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Shenzhen Geniatech CEO Interview, AmLogic Android TV Set-top-box Innovation Leader

Posted by Charbax – December 10, 2013

Shenzhen Geniatech http://geniatech.com was founded by Mr Fang 16 years ago and is one of the world's early Multimedia Set-top-box makers. Starting since 4 years ago doing ARM based Set-top-boxes, Geniatech is now the world's leader using the latest AmLogic multimedia optimized ARM Processors, getting early access to AmLogic alpha development, being able to optimize the multimedia functionality, supporting all audio and video codecs, implementing innovative features that other Set-top-box makers don't support. For example 4K2K decoding, open source, many licences including Adobe and with a strong support team in Shanghai. The use of ARM Powered Android for TV Set-top-boxes is a high potential high growth market, many competitors are trying to use Android on the Set-top-box, as Google TV is turning into Android TV, Geniatech still has very big room for innovation into implementing Android on the TV Box, doing more customization based on Android and AmLogic's latest SoC, porting DRM, NFC Driver support on USB, Zigbee driver and more differentiation based on different kind of accessories for example microphone on remote control also TV Tuner USB Dongle, HDMI loop-through input functionality, able to release private API on CEC HDMI Control Interface, IR Blaster, Bluetooth etc enabling customers to develop B2B applications on top of Geniatech's platform. For example hotel VOD, Games and more.

Geniatech ATV1800 Enjoy TV Quad Core Box does 4K video on AmLogic M802 Set-top-box on new KKTV $1100 55″ 4K LCD TV

Posted by Charbax – November 28, 2013

In China, the 55" 4K TV now sells for $1100!!!!!!!! Dreams come true! We're all about to get a 4K TV (this one is the Konka KKTV LED55K60U). Android Set-top-box leader Shenzhen Geniatech shows me here their ATV1800 on AmLogic Quad-core M802 with Eight-core Mali-450 to actually playback 4K video over HDMI. This is the beginning of the Ultra HD future, on Android Box, here beautifully showing off this amazingly affordable new Konka KKTV LED55K60U 55" 4K TV sold for only $1100 all over China!!!! The trick of course is how we in the future will get 4K video contents, the trick I think is to stream it all from the web. I believe most movies of this last century are or can be digitized and made available in 4K streaming as soon as movie studios and cinemateques around the world make the 4K version of all 35mm-sourced or often 4K-digital (for movies filmed in the last 5 or so years) movies available. How much bandwidth does one need for good 4K video streaming? My guess is 20mbitps may be enough, even less sometimes if the 4K comes from YouTube and Netflix, while a good 4K streaming provider should scale above 20mbitps if your home Internet connection for example has 50mbitps, 100mbitps downstream speed or above.

Measy Rockchip RK2928/RK3066/RK3188 and Allwinner A20/A31S 4K HDMI Sticks

Posted by Charbax – October 21, 2013

Measy shows their latest HDMI Sticks with their smart TV dongle dock, doing USB Hub extension, SD card slot, external Wi-Fi antenna, building in the camera in the HDMI Stick, these devices are so awesome!

Filmed at Filmed at the HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) 2013

AmLogic M802 2Ghz Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9, TSMC 28nm, 8-core Mali-450 GPU, supports 4K

Posted by Charbax – October 19, 2013

AmLogic shows their new M802 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 (28nm TSMC) with 8-core Mali-450 GPU, showcased in the new Geniatech ATV580 4K Set-top-box, 7.85" Tablets, 9.7" Retina tablets, 13.3" Laptops and more, all running Android 4.3 with mostly 2GB RAM and 4K video playback support. AmLogic claims to provide higher benchmark scores than competing quad-core Rockchip and Allwinner solutions on the market. The AmLogic M802 has dual-channel DDR3 RAM for 4K and Retina screens while the AmLogic M801 has a single-channel DDR3 RAM support for lower resolution devices without 4K support.

Mac/Windows on 32″ 4K IGZO with touchscreen

Posted by juliusaugustus – October 12, 2013

Sharp presents their 32" 4K IGZO touchscreen running both Windows and Mac. The screen could be used for photography, displaying text, or point of sale. An Xbox One game is also shown running on a 32" 4K IGZO display.

