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Huawei Quick Charging Li-Ion Batteries Promise 10 Times Faster Charge

November 15th, 2015 1 comment

Watt Lab, part of Huawei’s Central Research Institute, has demonstrated new fast charging batteries for smartphone and tablets at the 56th Battery Symposium in Japan. The lab claims these new batteries can be charged 10 times faster than normal batteries, reaching about 50% capacity in a 5 minutes for a 3,000 mAh battery.

Huawei_quick_charging_batteryTwo video demos were uploaded online both using a special charger for the battery only, and compared it to a mobile phone charge with a power adapter.

The first demo includes a depleted 600 mAh filled to 68% in just 2 minutes.

The second demo is quite similar but with a 3,000 mAh battery (620 Wh/L energy density) charged to 48% in 5 minutes.

That means you could get about half day worth of battery with a 5 minute charge. The feat can apparently be achieved by adding “heteroatoms“:

According to Huawei, the company bonded heteroatoms to the molecule of graphite in anode, which could be a catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds. Huawei stated that the heteroatoms increase the charging speed of batteries without decreasing energy density or battery life.

There are other existing quick charging technologies. For example, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 can fill a battery to 65% in less than 30 minutes, so Huawei technology is several times faster, probably 3 to 5 times faster (Qualcomm did not divulge the battery capacity with their numbers).

It’s unclear if smartphones will need removable batteries for fast charging, or whether in the future, the new batteries can be charged inside the phone. Huawei did not give any clues as to when the battery might become available to consumers.

Via Liliputing and XDA Developers

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Categories: Hardware, Video Tags: battery, huawei, smartphone

Huawei Kirin 950 Octa-core Processor Comes with 4 Cortex A72 Cores, 4 Cortex A53 Cores, and a Sensor Hub

November 5th, 2015 5 comments

Smartphone based on MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797) processor with 10 cores including two Cortex A72 cores should start shipping next month, but MediaTek will soon be joined by another Asian company with a mobile SoC with Cortex A72 cores with Huawei that has recently demonstrated their Kirin 950 Octa-core processor with four Cortex A72 coers and four Cortex A53 cores, achieving over 82,000 points in Antutu 5.6 (why an older version?) on a reference board.

Huawei_Kirin_950_Antutu

For reference the top 10 Antutu scores so far in 2015, only got as high as ~77,000 points fro Meizu Pro 5.  Since the benchmark was run on a reference, it’s possible the score will drop once it’s in a tighter package.

Some key features of Kirin 950 processors:

  • CPU – 4x Cortex A72 cores @ 2.3 GHz, 4x Cortex A53 cores @ 1.8 GHz
  • GPU – ARM Mali-T880MP4 GPU @ 900 MHz
  • Co-processor – i5 sensing co-processor / sensor hub (As low as 6.5 mA)
  • Dual 14-bit Dual ISP 960/s with standalone DSP
  • 5 Mode LTE Cat6 Modem
  • Memory – LPDDR3/4
  • Peripherals – USB, HSIC, SDMMC, DMAC…
  • 4K video support
  • Process – TSMC 16nm FinFET+
Kirin_950_Block_Diagram

Kirin 950 Block Diagram

The company also mentioned that they decreased power consumption by up to 60 percent (compared to their processor using TSMC 28nm Process) thanks the 16nm FinFet+ manufacturing,  its new i5 co-processor that “consumes” 6.5 mA instead of 90 mA on the previous i3 co-processor, lower power consumption GPS (Fused Location Provider) and more.

Kirin 950 processor might be found in Huawei Mate 8 smartphone which could possibly launch on November 26

Via Liliputing, Mydrivers, Anzhuo, and Android Central

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Google Officially Unveils Nexus 5X & 6P Android 6.0 Smartphones

September 30th, 2015 No comments

Google released Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” SDK and final preview last month, and the first stable Android 6.0 release is expected on the first week of October on recent Nexus devices, including the latest Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P just announced by Google.

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

Here are the specs of the two phones:

