Azpen Hybrx Remix OS 3.0 Laptop based on Allwinner A64 Processor Goes for $69 and Up (Crowdfunding)

June 30th, 2016 6 comments

We were presented with prototypes of sub $100 Remix OS laptops based on Allwinner A64 64-bit ARM processor in April, and now it appears at least one of th presented laptops has been launched on Kickstarter where you can get one for as low as $69. Azpen Hybrx A1160 laptop specifications: SoC – Allwinner A64 Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ 1.3 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU System Memory – 1GB or 2GB RAM depending on model Storage – 16GB or 32GB flash depending on model + micro SD slot Display – 11.6” HD LCD 1366×768 (16:10 aspect ratio) Video Output – mini HDMI up to 4K resolution Audio – HD Audio, 2x built-in 1W speakers, built-in microphone, 1x 3.5mm headphone jack Connectivity – Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Camera – 2.0MP front-facing camera USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports Sensors – G-sensor, accelerometer Power Button, Volume Button Dimensions – 295mm x 196.7mm x 17.6mm Battery – 6,000 mAh…

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Infineon Showcases the Radar Board used in Google’s Project Soli, and Sense2Go Development Kit (Video)

June 30th, 2016 2 comments

Google’s Project Soli sensing technology uses a miniature radar to detect touchless gesture interactions, so that you can control devices such as wearables using gestures without having to physical touch the product. The 60 GHz radar technology used in the project has been developed by Infineon, and the company was recently interviewed by Arrow Electronics where they showcased Soli board, as well as another 24 GHz radar development kit called Sense2Go. The Soli board called BGT60TR24 features Infineon XMC4500 ARM Cortex M4 MCU, and a 60 GHz “CRIS20” radar chip designed specially for Project Soli by Infineon, and allowing 20mm resolution, falling to less than one millimeter with Google’s algorithms. The micro USB port will be used for power and programming. This board should be the one included in Project Soli development kit to be shipped to developers this fall. Infineon also have a Sense2Go 24GHz sensor development kit that can detect motion, speed, and direction of movement in applications…

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ROOFULL MRX 4K Android TV Box Review

June 30th, 2016 1 comment

CNXSoft: I’ve got many requests to review TV boxes, but I don’t always have time for them all, so from time to time I get people who help me do reviews, and this review of Roofull MRX TV box powered by Amlogic S905 processor had been done by Ray, who like me has been playing with many other Android TV boxes. ROOFULL MRX Specifications Operation System – Android 5.1 CPU – Amlogic S905 64-bit Quad core Cortex A53 up to @2GHz GPU – Penta Core Mali-450 RAM – 2GB DDRIII ROM – 16GB eMMC flash SD Storage expendable up to 32GB Bluetooth – BT 4.0 Antenna – Built-in antenna for WiFi Media UHD 4K x 2K: Support Full HD 1080P: Support HEVC H.265/H.264: Support Video/Picture Decoding Support: *.mkv,*.wmv,*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.dat, *.avi, *.mov, *.iso, *.mp4, *.rm and *.jpg file formats Audio Format Support: MP3,AAC,WMA,RM,FLAC,Ogg Communication WiFi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz) Ethernet: 10/100/1000M LAN Button & Interfaces Power Button 1x  RJ45 1x…

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Open Source, Modular and Upgradeable EOMA68 CPU Card, Laptop and Micro Desktop Launched (Crowdfunding)

June 30th, 2016 12 comments

Rhombus Tech has been working on EOMA68 standard for CPU modules based on PCMCIA at least since 2012, and after previous difficulties, they showcased a laptop prototype taking OEMA68 CPU cards at the beginning of the year, and they’ve now launched a CrowdSupply campaign selling an EOMA68 CPU card based on Allwinner A20 processor, as well as corresponding laptop and micro desktop housings that are both open source, and upgradeable with faster EOMA68 CPU card once/if they become available. Current EOMA68 CPU card specifications:   SoC –  Allwinner A20 dual core ARM Cortex A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU System Memory – 2GB RAM Storage – 8GB NAND flash + micro SD slot Video Output – micro HDMI Interface (for 2nd monitor) USB – micro USB OTG port Compliant with EOMA68 standard Two versions of the CPU card are offered with different pre-installed firmware: “Libre Tea Computer Card” with Parabola GNU/Linux-libre Operating System and a Respects Your Freedom…

