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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Processor To be Manufactured with Samsung’s 10-nm FinFET Process technology

November 17th, 2016 2 comments

Qualcomm Technologies and Samsung Electronics have jointly announced that the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor for mobile devices will be manufactured using Samsung’s 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology.

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Sadly, neither companies provided further details about the processor itself, but they did offer some insights in the performance and power efficiency improvement between 14nm and 10nm processes with Samsung’s 10nm technology allowing up to a 30% increase in area efficiency with 27% higher performance or up to 40% lower power consumption.
Snapdragon 835 is said to be in production now with commercial devices featuring the new processor expected in H1 2017.

Samsung eMMC and UFS 2.0 embedded Flash Chips and Performance in 2016

October 31st, 2016 No comments

Samsung does not always keep up its website up-to-date when it comes to its embedded flash chips, and performance metrics such as sequential read/write and random read/write values are not shown for all devices. The former is mostly important for data storage, while the latter may make a big difference for the operating systems responsiveness, and applications that rely on many short write and/or read operations. A table with the latest Samsung eMMC 5.0/5.1 and UFS 2.0 chips, and performance metrics somehow dropped in my computer.

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The company offers low end eMMC 5.0/5.1 flash with capacities between 4 and 16 GB with performance up to 285/40 R/W MB/s and 8K/10K R/W IOPS, mainstream chips between 32 and 128 GB delivery up to 310/140 MB/s and 14K IOPS, and all UFS 2.0 device are faster than any of the eMMC flash (limited in theory to 400 MB/s) with capacity between 16GB and 256GB, sequential read/write speed up to 850/260 MB/s, and 50K/30K IOPS. KLUEG8U1EM-B0B10 UFS 2.0 flash performance is quite impressive as sequential read speed is about equivalent, if not faster, than many 256 GB SATA III SSD drives, but sequential write speed, looks a little slower. IOPS values could also mean fast booting times (less than 10 seconds?), and excellent overall system responsiveness.

Categories: Hardware Tags: emmc, samsung, ufs

Samsung Introduces $5 ARTIK 0 and $50 ARTIK 7 Smart IoT Module Families

October 27th, 2016 5 comments

Samsung unveiled ARTIK 1, 3 and 5 boards for the Internet of Things in 2015, and started to sell them, together with development with WiFi, BLE and Zigbee connectivity earlier this year. The Korean company has now announced two new family with ARTIK 0 modules powered by an ARM Cortex-M MCU and destined to be used in HVAC, lighting, industrial sensors, personal health monitoring and more, as well as ARTIK 7 family powered by an Octa-core Cortex A53 processor, and targeting IoT gateways.

ARTIK 0 Family

Development Kit with Artik-020 Module

Development Kit with ARTIK 020 Module

ARTIK 0 family is now comprised for ARTIK 020 with Bluetooth, and ARTIK 030 for applications requiring Thread and/or Zigbee. Beside the different radios, both modules share the same key features:

  • MCU – ARM Cortex-M4 up to 40 MHz with Floating Point Unit, 256KB flash, 32 KB SRAM, advanced hardware cryptographic engine with support for AES-128/-256, ECC, SHA-1, SHA-256, and a Random Number Generator
  • Peripherals
    • 2x USART (UART, SPI, IrDA, I2S)
    • Low Energy UART (LEUART)
    • I2C peripheral interface (address recognition down to EM3)
    • Timers – RTCC, Low Energy Timer, Pulse Counter
    • 12-channel Peripheral Reflex System (PRS)
    • Up to 25 GPIO with interrupts
    • ADC (12-bit, 1 Msps, 326 μA)
    • Current-mode Digital to Analog Converter (IDAC)
    • 2x Analog Comparator (ACMP)
    • 8 channel DMA controller
  • Radio
    • Artik 020 – 2.4 GHz radio for Bluetooth. Chip antenna
    • Artik 030 – 2.4 GHz 802.15.4 radio with integrated balun, support for ZigBee/Thread wireless mesh networking; Up to + 10 dBm Tx power. Antenna: chip antenna or u.FL variant for external antenna
  • Power & Consumption
    • 1.85 to 3.8 V DC input
    • Energy Mode 2 (Deep Sleep) Current: 2.5 μA (Full RAM retention and RTCC running from LXFO)
  • Operating Temperature – -40 to +85°C
  • Certifications – FCC, IC, CE, Aus/NZ, Korea certifications (pending)
  • Dimensions – 12.9 x 15.0 x 2.2 mm
Artik 020 Block Diagram - Click to Enlarge

Artik 020 Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

Samsung did not disclose the MCU vendor, but considering Silicon Labs made SIP-KITSLF001 evaluation kit for the modules, it has to be one of their Gecko MCUs, especially the getting started guide explains how to install Silicon Labs Simplicity StudioTM 4.0…

Artik 0 modules costs about $5 to $6 on Digikey or Mujin (Korea), while the evaluation kits go for $99 and $499 (must be a mistake) respectively for ARTIK-020 and ARTIK-030. You’ll find more technical information on Samsung ARTIK 0 family product page.

