Category: Set-top-boxes

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4Kopen: Open Source 4K Set-top-box by MathEmbedded at Embedded World 2019

Posted by Charbax – March 26, 2019

https://4kopen.com presents their open source 4K TV Box project featuring the STMicroelectronics STiH418 SoC with Complete Open Source Drivers, Quad Core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.2 GHz, Quad Core GPU Mali 400, 4 ST231 DSP (Each Core Quad issue) @ 650 MHz, 2 GBytes DDR3 @ 2133 MHz, Ultra HD Decoding, up to 2160p60, Full HD Encoding, up to 1080p60, HDMI 2.0 Tx (2160p60) and HDMI 1.4 Rx (2160p30), Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, Mini PCIe slot (802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi module included), MicroSD, eSATA, 40 pin GPIO header and more.

INVECAS shows World’s First HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 Chip & IP Solutions for TV, AVR, Soundbar and STB

Posted by Charbax – January 29, 2019

INVECAS Showcases its Chip & IP Solutions for HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 at the 2019 International CES in Las Vegas, Demonstrating the 8K 60Hz Home Theater Experience in Conjunction with Samsung QLED 8K. The three new ICs from INVECAS each support 8K Ultra High Definition video at 60Hz, as well as 4K UHD video at 120Hz, each as outlined in the latest HDMI 2.1 specification. The INV4789 Port Processor IC is ideal for TV designs, the INV4788 Transmitter IC is targeted for set top box and media player applications, and the INV4781 Switching IC is configured for AVR and soundbar designs. The ICs are now sampling to customers. Key Features include:

- 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz as outlined in the HDMI 2.1 specification
- Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
- Support for Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) modes
- Support for static & dynamic HDR allowing for extended dynamic range and wide color gamut support
- HDCP 2.3 premium content protection

Geniatech in 2018, Android TV, Snapdragon 820 board, NXP, RK3399, MediaTek, IoT Gateway and more

Posted by Charbax – December 3, 2018

Geniatech shows Google-certified Android TV boxes, development boards for the embedded market, IoT Smart Gateway solutions and more. The Geniatech Android TV Set-top-box solutions, now run a full real Android TV UI on AmLogic S905X in the Geniatch ATV495Max, the AmLogic S905D ATV598Max with the DVB-T2 and ATSC. Also selling the Android TV HDMI Sticks ATV135Max and ATV195Max with a larger Wi-Fi antennae. Geniatech also has some Smart Home Smart Gateway products to manage home IoT. Geniatech also does Snapdragon 410 based 96Boards compatible development board, they do NXP i.MX6 with HDMI input and i.MX7 SOM boards too (for the headless Smart Gateway and Smart audio market), they develop their SOM platform for IoT Gateway, Rockchip RK3399 based board with HDMI input and output with Power over Ethernet. Geniatech also does entry level MediaTek powered IoT gateways with Zigbee, Lo-Ra connecting up with Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Geniatech also shows their AmLogic T-962E powered quad 4K HDMI input with 1 HDMI output digital signage for commercial use with overlay picture in picture support.

Kodi Playback with Standard V4L2 Stack

Posted by Charbax – October 29, 2018

Full upstream implementation of Hardware accelerated video decoding (mainly H264) with the generic V4L2 Mem2Mem API, Zero-copy rendering with DRM Atomic kernel Drivers, DMA-BUF transferred from V4L2 to DRM, FFmpeg V4L2 Mem2Mem integration with Kodi, Kodi GBM Display for Atomic Direct to plane rendering.

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Realtek RTD1395 TV Box Android & RDK, RTD1296 for Media Hub, Google Home, Synology DS418

Posted by Charbax – October 23, 2018

Realtek recently introduced its new SoC RTD1395 (SoC - single-chip system), which includes support for HVEC 4K @ 60fs, VP9.2, H.264, HDR, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Technicolor Prime and Dolby MS12 v1 audio certification .3 Config A. Novelty designed for use in new TV set-top boxes, compatible with Android TV 8.1, although it is expected that through . SoC – Realtek RTD1395 quad core Cortex-A53 processor, Arm Mali-470 MP4 GPU.System Memory – 2GB DDR4 (4x 512MB x 16bit).Storage – 8GB eMMC Flash.Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0.Video Codec – HEVC 4Kp60+2Kp60, VP9.2 4Kp60, HDR10.Connectivity,802.11 ac/abgn Dual Band 2.4G/5G 2×2, Wave-2 compatible with MU-MIMO (Optional External Antenna Available).Bluetooth 4.1.Power Supply – 5V DC/1A through MicroUSB port Synology: Synology DS418 comes with a new 64-bit quad-core processor, delivering excellent data transfer speed, large storage volume management, and 10-bit 4K H.265 video transcoding on the fly. https://www.dove.co.nz/products/networking-and-adsl/network-storage/16120 (text by flatslap5657 of Fiverr)

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AOSP TV OP-TEE DRM integrations on HiKey, TI X15, iMX8M, Poplar

Posted by Charbax – September 8, 2018

Peter Griffin and his colleagues of the Linaro Home Group demonstrate some of their latest advancements with AOSP TV such as their OP-TEE DRM integrations, Playready, Widevine, ClearKey on HiKey, TI X15, iMX8M, Poplar using AOSP and Linux, Chromium and WPE. DRM Secure Data Path on i.MX8M.

