Charbax writes: Here's the $150 BeagleMiP robotics development kit presented by students and professors from the Coordinated Robotics Lab at University of California, San Diego at CES 2014. It's Texas Instruments AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 Beaglebone Black Linux powered, combines all sensors needed in educational robotics development, webcams, displays, 3D printed structures/inventions, the self-balancing Mobile Inverted Pendulum (MiP) motors and encoders, the UCSD spin-off start-up Strawson Design has designed the Novus Robotics Cape sister-PCB Board to connect all kinds of additional motors, sensors, cameras, radios, and a lot more. WowWee MiP is the mass market consumer toy version of this design to be sold for $99 (and which will be somewhat programmable/hackable also using a backpack). The battery lasts for hours, it can carry and balance more than its own weight, potentially future sensors and apps will allow it to be autonomous (like a self-driving car), to feature emotions (how are you doing kid?), advanced artificial intelligence (bring you the beer from the fridge before you even think to ask for it), and larger robots based on these designs can potentially soon carry your groceries and follow you around, make your laundry, cook your food, wash your dishes and take care of your kids when you party.
Charbax writes: "ARM is introducing the ARMv8 64-bit architecture. It can be for Smartphones, Tablets, and also for Servers, Desktops, Set-top-boxes and more. Here is an interview with ARM's CTO Mike Muller after this announcement keynote. At the ARM TechCon 2011 in Santa Clara (October 25-27th), ARM also showed the first ARM Cortex-A15 prototype and talked about their new ARM Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE platform. TSMC (the worlds largest independent foundry for the fabless semiconductor industry) says that they can scale processor manufacturing size down to 7nm over the next 10 years, and that 28nm is now in volume production, so they can keep busy. Texas Instruments is soon ready to showcase their OMAP5 28nm ARM Cortex-A15 processor, Marvell shows their "Tri-Core" PXA2128 on a tablet prototype for the first time and Freescale demonstrates the performance of their upcoming i.MX6 Quad Core ARM Cortex-A9 processor."
Charbax writes: "Genesi already has a $199 ARM Laptop for sale on their website, based on the previous generation Freescale i.MX51, now at the Freescale Technology Forum they are launching their new i.MX53 based PCB design which they will use in even cheaper ARM Powered laptops (smartbooks) and desktops (smarttops) to be released in the next couple of months. They are accelerating Linux performance on ARM up to 300% using Hard Float techniques which one of their software engineers talks about in this video. Consider, those ARM Laptops are still only running on single core ARM Cortex-A8, things are getting even faster using the newer Dual-core and Quad-core processors such as the new Freescale i.MX 6 Quad-core processor launched in this video today. Soon enough, ARM Powered Laptops and Desktops are going to be fast enough people won't see the difference in performance between ARM and the Intel Atom, but ARM will be much cheaper and last much longer on a smaller battery."
Charbax writes: Not only is power consumption halved to less than 2 Watts and price of the motherboard is reduced, the performance of the next generation OLPC Laptop is actually faster to run full Fedora Linux compared to x86. Here's a video interviewing OLPC's CTO Edward J. McNierney where he explains how OLPC's world class engineers are making this change of CPU architecture and why. If OLPC XO-1 threatened Intel enough to start the Netbook market and has reached 2 million poor kids in third world countries thus far, XO-1.75 may help start the ARM Powered Linux laptop market. Do you think Fedora/Sugar will do or should OLPC attract Chrome OS and Android solutions for education to get faster help from the big boys of Silicon Valley to bring Linux software successfully to the next billion PC/Laptop users?
Charbax writes: At the ARM Technology Conference in Santa Clara, Marvell just unveiled in this video the initial sampling of the Quad-Core Armada XP ARM Processor for ARM Powered servers, to power cloud computing, networking, storage and mobile infrastructure. Marvell claims this is perfect for powering Web 2.0, cloud computing and video hosting sites like Facebook and YouTube and they have many secret OEM and ODM partners seriously working on this. The advantages being it provides very good performance (benchmarks still to be released..) at a fraction of the power consumption (compared to x86), very competitive price. Power consumption of the server park can be cut to a quarter, the density of the server infrastructure can be increased. Is Intel right now in a huge panic?
Charbax writes: In this video, Jerone Young, lead partner engineer at Canonical, explains some of the challenges that Canonical and other companies who are part of the new Linaro project have been working on for the past many months, in preparation for the now imminent release of a whole bunch of ARM Cortex A9 Powered laptops and desktops likely to be manufactured by giants of the industry such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, Quanta, Invetec, Pegatron, Compal, all of whome have been showing tens of early prototype designs of these ARM Powered laptops at trade shows around the world during the past year and a half. They work to standardize the boot process, write drivers to use graphics and video hardware acceleration, they optimize the web browser (Chrome and Mozilla), they implement faster DDR3 RAM and faster I/O bus speeds, they also optimize the software to use the new faster dual core ARM Cortex A9 processors. The goal is to have these upcoming ARM Powered laptops feel as usable to end consumers as Intel x86 based laptops/netbooks. With increased competition thanks to this alternative CPU architecture, prices of laptops and desktops could rapidly go down (sub-$149 laptops and sub-$99 desktops are likely), battery life could run much longer (up to 30-50 hours using a Pixel Qi LCD screen), sizes and weights can be much smaller. This could be the type of low-power, low-cost computer that the next 5 billion people in the world may use as their first computer.
Charbax writes: On the one side you have the closed iPad for $499-$829, on the other you have dozens of awesome open ARM Powered Linux Tablets coming to the market from MSI, Asus, ICD, Notion Ink, HP, Dell and others, most are based on Android and are likely to foster competition that can provide cheaper and better Tablets than Apple. Archos is the only manufacturer with powerful Android Tablets on the market since October 2009, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (8GB) is now available for $249 in Radio Shack and (16GB) for $279 in Best Buy. Today, Archos is releasing the Special Edition Firmware that adds an Ångström Linux as a dual-boot for their latest Archos 5 Internet Tablet generation so that developers can start developing powerful Linux solutions for the Archos Linux tablets and not only do Android stuff.