Sony Xperia Z1 at CEATEC 2013

Posted by Charbax – October 9, 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 is Sony's latest flagship 5" 1080p phone with a Qualcomm S800 processor(4K Camcorder mode promised, still in the works, not yet activated in firmware), special camera and screen features shown in this video.

Sony 4K Engine interview

Posted by Charbax – October 8, 2013

Sony engineer explains how Sony is making 4K. Here showing the Sony 65" 4K Bravia X-Reality Pro display with 60p HDMI 2.0 support. Talking about Sony upscaling, color and detail engine. Now I'm looking forward to the 55" being sub-$1500 and the 65" being sub-$2000, so more people can afford this amazing 4K world.

Mitsubishi Laservue 4K Laser TV

Posted by juliusaugustus – October 7, 2013

This Mitubishi 4K Laser TV uses red laser to produce the industry's best red colors in addition to using blue and gree LED in this 4K LCD. Mitsubishi's TV is one of the only laser 4k Tvs market. Some of Mitsubishi's Laser TVs are on the market but are only sold in Japan for a price of about 2,000 USD and are currently only available in 1080p.

Panasonic 4K Booth Tour at CEATEC 2013

Posted by Charbax – October 5, 2013

Panasonic shows all their latest 4K technologies, launching a 65" 4K, showing off a 55" RGB printed OLED screen, 4K 20" tablet, 4K Camcorder (coming soon), showing HDMI 2.0 on their 4K, 4K upscaling, and more about Panasonic's 4K engine.

World’s first 8K Camera by Astro Japan

Posted by juliusaugustus – October 3, 2013

Unfortunately it costs $300'000. But it sure looks awesome. 8K 60p video recording is only possible with this camera on this planet. Just about Japanese NHK may also have some 8K camera of some kind but they also use Astro's technology in that. Astro is a Tokyo based advanced video device engineering company. They make the new reference designs that all other TV and Camera companies used to benchmark and test commercial products that are being launched with 4K and 8K support. Astro was also one of the first manufacturers of 4k monitors and 4k cameras. When 8k displays become avaialable Astro will release an 8k monitor. Astro does not make components. Astro uses field-programmable gate array (FPGA) rather than mass produced processors, that is to get the fastest time to market while companies then optimize processes on processors that get used in cheaper mass market products that get sold worldwide.

Brief explanation by Astro of each product featured in the second part of this video:

VG-876 Video Signal Generator
This is our latest model.
This is to test TV, Projector or panel by displaying various test patterns. It supports 4K and 8K resolutions.
User can select interface among HDMI, DisplayPort, SDI or V-by-one HS.
Your own 4K natural pictures can also be used as test pattern.

DM-3432 4K monitor
32" monitor of 3840x2160 resolution.
Input interface is SDI, HDMI or Displayport.

Uncompressed 4K video playing system
Our product is PCI Express card in the PC to output
4K uncompressed video.
It has 4 channels of 3G-SDI.
By using SD-7070 Interface converter, this 4ch of 3G-SDI
is converted to DisplayPort. This converter can also convert to HDMI.
Not only interface conversion, it can convert frame rate
(e.g. 30p to 60p), and video format (e.g. YCbCr to RGB).

VG-873 Video Signal Generator
This is the existing model of video signal generator, to output
up to 4K format signal.
Interface is selected among analog, HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, LVDS or V-by-One HS.

VA-1838 HDMI Protocol Analyzer
Input signal from HDMI source machines (e.g. BluRay player, Set Top Box), this machine can analyze its protocol, video timing, HDCP status,
and monitor CEC command communication status.

VA-1836 MHL Protocol Analyzer
MHL is a digital video standard for mobile interfaces.
This machine also analyze its protocol, video timing, HDCP status, VBUS
status of input signal. It also monitors CBUS command communication
status.

VA-1839 GVIF Protocol Analyzer
GVIF is a digital video standard that is mostly used in car navigation system.
This machine can analyze its protocol, video timing and HDCP status of
input signal.

VA-1835 DisplayPort Protocol Analyzer
DisplayPort is a digital video standard that is mostly used by notebook PC or PC monitor.
This machine can analyze its protocol, video timing and HDCP status
of input signal.
It also monitors AUX line to see its communications.

About the manufacturer of SEIKI 4K TV shown at the end of this video is Tong Fang.