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Foxconn Bandott STB is an Amlogic S905D TV Box with Dual HDMI Input, Netflix 4K Support

May 22nd, 2017 1 comment

So far, we’ve seen two dual tuner set-top boxes powered by Amlogic S905D processor with Sen5 Android STB and Mecool KI Pro, but earlier this year, Foxconn launched Bandott set-top box based on the processor, with any tuner, but two HDMI inputs, and Widevine L1 and PlayReady 3.0 support allowing for 4K video playback for premium services like Netflix (see Bandott page), CatchPlay, iqiyi, and myVideo.

BANDOTT BA101 specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905D quad core ARM Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.5 GHz with penta core Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB flash
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI 2.0b (HDCP)
  • Video Input – 2x HDMI 1.4
  • Audio Output – HDMI, and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet,  dual band Wi-Fi 802.11ac/b/g/n (2×2), Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1 x USB 2.0
  • DRM – Widevine L1 and PlayReady 3.0

The box runs Android TV 6.0, and was unveiled in January. Foxcon is a large company, and few TV boxes support Netflix 4K, so why was it not all over the news? That’s because the box is sold in Taiwan only through FLNet market place, owned by Foxconn. Some reports indicate the box is free, but you have to pay a deposit and a monthly fee for services. The user interface is said to support English and traditional Chinese, and Bandott BA101 is listed in Netflix website which confirms 4K support, and limitation to Taiwan only. They plan have to have one million subscribed in Taiwan, but there’s no word about launching the device for oversea markets.

Via MiniPC DB

Banana Pi BPI-M64 Board Gets Allwinner R18 Processor with Google Cloud IoT Core Support

May 18th, 2017 30 comments

Banana Pi BPI-M64 board was launched with Allwinner A64 processor, but a few days ago, I noticed the board got an option for Allwinner R18. Both processors are likely very similar since they are pin-to-pin compatible, and Pine64 was first seen with Allwinner R18, so I did not really feel it was newsworthy. But today, Google announced Google Cloud IoT Core cloud service working with a few app partners such as Helium and Losant, as well as several device partners including ARM, Marvell, Microchip, Mongoose OS, NXP… and Allwinner, having just announced the release of an Allwinner R18 SDK with libraries supporting Google Cloud IoT Core.

Let’s go through the board specifications first which are exactly the same as for the original BPI-M64 board, except for the processor:

  • SoC – Allwinner R18 quad core ARM Cortex A53 processor with Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash (16, 32 and 64GB options), micro SD slot up to 256 GB
  • Video Output / Display interface – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K resolution @ 30 Hz, MIPI DSI interface
  • Audio – HDMI, 3.5 mm headphone jack, built-in microphone
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet + 802.11 b/g/n WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6212)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Camera – MIPI CSI interface (which I guess you support parallel cameras via some kind of bridge)
  • Security – Hardware security enables ARM TrustZone, Digital Rights Management (DRM), information encryption/decryption, secure boot, secure JTAG and secure efuse
  • Expansion – 40-pin Raspberry Pi 2 somewhat-compatible header
  • Debugging – 3-pin UART header
  • Misc – IR receiver; U-boot, reset and power buttons;
  • Power – 5V via power barrel; 3.7V Lithium battery header; AXP803 PMIC

So from hardware perspective, there’s no advantage of getting the board with the new R18 processor. But the SDKs are somehow different, and based on Allwinner’s press release, only R18 processor gets Google Cloud IoT Core support.

Cloud IoT Core Overview

Some of the key benefits of Cloud IoT Core include:

  • End-to-end security – Enable end-to-end security using certificate-based authentication and TLS; devices running Android Things or ones supporting the Cloud IoT Core security requirements can deliver full stack security.
  • Out-of-box data Insights – Use downstream analytic systems by integrating with Google Big Data Analytics and ML services.
  • Serverless infrastructure: Scale instantly without limits using horizontal scaling on Google’s serverless platform.
  • Role-level data control – Apply IAM roles to devices to control access to devices and data.
  • Automatic device deployment – Use REST APIs to automatically manage the registration, deployment and operation of devices at scale.

Both Foxconn/SinoVoIP and Pine64 can offer Allwinner R18 platforms compatible with Google Cloud IoT Core via their Banana Pi BPI-M64 and Pine A64+ boards respectively.

Intel Atom x5-Z8300 vs x5-Z8500 Benchmarks Comparison

November 29th, 2015 5 comments

We’ve previously seen there’s not that much difference in benchmarks between Intel Atom Z3735F and the newer Atom x5-Z8300 processor, except when it comes to 3D graphics performance where the latter can be up to twice as fast. The same benchmarks have been run in Windows 10 on an Atom x5-Z8500 based device, namely Kangaroo Mobile Desktop computer, and the difference seemed large enough that I decided to make a comparison against the Atom x5-Z8300 processor used in Tronsmart Ara X5.

