Home » Uncategorized » Linaro Releases Accelerated Versions of ICS For ARM Development Boards
ics4-linaro

Linaro Releases Accelerated Versions of ICS For ARM Development Boards

Linaro, a not-for-profit engineering organization consolidating and optimizing open source software for the ARM architecture, has announced the availability of builds of Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) supporting accelerated graphics on two of its member’s low cost development boards:

Just over a month ago, within a day of Google’s release of the 4.0.1 ICS version of Android, Linaro showed videos of it running on the Texas Instruments (TI) PandaBoard and shortly after that on the Freescale i.MX53 Quick Start board, the Samsung Origen board and ST-Ericsson’s Snowball board.

The accelerated graphics support that has been made available just couple of days ago makes use of the ARM Mali-400 graphics processor employed by two of these boards. This graphics processor is integrated with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor: on the Samsung Origen board in Samsung’s Exynos 4210 SoC, and on the ST-Ericsson Snowball board in ST-Ericsson’s NovaTM A9500 SoC.

Samsung Exynos 4210 based Origen board gets this nice and smooth demo:

Origen development board is well known base for experimenting with firmware for Samsung Galaxy S II.

ST-Ericsson Snowball board is showing no less smooth accelerated graphics in this demo:

Linaro explains its success by the fact that it uses the latest GCC 4.6 toolchain to build Android, enabling Linaro’s Android to outperform standard Android builds in benchmarks and real-world tasks. The 4.6 toolchain allows developers to optimize for the latest SoCs like ST-Ericsson’s Nova A9500 processor and Samsung’s Exynos4210, which leads to an improved user experience. Furthermore, the toolchain gives early access to the performance improvements Linaro has been developing in the next release of GCC, as well as the many correctness fixes identified and provided through working with the Linaro community. As an example, the Linaro 4.6 toolchain includes features to allow software to manually or automatically parallelize compute tasks across the multiple cores in the chips.

No such good news for Linaro working with graphic acceleration for ICS on Pandaboard which is the base for Amazon Kindle Fire and NOOK Tablet, just yet.

About Alexander Udalov

Check Also

wii-oculus-rift-hoverboard

Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.

131129-amz

Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.

131129-google

Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games

131129-gtab

Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...

131128-diy

Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.

131128-apple

No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.