  • LG Nexus 5X Specifications
    • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (MSM8992) dual core Cortex-A57 @ 1.82 GHz  and quad core Cortex-A53 @ 1.44 GHz with Adreno 418 GPU
    • System Memory – 2GB LPDDR3
    • Storage – 16 or 32GB storage, no micro SD slot
    • Display – 5.2″ capacitive touchscreen (1920×1080 resolution), Gorilla Glass 3 with fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
    • Audio – Front facing speaker, 3 microphones with noise cancellation, 3.5mm audio jack
    • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, NFC
    • Cellular Connectivity
      • All versions – GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; single nano SIM card
      • North America – UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8; CDMA: BC0/1/10; LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29; LTE (TDD): B41; LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
      • Hong Kong –  UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/5/8; LTE (FDD): B1/3/7/8/26; LTE (TDD): B38/40/41
        LTE CA DL: B1-B3, B3-B3, B3-B7, B3-B8, B41-B41
      • Rest of world –  UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19; CDMA: not supported; LTE (FDD): B1/2 /3/ 4/5/7/8/9/17/18/19/20/26/28; LTE (TDD): B38/40/41; LTE CA DL: B1-B3, B1-B5, B1-B7, B1-B8, B1-B18, B1-B19, B1-B26, B3-B3, B3-B5, B3-B7, B3-B8, B3-B19, B3-B20, B3-B28, B5-B7, B7-B7, B7-B20, B7-B28, B40-B40, B41-B41
    • Camera
      • 12.3 MP rear autofocus camera with dual flash
      • Video capture up to 4K @ 30Hz
      • Slow motion at 120 fps
      • 5 MP front-facing camera
    • USB – 1x USB type-C connector
    • Sensors – Fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, digital compass, and hall sensor
    • Battery – 2700 mAh Battery
    • Dimensions – 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
    • Weight – 136 grams
  • Huawei Nexus 6P specifications:
    • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 (MSM8994v2) quad-core ARM Cortex A57 at up to 2 GHz and quad-core A53 with Adreno 430 GPU
    • System Memory – 3GB LPDDR4
    • Storage – 32, 64, or 128GB storage, no micro SD slot
    • Display – 5.7″ capacitive touchscreen (2560×1440 resolution), Gorilla Glass 4 with fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
    • Audio – Dual front facing stereo speakers, 3 microphones with noise cancellation, 3.5mm audio jack
    • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, NFC
    • Cellular Connectivity
      • All versions – GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; single nano SIM card
      • North America – UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8; CDMA: BC0/1/10; LTE (FDD): B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30; LTE (TDD): B41; CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
      • Hong Kong – UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/5/8; LTE (FDD): B1/3/7/8/26; LTE (TDD): B38/40/41; LTE CA DL: B1-B3, B3-B3, B3-B7, B3-B8, B41-B41
      • Rest of world – UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19; CDMA: not supported; LTE (FDD): B1/2 /3/ 4/5/7/8/9/17/18/19/20/26/28; LTE (TDD): B38/40/41; LTE CA DL: B1-B3, B1-B5, B1-B7, B1-B8, B1-B18, B1-B19, B1-B26, B3-B3, B3-B5, B3-B7, B3-B8, B3-B19, B3-B20, B3-B28, B5-B7, B7-B7, B7-B20, B7-B28, B40-B40, B41-B41
    • Camera
      • 12.3 MP rear autofocus camera with dual flash (No optical image stabilization)
      • Video capture up to 4K @ 30Hz
      • Slow motion at 120 fps
      • 8 MP front-facing camera
    • USB – 1x USB type-C connector
    • Sensors – Fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor , digital compass, and Hall sensor.
    • Battery – 3450 mAh Battery
    • Dimensions – 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
    • Weight – 178 grams

Both phones are clearly high-end phones with fast processors, sufficient memory for most users, and plenty of storage, but there aren’t any innovations that aren’t already found in many phones, except maybe Bluetooth 4.2 and the USB Type-C connector. The two Nexus phones also lack a micro SD slot, abd only come with a single nano SIM card. The strength of the phones are support for Android Marshmallow and the 18-month firmware update window.

Nexus 5X price starts at $379 and Nexus 6P at $499 with 32GB storage, and goes up to $649 with 128GB storage in the US.You can find more details on Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P product pages.

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Huawei Watch May Be the Best Looking Android Wear Smartwatch So Far

March 2nd, 2015 3 comments

If you think Motorola Moto 360 looks good, but find the black zone at the bottom of the display ruins it all, Huawei Watch may be what you’ve been looking for, with a similar rounded shape design, Android Wear, and when it is in watch mode it really looks like a standard watch without obstructions.

 

Huawei_WatchLet’s go through the specifications first:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (APQ8026) quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.2GHz with Adreno 305 GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB ROM
  • Display – 1.4″ full circle AMOLED display; 400×400, 286ppi; Sapphire crystal
  • Audio – Built-in MIC
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0/4.1
  • Sensors – Gyroscope + Accelerometer, PPG (photoplethysmogram – for heart rate), Barometer, Vibration Motor
  • Misc – Watch button at 2 o’clock
  • Battery – 300mAh
  • Material – Watch: 316L Stainless Steel; Watchband: stainless steel or leather
  • Dimension – 42mm diameter by 11.3mm thickness
  • Weight – N/A

The watch runs Android Wear, and is available in Silver, Black, or Gold colors. The package includes a charging cradle, a USB Cable, a power adapter, and a Quick Start Guide. Like other Android Wear smartwatches, it will interface with your smartphone over Bluetooth LE, and exchange data allowing you to receive notifications, send SMS, check email, answer calls, get directions with GPS data, use “OK Google” voice search, and so on. You’ll have a choice of over 40 different watch faces, and the watch can also be used as a fitness tracker thanks to sensors like PPG.

You can watch the promo video below, where Huawei interviewed some “random” people that just happen to look like models, and want a “timeless design” for their watch.

The company has not talked about price yet, but you’ll be able to buy Huawei Watch around June in more than 20 countries including United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates. Visit Huawei Watch product page for more details. Huawei also released  Talkband N1 headphones + activity tracker, and Talkband B2 fitness band / BT headset. You can get more information about these two on Huawei MWC page.

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Huawei Introduces Kirin 620 Octa Core Cortex A53 LTE SoC for Smartphones

December 3rd, 2014 1 comment

Huawei / Hisilicon has announced a new 64-bit ARM processor with Kirin 620 featuring eight ARM Cortex A53 cores coupled with a Mali-450MP GPU, as well as an LTE Cat4 modem.

Kirin_620Key specifications of this application processor include:

  • CPU – 8x ARM Cortex A53 @ 1.2 GHz
  • GPU – Mali-450MP4 GPU
  • Memory – LPDDR3
  • Camera – 13MP, ZSL (Zero Shutter Lag), HDR
  • Video – Decode & Encode: 1080p30 H.264
  • Cellular connectivity – LET Cat4 150M/50M, HSPA+ Cat24 42M / Cat6 5.76M, TDS R7 2.8M/2.2M, GSM R6 Class33
  • Voice Solution – VoLTE/eSRVCC, CSFB, SGLTE, DSDA, DSDS
  • Peripherals – USB, HSIC, SD/MMC, DMAC
  • Process – 28 nm

Kiron_620_block_diagram

That’s about all I know so far. Hisilicon mobile SoCs have not found their way in many handsets in the past, apart from Huawei smartphones. We’ll see if that one becomes more popular.

Via AndroidPC.es and Android Headlines.

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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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