Resources for Telechips TCC890x: TCC8900 & TCC8902

Telechips TCC 890x is now widely used in low cost Android Tablets among other applications (automotive, portable media player..). Here’s the description provided by Telechips: The TCC890x is a system LSI for digital multimedia applications based on ARM1176JZF-S, an ARM’s proprietary RISC CPU core. It is designed for high-end multimedia entertainment devices such as car AVN, portable multimedia player and home entertainment. The TCC890x supports decoding and encoding various types of video and audio standards with software and dedicated hardware codecs including JPEG / MPEG1 / MPEG2 / MPEG4 / H.264 / VC-1 up to Full HD (1080p) and MP3 / WMA / EAAC+ / AC3, etc. In addition, TCC890x offers a hardwired 3D graphic accelerator to enrich next generation GUI and other graphical applications. Although, Telechips claims to support WinCE, Embedded Linux and Android, they now fully focus on Android development giving other OSes a lower priority. However, the development board and BSP must be obtained from Telechips and BSP is …

D-link Boxee Box available for pre-order

D-link Boxee set-top-box is available for  pre-order on amazon for 199 USD. It can only be pre-ordered to addresses in the US for now and shipments should start in November. D-Link disclosed that its device is based on an Intel Atom processor CE4100 (Sodaville), not an ARM or MIPS processor as many other STBs do. It is running on embedded Linux. Key features listed by D-Link for the device (beside its weird shape) are basically those of the Boxee media-streaming software on which it’s based: Enjoy thousands of shows available for free from your favorite networks, ready to watch at any time Check-out free movies from the web & watch new releases in stunning HD from premium movie services Play videos, songs, or pictures from your computer or home network Plays any non-DRM video, music, and photos and media from anywhere on the Internet The device features the following input/output and power connections: HDMI port Optical digital audio (S/PDIF) out Stereo …

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List the dynamic libraries used by a program

In order to know which dynamic libraries a particular binary is using, just type ldd. For example with busybox: sh-3.00# ldd /bin/busybox /bin/busybox: is setuid libcrypt.so.0 => /lib/libcrypt.so.0 (0x2aaed000) libm.so.0 => /lib/libm.so.0 (0x2ab41000) libgcc_s.so.1 => /lib/libgcc_s.so.1 (0x2ab9c000) libc.so.0 => /lib/libc.so.0 (0x2abeb000) ld-uClibc.so.0 => /lib/ld-uClibc.so.0 (0x2aaa8000)

Internet TVs at IFA Berlin

Even though Android tablets were widely hyped, IFA also had other interesting devices on display. Among them, internet TV is starting to take off. I would have expected some Android set-top box to be shown off, but some manufacturers may prefer to attend IBC 2010 10-14 September 2010. Interestingly the 2 videos below only provide integrated internet Tvs, i.e. without external set-top box. Philips demo’ed an improved version of Net TV, a standard for internet television. Here’s the LG’s Smart TV system for Web-TV and apps on High Definition Television. They have a really cool “magic” remote. (Wii-like remote). This is still a prototype but it looks promising.

ViewSonic Android Tablet: ViewPad 7

Lots of Android Tablet were shown at IFA 2010 in Berlin. The most hyped was Samsung Galaxy Tab. Charbax has lot of videos about different devices. Among them, ViewSonic Viewpad 7 seems to be worth looking at with Android 2.2, #G, Wifi, video calling, capacitive touch screen and a retail price that should be 399 Euros. It actually seems to be doing all what the pricey Samsung tablet is doing (except lower camcorder resolution). On the hardware side, it is most likely using Qualcomm MSM7227 (ARM11)

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Video

As blogged previously, Samsung released its Android Tablet at IFA in Berlin today. Here’s a video to show off the Samsung Galaxy Tab including the TV commercial at the end: That looks really good until you look at the price tag: 799 Euros. Here are the full specs of this Android tablet: Network: 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz 3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps) : 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo) Display: 7.0 inch TFT-LCD, WSVGA (1024 x 600) Processor: Cortex A8 1.0GHz (ARM) Application Processor with PowerVR SGX540 Camera: 3 MP Camera with Auto-Focus and LED Flash 1.3MP front camera for Video Telephony Mini-HDMI connector with 1080p video output. Docking Station GPS (A-GPS) Value-added Features: Android Market™ and Samsung Apps for more applications and contents Readers Hub, Media Hub, Music Hub, Social Hub (Facebook/Google/Outlook) Adobe Flash 10.1 player support Full HD video playback, Thinkfree Office, Swype, Hybrid Widget …

Digital Signage: Implementing a smooth scrolling text

Many digital signage hardware feature scroll text. However, in many cases the scrolling text is either not smooth, sometimes teared or very slow. It may depends on the performance of the hardware used but also on the implementation of the software. Once easy way to implemented scrolling text is just to redraw the text again and again at different position. However, this is very slow and yields poor results unless maybe you have a Truetype accelerator or similar hardware font accelerator. The next step is then to convert the text into pixmaps. This can either be done in the digital signage manager software (Windows PC/MAC or Linux based) or the digital signage player. Doing so in the latter makes it much more flexible. So you may create 2 pixmaps whose width and length match the region to be displayed, you write the text on those 2 pixmaps, then simply move those 2 pixmaps, and once one is fully displayed, you …

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