Intel_Atom_x5-Z8300_vs_x5-Z8500The three benchmarks – PCMark 8 (Accelerated 3.0), Passmark 8, and 3DMark – were run in Windows 10 64-bit Home in both devices. A Ratio greater than one indicates Kangaroo (x5-Z8500) is the faster device.

Benchmark Tronsmart Ara X5
Intel Atom x5-Z8300 @ 1.44 GHz / 1.84 GHz (Turbo)
Kangaroo Mobile Desktop
Intel Atom x5-Z8500 @ 1.44 GHz / 2.24 GHz (Turbo)
Ratio
PCMark8
Overall Score 1,354 1,597 1.18
Web Browsing – JunglePin 0.62407s 0.5599s 1.11
Web Browsing – Amazonia 0.20059s 0.18814s 1.07
Writing 13.24s 9.03502s 1.47
Casual Gaming 9.65 fps 11.97 fps 1.24
Video Chat playback 29.99 fps 30.01 fps 1.00
Video Chat encoding 254.3333s 212s 1.20
Photo Editing 0.96745s 0.85046s 1.14
Passmark 8
Passmark Rating 672 826 1.23
CPU Mark 1,468 1,950 1.33
2D Graphics Mark 138.8 206 1.48
3D Graphics Mark 240.2 297 1.24
Memory Mark 560 622 1.11
3DMark
Ice Storm 1.2 19,115 20,347 1.06
Cloud Gate 1.1 1,658 1,917 1.16
Sky Diver 1.0 903 1,104 1.22
Fire Strike 214 270 1.26

So Intel Atom x5-Z8500 is faster in all benchmarks. Passmark 8 also includes Disk Mark, but I have not included it in the table above, as it’s more related to the storage performance itself than the processor. Nevertheless, it should be noted that I/O performance may also impact the performance of some tests above, and Disk Mark results were 757 and 606 points for Ara X5 and Kangaroo respectively, and should not have affected the results.

Memory _Bandwidth_x5-Z8500_vs_x5-Z8300

Memory Specs – x5-Z8500 (left) vs x5-Z8300 (right)

The memory specifications should have favored x5-Z8500 when it comes to memory bandwidth, but Passmark’s “Memory Mark” shows only marginal higher performance for x5-Z8500. Nevertheless, overall Atom x5-Z8500 in Kangaroo mini PC should deliver about 20% performance improvement over x5-Z8300.

Price-wise Tronsmart Ara X5 now costs $120 with free shipping worldwide, and Kangaroo mobile desktop computer goes for $99 with shipping to the US only. The Kangaroo device does lack Ethernet however. Intel lists x5-Z8300 for $20 and x5-Z8500 for $25, with actual market prices likely to be even lower, and considering the ~20% performance improvement, the price/performance ratios of x5-z8300 and x5-Z8500 are comparable.

Foxconn Kangaroo Intel Atom x5-Z8500 mini PC Includes a Fingerprint Scanner, Sells for $99

October 27th, 2015 18 comments

Most Cherry Trail mini PCs launched on the market are powered by Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, and few have been announced with x5-Z8500 or x7-X8700 processors which are more powerful, and do not cost that much more based on Intel’s recommended customer price. Foxconn Kangaroo is one of these mini PCs with an Atom x5-Z8500, 2GB RAM, and 32GB eMMC, which has a bonus includes a fingerprint scanner, and sells for $99 on Newegg.

Foxconn_Kangaroo

Foxconn Kangaroo specifications:

  • Processor – Intel Atom x5-Z8500 Processor @ 1.44 GHz (up to 2.24 GHz) with 2M Cache and Intel Gen8 Graphics
  • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 32GB eMMC + micro SD slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI
  • Connectivity –  Wi-Fi 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 1x micro USB port (for charging only), 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0
  • Misc –  Fingerprint reader, 40-pin proprietary Kangaroo adapter, power button
  • Battery Life – 4 hours
  • Power Supply – 12V/3A
  • Dimensions – 80.5 x 157.7 x 12.9 mm (Including dock: 80.5 x 46.9 x 12.9mm)
  • Weight – 200g (without adapter & power cord) / 470g (including adapter & power cord)

The mini PC is pre-loaded with Windows 10 64-bit Home, and since it sells on Newegg, it’s probably a safe bet to assume it’s an activated version. The computer will ship with the 100V~220V power adapter and cable, and the “Kangaroo dock.

Kangaroo Dock

Kangaroo Dock

I don’t really see the purpose of this separate dock (Please somebody enlightened me! So they plan to offer different versions of the dock, and you could have one at home and one at the office) , but without it, you would not have HDMI, USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports nor DC input, and have a headless system without useful connectors except the micro SD slot. Kangaroo can also be used as a power bank and external USB storage, and the company also provides OSLinx app in order to use an iPad as an external display via a USB to Lightning cable.

