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Huawei D01 Server Board Features 16 ARM Cortex A15 Cores with up to 64 GB RAM, 3 SATA, 2 GbE Ports

March 18th, 2014 7 comments

During Linaro 14.02 release, I noticed a Huawei D01 board with 16 ARM Cortex A15 core, but details were lacking. Charbax was a Linaro Connect Asia earlier this month, and he could film the board in action, and interview the development team about this server board, and software development.

Huawei D01 Server Board

Huawei D01 Server Board

Huawei D01 specifications:

  • Processor
    • HiSilicon SoC with16 x ARM Cortex-A15 CPU Core @ max. 1.5GHz (up to 84000 DMIPS)
    • Support for CPU configuration as AMP/SMP
    • Configurable Big or Little endian. Default: Little endian
  • System Memory – 2x 64bit DDR3 DRAM Dual Inline Memory up to 1600 MHz, Module(DIMM) sockets:(2)&(3) . Default capacity: 8GB, upgradeable to 64GB
  • Storage – 2x 1Gb NOR Flash, 2x 512MB NAND Flash, 3x SATA III for 2.5″ hard drives or SSD, 1x SD card
  • Connectivity – 2x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Gigabit Ethernet ports, 1x 10/100Mbit/s FE port
  • Other Peripheral Interfaces
    • 2x USB 2.0 Host ports
    • 2x UART, 4x I2C, 2x SPI supporting four CSs
    • GPIO – 8x LED interfaces, 8x switches
    • 2x Tracer Connector
    • 1x JTAG interfaces( 5×2 pin CPU Connector, ARM Connector)
  • Expansions – 1x PCI Express interfaces, 3x MDIO interfaces
  • Hardware Monitor Subsystem – Power consumption sense
  • Misc -  Power-off and reset buttons

The BIOS resides in the NOR Flash and support update via FTP. The board runs Ubuntu server OS with Linux 3.13 (upgraded to 3.14 soon), and the target market is mostly cloud based applications. Linaro will use the board for developing software for Hisilicon, and as a native ARM build machine.

Watch the video below. Warning: Noisy ARM server!

You can find more technical details on Linaro D01 page.

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Huawei Kirin 920 Octa-core big.LITTLE ARM SoC Benchmarked

March 11th, 2014 3 comments

Huawei / Hisilicon Kirin 920 application processor has yet to be formally announced, but in the last few days, more details have surfaced. Huawei SoC will feature an octa-core processor with four ARM Cortex A7 and four Cortex A15 cores in big.LITTLE configuration, together with a Mali-628MP4 GPU and a 4G LTE modem. There’s also Kirin 910 with 4 cores @ 1.6 to 1.8 GHz and Mali-450MP4 GPU.

Kirin920The big.LITTLE processor will support DDR3 memory up to 800 MHz, cameras up to 32MP, screens up to WQXGA resolution (2560×1600), and be manufactured using 28nm process technology. According to AndroidPC.es it should be found in Huawei Ascend D3 smartphone to be released this September.

A device called HUAWEI H300 has shown up in Antutu showing a score 37,363 with Kirin 920 SoC, just a few points shy of the score for hardware powered by Snapdragon 805 (37,780) with four Krait 450 cores running at 2.5 GHz and Adreno 420 GPU. The hardware powered by Kirin 920 features a 1920×1080 display, a 13MP and 5MP cameras, 2GB RAM, 16 GB Flash, and runs Android 4.4.2. The CPU clock frequency is reported to be 1305 MHz.
Kirin_920_Antutu
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Linaro 14.02 Release with Linux Kernel 3.14 and Android 4.4.2

February 28th, 2014 No comments

Linaro 14.02 has just been released with Linux Kernel 3.14-rc3 (baseline), Linux Kernel 3.10.30 (LSK), and Android 4.4.2 r2.

There are been a lot of patches for Linaro members boards, and including the latest GTS big.LITTLE processing patch, as well as speeds up to Android 4.4 performance. There’s also a Linux image (password protected) for Huawei D01 board with a 16-core ARM Cortex A15 @ 1.5 GHz SoC with up to 64 GB memory, that must be an unannounced SoC for base stations or other network equipment.  This month Linaro also made two important announcements: Qualcomm is now a Linaro member, and the Linaro Security Working Group (SWG) has been setup to develop open source secure software for the ARM architecture. The first projects will be reference implementations of the W3C Embedded Media Extension (EME), and secure boot for the 64-bit ARM Cortex-A series processors. They’ll also work on security for the Linux kernel.

