Habey USA announced the PRO-6820 embedded system. The box computer supports the Intel 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge Quad Core i3/i5/i7 processor. It features up to 8GB of memory, six USB slots, two PS2 ports, externally accessible 8-bit GPIO port, four COM ports, six LAN ports, mic-in, audio-out, CF card socket, and an externally accessible 2.5″ SATA HDD. The Habey PRO-6820 fanless system is available now.
Conexant Systems introduced the CX20865 Far-Field Voice input processor SoC. The system-on-chip is designed specifically for Smart TVs. The chip is a dedicated Far-Field Voice solution with integrated Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) engine. It is optimized for telepresence and voice control applications. The CX20865 is available in 9×9 BGA package. Prices start at $5.50 each in 100K quantities.
DIOTEK will integrate their speech recognition technology with Conexant’s CX20805 digital audio processor. DIOTEK’s speech recognition engine complements Conexant’s digital audio processor, which features a comprehensive collection of pre- and post-processing algorithms and far-field voice input technology. The integrated solution is ideal for smart home appliances, consumer electronics and educational toys.
VIA Technologies introduced the $49 APC Android PC system. APC features a WonderMedia ARM processor, Neo-ITX motherboard, VGA and HMDI display ports, four USB 2.0 ports, microSD slot, Ethernet port, 2GB NAND Flash, and 512 DDR3 SDRAM. The Android PC system includes a browser, preinstalled apps, and a custom build of Android that has been optimized for keyboard and mouse input. The APC will be ship in July 2012.
The new ARMv8 architecture will feature a 64-bit instruction set. The ARMv8 architecture will expand the reach of ARM processor-based solutions into consumer and enterprise applications where extended virtual addressing and 64-bit data processing are required. The ARMv8 architecture specifications describing all aspects of the ARMv8 architecture are available now to partners under license. ARM will disclose processors based on ARMv8 during 2012, with consumer and enterprise prototype systems expected in 2014.
Cavium launched the OCTEON Fusion family of processors for base stations. The new chips feature OCTEON MIPS64 based multi-core architecture, purpose-built Baseband DSP cores, LTE/3G hardware accelerators and digital front end (DFE) functionality on a single chip. The OCTEON Fusion processor family consists of two software compatible product lines: CNF71XX and CNF72XX. Samples of CNF71XX and the FusionStack software will be available in the first quarter of next. Thee CNF72XX will be available subsequently.
ARM acquired Obsidian Software last week. Obsidian Software offers processor verification tools, verification consulting and training services to processor designers. The acquisition will help ARM match their verification strategies with the rate of change in high performance, complex SoC IP components. The Obsidian Software validation team will become part of an ARM Processor validation team based in Austin, Texas.
Intel introduced the second generation Intel Core vPro processor family. The new microprocessors feature Intel’s new microarchitecture, enhancements to Intel vPro technology, new Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX), and new security features, including a 3G “poison pill” option to help protect a PC’s data. The new Intel Core vPro processors can offload tasks or share them to get the most from companion devices. The new Core vPro processor family are ideal for laptops, convertible-tablets, desktop and all-in-one PC’s.
HP launched their new TouchPad a couple of days ago. On the surface, the TouchPad is an iPad clone. The sleek TouchPad has a 9.7″ touch display and weighs 1.6 pounds. However, the HP tablet features a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1024×768 resolution, and webOS, which HP acquired when it purchased Palm last year. According to In-Stat, the key differentiators are not enough to compete with the Apple iPad and other tablets.
VIA Technologies introduced their Nano X2 processor, which is based on 40nm fabrication process. The VIA Nano X2 processor features better computational performance and improved multi-tasking ability without consuming more power. VIA Nano X2 processors are ideal for desktop computers, all-in-one PC’s, and mobile notebooks. Samples of the VIA Nano X2 processors are available now for OEMs and motherboard vendors. Systems with the new processors expected in this quarter.