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Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 & 810 ARM Cortex A57/A53 SoCs

April 8th, 2014 2 comments

Qualcomm has already announced the Snapdragon 410, then Snapdragon 610 & 615, all three 64-bit SoCs featuring an ARM Cortex A53 targeting mid-range smartphones and tablets. Anandtech has reported that the company will launch their first 64-bit ARM SoCs for high-end devices in 2015. Snapdragon 808 and 810 will respectively feature 6 and 8 cores using 2 or 4 high performance Cortex A57 cores, and 4 low power Cortex A53 cores in big.LITTLE configuration.

Snapdragon_810

Both processor shares the same 9×35 core, LTE Category 6/7 integrated modem, an eMMC 5.0 interface, and be manufactured using 20nm process. Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) will also come with an Adreno 430 GPU, support H.265 harware encode and decode, feature a dual 32-bit LPDDR4-1600 memory interface, and a 14-bit dual ISP camera interface. Snapdragon 808 (MSM8992) will have an Adreno 418 GPU, support H.265 hardware decode, feature a dual 32-bit LPDDR3-933 memory interface, and a 12-bit dual ISP camera interface.

Snapdragon 808 and 810 are expected to ship in devices in H1 2015.

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Intel To Launch Quad Core Z37x5 Atom Bay Trail-T SoCs

March 31st, 2014 2 comments

CPU World reports Intel is preparing to launch at least 9 new Bay Trail-T processors for Android and Windows 8.1 tablets. The new processors will be part of Atom Z37x5 product line, which offers up to 16% better graphics performance. All SoCs are built on Silvermont (22nm) microarchitecture, come with 4 CPU cores, 2 MB L2 cache, and Ivy Bridge-based GPUs.

Intel_Bay_Trail The most powerful will be Z3795 with four CPU cores clocked at 1.6 GHz, with burst speeds reaching up to 2.39 GHz, a GPU clocked between 311 and 778 MHz, and support for up to 4GB RAM. Z3735E is the processor with the weakest specs, and must be the cheapest of the lots. It’s clocked at 1.33 GHz (Turbo: 1.83 GHz) and support a mere 1GB RAM max. CPU World has specs for seven models as shown in the table below.

Model Cores Frequency /Turbo L2 cache Max RAM GPU Frequency Memory
Atom Z3735D 4 1.33 / 1.83 GHz 2 MB 2 GB 313 / 688 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3735E 4 1.33 / 1.83 GHz 2 MB 1 GB 313 / 688 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3745 4 1.33 / 1.86 GHz 2 MB 4 GB 311 / 778 MHz LPDDR3-1066
Atom Z3745D 4 1.33 / 1.83 GHz 2 MB 2 GB 313 / 792 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3775 4 1.46 / 2.39 GHz 2 MB 4 GB 311 / 778 MHz LPDDR3-1066
Atom Z3775D 4 1.5 / 2.41 GHz 2 MB 2 GB 313 / 792 MHz DDR3L-RS 1333
Atom Z3795 4 1.6 / 2.39 GHz 2 MB 4 GB 311 / 778 MHz LPDDR3-1066

The new Intel Bay Trail-T processors are expected to ship later in Q2 2014.

Via Liliputing

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AMLogic to Unveil M805 & S805 Quad Core Cortex A5 SoCs with Mali-450 GPU

March 4th, 2014 10 comments

As we are still waiting for retail availability of Android TV boxes and mini PCs based on AMLogic S802 quad core processor, rumors have started to surface about another quad core processor by the company called S805 to be used in media players, and probably it’s equivalent M805 for tablets. M803 and M805 were already part of AMLogic roadmap and were said to feature quad core CPU and GPU. It turns out M805 and S805 will feature four ARM Cortex A5 cores @ 1.5 GHz combined with a quad core ARM Mali-450 GPU (Mali-450MP2 ?).

AMLogic_S805That means S805 will be cost down version of S802 with four cortex A5 cores instead of four Cortex A9r4 cores, and Mali-450MP2 instead of Mali-450MP6. The new processor will also support hardware decoded of H.265 @ 1080p, and embed a Gigabit Ethernet controller. If the features listed in the roadmap are still correct, we can also expect the following:

  • Dual channel DDR3/LPDDR3 up to 2GB
  • 64-bit SDRAM bandwidth
  • OS – Android 4.4 Kit Kat
  • BGA package, 28nm HPM.

That probably means no 4K support like in M802/S802. There should also be a M803 tablet version pin-to-pin compatible with M801/M802, and possibly the equivalent S803 for media players.

There’s currently a battle between H.265 (HEVC) and royalty-free VP9 codecs, and some online service may choose one over the other, although I believe they’ll most probably support both as is the case with VP8 and H.264 we all use today. So ideally an SoC should support both, and it will become more and more important to getting hardware with proper H.265 or/and VP9 hardware decoding to get a much better user experience for online video streaming: either not seeing that buffering spinning wheel so often, or/and moving to an higher resolution.

I don’t really see Gigabit Ethernet for a 1080p media player as a big advantage, since I don’t know any 1080p videos that will saturate the 100 Mbps bandwidth. For media centers and 4K videos that’s another story however, and Gigabit Ethernet will become a must.

Via AndroidPC.es and 1pad.cn

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BroadLink SP2 Wi-Fi Smart Socket for iOS and Android Adds Support for Energy Monitoring, Motion Sensing

March 4th, 2014 1 comment

Broadlink SP1, a low cost Wi-Fi smart socket released last year,  allows you to control your electric appliance with your mobile device running iOS or Android. You could turn it on or off, set timers, and so on. An updated model is now available, Broadlink SP2, that adds energy monitoring to the features found in the previous model, to track your historic and live power consumption on your smartphone or tablet, as well as a motion sensor to automatically turn off the lights, for instance, if you are away (Auto Home / Auto Away feature).

