The "Calxeda Ends ARM Server Bid" article was talking about these companies going into controllers, not servers. Armv8 will not come close to xeons server chips. Diane Bryant said ARM will only be competing in the microserver market (low-end, light-workload space) ie. controllers. Bryant stated that market can grow, as Wallis stated, to 3% of the overall server market. Intel has already taken a big lead in the microserver market with Avoton. The article also said Facebook has chosen Avoton, so that plus the Calxeda going-out-of-business are major blows to arm.
If you want to do the custom usb connector, the guy that created the video posted the steps in the following very interesting thread:
Someone also posted a video on how to do the wire cutting and soldering.
There were also many suggested solutions without the cutting and soldering but not sure if any of them work. There is one solution near the end of thread that appears to be promising. Post #186, #187, #189, #203-#211, I think I will try it.
By the way, someone in the thread said that this workaround is not necessary with the Lenovo Miix2. I did not see a confirmation from anyone else though.
publicservice100 • Dec 17, 2013 2:39 PM Flag
Very useful product but it's important that it has a connector that provides full time DC power while in the docked mode.
Apparently there is a way: youtubeDOTcom/watch?v=g9q2cUbVBW4
You may remember the ASUS T100 which seemed to be a very interesting Windows 8 system (photo above). However, documents coming from the WiFi Alliance is hinting at the possibility of having the same chassis, but running Android instead! This is going to be particularly interesting for Android fans since there’s a good chance that despite potentially running on a similar hardware (Intel), Android may consume less power.
If course, this has not been confirmed and there’s always a possibility that there was somehow a mistake in the WiFi Alliance paperwork (PDF download), but that seems unlikely that an error this big would go through. In that document, you can see that Android 4.2.2 would be the target OS, along with references to 2.4/2.5 GHZ WiFi A/B/G/N and Miracast (a WiFi-based protocol to stream video to an external display).
There is no direct reference to what hardware platform is used (Intel or ARM), but the PC T100 features an Intel Bay Trail Z3740 processor which is paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of total storage space. There is no guarantee that ASUS will keep this configuration, but technically, Android can run on Intel systems, so that’s in the realm of the possible. In any case, I found the overall design to be very interesting in terms of portability and productivity, but keep an eye on the display brightness which is relatively low at 228 Nits (vs. 580 Nits for the Nexus 7 or 415 nits for the Galaxy Tab 3.0).
At the moment, nothing is confirmed obviously, but this is an interesting point that was first spotted by tabletsmagazine in the Netherlands.
from the theregister
"The abrupt shutdown took many in the industry by surprise, including us.
Calxeda's website was unavailable at the time of writing. The company had circulated the statement in apparent response to an earlier story on Thursday by AllThingsD's Arik Hesseldahl that the company had "just ran out of runway".
Though there are a variety of other ARM server pushers on the market, the shutdown is likely to cause shock in the tightly-knit ARM industry. El Reg's power-thrifty-chip desk sends its condolences to the company's 125-strong workforce, many of whom are now looking for jobs."
[This is MEGA news!!! The ARM dream is dead!!]
"The Santa rally in the sharemarket has arrived right on cue, a gift from the outgoing US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke."
[I can see Intel building momentum here as new products are introduced with Intel inside and B.K. as main keynote speaker at CES]
IMO, this is good news. Fed is confident enough with state of improved economy to scale back.
For Intel, it's also good news. The Enterprise datacenter segment is closely tied to GDP. Intel forecast only slight growth in this segment, but with improve state of the economy, this large segment of Intel's revenue might surprise to the upside.
arm is being attacked on 3 fronts:
1) Windows tablets are gaining traction. Tablets such as the Dell Venue 8 Pro offer tablet mobility, but with a USB hub/dock, can turn into a full desktop experience. Best news is Intel has the Windows tablet market to itself.
2) Windows 2-in-1 devices are becoming HOT sellers. Devices like the Asus T100 and Lenovo Yoga, offer the best of both worlds (tablet and notebook) at affordable prices. There are many people opting to buy or upgrade to these devices instead of a plan old tablet. Latest numbers show Windows devices make up 7% of market, but I suspect that number will be north of 10% when new stats come out.
3) Intel is making steady progress with Android. Intel plans to push 40 million Android tablets into the market next year with Bay Trail. Intel has a big advantage over arm in that it can offer Dual OS (Android and Windows) functionality. Leaks have already shown evidence of Samsung, Acer, Asus (M80TA) and others all having Dual OS Bay Trail offerings. Brian Krzanich - CEO said:
"The fact that x86 works on both Android and Windows is a real advantage to our OEM base. They look at that and say that they can have one architectural design, one set of products and use both operating systems. So it's a unique feature that we are able to provide."
electronicsweekly says "Former picoChip unit moving to Intel"
"Picochip is a venture-backed fabless semiconductor company based in Bath, England, founded in 2000. In January 2012 Picochip was acquired by Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.