Socionext camera/video AI, IoT, Linaro, processing, low light, security cameras and more

Posted by Charbax – June 25, 2018

Socionext and partners show their newest solutions featuring the Linaro Edge Box and other of their solutions for camera and video processing, AI, IoT including their Image Signal Processor demonstrations for High-accuracy license plate recognition, High-performance under ultra-low-light conditions, Multi-camera UHD panorama view (four cameras), AR / VR / MR / XR, Video – Hybrid Codec Solution Demos, Socionext's High-density video transcoding for Cost-saving IP video distribution, Intelligent edge computing, AI / IoT – Edge Computing and High-performance AI inference system for High-efficiency video management systems (VMS) and Power-saving edge.

Libre Computer Development Boards S905X, RK3328, H2+/H3/H5 form-factor compatible with Raspberry Pi

Posted by Charbax – June 5, 2018

Libre Computer introduces three products of their CC-series which are form-factor compatible with the Raspberry Pi boards and based on open-market hardware. Depending on the model, these single-board computers (SBCs) offer higher performance, more RAM, and/or more IO while sharing the existing aftermarket parts ecosystem. All three products were featured on crowdfunding and supported by free and open source software (FOSS) like Linux and u-boot.

AML-S905X-CC, nicknamed Le Potato, is based on the popular Amlogic S905X SoC. It offers up to 2GB of RAM, four 64-bit cores, 4K60 video playback with HDR, and built-in infrared receiver. This board is the most power-efficient platform of the three and uses less than one watt at idle. There is a large suite of available software for the S905X SoC and it is the only one that has previously passed certification for Google’s Android TV platform. Currently, video decode is missing from upstream Linux and is only available from Amlogic’s BSP with Linux 4.9. Android up to 8 Oreo is available with design contract.

ROC-RK3328-CC, nicknamed Renegade, is based on the Rockchip RK3328 SoC. It offers up to 4GB of high-speed DDR4, four 64-bit cores, 4K60 video playback with HDR, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet. Perfect for IO intensive application like home media center, NAS, microservice virtualization, and more. HDMI support in upstream Linux is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2018. Ubuntu and Debian with accelerated video and 3D is available based on Rockchip’s BSP with Linux 4.4. Android up to 8 Oreo is schedule to be available in Q3 2018 with design contract.

ALL-H3-CC, nicknamed Tritium, is based on three separate Allwinner SoCs: H2+, H3, and H5. The H2+ variant offers 512MB of RAM, four 32-bit cores, and 1080P video playback. The H3 variant is the H2+ variant with 1GB of RAM and 4K30 video playback. The H5 variant offers 2GB of RAM, four 64-bit cores, and 4K30 video playback. There is a large software community behind Allwinner SoCs called linux-sunxi and they have been upstreaming Linux hardware support for almost a decade. This platform also has a crowdfunded effort for video decode Linux upstream underway by Bootlin. Android up to 7 Nougat is available.

Full Comparison of Board Features

Libre Computer platforms are radio-less, FCC and CE certified, long-term-supported (LTS 5Y+) single-board computers. Libre Computer offers hardware customization on all supported SoC platforms. Standard boards with components added/removed can be ordered with 1K MOQ. Small effort customization/mezzanine design contract can be requested with 5K MOQ. Full custom design contracts are available for orders with 20K MOQ. Industrial design, software, project management resources are available as part of design contract.

$300 Sunchip All-in-one AR on RK3288 (like Hololens), $7 Wi-Fi power plug

Posted by Charbax – April 20, 2018

Sunchip shows some of their latest products including their all-in-one AR system based on Rockchip RK3288, RK3399 board for digital signage. $58 Amlogic S912 TV box, $26 RK3126 HDMI Stick, $200 Apollo Lake Box. 360 panoramic camera. $7 single Smart Wi-Fi Plug, $11 for dual Wi-Fi plug.

$79 Poplar Android TV Development Board by Hoperun on Hisilicon Hi3798CV200

Posted by Charbax – December 4, 2017

Poplar is the first development board compliant with the 96Boards Enterprise Edition TV Platform specification. Developed by HiSilicon, the board features the Hi3798C V200 with an integrated quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex A53 processor and high performance Mali-T720 GPU, making it capable of running any commercial set-top solution based on Linux or Android. Its high performance specification also supports a premium user experience with up to H.265 HEVC decoding of 4K video at 60 frames per second. It's available for $79 at Aliexpress.com