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HiKey970 development board for AI

Posted by Charbax – March 19, 2018

HiSilicon and Hoperun introduces their new HiKey 970 development board, 10nm HiSilicon Kirin 970 based (same chipset that is in the recent Huawei Mate 10) quad ARM Cortex-A73 at 2.36GHz with quad ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.8GHz with Mali-G72MP12 and their new Dedicated Neural-network Processing Unit (NPU) with 256MAC/cycle @ 960MHz performance. To be available next month for $299 on Amazon and at http://hihope.org this is their Super Edge AI Computing Platform with Huawei HiAI SDK that can provide up to 25X Performance and 50X better Power Efficiency compared with doing the AI tasks by CPU or GPU. This enables the Heterogeneous multi processing Resource Management for use in applications such as Deep Learning, Robots, Automobile, Smart City. The NPU provides frequently used artificial intelligence function APIs, model management APIs and basic operator computing APIs, so developers can focus on developing new AI applications instead of focusing on performance tuning. The HiKey970’s dedicated AI processor has a rich set of imaging and I/Os that enables developers to build highly integrated flexible products for AI-based intelligent cameras in smart cities.

Features include:
UEFI + ARM Trusted Firmware
Kernel 4.9
CAN driver
CSI/CSI-2 driver
WiFi enable
Video Codec enable
PCIe enable for storage and LTE connect

4 lanes CSI + 2 lanes CSI
CAN V2.0B up to 1Mbps
Video Dec up to H.265 3840x2160@60fps
6GB 1866MHz, 4 Channel LPDDR4x
GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou

OS Choices
Ubuntu
Debian
Android Master

Stacks
Huawei HiAI
Android NN
OpenGL ES
OpenCL

George Grey Opening Keynote at Linaro Connect Hong Kong 2018

Posted by Charbax – March 19, 2018

HKG18-100K1 – George Grey: Opening Keynote George Grey Keynote
http://connect.linaro.org/resource/hkg18/hkg18-100k1/

Learn More at http://connect.linaro.org

Gemini PDA runs 5 Linux distros, Debian, Ubuntu, Sailfish, Android, unlocked bootloader, open source

Posted by Charbax – March 16, 2018

Planet Computers CTO Davide Guidi, filmed at the Gemini PDA headquarters in London, they shipped to first 1000 backers of 4200 from their successful Indiegogo. Here presenting 5 Linux distros, unlocked bootloader, open source on their website (with more source code to come shortly to that page) hardware acceleration of any Linux distro is under development using Libhybris and planning to try to integrate Halium to optimize the performance in all Linux distributions, to use the Android GPU, sound, video, modem and other binaries to each their fullest hopefully within each Linux distro. Gemini PDA hopes that by unlocking their bootloader, by providing the bootloader open source, providing their Linux distro images open source, letting users do whatever they want and multi-booth any OS that they would like, hopefully there will be a vibrant community to bring great all Linux performance on this MediaTek X27 deca-core Powered large and awesome mechanical keyboard phone. After having soon shipped to their remaining Indiegogo backers, Planet Computers hopes to be able to expand much further selling their phone through distributors and telcos around the world.

Tianma flexible OLED, bezel-less full active LCD with Notch

Posted by Charbax – March 16, 2018

Tianma claims to be the market leader in worldwide LTPS and Full Active LCD Shipments in Q4 2017, here demonstrating some of their newest displays such as their 5.46" Flexible HD AMOLED display. 5.5" FHD Foldable AMOLED. Low cost 5.96" HD+ a-Si Full Active LCD with rounded corners and a Notch. 6.18" FHD LTPS Notch LCD. 15.6" 4K Quantum Dot Laptop display such as the 3K by 2K LTPS bezel-less Laptop display that is in the newly launched Huawei Matebook X Pro supplied by Tianma. 5.93" Full Active LCD. Force Touch.

