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Intel / Rockchip XMM 6321 Solution for Low Cost 3G Smartphones and Tablets

October 16th, 2014 4 comments

Back in May, Intel and Rockchip announced a partnership to develop 3G and LTE “Sofia” SoC for mobile devices, a few months later, Rockchip VP posted a picture of dual core development board (6321 solution) on Weibo with Rockchip and Intel technology, and the companies have showcased solutions based on XMM 6321 during the Hong Kong Electronics Fair.
XMM6321_XG632_AG620Intel XMM 6321 appears to be a two-chip solution comprised of:

  • XG632 SoC with a dual core Intel processor, a GPU, ISP?, VPU and a 2G/3G modem
  • Intel/Infineon AG620 Communication Combo with 2G/3G RF, Wi-Fi/BT, GPS, GLONASS and Audio/PMU.

XG632 will be the first processor from Intel and Rockchip collaboration, but it may not be part of “Sofia” family. with quad core 64-bit Sofia 3G-R and Sofia LTE SoCs coming at later date. XG632 is for entry-level smartphones (<$30) and tablets (<$40), whereas the upcoming Sofia SoCs will be seen in mainstream devices.

Charbax filmed Rockchip solutions at Hong Kong Electronics Fair, and he claims XG632 is actually a dual ARM Cortex A5 processor, but this is not consistent with the diagram above showing an “Intel Dual-Core”, and I could not confirm it with any other news sources, so wait and see.

Via AndroidPC.es and ARMdevices.net

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Google Unveils Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet, and Nexus Player

October 16th, 2014 5 comments

Android L is now formally known as Android Lollipop. Since Google already released Android L preview a few month ago, we already know what’s new in Android 5.0 Lollipop with key changes including material design user interface, ART replacing Dalvik, better battery management, 64-bit support, etc… Google also announced three hardware platforms running Android 5.0: Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet, and Nexus Player (Android TV)

Motorola Nexus 6 Smartphone

Nexus_6
Hardware specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad core Krait 450 processor @ 2.7 GHz with Adreno 420 GPU
  • System Memory – 3GB RAM
  • Storage – 32 or 64 GB eMMC – No micro SD slot
  • Display – 5.96” 1440×2560 AMOLED display (493 ppi). 16:9 Aspect ratio.
  • Connectivity – 802.11 ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • Cellular Network (nano SIM):
    • North America:
      • GSM – 850/900/1800/1900MHz
      • CDMA Band Class – 0/1/10
      • WCDMA Bands – 1/2/4/5/8
      • LTE Bands – 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41
      • CA DL Bands – B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
    • Rest of World:
      • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
      • CDMA – not supported
      • WCDMA Bands – 1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19
      • LTE Bands – 1/3/5/7/8/9/19/20/28/41
      • CA DL – B3-B5, B3-B8
  • Audio – Dual front-facing speakers, 3.5 mm audio
  • USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 port
  • Camera
    • 13MP rear-facing with optical image stabilization dual LED ring flash (up to 4K @ 30 fps video recording)
    • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Sensors – GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ambient light sensor, barometer
  • Battery – 3220 mAh. Up to 330 hours in standby, up to 24 hours talk time, up to 10 hours video playbacks, about up to 10 hours internet (Wi-Fi or LTE).
  • Dimensions – 82.98 x 159 .26 x 10.06 mm
  • Weight – 184 grams

The phone is clearly high-end, but there aren’t any innovative new hardware features that I could see, and all innovation resides in Android 5.0 operating system. The phone will be vailable for pre-order starting October 29th for $649 (unlocked), and ship in sometimes November. Visit Google Nexus 6 page for details.