Charbax writes: The Android Laptops are coming. Thanks to cheap ARM Powered Laptops made in China, and the latest most optimized Android software, we can soon buy usable $100 Laptops in all the supermarkets. In this video, I test the web browsing speed on the new Rockchip rk2808 ARM9 based PWS700CA Laptop by Shenzhen-based Hivision Co Ltd. Web browsing on AJAX-heavy websites is surprisingly snappy, and could only be even faster if ARM11, ARM Cortex A8 or A9 processors were used and if it was configured with slightly more than 128MB RAM. How soon will Google release the $100 Google Laptop?
Charbax writes: This is an extensive video interview with Freescale's Manager of Software development about their integration of the Chromium OS onto their ARM Cortex A8 i.MX51 based $199 Tablet reference design.
Charbax writes: Last April, Microsoft would argue that it controlled the netbook OS market for those sold in certain specific Microsoft-friendly US retail stores, while ABI Research claims that Linux actually has 35% of the worldwide netbook market, and that its market-share is growing. At the recent Netbook World Summit in Paris France, Aaron J. Seigo, Community leader at the KDE Foundation and Arnaud Laprévote, CTO Chief Technology Officer at Mandriva Linux give us their estimation in this Youtube video for next year's Linux market-share in the consumer Laptop market. Their estimation is that Linux will dominate in ARM powered Laptops and that those may take over a significant share of the overall Laptop market by their significantly cheaper prices (as low as $80), longer battery life (as long as 20-40 hours on a small battery using the Pixel Qi screens), as well as lower size and weight. Running some of the Chromium OS builds for ARM available shortly, having a full browser experience on those cheaper and better ARM powered Linux laptops could make it a significant mass market success to shake up the Intel and Microsoft consumer PC/Laptop monopoly in its boots.
Charbax writes: The Optima OP5-E is being video-reviewed at ARMdevices.net. It includes a 4.3" 800x480 touch screen, built-in 3G CDMA modem, Marvell PXA320 806mhz ARM processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, built-in MicroSD slot, USB-host, Speakers, video-conferencing, 3.2 Megapixel camera, removable 2600mAh battery and it installs most open-source Maemo Linux applications with minimal if any porting required. It could be sold at $299 or cheaper if subsidized by telecom carriers.
Charbax writes: While Archos current "Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android" is a 4.8" WVGA Tablet hardware that runs Android 1.5 and soon 2.0 with the full Google Marketplace Experience (according to rumors), users of last year's 4.8" and 7" Archos Linux Tablets have been complaining that Archos firmware updates of its proprietary embedded Linux OS were too rare and added too little of the requested functionality. Under pressure from hackers demonstrating jailbreak methods, Archos has just now officially released the open-source Special Developer Edition firmware based on Angstrom Linux generated from a customized open embedded build for last year's Archos 5 and 7 Internet Media Tablets. If many talented developers join the community of Archos hackers to make software for this new Archos SDE firmware, Android, Angstrom Linux, Maemo Mer, Qt and Ubuntu Linux could be expected to run smoothly on it soon. Which could make it the ultimate pocket Linux Internet Tablet for Linux hackers. Installing Archos new SDE firmware permanently disables DRM playback and voids the warranty. The Archos 5/7 Internet Media Tablets are running on a 600mhz ARM Cortex A8 processor, with 60GB to 320GB of built-in hard drive storage and powerful hardware acceleration for 720p video playback and even HDMI output. The advantage of this open-source firmware working on last year's model is that the 250GB 4.8" Archos 5IMT Tablet now sells for $199 at Amazon.com and the 160GB 7" Archos 7IMT version is $209 and those are to be found even cheaper on ebay.
Charbax writes: "Small Chinese companies are showing interesting pocketable tablets at IFA 2009 running Android and Maemo Linux on different embedded ARM processors. Here during this first morning of IFA, I found a couple of very interesting tablets. SMIT shows a 4.8" WVGA Android tablet with built-in WiFi, GPS and USB host. Optima is showing a Maemo Linux powered tablet with a 4.3" WVGA touchscreen, integrated 3G and WiFi. During the next few days of IFA, I will be looking for more Android and Maemo Linux projects by small unknown but very innovative companies. Which should help keeping embedded Linux fans excited until the big brands like Archos, Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Creative, Dell and dozens of other companies all come out with revolutionary embedded Linux smartphones and MIDs in the coming weeks and months to compete and destroy Apple's iphone OS, Nokia's Symbian and Wintel's failed X86 based UMPC/MID strategy."
Charbax writes: "For only $25 more than the suggested retail price of the Windows XP version of the Archos 10 netbook, Archos has just released the Archos 10 Ubuntu edition with 500GB hard drive instead of 160GB and 2GB RAM instread of 1GB and a 6-cell battery. The feature restrictions that Microsoft are enforcing on netbooks for the licencing of Windows XP are hereby being avoided by Archos by shipping the netbook with Ubuntu 9.04 pre-installed. Archos can thus provide more than 3x more storage and 2x more RAM memory for only about $25 extra on the MSRP. For now, this Archos 10 Ubuntu edition netbook is only released in France, but if there is enough demand, Archos should quickly proceed to make it available worldwide. Archos also recently released the Archos 10S netbook design (with Magnesium casing is only 22mm thick and weighs just 1kg), which may be a more perfect design for an unrestricted 500GB Ubuntu netbook. So let's all Linux fans demand that Archos make it available worldwide immediately and at a good price!"