Xiaomi Introduces Surge S1 ARM SoC, Xiaomi Mi 5c Smartphone

February 28th, 2017 5 comments

Xiaomi may be skipping Mobile World Congress 2017, but they’ve still announced their first in-house Surge S1 octa-core SoC, and Xiaomi Mi 5c powered by the processor right at the same time as the even takes place. Surge S1 processor specifications: CPU – Octa-core 64-bit chipset with 4x Cortex A53 cores @ up to 2.2GHz, 4x Cortex A53 cores @ up to 1.4GHz GPU – ARM Mali-T860 quad-core GPU with AFBC + ASTC image compression technology 32-bit high performance DSP for voice processing 14-bit dual ISP; enhanced image processing capabilities with Surge ISP algorithm improving camera light sensitivity by 150%, and dual noise reduction algorithm reducing noise and preserving image detail in low light Upgradable baseband; programmable modem, OTA upgradable VoLTE high quality call and video support Security – Chip-level security; TEE architecture, strict compliance with safety regulations 28nm High Performance Computing (HPC) process The specifications and Antutu score (64,817) makes it clear it’s  an application processor for mid range…

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Raspberry Pi Zero W Adds WiFi & Bluetooth, Sells for $10

February 28th, 2017 36 comments

The first Raspberry Pi was launched 5 years ago on February 29, 2012, and the Raspberry Pi foundation has made an habit of announcing new products on the anniversary of the board. This year is no exception, as the foundation has just announced Raspberry Pi Zero W, based on the popular Raspberry Pi Zero, but potentially much more useful, as they added a WiFi and Bluetooth LE module to the board. Raspberry Pi Zero W specifications: SoC – Broadcom BCM2835 ARM11 processor @ 1GHz with VideoCore IV GPU System Memory – 512MB RAM Storage – microSD slot Video Output – mini HDMI port and composite video (via 2 unpopulated  pins) Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 (same Cypress CYW43438 wireless chip as Raspberry Pi 3 Model B) USB – 1x micro USB OTG port, 1x micro USB port for power only Camera – 1x CSI camera connector Expansion – Unpopulated 40-pin HAT-compatible header Power Supply – 5V via…

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Compulab IOT-GATE-iMX7 is an NXP i.MX7 IoT Gateway for Industrial Applications

February 28th, 2017 2 comments

CompuLab has introduced IOT-GATE-iMX7 compact fanless IoT gateway and industrial controller built around the company’s CL-SOM-iMX7 system-on-module, and offering Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G and Zigbee connectivity.Compulab IOT-GATE-iMX7 gateway specifications: SoC –  NXP i.MX 7 dual ARM Cortex-A7 processor @ up to 1GHz with ARM Cortex-M4 core @ 200Mhz, 2D graphics engine System Memory – Up to 2GB DDR3L-1066 Storage – Up to 32GB on-board eMMC + micro-SD socket Connectivity Dual Gigabit Ethernet Dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n Bluetooth 4.1 BLE Optional 3G cellular module via mini PCie socket Optional ZigBee NXP JN5168 module Display – DVI up to 1920×1080 using a HDMI connector Audio – 3.5mm jacks for stereo line out, stereo line in USB – 4x USB2.0 host ports, type-A connectors Serial – 1x RS485 / RS422 port, RJ11 connector; 1x RS232 port, ultra-mini serial connector; 1x serial console via UART-to-USB bridge, micro-USB connector Expansion mini-PCIe socket, full-size embedded I/O header with up to 1x UART, 1x SPI, 1x…

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Oppo’s Ultra-Thin Smartphone Dual Camera Comes with a 3x Optical Zoom, Supports 5x “Lossless” Zoom

February 28th, 2017 2 comments

Smartphones allow you to zoom in when taking a picture, but most of the time it’s achieved using a software based digital zoom, and quality suffers greatly as a results. Oppo has however designed a new smartphone camera module with a 3x optical zoom, and “image fusion” technology to bring the level of “lossless” zoom to 5 times. Some phones such as Asus Zenfone Zoom come with a 3x optical zoom, and you can purchase detachable zoom for your smartphone, but none of those are as quite as compact as Oppo solution, which from the outside looks like a standard dual camera since it’s so thin (5.7 mm). They’ve managed to keep the module compact by designing a periscope-style structure that divert light through a prism and into a telephoto lens nested inside the smartphone, set at a 90° angle to a rear-facing wide-angle lens. The camera also comes with an “all-new optical image stabilization” in order to shoot clear…