E Ink booth tour at CES 2018

Posted by Charbax – March 15, 2018

E Ink shows and talks about its latest innovations in consumer electronics, architecture, healthcare, retail and fashion at CES 2018, to bring dynamic elements to generally static environments such as architecture and design, as well as discuss how its ePaper technology is being integrated into smart cities and connected devices, famous for eReaders, also revolutionizing the digital signage, healthcare and retail industries as well. Bus signs, electronic shelf labels, medical devices, products featured include the E Ink DAZZLE wall, the world’s largest media façade on the San Diego International Airport parking garage, featuring 2,100 tiles of E Ink’s Prism technology. A dress designed by Bergmeyer featuring E Ink Prism which won Best in Show at IIDA Fashion Show in October, 2017. A reconfigurable Retail Price Tag, a thin, batteryless price tag containing Powercast’s power harvesting technology that enables quick price changes using a typical handheld UHF RFID reader for wirelessly updating the display, the LTS Smart Patch transdermal therapeutic system that delivers medication to patients in a convenient and controlled manner, ReMarkable E Ink tablet offering paper-like reading, pen input writing and sketching, Onyx Boox Note, Onyx Boox Max2 (which I filmed here), Sony Digital Paper and more.

NXP i.MX8M now available, i.MX 8M Mini announced on 14nm

Posted by Charbax – March 13, 2018

NXP launches the i.MX 8M Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 with ARM Cortex-M4 for audio (pro audio fidelity with more than 20 audio channels each @384KHz and DSD512 audio), voice and video (4K with HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG)), fully supported on NXP’s 10 and 15-year Longevity Program. At Embedded World 2018, NXP partnered with 8 development board providers who all launched their boards with i.MX8M support.

NXP also announced their new i.MX 8M Mini, their first embedded multi-core heterogeneous applications processors built using advanced 14LPC FinFET process technology. The i.MX 8M Mini family of processors features up to four Arm Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 2GHz and an ARM Cortex-M4 based real-time processing domain at 400+MHz.

wolfSSL Embedded SSL/TLS Library, wolfCrypt STM32F7 hardware crypto performance

Posted by Charbax – March 13, 2018

wolfSSL is a commercial grade TLS library available in open-source GPL form on GitHub (http://github.com/wolfSSL/wolfssl) written in C and designed for Embedded use because its modular design. They provide build-time options for enabling and disabling all algorithms and TLS features. They support progressive algorithms such as Ed25519/Curve25519, ChaCha20/Poly1035 and SHA-3 using TLS 1.2/TLS 1.3. The part used for the demo is an STM32F777ZI. They are going to add support for ARMv8-M TrustZone-M hardware security when chipsets become available in the near future.

Bero looking for parts to make an ARM based laptop

Posted by Charbax – March 13, 2018

Bero (Bernhard Rosenkränzer) from the Linaro Mobile Group who I have interviewed many times in the past, see my playlist with all his videos here. Bero is at Embedded World 2018 to look for parts so he can build an even better ARM Powered Laptop.

QuirkLogic Quilla, Real-Time Ideation and Remote Collaboration Solution

Posted by Charbax – March 13, 2018

Interview with founders of QuirkLogic, Nashir Samanani and Mike Mabey. Their product, the Quilla is a Real Time Ideation solution which is aimed at replacing traditional ways of brainstorming and capturing ideas. During the interview they explained that the Quilla is shipping in volume, the types of markets include Technology, Healthcare, Design, Architecture & Construction, Hospitality etc. Quilla features a 42” ePaper display, its so low power that they can run it on battery for 16 hours and the whole thing weighs only 24 lbs making it quite portable. Here showing how it looks in direct sunlight, with no glare, the writing experience feels like paper and pen but it has full digital capabilities including file sharing, pen and touch inputs, image modifications with two finger pinch and zoom, unlimited pages, walk up and use features. Their target is for every conference room, sports locker room, nurses’ station in a hospital, construction sites that modify blue prints constantly etc can benefit from this technology. The QuirkLogic team of Zemina, Mac and Matt also demo their Ideation solution, the Quilla, in this video they show the collaboration features in real time, the ability for remote teams to work together and brainstorm, work on projects and design things and ideas collaboratively in settings that can be more inspirational without the need to be indoor.

Nubia Z17S flagship, Z17 miniS, N Series, V Series

Posted by Charbax – March 11, 2018

Nubia's flagship phone is their Z17S with a 5.73" FHD+ screen 2040*1080 Pixel display (403ppi), 4G LTE Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, 64GB Flash, Four Cameras, Android 7.1, NFC, Type-C 26W fast Charge. Nubia also does smart locks, IoT, smart lamps and more. The N Series and V Series are going to be price attractively yet provide a 18:9 display. As concepts for future phones they are showing one with a built-in fan for gamers to cool their phone when cranking up the peak performance output and designs for gamers that includes kevlar. Noise canceling headphones, power banks, 360 degree Type-C camera and more.