HTC Nexus 9 Tablet

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Technical specifications:

  • SoC – 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 Dual core Denver @ 2.3GHz with 192-core Kepler GPU
  • System Memory – 2 GB RAM
  • Storage – 16 or 32 GB eMMC – No micro SD slot
  • Display – 8.9″ QXGA (2048×1536) IPS LCD. 4:3 aspect ratio
  • Connectivity – 802.11 ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • Cellular Network – Quad-band GSM, CDMA, Penta-band HSPA, LTE
  • Audio – Dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound, dual microphones, 3.5 mm audio
  • USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 port
  • Camera
    • 8MP Rear camera with  auto-focus, and LED flash
    • 1.6 MP front-facing camera
  • Sensors – GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, ambient light sensor
  • Battery – 6700 mAh. Up 9.5 hours for either Wi-Fi browsing or video playback, up to 8.5 hours for LTE browsing, up to 30 days standby with either Wi-Fi or LTE.
  • Dimensions – 153.68mm x 228.25mm x 7.95mm
  • Weight – 425g (Wi-Fi), 436g (LTE)

Nexus 9 tablets will be the first and only 64-bit ARM Android 5.0 devices at launch. The Nexus 9 will be available for pre-order on October 17, starting at $399 for the Wi-Fi/16GB version, and up to $599 for the LTE/32GB version, with shipping expected for November 3. More information is available on Google Nexus 9 page.

Asus Nexus Player

Nexus_PlayerNexus player specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom quad core processor @ 1.8GHz with Imagination PowerVR Series 6 Graphics 2D/3D Engine.
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB storage
  • Video Output – HDMI up to 1080p60
  • Connectivity – 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO), Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB – 1x micro USB port
  • Power – 18W DC power (12V/1.5A?)
  • Dimensions – 120mm x 120mm x 20mm
  • Weight – 235g

The media player will come with a voice search capable Bluetooth Smart (BLE) remote control with two AAA batteries, a power adapter, a quick start guide, and a warranty, safety and regulatory booklet. There’s also an optional wireless gamepad. There’s no Ethernet port, so you’d have to make sure your Wi-Fi network is up to the task. It should be no issue for high definition online videos, but depending on your environment, it might become problematic to playback videos such as Blu-ray rips from your NAS (If that’s even supported/allowed on Android TV).

Nexus Player will go up for pre-order October 17 for $99, and start shipping on November 3. The gamepad will be $39. More information may be found on Google Nexus Player page.

If you don’t feel like buying a new devices, you’ll still get Android 5.0 Lollipopon your Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 as well as “Google Play edition” devices in the coming weeks. Android 5.0 SDK and Nexus (preview) images will be released on October 17.

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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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Intel Reference Design Program for Android Promises Devices with Firmware Updates Tracking AOSP for 2 Years

September 10th, 2014 8 comments

If you’ve ever bought a low cost Chinese smartphone or tablet, you must know you can’t really expect firmware updates, especially with a different Android version. For example, if you’ve purchased an Android 4.1 phone or tablet a couple of years ago, more likely than not, it’s still stuck to the same version. Intel intends to change all that by launching the Intel Reference Design Program for Android.

Intel_Reference_Design_for_AndroidYes, Intel has provided reference designs in the past, but this program goes further, especially with regards to Android support, and firmware updates.

This is the way it all works:

  1. Manufacturers can choose a set of pre-qualified components to build their Android device.
  2. Intel will provide a single Android image that works with the drivers to support all components.
  3. Intel will take care of GMS (Google Mobile Service), and CTS (pre-)certification for their customers.
  4. Intel has committed to provide updates within 2 weeks of an AOSP update, for 2-year post-device launch.

So if you buy a new tablet part of Intel Reference Design Program for Android, you won’t have to worry about firmware upgrades, and you should get an image based on the latest AOSP release on your device within 2 weeks of a release.

Usually “reference design” refers to a single hardware design that manufacturers can copy, but in this case, I understand Intel solution will allow for more flexibility in the design, as they’ll support several touchscreen panels, displays, sensors, etc…, and it will be up to the OEM/ODM to select the ones they want in their design.

Details of the program do not seem to be available online, and they’ll probably need to find a way to indicate which Intel tablets are compliant with the program, so that consumers know which devices are actually supported.