Here are the highlights of this release:

  • Linaro Stable Kernel (LSK) 3.10.30-2014.02 released – Updated to latest version of GTS patch set for big.LITTLE, and Android support (from Google and Linaro)
  • Linux Linaro 3.14-rc3-2014.02 released
    • gator version 5.17 (same as in 2014.01)
    • new version of the Android topic (linaro-android-3.14-merge) by John Stultz
    • uprobes v5 (new version)
    • new cortex-strings-arm64 topic (optimized memcpy, memmove, memset, memcmp, strcmp, and strlen functions)
    • updated big-LITTLE-pmu topic from ARM LT
    • updated basic Capri board support from Broadcom LT (updates to gpio driver and clock framework support)
    • updated big endian topic
    • updated Arndale_Octa/Arndale/Origen patches from Samsung LT
    • updated Versatile Express patches and added vexpress64 support (FVP Base and Foundation models) from ARM LT
    • updated K3V2 board support from HiSilicon LT
    • config fragments changes – added config fragments for uprobes/kprobe, android.conf: enable CONFIG_SYNC and family, add ION configs.lt-arndale.conf and lt-arndale-octa.conf introduced to hold the options specific for linux-linaro tree
  • Linaro Toolchain Binaries 2014.02- Include a Fortran compiler, updated to Linaro GCC 4.8-2014.02 release, updated Newlib to 2.1, featuring various optimizations and better aarch64 support
  • Linaro Android 14.02 released:
    • built with Linaro GCC 4.8-2014.02
    • updated to the 4.4.2_r2 upstream version
    • memory handling functions from cortex-strings have been merged into Bionic, leading to significant speedups
    • updated pm-qa to 0.4.7
    • improved CTS and methanol test results
    • Linaro Android tree can now be built with gcc 4.9 without modifications
  • Linaro OpenEmbedded 2014.02 released:
    • updated OpenDataPlane to track git
    • added LNG x86 machines
    • merged toolchain fixes, contributed by Khem Raj
    • integrated 2014.02 toolchain
    • added extra tools to images (build-essential, git, xz) to enable more test suites at runtime
    • enabled GRUB2 for aarch64
    • included EFI/ACPI related tools for LEG
    • upstreaming – added mongodb recipe, fixed curl and git SSL issues, submitted git 1.9.0 recipe, updated LTP recipe
  • Linaro Ubuntu 14.02 released
    • added startup-nsh package, contains startup script used to boot with UEFI
    • updated packages: u-boot-linaro-arndale-octa (support HDMI audio and network boot), idlestat
  • Linux Linaro LNG 3.10.27-2014.02 released – Updated to PREEMPT_RT patchset rt25
  • Linux Linaro LT HiSilicon 3.14-rc1-2014.02 released – Included support for K3V2
  • Linaro UEFI 2014.02 is released (source only)
  • Linaro Image Tools 2014.02 released – Added Arndale Octa support for Android builds
  • Linaro Test Suites 2014.02 released
    • Openembedded SDK tests modifications
    • jtreg: updates to blacklist
    • ACPI: updated maintainers and removed ABAT
    • ubuntu/exec-latency.yaml: Add new test
    • Add openembedded smoke tests
    • pmqa: run sanity file before starting tests
    • is-cpu-isolated: Print exact isolation time instead of STRESS_DURATION
    • is-cpu-isolated: Check again if stress is already completed or not
    • KVM: added parsing hackbench measurements
    • aapits: Update git repo link
    • is-cpu-isolated: Increase stress duration to analyze interruptions
    • Add lshw test
    • netperf-client: fix set local_ip to the correct ip
    • netperf-server: if netserver started pass else start it
    • OE/netperf: adding mac mapping table for the LNG-lab
    • common/scripts/netperf-client: tee to view output
    • network-test-basic: Add support for different interface
  • Linaro PM QA 0.4.7-2014.02 released
    • cpuhotplug: skip hotplug check for cpu0
    • added common function to check the userid
    • test feature supported before running suite
  • Linaro GCC 4.8-2014.02 released – Based off the latest GCC 4.8.3+svn207411 release, ARM-v8 crypto intrinsics support, new vectorizer cost model
  • Linaro Newlib 2.1.0-2014.02 released – Based off the latest upstream newlib release, resynced with upstream newlib trunk, added specs file for ARM validation model,provided ftruncate() and truncate() stubs for ARM and AArch64

Visit https://wiki.linaro.org/Cycles/1402/Release for a list of known issues, and further release details about the LEB and community builds, Android, Kernel, Graphics, Multimedia, Landing Team, Platform, Power management and Toolchain (GCC / Qemu) components.