If you are interested in the difference between x5-Z8300 and x5-Z8500 processor, check out the comparison on Intel website, with the key differences being a higher burst frequency for the CPU (2.24GHz vs 1.84GHz) and the GPU (600MHz vs 500MHz) and Intel Wireless Display support. Other noticeable differences such as memory support up to 8GB, and more PCI Express lanes are also interesting, but not relevant to this product.

I could not find Foxconn Kangaroo on Aliexpress, nor eBay, so it’s likely only available in the US right now. More details may be available on Kangaroo.cc, and if you plan on getting an extra dock it will sell for $39 (currently out of stock).

Via Ian Morrison on Google+ Mini PCs community

Allwinner A83T Tablet Unboxing, First Boot, and Benchmarks

December 6th, 2014 13 comments

Allwinner & HonHai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, sent me an Infocus tablet based on Allwinner A83T processor with eight Cortex A7 cores up to 2GHz, and a PowerVR SGX544 GPU. Today, I’ll list the specifications of this tablet, show unboxing pictures, first boot video, and run Antutu benchmark.

Infocus New Tab CS1 A83 / C2107 Specifications

The invoice calls the tablet “New Tab CS1 A83”, but Android reports the model as C2107, so I’m not fully sure what will be the actual name. It might well be New Tab CS1 A83, as I could find an Infocus an earlier Infocus New Tab CS1 tablet powered by Allwinner A31.

Anyway, here are the specifications I could derive from the device, and running Antutu/CPU-Z on the device:

  • SoC – Allwinner A83T octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 @ 2.0 GHz with PowerVR SGX544MP GPU supporting OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1, OpenCL 1.1, DX 9.3.
  • System Memory – 2 GB RAM
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC + micro SD slot
  • Display – 7″ capacitive touchscreen, 1920×1200 resolution.
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Camera – 8.0 MP rear camera, 1.9 MP front-facing camera
  • USB – 1x micro USB OTG?
  • Sensors – Orientation, G-sensor, accelerometer, magnetometer, light sensor, gyroscope
  • Misc – Power and volume buttons,
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
  • Battery – 3250 mAh (TBC, based on older CS1 specifications)  3,550 mAh (Liliputing opened the tablet)
  • Dimensions – 190 x 108 x 89 mm
  • Weight – 290 grams

Infocus CS1 A83 Pictures

I got the tablet from Foxconn Hong Kong via DHL, in the following white Infocus package.

Infocus_C2107_PackageThe tablet comes only with a 5V/2A and its USB cable, but it might be because I’ve got an early sample, and once it become available, there may be a user’s manual, screen protector, and many other accessories like a pair of headphones.

Allwinner A83 Tablet and power Adapter (Click to Enlarge)

Allwinner A83 Tablet and power Adapter (Click to Enlarge)

On the front, we’ve got the display and the 2MP front-facing camera. Stereo speakers are located on the bottom of the back of the tablet, and the rear camera on the top.

Infocus_New_Tab_CS1_A83

Infocus New Tab CS1 A83 (Click to Enlarge)

The other ports are power and vol +/- buttons on the side, and micro USB port, headphone jack and micro SD card slot on the top of the device.

Infocus_CS1_Buttons_PortsFirst boot

The tablet came fully charged, and pressing the power button one or two seconds boots the tablet, and Infocus tablet boots in just 15 seconds, it’s the fastest boot ever for the Android devices I’ve reviewed so far. You can watch the video below to see the unboxing and first boot for this tablet.

At first I thought Google Play was not installed in the tablet because I did not see the Google Play Store app in the list of apps.

App List and About Tablet Screenshots (Click for Original Size)

App List and About Tablet Screenshots (Click for Original Size)

But I eventually found out the Play Store was installed when I accessed it in Chrome, and looking again in the list of apps, the small icon on the top right is for the Play Store.  I don’t know if this is standard in all Android 4.4 tablet, or Foxconn customized it. The About Tablet section in Android section shows the model number is C2107, the processor UltraOcta-A83, and Android 4.4.4 runs on top of Linux 3.4.39.

The only problem I found during the first few minutes of usage is with the volume down button. I need to press it quite hard, and it won’t work. I don’t have this problem with the volume up button.

Allwinner A83 / Infocus C2107 Tablet Benchmarks

Alwinner A83T is a very new processor, so I ran CPU-Z to get information about both the processor and the tablet.

