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Latest Nvidia Shield player runs Android TV on Tegra X1

1 hour 15 min ago
Nvidia’s $199 STB version of Nvidia Shield runs Android TV on a Tegra X1, and boasts 4K video, 50 optimized games, and game streaming from a “Grid” service. The 2015 set-top box version of the Nvidia Shield follows two earlier models, including 2013’s original handheld Shield game console, now called the Nvidia Shield Portable, which […]

Jolla shows off Sailfish tablet, promises ultra-secure phone

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 08:34:22 PM
Jolla released Sailfish OS 2.0, showed off the first tablet to run the OS, and announced plans with SSH to develop a security-hardened version of Sailfish. Finland-based Jolla had a huge success on Indiegogo last November with it Jolla tablet, the first tablet to run its Android-compatible, Meego Linux based Sailfish OS. At Mobile World […]

Quad-core MediaTek SoC spins Cortex-A72 into Android tablets

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 07:25:46 PM
MediaTek unveiled an “MT8173″ SoC for Android tablets that mixes 2.4GHz Cortex-A72 and -A53 cores with a PowerVR GPU, and also showed an octa-core -A53 SoC. Last month ARM unveiled a 64-bit, ARMv8 Cortex-A72 processor design for mobile devices, claimed to be twice as fast as the Cortex-A57. The first system-on-chip licensees were said to […]

NXP gobbles up Freescale in smart car and IoT silicon push

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 05:45:42 PM
NXP Semiconductor has merged with Freescale Semiconductor, in a $11.8 billion deal that creates a $40 billion firm focused on ADAS automotive and IoT apps. Freescale, which is one of the largest semiconductor firms serving the embedded Linux market along with Texas Instruments, is being acquired by Dutch chipmaker NXP in a $40 billion merger […]

Intel unveils Atom x3, x5, and x7 mobile SoCs

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 01:43:32 AM
Intel announced new “Cherry Trail-T” Atom x5 and x7 SoCs, mainly targeting Android and Windows 10 tablets, plus a low-cost LTE-enabled “Sofia” Atom x3 SoC. Over the last year, as Intel suffered from slow sales of mobile Atom system-on-chips aimed at smartphones and tablets, the company has downplayed its mobile marketing while instead banging the […]

Firefox OS heading for Africa — and the U.S. too

Monday 2nd of March 2015 09:44:54 PM
Orange announced a $40 “Klif” Firefox OS phone for Africa, and Mozilla says it’s working with Verizon Wireless and others on Firefox OS feature phones. There’s still no evidence that Mozilla’s HTML-focused Firefox OS has made much of a dent in the world smartphone market, where it has been focused on low-end devices sold primarily […]

16nm Zynq SoC mixes Cortex-A53, FPGA, Cortex-R5

Friday 27th of February 2015 10:59:02 PM
Xilinx unveiled a 16nm “UltraScale+” version of its ARM/FPGA hybrid “Zynq” SoC with four Cortex-A53s cores, a faster FPGA, a GPU, and two Cortex-R5 MCUs. The Linux-ready, Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC is part of a major “UltraScale+” overhaul of Xilinx’s Kintex and Virtex FPGA product line, featuring a cutting edge, TSMC 16nm 3D FinFet process. This […]

Pocket-watch style smartphone runs Firefox OS

Friday 27th of February 2015 09:22:11 PM
Monohm unveiled a disk-shaped “Runcible” smartphone running Firefox OS. The camera-equipped device is notable for its chilled-out UI and modular construction. The Runcible will launch in the second half of the year through Japanese carrier KDDI, which has invested in Berkeley, Calif. startup Monohm, Inc. The company name combines the Japanese word “mono” or “object,” […]

Tiny rugged COM runs Linux on quad-core 2GHz Tegra K1

Friday 27th of February 2015 05:38:59 PM
GE unveiled a rugged COM Express Type 10 Mini module that runs Linux on a 2GHz Tegra K1 and offers soldered 2GB RAM and support for CUDA and VisionWorks. GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, a division of GE Energy Management headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., is primarily focused on the military/aerospace segment. The 84 x 55mm mCOM10K1 […]

Tiny COM Express module runs Linux on quad-core Atom

Thursday 26th of February 2015 11:51:07 PM
Aaeon launched a transportation-focused “NanoCOM-BT” COM Express Type 10 Mini module based on Atom E3800 SoCs, with optional industrial temperature support. The Linux-friendly NanoCOM-BT supports a variety of automation, medical, ticketing, kiosk, surveillance, and communications applications, but is primarily being promoted for use in public transportation devices. The 84 x 55mm COM Express Type 10 […]

Android ski goggles offer augmented reality display

Thursday 26th of February 2015 10:42:59 PM
The “RideOn” project for augmented reality ski goggles has won its Indiegogo funding. It runs Android on a 1.2GHz ARM CPU, and offers hands-free control. The need for high-tech, Android-based snow goggles like RideOn and Recon’s Snow2 is hard to fathom for skiers like us, who expend every last Joule of mental energy on staying […]

