Faster, cheaper, smaller: The state of the system-on-a-chip in 2014 | Ars Technica

The trend for 2014 for the SoC market is described here. It tells us about how 2014 is about adding more cores and controlling the power consumption. We do not necessarily agree with the opinion of the journalist. The market grows in the mid-range while volumes stagnate on the high range segment. The journalist believes very much in Nvidia, less in Intel and a little in Qualcomm when we would bet more on Qualcomm for their integrated approach and on Mediatek. We also believe Rockchip will be a key player. So in a nutshell after the race for the higher clock, now is the time for the race for the higher number of cores. Let the game begin.

 

Faster, cheaper, smaller: The state of the system-on-a-chip in 2014 | Ars Technica.

AnandTech | ARM Partners Ship 50 Billion Chips Since 1991 – Where Did They Go?

ARM has communicated on the 50 billions cores sold since the beginning of its operations in 1991. This is huge. This article explains that most of them went to the mobile industry …. but not only.

What are the new emerging markets for ARM?

What would be a great next step?

The threshold of 50 billions cores shipped is really impressive. It is a symbol and a great achievement.

AnandTech | ARM Partners Ship 50 Billion Chips Since 1991 – Where Did They Go?.

Linux – Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia

Today is April fools day and we wanted to share something special with our followers and our audience. Uncyclopedia is helping us with a fake story in the form of a long joke about Linux, Linus, potatoes and pumpkins. Yet another conspiracy theory, crazy, humorous and funny. This is all second degree so please enjoy.

Linux – Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia.

LG’s Smart Bulb Connects With Your Smartphone

LG’s Smart Bulb Connects With Your Smartphone.

Internet of things allows to control your light bulb from your IOS or Android smartphone. We love this product and the idea of controlling the power management.

The Automotive Market is a Mirage for Traditional Chip Makers | SemiAccurate

The author share a very unique perspective about the market for SoC in the automotive industry. Despite the 100 millions in revenues claimed by Nvidia, this article claims that in the future there will be little if no use for sophisticated SoC. The point made is about the location of the intelligence in the car. He claims that the smart phone will continue to be the center of connectivity with the rest of the world and that it will contain all the CPU hungry features while the car will become a dumb terminal.

The Automotive Market is a Mirage for Traditional Chip Makers | SemiAccurate.

Android-based touchscreen router does home automation ·  LinuxGizmos.com

And kickstarter did it again: an Android based quadcore device which controls the home automation and is a router. It even connects to Nest, the connected thermostat recently acquired by Google. It embeds an Exynos SoC from Samsung. Actually the hardware platform is probably over-dimensioned for what it actually does. Yet it comes in the form factor of a tablet which means that for once the User Interface is user friendly.

As we could expect from such a sexy product, the pre-orders are higher than what was initially requested.

Android-based touchscreen router does home automation ·  LinuxGizmos.com.

The story of Motorola’s smartwatch from the man who designed it | The Verge

The story behind the Motorola smartwatch 360 is talled by its designer. The watch comes out this summer. It does not look like a geek device, it looks elegant and sleek. The biggest challenge faced was the power management. These watches consume a lot and we are not used to plugging in a watch every day.  Clearly the target is not the early adopters. This is the first step of Motorola into the Android wearable space. It is fun to learn throughout this article that the project was planned before competitors even appeared.

The story of Motorola’s smartwatch from the man who designed it | The Verge.

Hardware Freedom Day – Open Hardware

 

What did you do last saturday on Open Hardware Day?

Open hardware is an initiative stemming from open source software. And one day is dedicated to its celebration: the 15th of March. Check out this link to see what it is about.

Hardware Freedom Day – Open Hardware.

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Samsung’s ultrasonic case is like a guide dog in your smartphone | Ars Technica

Samsung smart cover for the visually impaired

This is just the beginning of a new trend of smart covers specialized for the impaired or simply for fun. The cover is evolving into a sophisticated accessory. With the millions units smartphone market, even a small part of it represents an attractive market size for any individual product.

Samsung’s ultrasonic case is like a guide dog in your smartphone | Ars Technica.

Linux mini-PC and JavaScript speed IoT development ·  LinuxGizmos.com

Kinoma mini-PC sponsored by Marvell.

We like very much this kind of platform. Why? The processor is dated, it is a CortexA8 base, however it consumed 2Watts. This is quite nice. Sensors can be added without a breadboard which is both a clean and elegant approach. The connectivity of the device is good, some sensors can be connected through the WiFi.

A complete software stack is delivered together with the board. We are not big fans of the claim ‘accessing sensor values through Javascript’ although we understand its value for application developpers.

Open question: why did Marvell go to Indiegogo to fund and sell the device?

 

Linux mini-PC and JavaScript speed IoT development ·  LinuxGizmos.com.