Category: Software

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QNX car info cluster software solutions

Posted by Charbax – November 17, 2010

Here demonstrated in a nice Corvette, you can do a bunch of interactive things with these new ARM Cortex-A8 Freescale i.MX51 powered digital information clusters and infotainment systems that are coming in different configurations to more and more cars soon.

Gary Smith EDA on the future of Chip Design

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2010

Gary Smith talks about ARM and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and where the industry is heading as processors keep getting more and more complicated, smaller and smaller, more and more costly to develop while prices of ARM Powered devices keep getting lower and lower. Gary Smith is the founder and Chief Analyst for Gary Smith EDA. Previously, he was the Managing Vice President and Chief Analyst of the Electronic Design Automation Service, Design & Engineering Cluster at Gartner Dataquest.

ARM CoreLink 400 Series

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2010

This is a Cache Coherent Computer subsystem. Allows to deliver a whole bunch of new use cases, two Quad Cortex-A15 clusters can be fully I/O coherent with the MAli-T604 graphics.

Revo 1 by Revolution Robotics Java Standard Edition based robot

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2010

This is a robot system based on the Marvell Armada plug computer system. Find out more at

Java Embedded SE 6u21 synchronized with Java SE

Posted by Charbax – November 13, 2010

The latest Java release for ARM Powered devices is multi-processor optimized, allows to fully utilize hardware. All the same Java apps that run on an x86 desktop can now also work on ARM Powered devices.

Linaro Graphics Group at ARM Techcon 2010

Posted by Charbax – November 11, 2010

An interview with the leader of the Linaro Graphics Group on the status of graphics acceleration in Linaro and how important that is for a smooth experience of advanced user interfaces on ARM Powered devices.

Linaro CEO George Grey at ARM Techcon 2010

Posted by Charbax – November 11, 2010

Linaro's goal is to make it easy for manufacturers to make ARM based devices, from smart phones, tablets, set-top-boxes, cars, even desktops, laptops and servers.

John Bruggeman of Cadence on EDA360 at ARM Techcon 2010

Posted by Charbax – November 10, 2010

John Bruggeman of Cadence and Simon Segars of ARM just hosted a pretty awesome fireside chat at the ARM Techcon (full length video of which I will link to here once it is up). discussing areas in which ARM industry should cooperate more and where they can differentiate themselves and push the technology forward faster. Cadence is an EDA provider which means they provide software tools for designers of ARM Processors. The fireside chat includes discussions on standardization of Linux on ARM, supporting drivers, implementing security at the hardware level (see my video of ARM TrustZone), and how John Bruggeman thinks competing EDA providers should agree on how to collaborate on certain areas to focus on competing on others and bring the industry forward faster. Cost of designing a new ARM Processor should be cut by a factor of 5 he says if these industry players could figure out to better collaborate on the core tools. The goal is for companies that provide solutions and tools that enable always cheaper ARM Powered devices to consumers, that cost to build basic things should be built collaboratively so suppliers can save money on basic stuff and focus on differentiation. $100 Android phones and $400 HDTVs should still allow device makers and the industry that supports the creation of these tools to make a profit. In a constantly disruptive industry with cheaper and cheaper ARM Powered devices, but at the same time with more and more complicated, more advanced, soon reaching Nanotechnology scales ARM Powered devices, it is interesting to imagine how all these companies plan to continue to make a profit.

VisualOn provides ARM Powered video playback without hardware acceleration

Posted by Charbax – November 10, 2010

VisualOn is demonstrating that they can provide solutions for ARM9, ARM11 and ARM Cortex-A8 and -A9 processors, where the playback of all video codecs, in certain cases at up to 720p can be supported by using the ARM part of the processor only, not even needing to use a DSP to hardware accelerate the video playback. It is still to be confirmed exactly what resolutions and bitrates are supported for each specific level of ARM Processor performance. For uses like adding support for RMVB, WMV and certain types of video streaming on top of regular HD decoding hardware, then this could be a good solution for those types of people. It integrates seemlessly as a Native SDK based application on top of Android.

Linutop OS 4.0, custom Ubuntu for web-kiosks

Posted by Charbax – October 28, 2010

Linutop sells small, silent and low power PCs based on AMD Geode and VIA C7 processors to use in business and industrial environments. Now they are launching Linutop OS 4.0 that anyone can download at to boot from a USB stick or CD/DVD on any x86 computer. They are also considering providing this solution for ARM Powered desktop systems as soon as several popular low-cost designs are released. This video features Linutop founder and CEO Frederic Baille talking about Linutop and a screencast to show the principal features of this OS.