMI output. Of course I'd like to finally see Google supply an Android Continuum UI alternative solution at Google I/O. I also perhaps think that Microsoft's Continuum dock is better with a cable and the phone on the table than having it docked upright.

Smell sensor for smartphones, Aroma Bit Odor Imaging Sensor

Posted by stromium – February 26, 2016

Tokyo-based Aroma Bit showcases their odor imaging sensor technology, they claim to be able to make a unique sensor to analyze the subjective matter of smell, rather than simply to analyze the contents of the gas. The setup on display shows how a bottle opened nearby produces a digital odor signature on the screen. The sensor prototype is mounted on an SD card. The device learns about the signature of each smell it encounters, becoming smarter.

For more information visit: http://www.aromabit.com

MediaTek Deep Learning SDK on helio X20 with Visual and Voice Recognition features

Posted by Gennie – February 26, 2016

MediaTek shows the high-performance deep learning (DL) SDK for mobile devices based on MediaTek X series, empowering device markers or users to build visual and speech recognition capabilities into apps with comprehensive optimization benefits. You can check more video about MediaTek X20 chipset and smart phone here:http://armdevices.net/?s=mediatek+helio+x20

STMicroelectronics STM32 Open Development Environment

Posted by Gennie – February 26, 2016

The STM32 Open Development Environment (STM32 ODE) is an open, flexible, easy and affordable way to develop innovative devices and applications based on the STM32 32-bit microcontroller family (based on ARM Cortex-M cores) combined with other state-of-the-art ST components connected via expansion boards. It enables fast prototyping with leading-edge components that can quickly be transformed into final designs.
The STM32 ODE includes the following five elements:
- STM32 Nucleo development boards
- STM32 Nucleo expansion boards
- STM32Cube software
- STM32Cube expansion software
- STM32 ODE Function Packs
More information on www.st.com/stm32ode

USB Type-C, 2 Billion per year to be shipped by 2019

Posted by Charbax – February 26, 2016

The USB Implementers Forum comprises companies like Google, Samsung, HP, Intel and many others work together on specifying the spec of USB Type-C. It's easier to use (it can be flipped on both sides), it goes faster (up to above 40Gbit/s). Alternate modes can be supported such as Thunderbolt, DisplayPort and the proprietary mode Slimport, the standard mode MHL by the MHL Consortium. Devices shipping without display, with the 3 different ways to do display, with some shipping USB2 speed and others USB3 speed, it just seems to be a bit of a fragmentation in the implementation of USB Type-C here in the beginning. Basically consumers must make sure to understand what each device supports "behind" the USB Type-C connector.