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Firefox OS Smartphones, Tablets and Reference Designs at Mobile World Congress 2014

February 24th, 2014 3 comments

Beside the $25 smartphone, Mozilla has also announced a number of smartphones and tablets running Firefox OS during an event at Mobile World Congress 2014. The first devices such as ZTE Open featured a single core processor, the new models come with more powerful dual and quad core processors, mostly from Qualcomm, but also WonderMedia and AllWinner, together with better screen and features. Let’s have a look.

ZTE Open C and Open II

ZTE_Open_CZTE Open C smartphone features a 4″ display (800 x 480 resolution), powered by Qualcomm Snadragon 200 SoC @ 1.2 GHz, 512MB of RAM, a 2MP camera, as well as a 1,200mAh battery. Engadget has an hands-on video.

ZTE Open II sports a 3.5″ (HVGA -> 480×320) display, with a dual core Snapdragon processor @ 1.2 GHz, 256 MB, 2GB flash, a 2MP camera, and a 1150 mh, according to CNet. It also supports 3G networks.

Both devices run Firefox OS 1.3.

Alcatel OneTouch Fire C, Fire E, Fire S Smartphones, and Fire 7 tablets

Alcatel_OneTouch_Firefox_OSAlcatel unveiled three Firefox OS smartphones:

  • OneTouch Fire S – 4.5″ IPS display, 960 x 540 resolution, with Quacomm Snapdragon quad core processor @ 1.2 GHz, with 4G LTE support, an 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, NFC, and GPS.
  • OneTouch Fire E – 4.5″ display (not IPS), dual core CPU, 512 MB RAM, 4GB Flash, and 5MP and 0.3MP cameras.
  • OneTouch Fire C – 3.5″ display (HVGA), dual core @ 1.2 GHz,  and VGA camera.

OneTouch Fire 7 will come with a 7″ diaplay (qHD -> 960x 540), a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 4GB NAND flash (expandable via micro SD card slot) and a whopping 2GB RAM (Or is it 2Gbit?), as well as front and rear VGA cameras. It weights  285g and has a thickness of 9.9mm.

CNET reports Fire C and Fire E smartphones will be available in Q2, for respectively 59 and 139 Euros, whereas Fire S and Fire 7 will retail for 169 and 79 Euros in Q3 2014. All new Alcatel devices run Firefox 1.3.

Huawei AscendY300

Huawei_Ascend_Y300Huawei Ascend Y300 will come with a 4″ WVGA display, and be powered by a dual core Snapdragon 8225 processor @ 1 GHz with 512MB RAM. It also packs a 1,950mAh battery, and 5MP and VGA cameras. Contrary to the aforementioned devices running Firefox OS 1.3, Huawei phone runs version 1.1 of the mobile operating system. You can find more details on Huawei Ascend Y300 F1 post.

Firefox OS Flame Reference Smartphone

Firefox OS Flame Reference Smartphone

LG Fireweb

LG will also run Mozilla Firefox OS 1.1, and features a 4″ display (480x 320), Qualcomm snapdragon processor @ 1GHz processor, and 5 MP camera. It also supports 3G, GPS and FM radio. Fireweb will be available in Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay.

Firefox OS Flame and VIA Vixen Reference Designs

Beside consumer products, Mozilla also added two reference designs for developers and manufacturers on top of the existing InFocus New Tab F1 powered by AllWinner A31:

  • Firefox OS Flame – Smartphone with a 4.5″ display (854 x 480 pixel), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210) dual-core processor @ 1.2 GHz , 8 GB  NAND flash, and between 256MB and 1GB RAM (adjustable by developer). The phone also includes 5MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G UMTS, and NFC wireless, as well as a 1800mAh battery.
  • VIA Vixen – Tablet with 7″ LCD screen (1024×600), powered by VIA WonderMedia WM8880 dual core Cortex A9 processor @ 1.2 GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU, 8GB storage, 1GB RAM, 0.3 MP and 2.0 MP cameras, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Developers, testers, and people ready to localize and translate Firefox OS UI, can apply for a free Infocus or Vixen tablet via Mozilla’s Expanded Tablet Contribution Program.

