Ares Materials Inc (http://aresmaterials.com) develops transparent polysulfide polymer named PyLux for flexible displays, wearable and embedded electronics. They are transparent and easily adaptable and processable and available in 4 product lines- H, MF, W & ATB. The high transparency, low colour,ultra-low birefringence and low haze of Pylux films allow for clear and high-fidelity transmission of light directly through the polymer. This allows Pylux to be incorporated into the optical path of flexible display manufacturing thus reducing the manufacturing cost.
PyLux-W: act as a combined optically clear adhesive (OCA) and anti-shock protection layer, replacing two layers in the front-plane of display with one.
PyLux-MF: designed as substrates for microfabrication of thin-film components at temperatures up to 300 °C, blending excellent thermal stability, chemical compatibility and optical clarity.
PyLux-H: an ideal polymer for flexible cover lens and flexible touch panel substrate as it has high surface hardness and increased glass transition temperature.
PyLux-ATB: offers a low-cost, high-yield (peel-off) release method for a variety of polymer films that require attachment to a rigid carrier for microfabrication processing and it withstands upto 500oC.
NXP Semiconductors has on display the Amazon Echo, for which they are partners. An NXP representative explains the different applications for which NXP provides solutions, and how voice recognition can be run on multi-core ARM processors for power-efficient computing. The IMX 6, 7 and 8 series cover the full range from low-power to high-performance solutions, with applications for the 8 being consumer high-performance video and audio, automotive, and heavy industrial usage. NXP supplies everything from the CPU to the I/O to the software. The Kindle series use IMX 6 and 7 processors, for example. NXP talks about the upcoming i.MX8 Quad max, i.MX8M for multimedia and another i.MX8 coming for the embedded world.
SafeMotion provides mobility safeguarding assistance service for their consumer, here they are showing off their SmartWatch which works in entire Europe with multiple network provider without requiring to swapping the SIM card, instead, it chooses the best network available in the area. The watch allows user to generate SOS alerts which include calling up to 10 people automatically when the SOS button is pressed where user can add the company’s call center number in case if other people are not available, it also has feature of calendar, reminder, voice calling service and active GPS tracking facility which scans the user and generates an alert if the user goes outside of predefined area the monthly subscription for the service is USD 14.90 / month and price of smart watch is USD $249.
Oppo showcases their technology that allows 5X zoom inside a smartphone body. The technique used involves a periscope-style structure that diverts light through a prism and onto a wide-angle lens, that allows for a claimed lossless 5X zoom. It is demonstrated on a prototype Oppo phone using a 6″ QHD with Oppo VOOC fast charging.
The next step in cellular technology, 5G, is demonstrated here by Qualcomm. It is in the research phase, and the current application shown involves the broadcasting of RF power to a moving target at a frequency of 28GHz. A major limitation of 5G is the easy dissipation of the signal when faced with even minor obstructions, which Qualcomm aims to overcome by installing multiple towers and handing over users between them.
Qualcomm demonstrates their X16 Cat16 Gigabit LTE modem integrated in the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ Premium using Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 which features 4×4 MIMO (multiple input multiple output). The phone uses 4 LTE antennaes instead of the usual 2 to boost throughput speeds to 1Gbps using carrier aggregation. The technology is expected to be more power efficient since the faster downloads would finish quicker, effectively lessening the time cellular data is used.
Marvell AndromedaBox Networking Edge development board, following the http://96boards.org size but with larger ports than the initial 96boards spec, it that can be configured to be used in many applications such as mobile NAS (network-attached storage), IoT gateways, home cloud server etc. The board features the 64bit dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 Marvell Armada 3700 processor, PCI-E 2.0 support, a USB 3.0 port, a SATA 3.0 port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, WiFi 802.11ac built in, 8GB of eMMC memory, and Bluetooth 4.2.
JumpsPower displays here their AMG5T torch that can jump start a car with upto 3.5L displacement, can also be used as a powerbank, and comes with a 1000-lumen Cree T6 LED flashlight with two different modes. Sold in Norway, Australia and HK, it costs US$129-159 depending on the model. The other model is the AMG6S that resembles a power bank. The company is also promoting their proprietary spark-proof clamp to be used with their starter products.
Shenzhen-based Miki Mobile is predominantly a manufacturer of smartphones and tablets. Demoed here is a 10.1” 1280×800-pixel tablet with LTE capabilities on an MTK6735 chipset with a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor, selling for US$70. Their smartphone range has a variety of specs such as 4000mAh battery, 2.5D curved glass, and up to 6” display sizes. Their medical case is a mobile health kit with abilities to check blood sugar, blood pressure, the ability to magnify points for inspection, etc.
Dongguan-based Taide Industrial Co., Ltd. was established in 2001 as a manufacturer of Bluetooth headsets and speakers, with a turnover of over US$600 million. Here we see their Bluetooth speaker range coming in at various sizes, and a waterproof range that starts for as little as US$5. There are versions specifically for iPhones and iPads. There is an FM radio dock on demonstration as well, with a capacitive ring covering the colour gamut that can be used to control the light strip along the side of the receiver unit. The company also makes 2.1 and 2.2 stereo speakers.
