ARM makes processors and other hardware that are used in all manner of electronic products. The ARM Cortex A9 will soon find a home inside some of the coolest gadgets around. During the ARM Q4 2009 earnings call the company showed off its roadmap for 2010.
In the aftermath of ARM's stonking new Cortex A15 "Eagle" chipset breaking cover yesterday, Texas Instruments are keen to play up their "lead Eagle licensee" role. TI OMAP manager Brian Carlson has been detailing some of the advances Eagle brings over at the company's official blog, and one of the most interesting is the potential for "multiple, simultaneous operating environments": more than one OS running concurrently on the same mobile device.
ARM has been muttering about their upcoming Eagle processor for some time, and now the chip has made its official debut. Confirmed as the ARM Cortex A15, it's a quad-core processor running at up to 2.5GHz and offers, ARM reckon, five times the performance of current generation smartphone chipsets.
This month the estate of Neil Armstrong has revealed a white bag of items used by the Astronaut aboard Apollo 11 on his mission to the Moon. These items were collected by Armstrong at the end of his mission and have remained relatively dormant for decades - sitting amongst his personal belongings in his home. This year the Neil Armstrong Estate begins their loan of these items to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, where they'll be explored, researched, and eventually displayed for all to see.
LEGO is one of the most popular building systems out there for geeks who like to tinker with robotics and DIY construction. The LEGO EV3 kit has a control system brain that allows the projects to be programmed with complex behaviors to do all sorts of stuff. A new brain for the Mindstorms kit called the EVB, which is a shield for BeagleBone Black, has debuted that aims to make projects built with the EV3 kit more functional.
There are number of small developer boards available on the market today that allow people who like to tinker to build all sorts of projects. One of the more common is the Raspberry Pi, which has sold in droves and can be used to create more projects than you can imagine. Another cheap developer board has turned up with a new version of the BeagleBone developer board called BeagleBone Black.
There's something strangely compelling about tiny gadgets, and EagleTec's USB Nano Flash Drive is no different. Measuring just 19 x 15 x 6mm, the Nano Drive is all about squashing portable storage into as small a package as possible, and that means up to 8GB hanging barely noticeable from your keyring.
If none of the existing MIDs on the market take your fancy, you could always do what HY Research have done and build your own touchscreen marvel, the Beagle MID. Based on the Beagle Board, the DIY mobile internet device packages a 4.3-inch 480 x 272 touchscreen with a custom interface board and Bluetooth.
Video demo after the cut