Google Project Ara at Linaro Connect 2015

Posted by – February 21, 2015

Smartphone hardware modules Google Project Ara is being shown by Linaro CEO George Grey, as the modifications to Linux on ARM to support Project Ara are being developed and optimized together with Linaro engineers, many of the Google Project Ara engineers meet at the Linaro Connect conference to advance their development for the project. Linaro is one of many companies working for Google on Project Ara, focused on the firmware and on the software to make Android work with removable modules, to communicate through the UniPro bus for hardware modules. Linaro has a lot of experts in Linux and the Linux kernel, able to deliver what Google needs for this project.

ZTE ZX296702 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 for Set-top-boxes at Linaro Connect

Posted by – February 20, 2015

The Linaro ZTE Landing Team engineers talk about optimizing Android Kitkat boot time using TuxOnIce hibernation mechanism on ZTE SmartTV board. The net result is that it takes around 10 seconds to get into the Android home screen from a fresh power-on compared to the original over 30 seconds bootup time among other optimizations that they are doing for the ZTE Powered Set-top-box which is in millions of homes in China and around the world.

Flyshark company introduction, Smartwatches, POS-phone, foldable keyboard and more

Posted by – February 19, 2015

Flyshark has Gaoxin as a brother company, established in 2009, where Flyshark focuses on R&D product development while Gaoxin focuses on the sales. They have created their brand” Flyshark” and “iLepo”. They have developed new products including the Flyshark keyboard (which I first filmed with them 6 months ago here), the Flyshark health smartwatch, Flyshark POS smartphone, the Flyshark massage mat and more.

Distributor can contact Flyshark here:
Ms Mary, Sales Manager
Mobile: +86 13714507573
Phone: +86 755 89485250
Email: sales@flyshark.mobi
WhatsApp: +86 13714507573
Facebook: Flyshark.ilepo@gmail.com
http://www.flyshark.mobi

LAVA Lab to integrate HiKey from 96Boards.org

Posted by – February 18, 2015

The LAVA Lab is to integrate the Hisilicon Kirin 620 based 64bit HiKey board from http://96boards.org. Tyler Baker and Dave Pigott from the Linaro validation team discuss their plans for the deployment and testing of the HiKey board.

64bit HiKey Board selling at $129 through Arrow Electronics

Posted by – February 17, 2015

Arrow Electronics is the world's biggest distributor of electronics components, they are a supporting partner in the Hi-Key development board, supported by the new http://96Boards.org program. With experience in distributing many different previous developments like the TI based Beaglebone, Arrow is excited for the things to come in this space. This is the world’s first affordable 64bit ARM development board for software developers, makers, and OEMs. It comes with 4GB of eMMC, WiFi/BLE, and HDMI output. You can order yours today for $129 at https://parts.arrow.com/item/detail/circuitco/999-0005854#GenG

Transflective LCD Smartwatch Podoor PW305II, Assembly, Roadmap

Posted by – February 17, 2015

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at a Shenzhen smartwatch company. The Shenzhen Podoor PW305II uses an always-on translucent screen, it is a new material, can display clock all the time at a low power consumption. with the backlight on for a full backlit image. Podoor says that they are the first company to use this display. The other features of this watch is measuring heart rate in normal time and at sport. Waterproof. They built a sever for smartwatches, so that exercise and heart rate data can be analysed on the server; the sever organizes and ranks users. Podoor’s Android mobile watch PW306II and PW308, they show multiple colors that can be customized. For 2015, Shenzhen Podoor will unveil PW305S compatible with both Android and iOS The Podoor Lady’s watch, using a circle case, can detect lack of skin humidity, sense ultraviolet radiation, they even have a lady alert system when she is in danger, she can press one button on watch which sends her position to 10 friends, and the Podoor Elder smartwatch for easy use and for elder and care.

You can contact Shenzhen Podoor here:
Fessmin Zhan (Overseas sales manager)
Shenzhen Ptah Technology Co.,Ltd
T:0755-2795 6729 F:0755 2997 0821 Cell:180 3811 3951
Skype: fessmin.zhan
fessmin@szpodoor.com
http://www.szpodoor.com
4th Floor,Bao'he Business Bldg., 74 Area, Bao'an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Hisilicon D02, 16-core ARM Cortex-A57 High Performance Board (32-core version coming next months!)

