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Bubblegum-96 Development Board Complies with 96Boards, Features Actions Semi S900 64-bit ARM Processor

April 16th, 2015 2 comments

We’ve already have two 96Boards compliant boards formally announced with HiSilicon Hikey and Qualcomm Dragonboard 410c, and Actions Semiconductor was also expected to release theirs soon. Albeit it’s not been officially announced yet, the company has been showcasing their Bubblegum-96 board at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2015.

Bubblegum-96Bubblegum-96 development board specifications:

  • SoC – Actions Semi S900 quad core Cortex A53 with PowerVR G6230 GPU
  • System Memory – 1 to 8GB LPDDR2 / LPDDR3(800MHz) / DDR3 or DDR3L
  • Storage – 4 to 64 GB eMMC 4.5 flash + micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 with HDCP up to 4K, MHL 2.1 up to 4K
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x micro USB 2.0 port
  • Expansion
    • 40-pin LS (Low Speed) Expansion connector – UART, I2C, 12x GPIOs, SPI, PCM, 1.8V, +5V, GND…
    • 64-pin HS (High Speed) Expansion connector – DSI, CSI, SDIO, USB 2.0, I2C, etc…
  • Misc – On/off button
  • Power Supply – ATC2609 PMIC; Should be 8-18V / 2A input as per 96Boards specs but I can’t see any power barrels.
  • Dimensions – 85 x 54 mm (96Boards compliant)

The board can run Android 5.0 or Ubuntu based on Linaro codebase. They did not provide the exact RAM and storage capacity, but since the board needs to be low cost, I’d use they’ll go with 1GB RAM, and 4GB internal storage, just like the Hikey board. There will also be another board called Actduino S900 powered by the same processor, running the same images, but not compliant with 96Boards specifications, and adding an Ethernet port, an LCD connector and so on.

Via AndroidPC.es

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Allwinner H-Series OTT SoC Roadmap Adds H5 and H2+ Processors

April 15th, 2015 5 comments

Previously Allwinner only had A-Series processor such as A10 that were used in tablets and media players, but they’ve recently launch H-series processors for “Home entertainment” such as H64, H8 or H3 SoCs that have been specifically designed for media players and OTT (Over-the-top) boxes. The company has unveiled its OTT SoC roadmap at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair which adds two new processors Allwinner H2 and Allwinner H5.

Allwinner_H-Series_Roadmap

Allwinner H2+ will a quad core Cortex A7 processor support H.265 video decoding, 1080p decoding, and TrustZone support, and should the cheapest processor of the family. Based on the chart above, the processor must have been sampling by the end of last year, so H2+ media players should come to market very soon.

Allwinner H5 will be at the other end of the scale, featuring eight Cortex A53 cores, a 4K H.265 decoder, an H.265 encoder (1080p?), and TrustZone support as all their other recent processors. The processor is expected in Q2 2015 (That’s now), so I assume products will hit the shelves by the end of the year.

NetbookItalia also filmed a few products with Allwinner H8 and H3 processors, as well as a largish Allwinner H64 development board for OTT box (not Nobel64) that will run Android 5.0 on top of Linux 3.10.

Via AndroidPC.es

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LeTV Smartphones Feature USB Type C connectors, Mediatek Helio X10 and Snapdragon 810 Processors

April 15th, 2015 No comments

LeTV has launched three new smartphones namely LeTV S1, LeTV S1 Pro, LeTV Max with zero bezel on its sides, a new USB type C reversible connector, and powered by Mediatek Helio X10 octa core Cortex A53 processor (S1) and Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 big.LITTLE octa core Cortex A53 & A57 processor (S1 Pro & Max) combined with 3 to 4GB RAM, and up to 128GB internal storage.
LeTV_S1
LeTV smartphones specifications:

  • SoC
    • S1 – Mediatek Helio X10 (MT6795) octa core Cortex A53 @ 2.2 Ghz with PowerVR G6200 GPU @ 700 MHz
    • S1 Pro & Max – Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 quad core Cortex A53 + quad core Cortex A57 in big.LITTLE configuration with Adreno 430 GPU
  • System Memory
    • S1 – 3 GB  LPDDR3
    • S1 Pro & Max – 4 GB LPDDR4
  • Storage
    • S1 – 16, 32 or 64 GB eMMC 5.0
    • S1 Pro – 32 or 64 GB eMMC 5.0
    • Max – 64 or 128 GB eMMC 5.0
  • Display
    • S1- 5.5″ touchscreen display @ 1920×1080
    • S1 Pro – 5.5″ touchscreen display @ 2560×1440
    • Max – 6.33″ touschscreen display @ 2560 x 1440
  • Connectivity – 802.11 a/g/b/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 (Mediatek) / 4.1 (Qualcomm) + GPS
  • Cellular – 2G, 3G and 4G LTE TD-FDD LTE with dual SIM supports for all model, but exact bands depending on model variants.
  • Camera
    • S1 – 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera
    • S1 Pro – 13MP rear camera, 4MP “ultrapixel” front-facing camera
    • Max – 21MP rear camera, 4MP “ultrapixel” front-facing camera
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 / 3.0 (S1 Pro only?) type C connector with support for MHL 2.0 / 3.0 (S1 Pro only?)
  • Misc – IR remote, Qualcomm only: Le Hi-Fi audio, fingerprint reader (Max only)
  • Battery
    • S1 & S1 Pro – 3,000 mAh
    • Max – 3,400 mAh
  • Dimensions & Weight
    • S1 – 147.8 x 74.2 x 9.5 mm / 170 g (Plastic)
    • S1 Pro  – 148.4 x 73.8 x 9.4 mm / 177 g (Alloy)
    • Max – 167.1 x 83.5 x 8.95 mm / 204 g (Alloy)
LeTV Max Smartphone

LeTV Max Smartphone

All three phones will run Android 5.0 (LeUI ROM). Since Helio X10 is only based on Cortex A53, we should expect Snapdragon 810 to be faster, but relatively recent (leaked) benchmarks show the Mediatek processor to be faster in GeekBench 3 ,maybe because of a higher clock frequency (TBC).

Exynos_7420_vs_Helio_X10_vs_Snapdragon_810

However, Snapdragon 810 has some other advantages like support for USB 3.0 and MHL 3.0.

LeTV S1 will be released on April 21 for 1499 RMB ($242) and up, LeTV S1 pro on May 19 for 2499 RMB ($402) and up, but LeTV Max availability and pricing are currently unknown. Further details are available in Chinese on LeTV website.

Via Liliputing and Gizchina

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Mifree HX-V5 Bluetooth Smart Fitness Tracker sells for $14

April 14th, 2015 8 comments

Mifree HX-V5 is a waterproof Bluetooth 4.0 activity tracker with fitness tracking and sleep monitoring functions just like Vidonn X5, except the device bring the price level to a new low, as it sells for just $14 including shipping on GeekBuying, and currently about $20 on Aliexpress, but there are few sellers, and more may come up around the $15 mark.

HX-V5_fitness_tracker

HX-V5 smart band specifications differ depending on the sites too, not for the user exposed features, but for the internals [Update: GeekBuying told me they were given the wrong information, so I updated the specs accordingly):

  • SoC – TI CC2541 Bluetooth SoC
  • Storage – 4MB flash, enough to preserve 60 days of data
  • Display – 0.91″ OLED display, 128×32 pixels
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Sensors – 3-axis MEMS sensor
  • IP Rating – IP67 (unlikely IMHO)
  • Battery – 3.7V/70mAh Li-ion battery,  good for 10 to 12 days. 2 to 3 hours charging time.
  • Dimensions – “Watch” part: 44.5 x 18.1 x 11.5mm. Wristband?: 242 x 15 x 2 mm
  • Weight – 36 grams

HX-V5The device ships with a USB cable for charging and a user’s manual. Based on my experience with Vidonn X5, don’t expect an accurate step count, but it can still be used as a motivator for an extra walk or run during the day. The alarm function working with the vibrator might also be useful.  There aren’t any links to the app in any of the stores, but one Aliexpress seller told me the app is called movnow and can be downloaded for Android and iOS, but reviews are rather mixed. There also seem to be a web / cloud interface for the tracker, and other compatible devices.

You may also consult the manufacturer’s website.

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Categories: Android, Hardware Tags: Android, ios, mifree, wearables

AtHome Video Streamer App Transforms Android TV Boxes into IP Security Cameras

April 14th, 2015 4 comments

Some Android mini PCs come with cameras, for example Measy U2C or CS928, but depending on firmware support, most will also take a USB webcam, and the obvious application is for video conferencing with Skype or Google Hangout. But I’ve just found out an app called “AtHome Video Streamer” can transform any Android device with camera support into as IP camera for security or monitoring. The app will show with the name AVS, and it should detect your camera automatically, and show a live feed.

AtHome Video Streamer

AtHome Video Streamer

I installed the app in Zidoo X9 TV box to which I connected a UVC USB camera in order to monitor… my chameleon plush / pillow. X9 camera support might need to be improved, as I lost access to the webcam a few times. You don’t have many options in AVS app, except Dimming the screen, and change the streamer name, username and/or password.

So the next step is to install AtHome Camera for Android or iOS on the device you’ll use for monitoring. The first time, you’ll go through a wizard, asking you to optionally register/login, whether the streamer is located on a PC / Mac, Android / iOS smartphone, or AtHome IP Camera.

AtHome_Camera_Home_Security

AtHome Camera Wizard (Click to Enlarge)

I selected Android/iOS smartphone, clicked on “Generate QR code” on in the Streamer app, scanned it with my tablet, and the new IP camera was properly detected, and I could check what my plush was up to! There are some options on the bottom of the app to record video manually, take a screenshot, mute audio, talk through the mini PC’s speakers, and so on.

AtHome_Camera_Video_Motion_Timed_Recording

AtHome Camera App Screenshots (Click to Enlarge)

Motion detection and timed recording are also available after registration with the service, and both worked fine. Interval is the start and stop time during the day where you can to automatically record or enable motion detection.

You’ll receive an email entitled “Motion Detected” with a body that should read like:

Camera AndroidPhone-2973-cam0 detected motion at 2015-04-14 14:29:16

You can then go to the mobile app to watch the 30 seconds clip automatically recorded upon motion detection.

Via MiniAndroidPC who tried it with their MK9 and MK9s TV boxes (aka IPPLI ip.i9).

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Mygica ATV586 Amlogic S805 Android TV Box Comes with DVB-T2 or ATSC Tuner

April 9th, 2015 5 comments

One of the first quad core Android DVB-T2 receiver was VideoStrong K1 that now sells for $80 on Aliexpress, but there’s now some competition from Geniatech, with the same Amlogic S805 processor, thanks to Mygica ATV586 Android TV box featuring either a DVB-T2 or ATSC tuner.
ATV586_DVB-T2_Media-player
ATV586 Specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S805 quad core ARM Cortex A5 @ 1.5GHz with quad core Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4 GB NAND flash + micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4
  • Video Codec – H.265, H.264 etc.. up to 1080p60
  • Tuner
    • DVB-T & DVB-T2 standard with single input terminal (75 Ohm); Frequency – 48.25 – 863.25 MHz; Bandwidth: 6, 7 or 8 MHz
    • ATSC also supported (with a different tuner)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – IR sensor
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 210 x 171 x 35 mm
  • Weight – 160 grams

DVB-T2_Android_Media_Player

The box runs Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat) with various pre-installed apps like Kodi 14.1, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and more. The DVB-T2 function is allegedly supported directly within Kodi, which might be an advantage against competing solutions, and the system can also stream digital TV from the box to your smartphone or tablet. Other features include OTA firmware update, EPG and TV recording to an external hard drive.

The box should be available by the end of the month for $139 (MSRP), which is quite a mark-up compared to Videostrong K1 price, but hopefully actual retail price will be a bit lower, and software may justify the price. Mygica ATV586 must be based on Geniatech ATV586, but with some modifications like the addition of an external Wi-Fi antenna, which replaces optical S/PDIF on the Geniatech device.

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ALi M3733 Dual Core Processor Finds its Way into DVB-T2 & DVB-S2 Android and Linux Set-top Boxes

April 9th, 2015 8 comments

Ten years ago, I remember ALi was in big player in DVD players, but I had not much heard about them since then. Thanks to a ARMdevices.net I found out they are still around, and their latest Ali M3733 dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor will soon be found in DVB set-top boxes like Uyesee L100T2 with a DVB-T2 tuner, or EKT DSD7045 DVB-S2 hybrid set-top box. The former is running Android 4.4, but the latter is likely based on Linux since it only has 512MB NAND flash.

Ali_M3733_Android_Set-top-box

Uyesee L100T2

The EKT receiver runs SolidTV middleware with HbbTV, conditional access, and more features, and it does look like an interesting product, but I’ll focus on the Uyesse for this post:

  • SoC – ALi M3733 dual core Cortex A9 processor with a dual core Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 512 MB DDR3 (Option: 1GB)
  • Storage – 4GB NAND flash (Options: 8 to 32GB)
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4a up to 1080p + composite video ouput
  • Audio Output – HDMI + audio port
  • Tuner
    • DVB-T and DVB-T2 with male and female IEC 169-24 connectors for loop and output.
    • Frequency – 104-862MHz(VHF/UHF)
    • Demodulation – QPSK,16QAM,64QAM for DVB-T; QPSK,16QAM,64QAM,256AM for DVB-T2
    • FFT mode – 2K,8K for DVB-T;  1K,2K,4K,8K,16K,32K,32K ext for DVB-T2
    • FEC Code rate – 1/2,2/3,3/4,5/6,7/8 for DVB-T; 1/2,3/5,2/3,3/4,4/5,5/6 for DVB-T2
    • Guard interval – 1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32 for DVB-T;  14,5/32,1/8,5/64,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/128 for DVB-T2
    • Bandwidth – 6MHz,7MHz,8MHz
    • De-multiplexer – MPEG2 ISO/IEC 13818-1
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports including one OTG port
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A
EKT DSD7045 Satellite Receiver

