Archos G9 Tablets Will Officially Get Android 4.0

Back in December, a demo of Android 4.0 running on Archos 80 G9 was published. Today Archos has officially announced that Android 4.0 would be available very soon for all Archos G9: Archos 80 G9 and Archos 101 G9 including the Turbo version in their Facebook account: Who’s Hungry for ICE CREAM SANDWICH? All ARCHOS G9’s (both current and future) will receive an official upgrade to ICS (ANDROID 4.0) in the near future. With ARCHOS, your device will have full ICS including access to the Google Market, Google Suite of Apps and DRM Support There won’t be any official update for Archos G8 and if you have such device, you’ll have to stay with Android 2.2 for now. If you really need Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) on your Archos Generation 8 (e.g. Archos 70IT), you’ll have to use CyanogenMod CM7 ROM.

Advantech ROM-1210 Computer on Module Powered by Freescale i.MX53

Advantech announced today a new Computer On Module (COM), the ROM-1210, powered by Freescale i.MX53 Cortex-A8 Processor clocked at 1 Ghz, with 256 to 512MB DDR3 onboard, 2GB Flash (upgradable to 64 GB) and supporting OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenVG 1.1 hardware 2D/3D accelerators. The module also supports full HD 1080p video decoding and HD 720p video encoding via its hardware engine.  The company targets human machine interface (HMI), digital signage, industrial automation, cloud computing and portable applications with this platform that can run Android 2.3, embedded Linux 2.6 and Windows Embedded Compact 7. Here are ROM-1210 specifications: CPU – Freescale i.MX535 Cortex-A8 1GHz (i.MX536 Cortex-A8 800MHz for wide temp. only) System RAM – 512 MB DDR3 (256 MB as optional) Flash – 2 GB (up to 64 GB) Graphic Chip – 24-bit LCD controller by CPU. Resolution Default 800×480 WVGA (320X 240 ~ 1920X1080 as optional) LCD Interface – 2x 24-bit LVDS connector Audio –  Audio Line-in, Line-out, MIC-in RTC, …

WonderMedia Prizm WM8950 Cortex A9 SoC

WonderMedia Technologies, a subsidiary of Via Technologies, has unveiled the Prizm WM8950, a single core Cortex A9 processor running up to 800 Mhz with a Mali-400 GPU. The WM8950 SoC is especially aimed at low cost tablets running Android 4.0 as well as WinCE 7.0 smartbooks, but the company says it would also be suitable for applications such as Smart TV, SmartStream for wireless display and multimedia streaming, networked projectors, digital signage and thin clients. Peripheral support includes HDMI, LVDS, and DVO video interfaces, CMOS sensor input for webcams and SD / e-MMC card support.. Additional I/O includes 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0, audio, SPI, I2C, UARTs and GPIO. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can be supported with external chips via SPI and UART interfaces. PRIZM WM8950 Key Features: 800MHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor ARM Mali-400 3D graphics Processor Multi-standard 1080p video decoding engine H.264 video encoding DDR3/LPDDR2 DRAM interface Multiple video interface including HDMI, LVDS, and DVO Flexible networking and peripheral interface Advanced …

Marvell Armada 1500 Google TV Reference Design

Marvell announced that its Foresight Platform, powered by Marvell ARMADA 1500 HD Secure Media Processor System-on-a-Chip (SoC), will be officially used by Google TV (replacing Intel CE4100 SoC) and be introduced at CES 2012. The company said Google TV smart TVs, set-top boxes (STB) and blu-ray players based on its platform would be available later this year. The Foresight Platform uses Marvell’s Qdeo video processing technology designed to deliver improved 3D video, rich audio, 3D graphics and TV-friendly Web content thanks to noise reduction, de-interlacing, low bit-rate internet video enhancement and other enhancement techniques such as Adaptive Contrast Enhancement (ACE) and Intelligent Color Remapping (ICR). ARMADA 1500 (codenamed 88DE3100) contains Marvell’s ARM v6/7-compatible PJ4B SMP super-scalar dual-core CPU. The chip is designed to enable PC-like processing power to support Web browsing with support for Flash and other key technologies – with the aid of more than 6000 Dhrystone MIPS of computing horsepower, FPU v3.0, 512KB of L2 cache and WMMX2. …