ARTIK 7 Family

ARTIK 710 Module

ARTIK 710 Module

ARTIK 7 family is at the other range of the spectrum with an octa-core processor running Linux, and there’s currently only one member with ARTIK 710:

  • SoC – 8x ARM Cortex-A53 processor @ 1.4 GHz with 3D graphics accelerator
  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR3 @ 800 MHz
  • Storage – 4 GB eMMC flash
  • Display I/F  – 4-lane MIPI DSI interface up to 1080p24
  • Audio – I2S interface
  • Camera – 4-lane MIPI CSI interface
  • Connectivity – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 classic + LE, 802.15.4 radio for Zigbee or Thread
  • Analog and Digital I/Os – GPIO, I2S, SPI, UART, SDIO, USB 2.0,  JTAG, Analog input
  • Security – Trustware TEE, secure point-to-point authentication and data transfer
  • Power Supply – PMIC
  • Dimensions – 49 x 36 mm

The module comes pre-installed with Fedora Linux and shares the same getting started guide as ARTIK 5 and 7 modules. A development kit comprised of ARTIK 710 module, an interposer board with Ethernet, micro USB OTG, micro HDMI, LVDS and antenna connectors connected through USB to a platform board with USB ports, MIPI DSI & CSI connectors, micro SD card, audio jack, a battery connector & power jack, itself connected to an IF board to access to more I/Os via the “Expansion Connector Interface”.

ARTIK 710 Module, Interposer and Interface Boards - Click to Enlarge

ARTIK 710 Module, Interposer, Platform, and Interface Boards – Click to Enlarge

ARTIK 710 module sells for around $50 on Digikey, while SIP-KITNXE001 kit with all three boards and the module goes for $199. Visit Samsung ARTIK 7 Family product page for more details, including datasheet, and hardware and software guides.

Samsung Chromebook Pro Powered by Rockchip RK3399 SoC to Sell for $499

October 15th, 2016 16 comments

Considering Linux kernel commits related to RK3399 processor almost always involves developers with a chromium.org email address, beside rock-chip.com ones, we had to expect a Rockchip RK3399 based Chromebook sooner or later, and based on various leaks, Samsung Chromebook Pro appears to be one the RK3399 Chromebooks to come to market very soon.

samsung-chromebook-proWe’ll see some of the key features and pictures, and technical details on websites such as Adorama, so we can have a pretty good idea of Chromebook Pro OP1 / 513C24I specifications, even though Samsung and Google have yet to officially launch the device:

  • SoC – Hexa core processor with 2x ARM Cortex A72 cores @ up to 2.0 GHz, 4x ARM Cortex A53 cores (Which has to be Rockchip RK3399 SoC, or a special RK3399-C specific to Chromebooks)
  • System Memory – 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 32 GB eMMC Flash Storage
  • Display – 360°-rotatable 12.3” LED touchscreen display;  2,400 x 1,600 resolution; 400 nits brightness
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Camera – 1x front-facing webcam
  • USB – 2x USB type C ports
  • Misc – Power and volume buttons, digital pen
  • Battery – Up to 10 hours of battery usage; 70% battery capacity retention expected after 3 years
  • Dimensions – 280 x 221 x 12.9 to 13.9 thickness (All metal body)
  • Weight – 1.08 kg

Chromebook Pro will run the latest version of Chrome OS, include Google Play Store to let you use Android apps, as well as “value added software”, such as a one-year subscription to AirDroid browser-based web app service to easily access files from any of your devices.

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It’s also the first Chromebook that I’m aware of coming with digital pen input to interact with the touchscreen. Samsung Chromebook Pro won’t be the first ARM Cortex A72 Chromebook to be launched, as Acer Chromebook R13 was already launched with a Mediatek processor for $399 and up. Adorama list Chromebook Pro OP1 for $499, and Chrome Unboxed also noticed a now-deleted B&H listing for Chromebook Pro (referred to Kevin to the codebase) going for the same price, and allegedly starting to ship on October 24th.

Via Liliputing

Samsung Starts Mass-Production of Exynos 7 Dual (7270) Processor used in Galaxy Gear S3 Smartwatch

October 11th, 2016 4 comments

Samsung has just issued a press release announcing the Korean company had just started mass-production of the first SoC for Wearables using 14-nm FinFET process with their Exynos 7 Dual (7270) dual Cortex A53 processor. Exynos 7270 is also said to be the first such SoC to embed full connectivity and LTE modem integration.

samsung-exynos-7-dualExynos 7270 specifications:

  • CPU – Dual-core ARM CortexA53 processor  @ up to 1.0 GHz
  • GPU – ARM Mali-T720
  • Memory – LPDDR3 support
  • Storage – eMMC 5.0, SD card interfaces
  • Display – Up to 960×540 (qHD) resolution
  • Camera – Up to 5MP pixel sensor support
  • Multimedia – HD ([email protected]) video with HEVC, H.264, VP8 Codec
  • LTE Modem – LTE Category 4 non-CA
  • Connectivity – WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio
  • GNSS – GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
  • PMIC – Integrated in SiP-ePoP package
  • Package – SiP-ePoP, 10x10mm (SiP: System-in-Package; ePoP: embedded Package-on-Package)

The SoC will be packaged inside a SiP-ePOP package with DRAM, eMMC, and a power management IC, which will allow for a much smaller board, and more space for the battery for example, which combined with the more power efficient 14-nm FinFET process should allow for longer battery life for wearables.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 Running Tizen OS on Exynos 7 Dual Processor

Samsung can also provide a reference platform with display, NFC, audio codec, diverse sensors and a sensor hub to help companies getting started with their product design.

