Archive for the ‘System On Chip (SOC)’ Category
Intel has been attempting to enter the living year for over a decade now – and finally it is beginning to happen. Their dream has been for an Intel-powered CE device to be the center of the living room. They tried with the StrongARM line of processors right after their acquisition from DEC (late 1997). The StrongARM business was sold to Marvell in 2006. Intel, then followed by launching Viiv, to create an Entertainment PC for the living room. Sadly that effort also went nowhere …
Things are beginning to change. Intel is finally entering the living room – I can say this is true for my home and any of the households who have bought any of the following: the Boxee box, Logitech Revue, Sony GoogleTV products. All three of these are powered by the Intel 4100CE chip – code named Sodaville. The Sodaville chip has an Intel Atom processor.
The thrust is not only on the consumer front but also via service providers such as Comcast. There have been reports of Comcast running trials with a Set Top Box (STB) being powered by the CE4100 (you can read a review of the SOC by Anandtech).
The one thing that history does tell us in this case – Intel will not give up!
Two annoucements, back to back, make me wonder if Nvidia is under pressure to perform:
#2. And the fact that Boxee dropped Nvidia Tegra chip for their box and switched to the Intel Atom-based 4100 chip.
In itself both news are not critical but I wonder if it is a trend that Nvidia has a challenge in doing anything besides GPUs, and even the GPU market is being constantly attacked.
[Note: For the record I hold more shares of NVDA then INTC, and no I am not shorting them]
While my day job is @ Cisco’s SPVTG BU is Business Development and/or Product Strategy, I am certainly a geek @ heart. And hence the nature of these posts and the gadgets that I play around with…
- Android has started with OMAP/ARM Cores, you can get all the source and it is based on the Linux 2.6.2x Kernel for OMAP
- The ARM Core also powers the Apple 3G iPhone – it is supposed to be a Samsung chip, you can find the info here.
- As noted in #1 above, the first Android Phone – the T-Mobile G1 (by HTC) is also powered using OMAP/ARM core.
- The Amazon Kindle 2 is also powered by an ARM-11 Core, look here for details.
You see the common theme, it has been a long, long time since I hacked/coded on the ARM core but I am sure this will all come back to me….
(BTW need to look at investing in ARM Holdings, the company that licenses the ARM Cores …)
A post on GigaOm led me to get the BeagleBoard by TI.
It has arrived last week! Unfortunately I have not ordered any of the accessories, and as I dug through my tech pile I was unable to find a Micro USB cable that is required. So I wait patiently for a bunch of Beagleboard accessories that I have ordered from here.
I must say the packaging that came with the board was really cool!