Via Liliputing

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Review of Huawei MediaQ M310 Android TV Box

February 12th, 2014 5 comments

Huawei MediaQ M310 is an Android set-top box powered by HiSilicon K3V2 quad core SoC. AndroidPC.es have just written a review of the device in Spanish, and since it’s one of the only media player based on this processor, which also include a Vivante GC4000 GPU, I’ll translate some of the most interesting bits, but you can find many more pictures and screenshots on the original article.

MediaQ M310 Unboxing

Huawei_MediaQ_M310_with_RemoteLet’s remind us of the specifications first:

  • SoC – Hisilicon K3V2 Quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor with Vivante GC4000 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB Flash + microSD card slot
  • Video I/O – 1x HDMI In,1x HDMI Out
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, SPDIF, 3.5mm stereo jack, Mic mono
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 (1 extension from Y cable) + 1x micro USB
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n 2.4G/5G 2×2MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0

Beside the device and the Bluetooth remote control shown above, the package also comes with a 5V/2A power adapter, an HDMI cable, and a user’s manual written in Chinese. You can watch the unboxing video below for details.

System Setup

There are two versions of the firmware: Chinese, and international with several languages supported. The international version is much smaller than the Chinese versions (363.14 MB vs 510.80 MB), probably because they’ve remove some online TV app only working in China, and not quite as up-to date (21/11/2013 vs 27/1/2014). The international version however comes with Google Play, which is not present in the Chinese version. AndroidPC.es tested the international version.

With this firmware, the Bluetooth remote does not work although it does with the Chinese firmware. So they’ve connected a mouse and keyboard, setup Wi-Fi and download an app on their phone thanks to a QR code showed on the user interface.

Huawei_MediaQ_User_InterfaceThe device runs Android 4.1.2 with Linux kernel 3.0.8, and the interface has completed be customize so you won’t be able to access the Android settings, and go to the device settings which still give access to most setup options:  System Information, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Display, Audio, USB, Storage, and more. Developer options are not available, and it does not look like the reviewer tried to enable them by clicking 7 times on the build version.

Audio & Video

You can either select 720p60 or 1080p60 for HDMI, and it support audio downsampling (PCM), and pass-through. They’ve tested DTS and AC3 5.1 with S/PDIF output and it worked fine, but 7.1 audio failed. It could be because the AV receiver they used, Pioneer VSX-527-K, simply does not support 7.1, or MediaQ M310 does not support it.

Video playback appears to be decent as all video samples from Linaro (H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC1, VP8, RealVideo) could play from a USB flash drive or Wi-Fi. Some higher bitrate videos (1080p @ 40 Mbps, 4K2K @ 60Mbps) could not play smoothly from their USB stick. With their setup, file transfer performance was 11 MB/s for the USB flash drive, and 0.5MB/s for Wi-Fi. The later should actually not be enough to play 1080p video samples from Linaro. I notice the video test have been done via 802.11g, and the transfer with 802.11n, which could explain the oddity.

They have also tested XBMC, but there’s no hardware acceleration for now. XBMC Custom XAF version which is using an external player, e.g. MX Player, should work just fine however. Skype could work fine, except they had to install it from an apk, as Google Play store said the device was incompatible.

There’s also an HDMI input, but they do not appear to have tested it.

Huawei MediaQ M310 Benchmarks

Let’s see what HiSilicon K3V2 and Vivante GC4000 are capable of.

Hisilicon_K3V2_AntutuCompared to Rockchip RK3188-T score of 15,356 in Beelink A9, an Antutu score of 10974 is rather disappointing. Unfortunatly, AndroidPC screenshot does not show GPU score, but we can still compare some of the tests. I would have liked to add Antutu 4.x results for devices based on Freescale i.MX6 and AllWinner A31, but I don’t have detailed scores for these.

Test Rockchip RK3188-T
Beelink A9
HiSilicon K3V2
MediaQ M310
Multitask 3227 2657
Dalvik 1165 932
CPU integer 2130 1901
CPU float-point 1361 1049
RAM Operation 1625 1437
RAM Speed 872 699?

With regards to CPU performance, the scores are actually as expected because K3V2 is clocked at 1.2 GHz against 1.4GHz for RK3188-T.