Intrinsyc Launches OPEN-6 Platform for Freescale i.MX6

Intrinsyc Software International announced the OPEN-6 Design and Production Platform  that leverages Freescale i.MX 6 multi-core Cortex-A9 processors. Intrinsyc’s OPEN-6 DPP product line will deliver a platform for device makers focused on tablets, eReaders, automotive infotainment (IVI), and industrial handhelds. The platform will include support for: Android 4.0 or Windows Mobile 6.5 Production BSP Advanced Power Management 3G and 4G communication module options, with Intrinsyc’s RapidRIL technology Combination Bluetooth, WLAN, and GPS Capacitive multi-touch display with multiple options including daylight readability Multiple high resolution cameras Full suite of sensors Device Management through Intrinsyc’s i.Device Manager The OPEN-6 DPP product line includes the following solutions: Licensable Production Package – includes production software in source format and cost optimized hardware design that can be licensed by OEM’s and ODM’s for device acceleration Development Kit – solution for application developers and device manufacturers to evaluate, develop, test, and deploy applications that utilize the powerful i.MX 6 technology with fully functional connectivity solutions including …

Ziilabs ZMS-40 Quad Core Cortex A9 SoC is now Available

Ziilabs has just announced the availability of its 100-core ZMS-40 StemCell Media processor optimized for Android tablets. The ZMS-40 combines 96 of ZiiLABS’ StemCell media processing cores with four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs. The number of StemCell Media processors has doubled compared to the dual core ZMS-20. Ziilabs’ own GPU benchmark called MandelMark shows a 2X increase in performance or a 50% reduction in power consumption. The benchmark is not yet available for download, but the company plans to release it in Q1 2012 as an apk file. This processor competes directly with the Nvidia Tegra 3 in terms of CPU and GPU performance. It may actually beat it, as it can support dual independent displays (see below for details). Here are ZMS-40 Key Features: Quad 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 cores with Neon ZiiLABS flexible Stemcell media processing capabilities Low-energy SIMD architecture for high performance media acceleration 96x 32-bit floating point processing cores for 50GFlops of compute High Profile H.264 video …

Linux for Cortex M3 & M4 Microcontrollers

There are plenty of low cost Linux development boards based on Cortex A8 or A9 such as the Beaglebone, as well as some devkits based on ARM7 and ARM9 such as SAM9 development kits , but if your application is cost and/or energy sensitive you can also switch to micro-controllers using Cortex M3 or M4 based development boards such as Emcraft SmartFusion devkits. You can run a functional uCLinux system with 1MB of RAM and 1MB of flash including the TCP/IP stack. You need to use uClinux and not directly Linux, because the Cortex M3 doess not have a Memory Management Unit (MMU) and only a Memory Protection Unit (MPU). This can bring some interesting software development challenges such as (apparently random) kernel panics, the lack of fork, memory fragmentation and more. You can check out http://kernel.org/pub/linux/libs/uclibc/Glibc_vs_uClibc_Differences.txt for the main differences between uClibc and Glibc. The instructions to patch and build the Linux kernel for Cortex M3 are available at …

Advantech Announces COMs, SBCs, Motherboards and Embedded PCs based on Intel Atom N2000 and D2000 Series

Advantech has updated its product range by adding Computer On Modules (COMs). single board computers (SBCs), industrial motherboards and embedded box PCs based on the latest Intel Atom N2000 and D2000 Series processors to its offerings. These low-power embedded platforms provide energy-efficient solutions, and serve a wide range of applications targeted at handheld devices, POS, kiosks, digital signage, medicine, and factory automation. Computer On Modules: SOM-7565 and SOM6765 The Advantech COM-Express Mini SOM-7565, with a mere 84 x 55 mm board size, benefits the low power consuming handheld devices market. SOM-7565 Key Features: PICMG COM R2.0 compliant module for Intel Atom processors N2600 Intel gfx support for DirectX 9 and Open GL 3.0 Supports 18-bit LVDS, eDP/HDMI/DVI/DisplayPort Onboard 2 GB DDR3 800 memory and 4 GB SSD Supports 3 PCIe x1, LPC, SMBus, I2C Bus, SATAII, 8 USB2.0, and GbE Supports Advantech iManager 2.0 and software APIs The COM-Express Compact SOM-6765 upgrades the platform to dual core (with D2700 version), …