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Categories: Hardware Tags: camera, mwc 2017, oppo, smartphone

Spreadtrum SC9861G-IA is an Octa-core Intel Airmont LTE SoC for Smartphones

February 28th, 2017 3 comments

Do you member Rockchip & Intel partnership about “SoFia” SoC for smartphones? It did not pan out so well, and but Intel has apparently not given up on the idea of partnering with Chinese companies to design and launch Intel based smartphone application processors, as Speadtrum has just announced SC9861G-IA octa-core Intel Airmont processor @ up to 2.0 GHz with an LTE Cat. 7  modem, and manufactured using Intel’s 14nm process technology. The Airmont architecture is also found in Intel’s own Cherry Trail and Braswell SoCs designed for respectively tablets and mini PCs, so they must have found some further power efficiencies in order to use it in a smartphone, and used some of technology developed for Intel canceled projects. SC9861G-IA withh support 5-mode full-band LTE (TDD-LTE / FDD-LTE / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / EGG) Cat 7. as well as Carrier Aggregation and TDD/FDD hybrid networking, allowing for peak data transmission rate of 300 Mbps downlink and 100 Mbps uplink….

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BLCR MX3 is a $12 Backlit Air Mouse with QWERTY Keyboard

February 27th, 2017 7 comments

There’s an embarrassment of choices when it comes to air mice, but so far apart from models like Rii Mini i28 which looks more like a keyboard than a remote control, I had not seen air mice with backlit keys. But this morning BLCR MX3 showed up in DX new arrivals feed for $17.27 shipped, but you could also find it for about $12 on Aliexpress without BLCR “trademark”. [Update: Also on Amazon US for ~$16]. BLCR MX3 air mouse specifications: Connectivity – 2.4 GHz RF up to 10 meters Sensor – 6-axis sensor with gyroscope and g-sensor Remote side with IR learning function + backlit keys Air Mouse mode QWERTY keyboard with backlit keys Power Supply – 2x AAA batteries (not included) Dimensions – 17.2 x 5.2 x 1.9 cm Weight – 98 grams Material – Plastic + silicone The device ships with a USB dongle and user’s manual, and works with Android, Max OS, Linux, Windows… basically any…

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Categories: Hardware Tags: air mouse, Android, Linux, mac, windows

Karl’s Home Automation Project – Part 1: Home Assistant & YAML, MQTT, Sonoff, and Xmas Lights

February 27th, 2017 24 comments

Karl here. I am here to write about my home automation project. First thing I want to say is that I am very cost conscious and I don’t mind putting in extra effort into the setup of things to keep costs down. I did invest a lot of time and had to do a lot of reading to get my project going. It took while and I received a lot of groans from my wife while testing. I am still in the process of tweaking things. I started watching a series of videos on YouTube from Bruh Automation. He introduced me to Home Assistant. It got me really excited. He uses a Raspberry Pi as a server but I already had a Wintel Pro CX-W8 Smart TV Box which I use as a server. I run 3 Minecraft Servers, Emby Server, iSpyConnect DVR (2 IP Cameras), Unifi wifi controller, and now MQTT Server, and Home Assistant. Below is screenshot of…

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Rikomagic R1 mini Projector Runs Android 4.4 on Rockchip RK3128 Quad Core Processor

February 27th, 2017 1 comment

Rikomagic R1 may look like a Android TV box from some angles, but it’s actually a mini projector powered by Rockchip RK3128 quad core processor, with 1GB RAM, 32GB storage, with many of the port of featuring found on a TV box, plus a 854×480 DLP LED projector. Rikomagic R1 projector specifications: SoC – Rockchip RK3128 quad core Cortex A7 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU System memory – 1GB DDR3 Storage – 32GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot up to 32GB Projector DLP technology with 0.3″ DMD + RGB LED with 1000 lumens (TBC), likely based on Texas Instruments DLP3000. Resolution – 854×480 (WVGA) Contrast ratio – 2000:1 Projection – Area – 30 to 120″; distance: 1 to 5 meters; ratio: 1.19:1 Keystone correction – automatic, vertical: -/+ 40 degrees Manual focus Video Input – HDMI 1.4 port Audio – 3.5mm earphone jack, built-in speaker(s) Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0 USB –…

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