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Improve YouTube Video Playback on Low Power Intel mini PCs by Disabling VP9 Support in Chrome or Firefox

June 29th, 2016 10 comments

I’ve been reviewing several Intel Bay Trail, Cherry Trail, and Braswell mini PCs in the last year or so, and I always end up recommending Microsoft Edge browser over Firefox or Chrome for people wanting to watch YouTube videos, as the last two browsers always drop many frames with the video stuttering regularly. However I noticed that while Edge is playing  MP4/AVC (H.264) video, the other two browser would normally stream WebM/VP9 videos, and it could be the cause of the problem as H.264 can be hardware accelerated, but VP9 not, and the low power processor might not quite powerful enough to handle 1080p VP9 video decoding smoothly. So I investigated the issues with Vorke V1 mini PC powered by an Intel Celeron J3160 processor (6W TDP) with the three browsers by first checking enabled codecs in YouTube HTML5 page. Microsoft Edge has both VP8 and VP9 disabled When I tested  Firefox 47 in other mini PCs VP9 was enabled,…

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FFmpeg 3.1 adds support for OpenMAX encoding on Raspberry Pi, VA-API H.264 & H.265 Encoding, and more

June 29th, 2016 2 comments

FFmpeg is an open source multimedia framework used by many open source, as well as closed source, projects to handle audio and video containers parsing, hardware or software video decoding / encoding, and more. I also used it a few months ago to test H.265 hardware encoding with an Nvidia GPU using the development branch, but the developers have now released FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace”, so it’s possible to use a stable release to perform H.265 hardware encoding. Some of the most noticeable features of the new version include: Generic OpenMAX IL H.264 & MPEG4 encoders for Raspberry Pi VA-API accelerated H.264/HEVC/MJPEG encoding VAAPI-accelerated format conversion and scaling Native Android MediaCodec API H.264 decoding CUDA (CUVID) HEVC & H.264 decoders CUDA accelerated format conversion and scaling DXVA2 accelerated HEVC Main10 decoding on Windows Many new muxers/demuxers A variety of new filters The complete list of changes for FFmpeg 3.1 can be found via the Changelog in Git. Thanks to Harley for…

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Boardcon MINI6818 CPU Module Features Samsung S5P6818 Octa-core Processor

June 29th, 2016 3 comments

Samsung S5P6818 octa-core Cortex A53 processor has already been found in several single board computers and development boards including Graperain G6818 SBC and NanoPi M3 board, but so far I had not seen it implemented into a system-on-module to be used in custom designs, and that’s just was Boardcon did with their MINI6818 CPU module. Boardcon MINI6818 SoM specifications: SoC – Samsung S5P6818 octa-core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ 1.4GHz with Mali-400MP 3D GPU System Memory – 1GB DDR3 Storage – 4GB eMMC Flash 2x 100-pin board-to-board connectors with 1.27 pitch: 5x UART, I2C, SPI 1x USB2.0 Host, 1x USB HSIC Host, 1x USB2.0 OTG, LCD (TFT/LVDS/MIPI) Gigabit Ethernet I2S, CIF (not sure what it is), Audio HDMI GPIOs ADC PWM HSMMC/SD Power – 5V; AXP228 PMIC Dimensions – 70 x 58 mm (8-layer PCB) The company provides support for Android 5.1, Linux 3.4.39+ and Uboot 2014.07 on the board, together with all drivers. I’ve been told the Linux implementation…

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Diginnos Docking Station Adds USB Ports and Ethernet to HDMI TV Sticks

June 29th, 2016 2 comments

Android, Windows, and/or Linux based HDMI TV sticks are great, except they usually come with few USB ports, and lack wired connectivity. A couple of years ago, Measy created a dock adding USB ports and an SD card slot with their Measy U2C Android TV box mostly to allow user to used the built-in camera, but a Japanese company has now released another docking station for TV sticks adding USB ports and Ethernet. Diginnos DG-STKLC docking station specifications: Video output – HDMI Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet port (RJ45) USB – 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x micro USB port for power Misc – Integrated cables to connect to TV stick micro’s USB power port, USB host port, and HDMI Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port Dimensions – 128 x 60 x 57 mm Weight – 157grams The docking station has been designed to work with Diginnos own TV sticks, but it should work with most TV sticks with a male…

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