Category: Set-top-boxes

DivX 10 offers free HEVC 4K encoding and decoding

Posted by – March 21, 2014

Rovi’s DivX presents a free encoding and decoding solution using High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC/H.265), the successor to H.264, the video compression standard that promises to deliver visual quality equivalent to H.264/AVC with up to 50% bitrate savings.

Sree Kotay, Comcast Chief Software Architect about starting the Linaro Home Group for optimizing Linux for the ARM Powered Set-top-box

Posted by – March 18, 2014

Radically revamping the device development model for Carrier class operators with ARM and Linaro. Comcast? Software? Isn’t that an oxymorom? See how the open source community and modern development models are re-shaping the feature velocity and security models for embedded devices like set-top-boxes, cable modems and gateways. Competing in the modern landscape means building products and experiences that compete with a new breed of innovators. Comcast’s SVP, Engineering and Operations and Chief Software Architect will provide insight into how its reinvented its technology stack and product line.

my interview with him:

The new Linaro Home Group is about optimizing ARM Linux for Multimedia Set-top-boxes. Here’s my interview with Sree Kotay, Comcast Chief Software Architect about how Comcast is interested in working with Linaro to optimize Linux on the ARM Powered Set-top-box.

and his keynote video is here:

Geniatech OTT TV devices, M802 HDMI Stick, DVT-T, ISDB-T, Office Cast, WiTV

Posted by – March 18, 2014

This video features:
1. Geniatech ATV180 shows 2Ghz AmLogic M802 based ATV180 Series HDMI Stick with 4K2K support, OTT STB / UHD Support, 600MHz Mali 450MP8 Octa Core GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash

2. Geniatech PT115 – Android TV Dongle for DVB-T, PT115 DVB-T is a high sensitivity Tiny size digital micro USB TV Stick It turns your Tablet into a portable digital multimedia center. Features Watch and record DVB-T TV on Tablet, Supports Electronic Program Guide EPG and Subtitle Supports Time-Shifting function Low power consumption, requires Android 4.1 and a phone or tablet with OTG USB host support.

3. Geniatech PT230 – Android TV Dongle for ISDB-T same as PT115 but for ISDB-T standard

4. Geniatech Office Cast / any cast New product / connect – display and beam any content from smartphone / tablet / notebook / PC to Beamer. Office use ! Protocol: Miracast, DLNA, UPnP, own APK iOS and Android. ARM CORTEX A9, frequency is 800MHz-1GHz, RAM is 1G, built in 2G-32G flash memory Linux / based !

5. Geniatech ATV1610 – Series

6. ATV582 Series

7. WiTV – Wireless, WiTV is a small stand alone TV tuner which connects worldwide TV signals and streams of live TV wirelessly to mobile devices in iOS/Mac OS/Android OS the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android Phone and Android tablet etc.. Live TV can be watched through your home Wi-Fi network

Samsung Exynos 5410 in Android Set-top-box

Posted by – March 12, 2014

Samsung shows the Exynos 5 used for advanced Android Set-top-box systems, showing multi-window, content sharing, camera integration, supporting everything in the house through this Samsung Octa Core set-top-box and Android. Gaming, advanced VOD and more. 4K video playback also supported and more.

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Android optimizations for ARM by Linaro Engineers

Posted by – March 7, 2014

Linaro Engineers present a bunch of optimizations they recently did in Android for ARM. These optimizations are in areas like BIONIC for Cortex C string routines, migrating to GCC 4.9, migrating the external projects to their latest versions, optimizing SQLite, optimizing battery life, also they discuss their progress building Android with CLANG, migrating Android to latest versions and how Linaro is planning to release these optimizations to the Android community through Linaro Android releases and upstream them to respective project repositories.