The company is active in two areas, with two distinct product families.
Picochip was one the first companies to start placing femtocells, mini cell base stations, in homes and offices. The femtocells help combat reception issues such as: dropped calls, poor sound quality, delays, and slow downloads. The idea is to help with the congestion of cell phone towers by allowing them to hold more cellphone traffic. The femtocell is very cost-effective, which is ideal because it makes connection free and does not interfere with other towers or frequencies."
Agree. Strange that all the current 8" Windows tablets (Venue 8 pro, Miix2, Encore, W4) use the one micro usb port for charging. Hope next batch will add another usb port or separate charging port.
[I'm looking forward to the Dual-OS version. I think an 8" tablet running both Android and Windows will be a hot item. Android for when using it in "tablet mode" and Windows 8 for desktop experience when docked to a USB hub]
Russ Fischer recently wrote an interesting article on Intel, MU and NAND chips:
"Currently, Intel receives the NAND memory chips for the SSDs from a joint venture (IMFT) with Micron Technology (MU). Intel owns 49% of the joint venture and either party can buy the other out entirely by exercising an option to do so. The Lehi UT plant is the IMFT fab. Let's assume the fab is capable of 700,000 wafers of NAND per year. Intel would be entitled to about half of those wafers at a price that, "approximates cost", according to every mention of the IMFT JV. Cost on those 350,000 wafers (at $1500 each) would be about $525 million; made into SSDs at 60% gross margin, the wafers would turn into about $1.3 billion worth of SSDs. The level of Intel SSD business is now about $1 billion and, according to Stacy Smith is expected to double in the next 12 months. At $1.3 billion Intel runs out of supply of those great 20nm and 16nm High K metal gate NAND chips.
"Consider that Intel likes the SSD business AND Intel will very soon run out of the NAND chips it needs to continue to expand the SSD business AND Intel has what might be as much as three million wafers of excess capacity sitting in Oregon AND Arizona. Those "ands" in caps are in the Boolean sense. The only reasonable output of the above three input Boolean expression is the output that… drum roll, please… Intel will use those huge semiconductor fabs to build not just NAND memory, but finished SSDs to begin to satisfy the soon to be burgeoning demand for the advantages that SSDs bring to the computing continuum. This would include near instant boot time, extreme speed performance, low power, ruggedness, etc.
This would certainly bring the growth that Intel shareholders and Intel analysts have been clamoring for."
[He also discuss why Intel might want to buy MU in the rest of the article]
"You will see one or two large brands coming with phones with Intel side in 2014."
Facebook taps Intel's Atoms for SDN switch setup
Facebook has selected low-power Atom processors from Intel to be at the heart of the software-defined networking switches that it plans to implement in its data centers next year. The Atom "Avoton" chip is being separately tested by the social network to serve as a serial-attached storage controller for its disk-drive arrays. Facebook also considered ARM-based processors from Calxeda and Marvell Technology Group to use in its data centers, and chose the Atom processors for their 64-bit addressing capability.
[This deal can help Intel and Verizon build stronger ties and reach further partnerships espcially in light of Intel's purchase of Mindspeed today]
"That’s why Intel sees an opportunity. It hopes that it could offer a unified architecture using Intel’s x86 chips that solve the telcos’ problems. Intel’s Rose Schooler, GM of Intel’s Communications Infrastructure Division, wrote a blog post explaining the purchase.
In it she said that Mindspeed has the IP Intel needs to build out silicon for the cellular base station market. In an interview with me in November she had admitted that Intel was weak in that area and would need to find a partner. It looks like in Mindspeed Intel has found it. However, that doesn’t mean that Intel has what it takes yet to move in this field.
The large equipment vendors building out telecommunications gear for the next generation radio access network already have partnerships with the more traditional telco chip vendors, including Freescale and Texas Instruments. Schooler told me that Intel has 17 pilots in the telecommunications market, but it’s unclear how many of them are for the RAN aspects of the network. The one publicly mentioned trial is with China Mobile, which is also testing gear from Alcatel Lucent/Freescale.
However, Intel sees this as a $16 billion opportunity over the next few years, so in true Intel fashion it will make the investments and put out several generations of silicon as it seeks to take on this market."
PadFone has been around for years, not sure if it is "Something incredible" worthy.
There's a strong possibility that Asus will show off Dual OS tablets.
engadgetDOTcom/2013/12/02/asus-m80t-tablet-fcc/ . But those aren't "Something incredible" either.