Posted by – February 15, 2015

Hisilicon engineer Justin Zhao, Software Architect at Hisilicon SoC architecture department, is bringing up the Linux software on the Hisilicon D02 Board, one of the most powerful ARM Processors in the world. They have a configuration with 32-core Cortex A57 @ max 2.1GHz and up to 2 SoC per board coming up within a few months (64-cores per board!), each SoC has 1MB L2 cache/cluser, 32MB L3 cache. The board has 12 SATA\SAS (8 for one SoC, 4 for the other), 2 10/100/1000Mb/s compatible Ethernet ports, 2 10Gb/s SFP+ Ethernet ports, 8 DDR3 RAM DIMMs, 4 PCIE solts (2 pieces/SoC), 2 UARTs & 2 JTAGs for debug, 1 USB host. Rob Savoye of Linaro's Toolchain Group joins in this video discussing the installation of the latest GCC to this Board. Justin Zhao shows how he can bootup from Sata, PXE, Provision mode, NFS, with OpenSuse 13.1, Ubuntu 14.04, working on Red Hat. A LAMP (LAVA) and lxc (container) have already been enabled, and some Benchmarks (e.g. perf, iperf, ltp) have been executed on it too, perhaps Hisilicon will soon publish the test results also.

Linaro Engineers, world’s top Linux on ARM engineers, Hiring process and collaboration

Posted by – February 15, 2015

Linaro has been going through a 4 and a half year growth hiring the world's top Linux on ARM engineers globally, and working on their collaboration initiatives to keep everyone communicating and happy. This is a conversation between Release Manager, Koen Kool and Director Global Talent, Mike Levine.

faytech touchscreen PC factory tour, optically bonded transflective, Allwinner A20 and more

Posted by – February 14, 2015

Arne Weber takes us on a tour through the factory operation of faytech Tech. Co. Ltd., a touchscreen manufaturer in Shenzhen he has been running with his wife for more than 5 years. This is the second time I am visiting them and faytech has greatly progressed since my last visit.
The video starts on the rooftop of the faytech factory in Hongmen Technology Park. We see a comparison of faytech´s standard 10” touchscreen PC, a high brightness waterproof 10.4” touchscreen PC and an optical bonded transflective 17.3” model for crisp clear picture even under direct sunlight. The tour continues showing the factory highlights: optically bonded resistive touchscreen panels, faytech´s new capacitive 15” touchscreen PC with Intel´s E3800 series and an explanation of their new A20 based embedded mainboard for industrial customers. We also see the equipment that faytech invested in over the last year like a temperature room, a vibration and gluing machine and a dust free clean room improving faytech´s in-house capability of touchscreen and high brightness panel handling.
The tour ends with a ball drop test showing that optical bonded touch panels don’t just have a better viewing angle, reflection and color characteristics but are also far more resistant against damages. You can read more about faytech at http://www.faytech.com

96Boards Linaro Development Boards Initiative, $129 HiKey with Hisilicon 64bit Kirin620

Posted by – February 12, 2015

With the first being the Hislicon Kirin620 Octa Core ARM Cortex-A53 based $129 HiKey development board, http://96Boards.org is a new open hardware specification for ARM 32bit and 64bit development boards, and a Community Program for software delivery to developers, makers and OEMs. In this video, Linaro CEO George Grey describes the standardized expansion buses for peripheral I/O, display and cameras allowing the hardware ecosystem to develop a range of compatible add-on products that will work on any 96Boards product over the lifetime of the platform.The 96Boards initiative is designed to offer a single software and hardware community across multiple vendor boards supporting a range of different features. A fixed set of minimum functions including USB, SD, HDMI and standardized low speed and high speed peripheral connectors are provided. Vendors may add customized hardware and feature sets provided the minimum functions are available. Linaro expects this to extend the platform life, increase the market for add-on hardware, and accelerate open source upstreaming of support for new SoC features.

Here is the session by Linaro CEO George Grey talking further about the 96Boards hardware at Linaro Connect Hong Kong 2015: