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Freescale Unveils QorIQ LS1043A Quad core ARM Cortex A53 Communication Processor for Fanless Networking Equipment

October 22nd, 2014 5 comments

Freescale has introduced the QorIQ LS1043A communications processor, powered by four 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 cores, and destined to be integrated into “intelligent-edge networking equipment including security appliances, SDN (Software Designed Networks) / NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) edge platforms and other fanless, power-efficient applications.” A dual core version named LS1023A is also available.

QorIQ_LS1043A_Block_DiagramKey features of LS1043A and LS1023A SoCs:

  • CPU – Quad (LS1043A) or Dual (LS1023A) ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit cores @ 1 GHz to 1.5 GHz with 32/32 I/D Cache KB L1 and 1 MB L2 cache. 16,000+ CoreMarks.
  • Networking & High Speed Interfaces:
    • Up to six 1x GbE or 1x 10GbE and five x GbE
    • Four lane SerDes up to 10 GHz multiplexed across controllers supporting:
      • Three PCI Express Gen 2 interfaces
      • SATA 3.0 Interface
      • uQUICC Engine
  • Accelerators and Memory Control
  • Other peripherals
    • 3x USB 3.0 interfaces with PHY
    • QuadSPI
    • Integrated Flash Controller (IFC)
    • Quad I²C
  • Misc – QorIQ Platform’s Trust Architecture, ARM SMMU for hardware enhanced virtualization
  • Power Consumption – As low as 6W for a complete fanless system

The company provides a Linux 3.12 BSP, VortiQa  software stacks for the enterprise, SMB networking applications, security appliances, cloud equipment, etc…, and a 6-month evaluation license for CodeWarrior development tools for the company’s LS1 development platforms (no details provided). Freescale also claims third party tools and development kits are available, but did not list them, except for OpenDataPlane program developed in collaboration with Linaro LNG.

QorIQ LS1043A communications processor should start sampling in Q1 2015. More information is available on Freescale LS1043A and LS1023A product page, and QorIQ solutions are currently showcased at Linley Processor Conference, at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California, until October 23.

Via Embedded.com

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Samsung Officially Announces Exynos 7 Octa big.LITTLE ARM Cortex A53/A57 Processor

October 16th, 2014 7 comments

Samsung started to commit code related to Exynos 7 processor to mainline kernel in August, but at the time details were scarce, and many tech websites referred to a Exynos 5433 64-bit processor from Samsung. Exynos 5433 for a Cortex A53/A57 SoC did not make much sense as the company recently announced Exynos 5430 based on Cortex A15 and A7 cores, so finally Exynos 5433 has been renamed to Exynos 7 Octa.

Exynos_7_OctaHere’s what we know about Exynos 7 Octa from information on Exynos 7 Octa page and an older Anandtech article about Exynos 5433:

  • CPU – 4x Cortex A57 cores @ 1.9 GHz , 4x Cortex A53 cores @ 1.3 GHz
  • GPU – Mali-T760 @ 700 MHz
  • Memory Controller – 2x 32-bit @ 825MHz (13.2GB/s b/w)
  • Display – Up to WQHD (2560 x 1440) / WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolutions
  • Video – Advanced multimedia format codec (MFC) including support for H.265/HEVC @ 60 fps
  • Camera – Up to 16 MP 30fps rear camera, Up to 5MP / 30 fps front-facing camera, with dual ISP allowing for simultaneous video recording.
  • Process – 20 nm HKMG

A57 cores are said to provide 57% more performance than the A15 cores found in Exynos 5 Octa processors, whereas. Mali-T760 GPU should deliver up to 74% enhanced graphics performance over Mali-T628 used in Exynos 5 Octa.

Samsung Exynos 7 is used in the international version of the Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

Via G for Games.

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Cube T7 is a 64-bit ARM Android Tablet Powered by Mediatek MT8752 Octa-core LTE SoC

October 14th, 2014 No comments

That’s it! The 64-bit ARM era is upon us! ARMv8 servers have been available to companies for a few months, entry-level 64-bit ARM smartphones such as HTC Desire 510 are coming soon, and so are low cost 64-bit ARM development boards, Nexus 9 tablet leaks (Tegra K1 64-bit) are flooding the blogosphere, and Cube T7 tablet / phablet powered by Mediatek MT8752 octa core Cortex A53 processor will start shipping next month, and is available for pre-order right now for about $200.

Cube_T7_64-bit_TabletCube T7 (preliminary) specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek MT8752 Octa-core Cortex-A53 Processor @ 1.7 Ghz with Mali T-760 MP2 or T-764 GPU
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3L
  • Storage – 16 GB flash + micro SD card slot up to 64 GB
  • Display – 7″ capacitive touchscreen @ 1920×1200. 5 or 10-point multi-touch (TBC)
  • Wireless Connectivity –  Dual band WiFi (802.11 b/g/n and ac), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS, FM Radio
  • Cellular Networks:
    • 1x SIM Card, 1x Standby micro SIM card
    • 4G – FDD-LTE B1, FDD-LTE B3, FDD-LTE B7, TDD-LTE B38~41
    • 3G – TD-SCDMA 2100MHz/1900MHz, WCDMA 850MHz/2100MHz
    • 2G Network Frequencies –  850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz
  • Camera: 5MP back camera, 2MP front-facing camera
  • Sensor – Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope
  • USB – micro USB OTG port
  • Audio – Built-in speaker and microphone, 3.5mm earphone jack
  • Battery – 3500 mAh or 7,900 mAh depending where you read….
  • Dimensions – 192 x 113 x 9.3 mm
  • Weight – 280 grams

It’s a challenge to get the specs right, as listed specifications are not consistent across websites, some even list HDMI support. The tablet will run Android 4.4.4 operating systems (32-bit?), and come with a USB cable and a user’s manual. The company will also sell T8 and T9 tablets with respectively 8″ and 9″ displays, and there will be quad core models based on MT8732 quad core Cortex A53 LTE SoC.

Charbax filmed Alldocube company at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, where they showcased Cube T7 tablet.

Cube T7 will start selling on November 11 in China, and it’s also available for pre-order on Tinydeals for $209.99, with shipping scheduled for November 25. Other sites have listed the tablet such as Merimobiles or Pompmall, and although they don’t seem quite ready for taking pre-orders just yet, price is shown as low as $199.99. Factory price starts at $145 per unit for 2k order.

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Rockchip RK3126, RK3128, and “MayBach” Octo-core Cortex A53 Processor Could Be Found in Tablets in Q4 2014

September 24th, 2014 4 comments

T-chip, the company behind Firefly-RK3288 development board and HPH NT-V6 media player, has sent me their latest company brochure this morning. The brochure mentions the company history since 2005, various tablets solutions they have done over the year, and new and upcoming products. One of the slides particularly caught my attention.

Rockchip_RK3128_RK3126_MayBachRK3288 is pretty popular right now, but I had never heard about RK3126 and RK3128 SoC with four ARM Cortex A7 core with a Mali GPU supporting HEVC decoding up to 1080p resolution. Both processors are manufactured using 40nm technology, so I’d guess these target ultra low cost tablets, which should become available in October and November 2014.

Even more interesting is the mention of “MayBach” Tablets. I’ve been told MayBach, which could just be a temporary codename, is an upcoming Rockchip SoC. Based on the information in the slide, it should be an Octa-core Cortex A53 processor with an unnamed GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0. Supported features include 4K/H.265 video decoding, HDMI 2.0 / LVDS / DSI / eDP video outputs, and an ISP with CSI2 camera interface(s).

I could not find more information about a Rockchip Cortex A53 on the web, except that Rockchip licensed Cortex A50 cores in November 2013.

Separately, I’ve also asked T-Chip about Firefly-RK3288 availability, and that’s what I’ve been told:

Firefly demoboard won’t purchase online on foreign website and the time when it will purchase online inland is not determined.

Disappointing. This conflicts with new that the board would be listed on Taobao next week. so if you want the board, you may have to order by email ($129 + shipping), as mentioned by Charbax, or simply wait for Radxa Rock 2 instead.

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HTC Desire 510 Smartphone Could Be the First 64-Bit ARM Android Device

September 3rd, 2014 3 comments

We’ve had 64-bit ARM servers for a few months, but the first consumer grade 64-bit ARM products should be smartphones, starting with HTC Desire 510. This entry-level / mid-range phone will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 ARM Cortex A53 processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, and a 4.7″ display with 854 x 480 resolution.

HTC_Desire_510HTC Desire 510 technical specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ 1.2Ghz with Adreno 306 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB + micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Display – 4.7″ FWVGA display (854×480)
  • Cellular Networks
    • 2G/2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE – 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    • 3G/3.5G – WCDMA – 850/900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
    • 4G – LTE – B3/B7/B20
    • micro SIM
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS + GLONASS
  • Camera – 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera
  • USB – micro USB 2.0 port
  • Sensor – Accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
  • Battery – 2,100 mAh Li-Ion battery. Talk time (3G): 17 hours. Standby time (3G): Up to 646 hours.
  • Dimensions – 139.9 x 69.8 x 9.99 mm
  • Weight – 158 grams

HTC Desire 510 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense software including BlinkFeed and support for HTC’s Dot View case. I’m not even sure it’s running a 64-bit version of Android 4.4 (is there one?), so it will hopefully be upgrade to Android L in due time.

There’s currently no information about price, but it should be available soon. Other upcoming phones based on Snapdron 410 64-bit processor include Huawei G621, Lenovo A805e, and Samsung Galaxy Mega 2. Devices is more powerful ARM Cortex A57 cores should be available in 2015.

Via Liliputing

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Linaro 14.08 Release with Kernel 3.16 and Android 4.4.4

September 2nd, 2014 No comments

I’m a little late for that one, as Linaro 14.08 was released last Thursday. Nevertheless, this release features Linux kernel 3.16 (baseline), Linux 3.10.52 (LSK), and Android 4.4.4.

As usual Linaro has worked on member hardware such as Qualcomm based IFC6410 and ARM Juno &Vexpress boards. They’ve also committed changes for LLVM, big Endian, and added a workload generator tool (rt-app) to the Ubuntu and Android image. This tool has been developed and used by the power management working group, presumably to measure and optimize power consumption under various loads.

Here are the highlights of this release:

  • Linux Linaro 3.16-2014.08
    • GATOR version 5.19 (new version)
    • updated topic from Qualcomm LT (ifc6410 board support)
    • updated Versatile Express ARM64 support (FVP Base and Foundation models, Juno) from ARM LT (Landing Team)
    • updated Versatile Express patches from ARM LT
    • updated LLVM topic (follows the community llvmlinux-latest branch)
    • Big endian support (the 2014.05 topic version rebased to 3.16 kernel)
    • config fragments changes: CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO=y added to linaro-base.conf. This is needed to get the debug package containing vmlinux to be built, and vmlinux is required to run perf.
  • Linaro Toolchain Binaries 2014.08 – Based on GCC 4.9, and updated to latest Linaro TCWG releases:
    • Linaro GCC 4.9-2014.08
    • Linaro EGLIBC 2.19-2014.08
    • Linaro binutils 2.24-2014.08
    • Linaro GDB 7.8-2014.08
  • Linaro Android 14.08 – Built with Linaro GCC 4.9-2014.08
  • Linaro OpenEmbedded 2014.08
    • integrated Linaro GCC 4.9-2014.08, Linaro EGLIBC 2.19-2014.08, Linaro binutils 2.24-2014.08, and Linaro GDB 7.8-2014.08
    • added rt-app (contributed from Power Management WG)
    • updated GATOR to 5.19,  LSK kernels, and QEMU to 2.1.0
    • fixed boot wrapper build
    • upstreaming:
      • fixed kexec-tools
      • fixed udev startup script to fix mysql launch failure
      • updated PM QA to 0.4.12
      • fixed PHP build
      • fixed hugetlbfs
  • Linaro Ubuntu 14.08
    • added rt-app
    • updated packages: GATOR 5.19, LSK 3.10.52/3.14.16 and linux-linaro 3.16 kernels.
  • KVM ARMv8 Continuous Integration and Testing is completed
  • Make debug symbols available for Versatile Express ALIP image

You can visit https://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1408/Release for a list of known issues, and further release details about the LEB, LMB (Linaro Member Builds), and community builds, as well as Android, Kernel, Graphics, Multimedia, Landing Team, Platform, Power management and Toolchain components.

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Samsung Exynos 7 ARM Cortex A57 Processor Linux Code Submitted

August 28th, 2014 6 comments

Samsung has not announced any 64-bit processor yet, but according to a recent patchset Exynos 7 may be their first 64-bit ARM SoC, and it will be based on the faster Cortex A57 cores. A quick way to learn a little more is to check the device tree file (exynos7.dtsi).

Samsung_Exynos_7Here’s an interesting snippet:

+	cpus {
+		#address-cells = ;
+		#size-cells = ;
+
+		cpu@0 {
+			device_type = "cpu";
+			compatible = "arm,cortex-a57", "arm,armv8";
+			reg = ;
+		};
+	};

As it stands, Exynos7 would be a single core Cortex A57 processor. This sounds unlikely that a company would launch a single core processor at this stage, so it’s probably early code that may not support all cores just yet.  We also know Samsung uses ESPRESSO board for development with Samsung Exynos 7 processor and 3 GB RAM.

Thanks to David for the tips.

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