Intel finally understands that feeding the Android eco-system can strengthen its position. This is why they have released a 64-bit port of KitKat. Let’s wait and see if this was the right move for the company to get more ground into the smartphone and tablet space.
How come Linux is so popular in the embedded world: Android, smartphones, tablets, Raspeberry Pi and has so little success in desktop: 2%?
Try Linux Mint on your desktop, and you will get free by default: LibreOffice, Thunderbird, Pidgin, GIMP. The UI is nice and intuitive.
Just try it 🙂
Xiaomi clones Kickstarter project for its new one-button Android controller
The product from Pressy is an external cylinder which plugs into the headset jack and controls the Android phone. Even it is on the market it is being copied by Xiaomi.
Freescale positions its line of QorlQ SoCs with a complete hardware and software product offer. They want to go into the new trend of software defined networking (SDN). The series of SoCs is provided with C libraries for open standards protocols. The IoT and 5G increases the networking traffic and creates new needs for networking products. The QorlQ LS2 is based on a 64 bit ARM Cortex A57. This SoC encompasses a hardware L2 switch. The C libraries provided implement networking and virtualization libraries. The QorlQ LS2 2085A is based on an eight cores cortex A57 in 28 nm technology. It is aimed at products such as routers, printers, imaging, encryption and compression.
DALLAS: Freescale introduces new family of QorIQ multicore processors built on Layerscape architecture, delivering a breakthrough, software-defined approach to advance the world’s new virtualized networks | Business Wire | Rock Hill Herald Online.
Eweek explains how Imagination is providing its MIPS core to Ingenic who designed a tiny SD card sized module called Newton for the IoT wearable segment. The plus of this module is its size: about a one euro coin :-). Another plus is that it is modular. For instance one can decide to add or remove a power management module in order to use the Newton in a plugged in or in a battery powered environment. The market for wearable is expected to be 64 millions units by 2020 according to the analysts from Berg.
Imagination is part of the Android wearable initiative launched by Google. members of the group include ARM, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung.
Intel provides an affordable version of its Minnowboard. Their target is hobbyist but also developers who want to prototype. The board is well equipped in IO capabilities (PCIe, SATA for instance) and is deemed suitable for protoyping or developing files servers and network devices. It is delivered under a create commons license and comes with a Yocto distribution. This is great step from Intel to get towards the contribute to small and medium projects. BayLibre likes it!
AMD and Mentor Graphics have announced that they have sealed a multi year partnership. AMD is going full speed into the Internet of Things and needs to provide fully functional Yocto distribution in order to reach its customers. This is the kind of partnerships we expect to see more and more between semiconductors vendors and Linux consulting companies.
Nvidia releases the information that it is going to ship a new Tegra K1 processor with 192 programmable cores, an associated developemnt kit. The company wants to create an eco-system around its new platform by making it easily available to programmers and scholars alike.
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.
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.