Vivante Powers Samsung Galaxy Tab 4


On Wednesday, Samsung announced U.S. pricing and availability for the Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. Since these tablets do not connect to a carrier network, you will find them in retail outlets like Best Buy, Office Max, Office Depot and Tiger Direct.

“This latest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family combines versatility with value. The HD display, multitasking capabilities and easy sharing features make the Galaxy Tab 4 a great fit for both consumers and businesses.”

– Michael Abary, senior vice president of mobile computing, Samsung –

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablets each feature a resolution of 1280 x 800 on their LCD screens, and are powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU. The trio of slates each have 1.5GB of RAM, rear and front-facing cameras of3MP and 1.3MP respectively, and are all running Android 4.4.2.

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Source: EE Times and Gartner

According to a Gartner research report (Market Share: Semiconductor Design Intellectual Property, Worldwide, 2013, released on March 27, 2014), Vivante has become the #10 global semiconductor IP supplier.

“Other notable movers included…graphics core licensor Vivante Ltd. which broke into the top ten ranking.”

— Gartner Research —

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Chromecast highlights strong quarter for Google

Source: PC World

“Among the bright spots specifically mentioned in the [investor conference] call was strong Chromecast sales. The $35 dongle went on sale in 11 more countries last month, and within a few weeks of releasing the SDK, Google signed up more than 3,000 developers interested in adding support to their apps and websites.”

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Freescale FTF Americas 2014 – Vivante GPU Highlights

Source: Freescale Technology Forum (FTF Americas) 2014

FTF 2014 Wrap Up:

“More than 2,000 embedded enthusiasts joined us at the 2014 Freescale Technology Forum this week to explore technology innovations that are making our roads safer, our networks more productive, our homes more connected, our cities more efficient – our world smarter.”

Learn more about Vivante GPUs and OpenCL support in the following training sessions:

i.MX 6 Overview:
i.MX 6 Vivante GPU Sessions:
i.MX 6 Applications:



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Freescale Concept Car – FTF 2014

Source: EE Times

Freescale's Concept Car with infotainment, dewarping HUD by i.MX6 series applications processor; Qorivva MCU providing Ethernet, CAN, and Lin gateways and cluster and camera (also i.MX6); S12 MCU and analog ASICs provide battery managment and motor control.  (EE Times/Susan Rambo)

Freescale’s Concept Car with infotainment, dewarping HUD by i.MX6 series applications processor; Qorivva MCU providing Ethernet, CAN, and Lin gateways and cluster and camera (also i.MX6); S12 MCU and analog ASICs provide battery managment and motor control.
(EE Times/Susan Rambo)

Freescale’s i.MX6 application processor line is powered by Vivante GPU, GPGPU/OpenCL, CPC-Composition Processing Core and OpenVG cores.

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Khronos Releases OpenGL ES 3.1 Specification

Source: Yahoo! Finance

The Khronos Group today announced the immediate release of the OpenGL® ES 3.1 specification, bringing significant functionality enhancements to the industry-leading, royalty-free 3D graphics API that is used on nearly all of the world’s mobile devices. OpenGL ES 3.1 provides access to state-of-the-art graphics processing unit (GPU) functionality with portability across diverse mobile and embedded operating systems and platforms. The full specification and reference materials are available for immediate download at

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RIoTboard – Revolutionizing the Internet of Things

The RIoTboard open source development platform is a low-cost, fully-featured, single-board computer developed to address the needs of demanding applications requiring high levels of processing power on an open source platform. The RIoTboard is a fully-featured development platform with just the right peripherals, expandability and processor power to run your open source project. The board features the Freescale i.MX 6Solo applications processor, using an ARM® Cortex®-A9 architecture. The 1 GHz processor allows for OpenGL® ES 2.0 3D graphics accelerator with shader and a 2D graphics accelerator. The device also provides the capability to drive HDMI 1080p video processing and flexible video inputs such as LVDS and CMOS camera options.

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Marvell announces 64-bit Armada PXA 1928 SoC

Source: Android Authority

Marvell also has something of the 64-bit variety to show us this week, with its new Armada system-on-chip. The new Armada PXA 1928 is based on the new ARMv8 architecture and features four 1.5GHz Cortex A53 cores, accompanied by a Vivante GC5000 GPU, which has full support for 1080p displays and video recording.

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64-Bit SoC Mobile Processor Integrates Five-Mode Modem

Source: Electronic Design

Marvell’s ARMADA Mobile PXA1928 64-bit mobile system-on-a-chip (SoC) with production-ready five-mode modem is a Long Term Evolution (LTE) solution that supports mobile broadband standards such as LTE TDD/FDD, High Speed Packet Access Puls (HSPA+), Time Division HSPA+ (TD-HSPA+), and Enhanced Data for GSM Environment (EDGE). It also supports multi-radio, CSFB, and VoLTE voice solution for LTE networks, and feature the GC5000 GPU with full high-definition capability for media-centric mobile devices.

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Vivante Creates Secure GPUs

Source: Design & Reuse

Data and device security play a very important role in today’s always connected lifestyle. The proliferation of devices found at home, at work, in the car, and all around us (i.e IoT) blur the lines between personal, business, and our financial lives. We use our smartphones for ePayments, rent movies on our smart TV, and send secure corporate data from our tablets. While the exponential growth in the number of smart “personal/corporate” devices is great for convenience, it becomes a security nightmare with data explosion in the cloud and across our personal networks. We expect our confidential data to be protected and secure at all times, yet readily accessible anytime, anywhere.

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