On display here we see a Karaoke mic with speaker that can connect to devices via Bluetooth. It comes with a battery inbuilt. Another model advertised features two speakers such that one plays back the music playing from a connected Bluetooth device (presumably playing instrumental audio) and the other speaker plays back one’s own voice in real time.
iTraq demonstrates their GPS tag. The tag uses cellular tower networks to determine the position of the tag (triangulation). It can be charged wirelessly and has a battery life of up to four months. The accompanying app can be set up to detect multiple tags, and to alert the app user if any tag moves out of the specified area. The Panic mode feature activates the GPS chip inside the tag, allowing for precise location at the cost of higher battery consumption. The iTraq+ sells for US$129, with the wireless charger costing an additional US$30.
iNew is a smartphone manufacturer that demos here their L7 model with a 5” AMOLED display, dual-core processor (options up to octa-core), metal back with a fingerprint sensor, an 1800mAh battery, and it runs Android 5.1 (upgradeable to v6). Price quoted is around US$69 for 3k units. The U9 is a 6” model with a 3000mAh battery, quad-core processor, 2.5D curved glass display, 8MP+2MP camera config, and LTE connectivity. Their smartwatch displays real-time heart rate, sleep quality, blood pressure and steps taken, and costs US$120 approx. Lastly, on display are their smartphones, with the cheapest one selling for US$30 approx with an MTK6580 chipset, 1GB RAM, and 4” display.
Emdoor shows us here their Android laptop with 11.6” 1366×768-pixel display, MT8173 chipset with 2xCortex-A53 and 2xCortex-A72 cores, PowerVR GX6250 GPU, 1/2GB DDR3 RAM, 16-64GB of NAND storage, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, USB Type-C, HDMI port, a hinge that can swivel 270° and a 6-7hour battery life. The optional Remix OS allows one to run PC apps as well.
The projector shown first is Acer’s Predator Z850 model, capable of projecting ultra-wide aspect ratio a 120″ screen at 47cm distance. Rated for a brightness of 3000 lumen, the 1080p projector features an Ethernet port, USB port, and dual HDMI inputs, as well as three different modes of projection for particular game scenes. Also on display is Acer’s Predator gaming line, including a tablet, a phone, desktops, laptops and monitors (with nVidia’s G-Sync technology).
Shenzhen Huihua Exploit Technology Co., Ltd, also known as Blueboo, is a Shenzhen based manufacturer of smartphones and smartwatches. Here we see their E watch with an MT2601 chipset, 1.5” 320×320, 512MB RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, and a 360mAh battery. The smartwatch is rated IP65 water and dustproof, comes in Golden or Silver colours and leather or steel straps. Their smartphone range is also on display, and we see a 6” flagship model with an HD display, MT6737 chipset with octa-core 1.7GHz processor. The CP3A model with an MT6580 chipset costs US$49.5 (3k units), an MT6735 unit with 5” display and LTE MT6735 chipset for US$54. The phones feature fingerprint sensors on some models. The flagship unit comes with a 5” 1080p display, MT6753W octa-core chipset, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and 2650mAh battery, on Android v5.1.
Director of marketing at Marvell SoC product line, here introducing the Marvell Armada 7040 and 8040, featuring dual or quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 configurations with Marvell MoChi and FLC Architecture. The demo quad-core board is shown running two virtual machines with a stress test for two cores. The board comes in 12Gbps (7040) and 24Gbps (8040) variants for network data processing, with a separate IC die for handling network functions. Prospective applications include 4-way NAS devices, network switches, running 3x(4×4) 802.11ac routers etc.
On display here is the SECO UDOO x86, a computer along the lines of Raspberry Pi that combines a processor (a 2.56GHz 14nm quad-core Intel 64-bit part), RAM (up to 8GB), and storage (8GB eMMC upgradable to 32GB). The board features WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 (integrated Intel Curie microcontroller), and a fanless design. It can drive up to 3 4K displays via the 1xHDMI and 2XMini DisplayPorts. It is intended for use as a Windows/Linux/Android x86 computer, or as a development board for universities and students. The basic version starts at US$89.
The Acer Chromebook 14 ($274 at Amazon) is a Chrome OS device that comes fully finished in metal for around US$300. Equipped with 14″ 768p (1366×768) or 1080p (1920×1080) pixel display, dual or quad-core Intel Celeron processors, 4GB RAM, 16/32GB of Flash storage, 2xUSB 3.1 ports, the Chromebook 14 is meant primarily for web usage and light office applications. Claimed battery life is up to 14 hours for the lower-resolution version.
Synology, a Taiwan-based company specializing in NAS (network-attached storage) devices, has on display their RT2600ac router. The router is claimed to have a throughput of 2600Mbps. Equipped with four antennae, four LAN ports, 1xUSB2.0 port, 1xUSB3.0 port, and an SDHC card reader. The router runs Synology’s OS for routers, dubbed Synology Router Manager (SRM) 1.1, that allow for features such as being able to roll back files on the network to their previous versions and load balancing between different network inputs. The router can accept multiple internet connections including cellular data dongles via USB.