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CPU-Z correctly detects the processor as an octa-core Cortex A7 clocked between 480 MHz and 2.02 GHz, and with an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU. The model number is C2107 (C2107_CN) and the manufacturer Infocus. Kernel developers may be interested to learn / know AllwinnerA83T is an sun8i platform. Screen resolution is 1920×1200 pixels, 1506 MB RAM is accessible in Android (the rest being used for the VPU, and other hardware buffers), and the internal storage partition 12.40 GB.

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The battery capacity (1,000 Mah) reported by CPU-Z is most probably incorrect. The tablet has a bunch of sensors as reported in the specifications.

Now time for Antutu 5.3 benchmark.

Infocus CS1 A83 Antutu Score (Click to Enlarge)

Infocus CS1 A83 Antutu Score (Click to Enlarge)

With 26,326 points, Infocus New Tab CS1 A83 is a mid range tablet, with a score between Xiaomi MI 2 (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro – APQ8064) and Xiami Redmi Note (Mediatek MT6592).

That’s all for today. I plan to use the device for about a week, mainly browsing the web, checking email, watching videos, and playing games. I’ll also make sure to test the rear and front camera, evaluate the battery life (Is there a standard tool), runs some more benchmark, and report any issues I may have had in the full review. let me know if you’d like me to test anything specific.

The tablet is not currently up for sale, but the proforma invoice I received specifies the price is $170 per unit.

Calxeda Showcases Aaeon and Foxconn ARM Servers at Computex 2013

June 6th, 2013 No comments

ARM started to get involved in servers in 2011 with the announcements of Calxeda Energy Core, Marvell, and Applied Micro X-Gene Servers-on-a-Chip, and in 2012, products made by companies such as HP and Mitac  started to appears. We’ve got to see some more ARM based servers this year thanks to Charbax, who filmed some Aaeon and Foxconn servers powered by Calxeda EnergyCore quad core ARM Cortex A9 SoC at Computex 2013.

Foxconn ARM Server

Foxconn ARM Server

The first server is Aaeon Indus 1U cloud storage appliance:

  • 1U Chassis
  • 2x Calxeda Energycore nodes
  • 10x 3.5″ HDD
  • 2x 10 GbE uplinks and 4x 10GbE chassis-to-chassis interconnects

Foxconn server shown at Computex has slightly higher specs:

  • 4U chassis
  • 12 Calxeda Energycore nodes
  • 60x 3.5″ HDD for up to 240TB storage
  • 4x 10 GbE uplinks and 6x 10 GbE chassis-to-chassis interconnects for 100 GbE total bandwidth

There’s also a Gigabyte server, but I could get details. Server based on Calxeda Energycore are said to provide 3 times more bandwidth per dollar compared to x86 servers, and run either Fedora or Ubuntu. In servers, performance is limited by hard drive, so processing power is often wasted on x86 platform, unless you had a lot of HDDs to match the processors performance.

Calxeda current module has 4 nodes, but they’ve made a new one with just 2 nodes that integrates 2 Ethernet ports, and provides access to SATA via “golden” connectors, instead of SATA connectors, and allow cable-less designs.

A new SoC based on 4 Cortex A15 cores will be available later this, and Calxeda also mention they are a Cortex A57 license, and 64-bit Calxeda SoCs are to be expected next year.

Sony NSX-24GT1 Google TV Tear Down

November 25th, 2010 No comments

Nikkei Electronics has recently teared down Sony Google TV as seen at IFA 2010.

They used Sony NSX-24GT1, a 24″ internet HD television powered by Google TV, for this little exercise.

They found three boards:

  1. Power supply board at the upper left.
  2. Main board (“Android board”) at the lower left.
  3. TV board at the right.

The SoC mounted on the TV board is Renesas Electronics Corp. EMMA3TL2 (MC-10157), an image processing SoC designed for digital TVs supporting ATSC (USA), DVB (Europe) and ARIB (Japan).

Intel Atom CE4100 platform for Google TV

Google TV Main Board based on Intel Atom CE4100 platform

Finally, they disassembled the TV to access the main board. It turned out that Sony NSX-24GT1 Google TV main board is based on Intel Atom CE4100 (center) and Foxconn is the manufacturer (lower right).

Eight Samsung K4B1G0846F DRAM modules are mounted on the board (Right of Atom CE4100) and since each of the DRAM has a capacity of 128 Megabytes, the total memory capacity is 1 Gigabyte.

The “Android” board receives the video data from the TV board via LVDS (Connector on the left), processes Internet data, combines it with the video data and outputs the resulting video data to the front panel.

Sources: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20101116/187433

Yet Another Android Tablet by Foxconn

July 14th, 2010 No comments

Here’s a video of another Android tablet, a 10″ tablet made by Foxconn, aka Hon Hai Precision Industry Company. There seems to be quite a few tablets coming on the market (See Allgo Tablet) that should keep the prices down.

Categories: Android, Hardware Tags: Android, foxconn, tablet