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The Android Linaro team’s presentations are live and available on Linaro.org LCA14 and on youtube at LinaraOnAir channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/LinaroOnAir:
LCA14-205: Optimizing SQLite for Android mobile
LCA14-304: Building Android with CLANG for ARM v7 and v8 platforms

Qualcomm, Mediatek, ZTE, Allwinner and Comcast join Linaro

Posted by – March 7, 2014

George Grey, CEO of Linaro, the not-for-profit engineering organization consolidating and optimizing open source Linux software and tools for the ARM architecture, announces that Qualcomm, Mediatek, ZTE, AllWinner and Comcast are joining Linaro to work together on bringing Linux on ARM forward together. They are joining the existing Linaro member companies who are ARM, HiSilicon, Broadcom, Fujitsu, LG, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, AMD, AppliedMicro, Canonical, Cavium, Cisco, Citrix, Enea, Facebook, Freescale, HP, LSI, Marvell, Montavista, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Red Hat and IBM who all are contributing engineers to all be working together to improve Linux on ARM for Mobile, Enterprise (servers), Networking, and now also for Home (Set-top-box) usage with the Internet of Things potentially also to be supported. Linaro just held its Linaro Connect Asia here in Macau this week and I will be posting many videos from there, interviewing Linaro engineers about some of the latest Linux hacking work they are doing to speed up all ARM Powered devices.

CAVIUM 64bit ARMv8 for Servers and Base Stations

Posted by – February 25, 2014

Cavium talks about and shows their latest enterprise, data center, wired and wireless networking OCTEON and OCTEON Fusion SoCs based on ARMv8 64bit and MIPS, making customized optimized core designs for each in use for cloud servers and base stations among other. CAVIUM claims that their ARMv8 64bit enterprise/server design, due to be released later this year, provides more performance at lower power consumption than Intel´s x86.

MHL shipped in over 400 million devices, MHL 3.0 does 4K

Posted by – January 26, 2014

MHL launches MHL 3.0 with 6gbit/s bandwidth to support 4K 2160p30 video output from a phone, simultaneous up to 40mbitps data channel for USB 2.0 host (for example USB hard drives), new RCP commands, HID support for touchscreens, keyboard and mice, now charging with up to 10W of power, HDCP 2.2, 7.1 surround sound with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, connector agnostic (uses as few as five pins), support for simultaneous up to 4 displays on one MHL 3 output while being backward compatible with MHL 1 and MHL 2. Thus far, more than 200 companies have shipped over 300 MHL compatible devices in phones, tablets, TVs, accessories and more, shipped in more than 400 million devices on the market thus far since MHL 1 launched in 2010.

$129 MiiPC Android desktop on Marvell Armada 1500 Plus

Posted by – January 23, 2014

MiiPC by zerodesktop is a desktop computer, media center and gaming hub all in a single device. Running on the dual-core Marvell Armada 1500 Plus with Gc100 GPU, 2GB RAM (1GB on basic model), 8GB built-in eMMC Flash (4GB on basic model) expandable via SD slot and 3xUSB 2.0 Host ports, WiFi-N, Ethernet, Bluetooth 4, speaker jack. They have developed web-based and app based parental control systems, MiiP Web app center, and the user interface of their customized Android is optimized for the desktop user experience. The idea for the MiiPC is for this to be a cheap desktop for children to use in the home while it being managed by the parent. You can buy it here: MiiPC basic 1GB RAM 4GB Flash and MiiPC Premium 2GB RAM/8GB Flash MiiPC here. The MiiPC was launched as a kickstarter project that sold for over $175 Thousand dollars: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2102024857/miipc-power-to-the-parents

Marvell Armada 1500 powers Android TV and Chromecast

Posted by – January 21, 2014

Marvell Video R&D Software Architecture Team Leader Gaurav Arora talks about how Marvell and Google deliver the ARM Powered Google TV, now renamed Android TV on the dual-core Marvell Armada 1500-Plus, how the extremely popular and successful Chromecast runs on the single-core Marvell Armada 1500-Mini. Marvell also shows their new quad-core Marvell Armada 1500 Pro HD to be released in devices Q2 2014 running Android TV. Google is bringing the TV into the mainline ARM Powered Android releases, that is why they now brand it Android TV. The app package included on Android TV is called the Android TV GMS Package, includes apps like YouTube, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and everything else optimized for the TV. The apps are designed for a 10-foot experience remote control user interface.