More information can be found on Exynos 7 Dual product page.

The First 4G Tizen Smartphone, Samsung Z2, To Launch in India for $68

August 24th, 2016 3 comments

After Samsung Z1, and Samsung Z3, Samsung defied “mathematical incrementation wisdom”, and launched Samsung Z2 Tizen smartphone, which happens to be the very first Tizen phone supporting 4G networks.

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Tizen Z2 is definitely an entry level smartphone as the specification show:

  • SoC – Spreadtrum SC9830i quad core Cortex A7 processor @ 1.5 GHz with Mali 400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB flash + micro SD slot up to 128GB
  • Display – 4″ WVGA TFT display
  • Cellular Connectivity – 4G LTE Cat.4
  • Camera – 5MP rear camera with LED flash, 0.3MP front camera
  • Battery – 1,500 mAh battery

The device caters to the Indian market with Samsung’s ‘Make for India’ features such as the “Ultra Data Saving mode, S bike mode and the new My Money Transfer”. The phone also includes a preview version of Jio services to access music and videos on demand.

Samsung Z3 will be sold for 4,590 INR (~$68) in India starting on August 29th. More details may be found on Samsung Z2 product page.

Via Tizen Experts

Magic Device Tool Helps You Switch Between Android and Ubuntu on Supported Phones

August 19th, 2016 6 comments

There have only been a few phones released with or supporting Ubuntu so far, and those phones will normally be able to run Android too since Ubuntu Touch relies on Android drivers, and you may decide that Ubuntu is not for you and switch back to Android, or the contrary, if you’ve purchased an Android phone, you may want to install Ubuntu instead. In order to simplify the task of installing operating systems, Marius Quabeck has developed “Magic Device Tool“.

Magic_Device_ToolAs you can see from the screenshot above, 13 phones and tablets are currently supported. You’ll need a computer with Ubuntu 15.04 or greater to install the tool, and I’ve done so on Ubuntu 16.04:

The script will also install phablet-tools if it is not already installed,  so if you are not root, you’ll need your account to be member of sudoers. Once the initial setup is done, you’ll get to choose your phone as shown in the first screenshot. I don’t own any in that list, but I selected LG Nexus 5 to give it a try.

Nexus_5_Android_UbuntuYou’ll be asked whether you want to install Ubuntu, OpenStore alternative app store for hacks, developer tools and app previews, Cyanogenmod 13, the Android factory Image, TWRP recovery, or instead lock or unlock the bootloader. I selected [1] Install Ubuntu -> [1] Choose a channel to flash (Will remove existing apps/data) -> [1] stable, and the flash procedure was about to go ahead:

You’d need your Nexus 5 phone connected to your PC via a USB cable to complete the procedure, but I canceled since I don’t own the hardware required (yet).

The utility can also install PhoenixOS on some phones, and it will soon be improved to include an Android backup/restore option, so you can reflash Android will all your settings and apps.

Via UbuntuFun.de and Ubuntu Australia on G+

Samsung JerryScript is a Lightweight Open Source JavaScript Engine for the Internet of Things

August 2nd, 2016 6 comments

In the old days, micro-controller programming was all done in assembly or C, but in recent years higher level languages, included interpreted ones such as Python and JavaScript, have made their ways into MCUs with projects such as MicroPython or Espruino (JS) often running on STMicro STM32 ARM Cortex M micro-controllers, but also other platforms such as ESP8266.

JerryScriptAs I browsed through the Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2016 schedule, I discovered that Samsung worked on it own implementation of a JavaScript engine for the Internet of Things: JerryScript. It is a full implementation of ECMAScript 5.1 standard written in C that can run on micro-controllers with less than 64KB RAM, and less than 200KB storage (160KB footprint with ARM Thumb-2 compilation).

JerryScript is comprised of two main components: Parser and Virtual Machine (VM), with the parser performing translation of input ECMAScript application into byte-code than is then executed by the Virtual Machine that performs interpretation.

 

JerryScript High Level Design

JerryScript High Level Design

Although JerryScript is designed for MCUs, and is said to be running on hundreds of thousands of smartwatches, you can easily build it and try in any machine running Linux:

You can also compile the code for full, compact or minimal implementation, use the C Api to integrate JavaScript support into your program, etc… Many more details can be found on JerryScript website and Github repository. JerryScript is also used in IoT.js framework for the Internet of Things that currently runs on Linux and NuttX RTOS platforms, as well as STM32F4-Discovery + “BB” (Beaglebone Black?) and Raspberry Pi 2, and will soon be ported to Samsung Artik 1 (MIPS), STM32F429-Discovery, STM32F411-Nucleo, and Intel Edison boards.