The device gets 1063 points in Passmark Android, which places it between HTC Desire HD (Qualcomm 8255 dual core) and Samsung Galaxy S (Samsung Exynos 3110) performance which is pretty pathetic, and appears to be due to poor results in memory mark, and 2D graphics mark tests. These results appear to be really too low, and the device should be closer to Nvidia Tegra 3 used in Asus Transformer Prime in the charts below.

Huawei_MediaQ_M310_PassMarkMediaQ M310 gets 3446 points in 3Dmark Ice Storm benchmark. If we compare this to the list of best Android mobile devices in Futuremark’s website it’s very close to Pipo S1 tablet (3448 pts, Rockchip RK3188 w Mali-400MP4), and not that far from Transformer Prime (3935 pts, Nvidia Tegra 3). It’s still somewhat disappointing, as I was expecting Vivante GC4000 to outperform these older GPUs.

Conclusion

The guys at AndroidPC.es concludes with the pros and cons of the device:

  • Pros – Good finish of the product, the firmware works well, native 1080p resolution, HDMI input, easy firmware upgrade, and good video playback.
  • Cons – Poor Wi-Fi, Google Play incompatibilities, and firmware with too many customizations compared to stock Android. It would also add disappointing SoC performance.

If you are interested in purchasing Huawei MediaQ M310, you can do so for $129 on Aliexpress.

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Huawei Ascend Y300 F1 Firefox OS Phone Features Qualcomm MSM8225 SoC

February 3rd, 2014 No comments

Firefox OS devices are slowly coming to market, but it could be that most of them are existing Android phones or tablets repurposed to run Firefox OS with little, if any, hardware changes. We’ve already seen Mozilla selected InFocus New Tab F1, an Android Tablet, for its development program, but actual products such as Huawei Ascend Y300 smartphone, will soon be sold with Firefox OS using the model name “Ascend Y300 F1″ or “Ascend Y300 II”.
Huawei_Ascent_Y300_Firefox_OSHuawei Ascend Y300 F1 specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm MSM8225 dual core Cortex A5 @ 1 GHz with Adreno 203 GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash, microSD card slot
  • Display – 4″ touchscreen (WVGA – 800 x 480)
  • Connectivity – 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS
  • Cellular networks – GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, UMTS 850/1900/2100.
  • Camera – 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • Battery – 1730mAh
  • Dimensions – 124.5 x 63.75 x 11.05 mm

These are the specifications from a post by tech2.hu guys who saw the device at CES 2014, but a quick look on pdadb.net shows the original Ascend Y300 has just about the same specifications. If both versions of the phone are indeed the same that means you’ll be able to install either Android or Firefox OS on the device, and it could be interesting to compare the performance of Android 4.1 using Java/Dalvik against Firefox OS using HTML5 in the same low-end device.

No price has been announced with Ascend Y300 F1 yet, but I don’t see why it would be any different from the Android version which costs as low as $100 including shipping on Aliexpress, and $120 and up on Amazon US.

Via Liliputing

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Huawei MediaQ M310 Is Now Available For Purchase

August 9th, 2013 7 comments

Huawei MediaQ M310 is a media player based on Hisilicon K3V2 quad core SoC, the company unveiled at CES 2013. The company expected the product to be released in Q3 2013 (about now), and the good news is that it has started to pop-up on Aliexpress for $109 including shipping. The bad news is that the only seller has no feedback at all, so you take an extra risk if you buy right now, and I’m sure it will show up in more places in the days or weeks ahead.

Huawei MediaQ M310

Let’s remind us of the specifications:

  • SoC – Hisilicon K3V2 Quad-core Cortex A9 processor with Vivante GC4000 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB Flash + microSD card slot
  • Video I/O – 1x HDMI In,1x HDMI Out
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, SPDIF, 3.5mm stereo jack, Mic mono
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 (1 extension from Y cable) + 1x micro USB
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n 2.4G/5G 2×2MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dimensions (L×W×H) – 65mm × 65mm × 14mm
  • Power supply – 1x Micro USB for power DC 5V 2A

The operating system is a customized version of Android. Storage and memory sizes are a bit on the low side by today’s standard, but it should still be usable. HDMI In is quite a rare feature, and allows you to connect another receiver (DVB, Cable, Satellite) to your device to easily switch between the two devices. The good thing with buying a device from a larger company is that software support is likely to be better, and if you want to see how the device “can make your life rich and colorful…” works and its features, watch the promo video below. Advertised features include display mirroring, Huawei Cloud storage, video chat, gaming, voice control, and more.

You may also want to visit Huawei MediaQ M3 page for further details.

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