Broadlink SP2 and Energy Monitoring

Broadlink SP2 and Energy Monitoring

The hardware specifications are very similar to SP1 except it’s using a case made of polycarbonate plastic instead of ABS, and the device is a bit bigger:

  • Material – PC
  • Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n
  • Power Plug – Three flat-pin plug (Australia type)
  • Voltage – 100~265V @ 50-60 Hz
  • Output Current – 10A
  • Output Power – 2300W max.
  • Dimensions – 12.3 cm x 7 cm x 6.5 cm
  • Durability – > 50,000 On/Off
  • Temperature Range – -10 C to 60 C

The smart socket comes with a user’s manual in English. Just like with SP1, you’ll need a plug adapter or a universal power strip to use the plug, if you don’t live in Australia, China, Argentina, New Zealand, and the few other countries using this type of plug.

The  “Broadlink” app is apparently the same as for SP1 for iOS 5+ and Android 2.2+ and support English as well as simplified and traditional Chinese. The company SP2 page is not very clear, and there are also other iOS and Android apps, but they must be for other products.

You can purchase Broadlink SP2 on DealExtreme for $45.24, but it should eventually be closer to $36, as it’s available for 179 CNY (About $29) on Taobao excluding shipping. For reference, Broadlink SP1 sells for $35 on dx.com.

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Livefan F3C Intel Baytrail-T Z3740D Tablet Running Windows 8.1 or “MS-DOS” Sells for $324 and Up

February 26th, 2014 13 comments

It’s now pretty difficult to find an Intel Bay Trail Z3740 or Z3770 running anything else than Windows 8.x, and even if you just want to try running a Linux distribution or Android on the device, you’d still have to pay around $60 for the Windows license. There’s now a solution thanks to Geekbuying which sells Live F3C tablet with Windows 8.1 for $382.99, and with “MS-DOS”, probably FreeDOS, for just $323.99.

Livefan _F3CLivefan F3C specifications:

 

  • SoC – Intel Baytrail-T Z3740D quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Turbo freq. : 1.8GHz)
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 32 GB NAND Flash + microSD card slot
  • Display – 10.1″ IPS Capacitive touch screen (1280×800)
  • Video Output – mini HDMI
  • Audio – Built in stereo speakers and microphone. 3.5 mm earphone jack
  • Camera – Dual Camera, 2.0MP+2.0MP
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. 3G via USB dongle.
  • USB – micro USB OTG port
  • Sensors – G-Sensor
  • Battery – ~8000mAh Li-ion battery]
  • Power Supply – DC 9V 2A (2.5mm jack)
  • Dimensions – 256.5 x 172.8 x (6.3 to 9.8) mm
  • Weight – 595g

I understand there’s no hardware difference between the Windows 8.1 and “MS-DOS” version. The tablet is sold with a micro USB cable, a 9V/2A power adapter and a user’s manual.  If you’d like a keyboard with Livefan F3C tablet, Geekbuying sells one with a leather case for $57.99.

I understand Livefan F3C will work with a standard Windows 8.1, so you could install it on the MS-DOS version provided you have a license, but if you plan to install alternative operating systems such as Android or Ubuntu, some parts are unlikely to work out of the box, e.g. Wi-Fi, touch screen…, if it can boot at all.

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

February 24th, 2014 No 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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AMLogic S802 / M802 Android 4.4 SDK, Documentation and Reference Schematics Are (Almost) Available

February 19th, 2014 10 comments

We’ve seen in the past AMLogic sometimes pushes some updated GPL software releases on their Open Linux website. So I went to have a look a few days ago, and to my surprise they already had instructions to download and build Android 4.4 for AMLogic M802 (Tablet) and S802 (STB), “user’s guides”, as well as links to reference schematics for the tablets… Nice!!!

AMLogic_M802_Android_SDK_Schematics

AMLogic Open Android Tablet Page Screenshot (Click to Enlarge)

I started with 4.4_ReleaseInfo for “Mbox” (S802), which explains how to get the SDK release on 2014-01-27 (kk-amlogic-20140127):

repo init -u ssh://[email protected]/kitkat/platform/manifest.git -b kk-amlogic
repo sync
repo init -m openlinux_kk-amlogic_20140127.xml
repo sync

Unfortunately the joy stopped right there, as you need to send your SSH public key to your representative. I’ve just done that, and sent an email to support [at] amlogic.com, and mbox-android [at] amlogic.com on Sunday, and I have yet to gain access. I’ve found the “mbox-android” email in from Mbox page (similar to screenshot above) in a field right of “reference schematics” column, which has been removed since then. I’ve just noticed you actually need to fill a form with your company details to potentially get approval.

I’ve also found out that links to schematics and “user’s guides” all ask you to “please contact your sales window”, so there’s basically nothing available from this “open source” website, except the GPL source code directory last updated in April 2013, and there’s obviously nothing about S802/M802. There’s also  documentation available publicly or via NDA / SLA depending on the doc. Finally a Tools page is available, but with all information referring to files in the SDK.

The media box reference platform appears to be called “AML-M802 K200″ with either 1 or 2GB RAM. and there appears to be two tablets reference designs: M802 K100 and M802 K101. There’s also a TV section for AMLogic T802?, but it’s empty for now.

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