Linux loving SODIMM-style COM dishes up Cortex-A5 SoC

Wednesday 25th of February 2015 10:59:19 PM
EMAC’s “SoM-A5D36″ COM runs Linux on a Cortex-A5-based Atmel SAMA5D3 SoC, and offers up to 4GB flash, industrial temperature, and an optional carrier board. The Atmel SAMA5D3 system-on-chip has seen a lot of love from computer-on-module (COM) vendors. The Cortex-A5-based SoC showed up on the ShiraTech AT-501, the Acme Systems Acqua A5, and the MYIR […]

Tough Pico-ITX SBC packs 1.91GHz quad-core Atom E3800

Wednesday 25th of February 2015 06:05:17 PM
Congatec’s 100 x 70mm “Conga-IA3″ Pico-ITX SBC runs Linux on an Atom E3800, and offers soldered RAM, dual mini-PCIe slots, and optional -40 to 85°C support. Like Congatec’s Conga-IA3 Mini-ITX board announced last November, the Conga-PA3 runs Linux or Windows on Intel Atom E3800 system-on-chips. Like rival Kontron’s pITX-E38, it does so using the much […]

Freescale’s popular i.MX6 SoC sprouts a Cortex-M4 MCU

Tuesday 24th of February 2015 11:06:39 PM
Freescale added a “SoloX” SoC to its Cortex-A9 i.MX6 family, featuring a Cortex-M4 MCU, plus new security, power management, and GbE bridging features. The hybrid CPU/MCU i.MX6 SoloX system-on-chip design resembles Freescale Semiconductor’s earlier Vybrid F Series SoC, which pairs a Linux-ready Cortex-A5 core with a Cortex-M4 based Kinetis MCU running Freescale’s MQX RTOS. The […]

Smart rear-view mirror runs Android 4.2, has dual cams

Tuesday 24th of February 2015 07:41:50 PM
Mobile Safety Accessories unveiled an Android 4.2 rear-view mirror touchscreen with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, backup and DVR cameras, and Google Play support. The NavMirror II follows an earlier Windows CE-based NavMirror rear-view display from Michigan-based Mobile Safety Accessories, which specializes in automotive rearview safety accessories. The NavMirror II is claimed to be the first Android-based […]

MXM COM runs Linux on new Freescale i.MX 6SoloX SoC

Tuesday 24th of February 2015 08:02:57 AM
[Updated 4PM] — F&S Elektronik Systeme debuted a COM based on Freescale’s new MCU-enabled “i.MX6 SoloX” SoC, and offering dual GbE, multimedia, serial, and PCIe interfaces. The Efus A9X module is based on F&S’s earlier, i.MX6 Solo-based Efus A9 COM, its first product to use the company’s 62 x 47mm Efus computer-on-module form factor. The […]

IoT-oriented dev kits run Ubuntu on new Toshiba Cortex-A9 SoC

Monday 23rd of February 2015 10:02:04 PM
Toshiba announced two Linux-supported “ApP Lite” dev kits for its new 600MHz Cortex-A9 based “TZ2100″ series SoCs, which target IoT and other embedded apps. In December, Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Asia-Pacific began sampling the TZ2100 series, a single-core, 600MHz Cortex-A9 product family, and has now announced two Linux-friendly Application Processor Lite (ApP Lite) starter kits […]

Mini-PC taps RPi Compute Module and supports RPi 2

Saturday 21st of February 2015 08:52:11 PM
Kickstarter is hosting a wireless-savvy “OpenPi” mini-PC based on the RPi Compute Module. If you wait a bit, you can get one with the quad-core Pi 2 module. For almost a year, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module has served the needs of professional embedded vendors looking to ship commercial devices based on the Raspberry Pi […]

pcDuino3B hacker SBC features WiFi, GbE, and Arduino I/O

Saturday 21st of February 2015 12:15:51 AM
LinkSprite launched a gig-Ethernet version of its PCDuino3 SBC, featuring the same dual-core Allwinner A20 SoC, plus SATA, WiFi, and Arduino compatible I/O. Like Hardkernel’s Odroid project and a few others, LinkSprite’s pcDuino community has been churning out ARM hacker boards over the last year with generally lower prices and improved features. The newly shipping […]

Rugged box-PC offers HDMI and dual GbE, starts at $671

Thursday 19th of February 2015 10:09:10 PM
Acnodes’s rugged, fanless, Linux-friendly “FES8680″ box-PC features a 4th Gen Intel Core CPU, HDMI, dual GbE, and up to eight COM ports, and starts at $671. The FES8680 is a spin-down of the rugged FES8670 announced by Acnodes last month, and similarly runs on Intel’s 4th Gen Core (Haswell) processors. The 10.24 x 8.19 x […]

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