Shenzhen Bluetimes Technology Co Ltd presents their latest Set-top-boxes (contact below for samples) such as Realtek RTD1195 ($30-$60 depending on designs for samples), Rockchip RK3288 ($50 samples in HDMI Stick), AmLogic M802 ($79 on Bluetimes B2C websites (2)) and Allwinner A80 Set-top-boxes (samples to be available for $80 next month).
You can contact Bluetimes here to enquire about distribution and to buy samples of these (please only contact them if you are a serious potential distributor):
Selina Song, Sales Manager
Mobile: +86 15889676443
Phone: +86 755 27319033 ext: 8012 email@example.com
skype: ebluetimes-sales2 http://ebluetimes.com
Egreat STBs based on Realtek RTD1195 dual core Cortex A9 SoC with 4K, H.265 video decoding support. The video also features older Realtek and Rockchip Android TV Boxes, and an RK3188 based game console (Egreat K3).
Egreat will launch their A-series media players soon: A3 and A9 models. I contacted the company for some more details, but since the product is still in development, there are not willing to disclose complete details at this stage.
Here are the specs I could gather for Egreat A9:
SoC — Realtek RTD1195 dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor
System Memory — N/A
Storage — N/A. Possibly a SATA bay is also present (Unclear)
Video Output / Input — Composite, Component and HDMI output (MHL).
HDMI input Audio — HDMI, Stereo output (RCA), and S/PDIF
Video Playback — 3D blu-ray video playback + full video format support. H.265 decode support.
Audio Playback — 7.1 raw audio output “framepacking”.
Connectivity — Ethernet, WiFi with dual high-gain external antennas, and Bluetooth (TBC).
USB — 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0
Egreat A-series media player will run Android 4.4 Kitkat.Even though specs are incomplete at this stage, RTD1195 based products should be able to transfer data quickly and play high bitrate 4K videos smoothly thanks to high performance interfaces such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and SATA. CPU and GPU performance will however be greatly inferior to the new application processors from Amlogic S802, Rockchip RK3288, or AllWinner A80.
Measy makes a Amlogic M802 based Android set top box with a Windows 8 like interface capable of outputting 4k called the B4A. The B4A sells for 70 USD for 1,000 pieces. Measy also makes accessories such as a bluetooth security device, a wireless touch keyboard, and a mhl adapter. Allwinner makes an HDMI stick with an Allwinner A31s processor and a hdmi stick with miracast functionality.
T-Chip launches the Firefly Development Board on RK3288 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 with Mali-T764 runs Ubuntu and Android. Firefly-RK3288 provides some external expansion interface, including LCD interfaces and some other standard interfaces such as: Double MIPI, Double LVDS, ISP, EDP, PWM, SPI, UART, ADC , GPIO, I2C, I2S. Standard configuration is 2GB RAM and 16GB eMMC with a high configuration version possible with 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC. It has dual band Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.0 and Gigabit ethernet. In this video you can see the Ubuntu and Android demo on Firefly RK3288, and a tour of the T-Chip offices featuring their PCB Design engineers, Software engineers, sales staff and more.
The Firefly RK3288 is now available for $129 each (you can order 5/10/15/20/25 units at $129 each by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org add $30/$33/$40/$45/$50 respectively for fast 3-5 day shipping to USA/Europe).
Cisco offers cloud to set-top-box services, enabling Internet Speed for Service Providers to provide video-on-demand, video streaming, smart TV functionalities. Dr. Ken Morse, previously of Scientific Atlanta (aquired by Cisco in 2006), talks about Cisco working with Linaro to enable ARM Powered Set-top-box and home gateway solutions through open source.
Here you can watch his 1-hour keynote at the Linaro Connect 2014:
“As we move into a world where consumers expect to access all their video services on amy device, at any time, in any place, this requires major changes to the architecture of video delivery. In addition, the expectation is for new services to be launched at Internet Speed and not the typical 6 months or longer cycle taken by many new service introductions.”
TCL Corporation is one of the biggest TV companies in the world. They are showing their latest products at the Shenzhen Electronics Fair including 4K TVs, smartphones, set-up-boxes and more. They are showing their Alcatel Onetouch branded phones series TCL Idol, TCL Pop and TCL Hero. A 55inch 4K TV from TCL is sold for about 10,000RMB(~$1,600) One of the phones of Hero series has an octa-core CPU and costs 1,016RMB(~$165). They are showing a set-up-box with RK3066 CPU with a Metro-style interface and 28inch Smart TVs for kids. These kids TVs have a kids design and a protective film over the display in order to protect their eyes. Some washing machines with a different design than others and Smart TVs with Mstar hexa-core CPU are some other products from TCL.
SoundMate is a Wireless HIFI Music Steaming Receiver, a wifi upgrade solution for HIFI System. It streams using the DLNA, AirPlay protocol using built-in Atheros WiFi module and Wolfson DAC for ultra-high quality sound through to optical and 3.5” earphone mini jack output. You can turn your old analog HiFi system into a modern Smart HiFi system. UyeSee SoundMate supports Streaming local or online music from Android, iOS, Windows, Mac to any speaker, it supports Lossless format: FLAC, APE, WAV, it support to play music from USB pen drive, it supports streaming of spotify/pandora through a 3rd party app that supports streaming all system audio to DLNA (may require rooting on Android), SoundMate supports Multi-speaker /Multi-room music streaming by 3rd party app also (see below). Support Multi-people online, share music one by one, multi-Enviroment: home, hotel, outisde, car.
Samples (available for shipping now) can be purchased by sending an email to email@example.com in quantities of 5/10/15/20, to the price of $30 per unit (temporary promotional price for minimum-5 bulk orders only through ARMdevices.net) you have to add the estimated 3-5-day shipping cost to Europe/USA: $50 for 5 units, $75 for 10 units, $100 for 15 units and $125 for 20 units.
UyeSee shows their Rockchip RK3288 Android TV Box (which you can order 5/10/15/20 samples of, read further down), the most powerful MiniPC, 4K Media Player and Gaming Box on the market! With a Quad core ARM Cortex-A17(or A12) with a DMIPS of 28800, Mali-T764 Quad-core GPU, HDMI 2.0 with 4K@60fps, Android 4.4, HEVC UHS hardware decoding, Gigabit ethernet, 5.8Ghz WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. UyeSee also shows their ultra compact RK3288 PCB design and UyeSee is able to also design a RK3288 mini-pc design (if customer orders a minimum quantity) with VGA, series port, and a big capacitor stores your data when power is suddenly cut off. Audio in and audio out.
Samples (to be available for shipping by the end of September) can be purchased by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in quantities of 5/10/15/20, to the price of $120 per unit you have to add the estimated 3-5-day shipping cost to Europe/USA: $50 for 5 units, $75 for 10 units, $100 for 15 units and $150 for 20 units.