EKT DSD7045 Satellite Receiver

The box runs Android 4.4.4 with a customized version of XBMC/Kodi with “dolby dts hardware decoding”. Uyesee box specifications do not have any codec listed, but I found some details on the EKT device:

  • Single 720p Hardware transcoding MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC HD/ H.264 HP@L4, MP@ L3
  • HEVC, h.265 software decoding @720p
  • Backwards compatible with MPEG-2 MP@ML

I’m assuming the 720p limitation is only for transcoding and H.265, and that common codec like H.264 / MPEG-4, MPEG-2 can all be decoded in Full HD. There’s no M3773 on ALi products page, so it’s difficult to confirm this information right now. DVB-T2 recording is only working with the 1GB version, so once this type of devices become available make sure you don’t get a model with only 512MB, unless you don’t care about recording and time-shifting. The receiver will come with a remote control, an HDMI cable, a power adapter, and user’s manual by default, with optional 2.4GHz air mouse or wireless mouse and keyboard combo.

You can find out a bit more about L100T2 and its user interface in the video below.

The video might have been recorded a few weeks ago, and M3773 devices should be available very soon. Uyesee will showcase their L100T2 box and other products at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair on April 13-16, 2015.

[Update: Reference price is $45, and pre-production sample will be available by the end of April]

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Intel Celeron N3000 2-in-1 Laptop, and MSI Motherboards with Celeron N3050/N3150 and Pentium N3700 Processors

April 9th, 2015 No comments

Intel introduced the first low power Braswell Celeron and Pentium processors with 4 to 6W TDP, meaning a lower power consumption compared to Bay Trail-M processors, and with better performance. The first devices and motherboards based on these have started to show up with Intel’s Orchid Island 2-in-1 Reference Design based on Celeron N3000, and three MSI motherboards: N3050I ECO, N3150I ECO, and N3700I ECO respectively powered by Celeron N3050 dual core processor, Celeron N3150 quad core processor, and Pentium N3700 quad core processor, all clocked @ 1.6GHz (base frequency) and with 6W TDP.

MSI_ECO_Braswell_MotherboardMSI did not release full details about their motherboards but we still now they’ll support H.265/HEVC hardware decoding up to 4K, Blu-ray playback and 8-channel HD Audio via an HDMI 1.4b port. Other connectors and interfaces include two DDR3L-1600MHz SO-DIMM slots (up to 8GB), two SATA III ports, one PCIe slot, Gigabit Ethernet, a COM port, a VGA port, and USB 3.0 ports. Pricing and availability have not been announced.

However. more information have been provided for Orchid Island, Intel’s 2-in-1 fanless detachable reference design based on the lower-end Celeron N3000 clocked @ 1.04 GHz and with 4W TDP.

Intel_OrchidOrchid Island specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Celeron N3000 dual core processor @ 1.04 GHz (Burst: 2.08 GHz) with Intel HD graphics (Gen 8)
  • System Memory – 4GB DDR3L (Dual channel)
  • Storage – 64GB eMMC + SD card slot
  • Display – 11.6″ embedded displayport IPS (1366×768) multi-touch
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Audio – HDA based speakers, 1x audio jack, HDMI
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and optional GPS
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Sensors – ALS (Ambient Light Sensor), Accelerometer, Gryroscope, Compass
  • Camera – 2MP front-facing camera, 5MP “world-facing” camera
  • Battery – 37Whr
  • Dimensions – 302 x 195 x 9.8 mm. Thickness is 9.8mm for screen only, and 19.3 including the keyboard dock when the laptop is folded.
  • Weight – ~750 grams

The laptop is said to run “Windows 8.1 Non-Connected Standby 64-bit”, but Android and other Linux operating systems should also run on the platform. Battery life is said to be up to 11.5% better than equivalent systems built with Bay Trail-M processors.

The reference design is expected to be used in actual products that will sell for 1799 to 2199 RMB (~$299 – $349).

Via Liliputing and UMPC Portal

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