Via Liliputing

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Intel Unveils Broadwell-Y Core M Processors with 4.5W TDP: 5Y70m 5Y10 and 5Y10a

September 7th, 2014 5 comments

ARM still have an edge in terms of power efficiency, but Intel has historically had an edge when it comes to process technology, and the company has announced their first 14-nm processors with three Broadwell Core M SoCs. The new process will also help with power efficiency, as all processors have 4.5W TDP, and Intel claims a Core M laptop will deliver twice the compute performance, and seven times more graphics processing power compared to a 2010 laptop powered by a 18W Core i5 processor, while doubling the battery life. Compared to more recent 4th generation Intel Core “Haswell” CPU, the new chips are said to offer up to 50 percent faster CPU performance and 40 percent graphics on a performance-per-watt basis.

Intel_Core_M_Die_Map

The company reveals three Core-M processors: 5Y70, 5Y10, and 5Y10a, all dual core / quad thread processor with base frequencies between 800 and 1,100 MHz, and turbo frequencies between 2 and 2.6 GHz, as well as an an Intel HD 5300 GPU clocked at 800 or 850 MHz depending on the model. The differences between the three processors are listed in the table below (Source: Anandtech)

Intel Core M Specifications
Core M-5Y70 Core M-5Y10a Core M-5Y10
Cores / Threads 2 / 4 2 / 4 2 / 4
Base Frequency / MHz 1100 800 800
Turbo Frequency / MHz 2600 2000 2000
Processor Graphics HD 5300 HD 5300 HD 5300
IGP Base Frequency / MHz 100 100 100
IGP Turbo Frequency / MHz 850 800 800
L3 Cache 4 MB 4 MB 4 MB
TDP 4.5 W 4.5 W 4.5 W
LPDDR3/DDR3L Support 1600 MHz 1600 MHz 1600 MHz
Intel vPro Yes No No
Intel TXT Yes No No
Intel VT-d/VT-x Yes Yes Yes
Intel AES-NI Yes Yes Yes

5Y10 and 5Y10a are very similar (all specs are identical in the table above), but Anandtech reports one of Intel slides indicates that 5Y10 supports “4W Config Down TDP” (cTDP Down). The GPU will support DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.2, and OpenCL 2.0, support UHD resolution, and Intel Quick Sync Video, which should allow up to 1.7 hours extra battery life with a 35Whr battery compared to previous generations. If you want more technical information, you may want to visit Intel Core M page where you’ll find a product brief, and two datasheets.

Intel Core M processors will be found in thin (<9 mm), fanless 2-in-1 tablet/nodtebook hybrids and laptops that will be available later this year. Five companies have announced products with the latest low power chips by Intel: Acer (Aspire Switch 12), ASUS (Zenbook UX305), Dell (Latitude 13 7000 Series), HP (ENVY x2), and Lenovo (ThinkPad Helix). Since all three Core M SoCs have a price of $281 (1k order), they will only be found in high-end laptops or tablets, and all products aforementioned sells for around $1,000 or more. You can get a run-down of four of the devices on Liliputing.

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AllWinner Announces A83T Octa Core Processor for Tablets

September 4th, 2014 12 comments

AllWinner_A83TSo Allwinner has just announced a new processor. I’ve been disappointed recently when I discovered AllWinner A80 only supports Linux 3.4, whereas most competitors are running Android 3.10 stable kernel, and their partner is distributing A80 OptimusBoard development boards, which looks to be a nice hardware platform, but without any Android or Linux SDK… And with their latest press release you have to wonder… They announced AllWinner A83T processor with “eight highly energy-efficient Cortex-A7 cores that could run simultaneously at around 2.0GHz, and implements the advanced big.LITTLE architecture to maximize the battery life”. The only problem is that with big.LITTLE you need big and LITTLE core, and if AllWinner A83T is just having eight Cortex A7 cores, there’s no big to be found… I guess that just means they can turn cores on and off independently…

Allwinner must also have adopted Qualcomm or Mediatek press release “strategy”, as they release a little information as possible for their first press release… So right now, we just know the processor will be manufactured using TSMC’s 28-nm HPC processor, the cores will run up to 2.0 GHz, a PowerVR GPU is part of the mix, and it will feature Allwinner’s SmartColor technology to deliver better image quality.

Tablets based on Allwinner A83T should start selling in Q4 2014.

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