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Diyomate A5 Dual Core Android Set-Top Box Powered by Infotmic iMAPx820 Processor

I’ve been tipped off about a new Android set-top box – Diyomate A5 Dual Core – that features Infotmic iMAPx820 dual core A5 SoC @ 1 GHz with Mali-400 GPU, 1 GB RAM & 4 GB Flash, and runs Android 4.0.3.

Diyomate A5 Dual Core

Android Media Player based on InfoTMIC iMAPx820

Here are the specs of this media player:

  • SoC – Infotmic 820 dual Cortex-A5 + dual core Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4GB  NAND Flash + SD card socket
  • Video Output – HDMI and composite
  • Audio Output – HDMI and Stereo audio output
  • Video Codecs – H.263, MPEG1/2, MPEG-ASP, MPEG-AVC(H.264), VC-1, RV, AVS, MJPEG/JPEG, VP8, MVC, VP6(FLV), ETC
  • Audio Codecs  – MP3, WMA, M4A (AAC), WAV, OGG, LPCM, FLAC, AC3 and DTS
  • Connectivity:
    • Ethernet – 10/100Mbps
    • Wi-FI – 802.11 b/g/n
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 Host ports
  • Power supply – 5V/2A AC Adaptor
  • Dimension – 98*98*20 mm
  • Weight – 160 grams

Beside featuring 2 Cortex A5 cores up to 1.2 GHz and a Mali 400MP GPU up to 400 MHz, iMAPx820 also has the following features:

  • FULL-HD(1080P) video decoder/encoder with varied video formats
  • JPEG Decoder & Encoder
  • 72 channels GPS Baseband
  • 12m Pixels ISP (Image Signal Processor)
  • Dual Display processors and display ports
  • MIPI CSI, CAMERA IF
  • HDMI1.4A, RGB / I80 / TV_IF, MIPI DSI
  • Memory Controller for DDR/DDR2/DDR3 & LPDDR/LPDDR2
  • USB2.0 HOST *2 & OTG *1
  • SATA 2.0
  • Memory Access HW acceleration engine, 2D Graphic Engine
  • Security Engine –  Supports many typical algorithms & safe boot

infoTMIC iMAPx820 Block Diagram (Click to Enlarge)

The processor is manufactured with a 40nm process and comes in a TFBGA package (17×17 mm) with 0.65 pitch.

You can read infoTMIC iMAPx820 Introduction (PDF) for more information about this processor. This processor has some interesting features such as SATA, dual display support…, but I very much doubt we’ll ever see any GPL source code released for this processor as I’m pretty sure infoTMIC and the few Chinese companies using their solution could not care less.

Diyomate A5 Dual Core only seems to be available to distributors for now, and costs $43 for 1k orders. There is however a similar set-top box (but with 512MB RAM) that sells for $81.66 on Aliexpress. There’s also an upcoming Diyomate A8 set-top box based on Rockchip RK3066 ($46 / 1k order). However, I would probably never buy any Diyomate products after I’ve read several comments on my Diyomate A6 TV BOX post that indicate the box has quite a few annoying bugs, the firmware file is hard to get, and you can’t do much about it as they blocked access to ADB with a password in that particular media player.

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  1. Gabe
  2. December 5th, 2012 at 16:22 | #2

    First section is stating mem, the specs list say 1024 mem. Which one is it? I guess it is 1024 as you at the end speak about another version with 512.

  3. December 5th, 2012 at 16:49 | #3

    @Gabe
    Thanks. At $38 that must be the cheapest dual core on the market, although 2x A5 is still much slower than 2x A9. Edit: Finally maybe not the cheapest, as shipping is not included.

    @j1nx
    Sorry, the Diyomate should have 1GB RAM according to the doc I have. I’ll update that.

  4. 2_kamikaze_2
    December 5th, 2012 at 17:27 | #4

    2x A5 it’s maybe slower than 2xA9 but the imapx it’s probably cheaper than a rockchip 3066 or a 8726-mx, for example a rk3066 cost 15$ this imap probably cost less than 10$ probalby 7-8$

  5. December 5th, 2012 at 17:35 | #5

    @2_kamikaze_2
    Yes, iMAPX820 should be cheaper than cortex A9 SoCs, but for now the few end products based on iMAPx820 are about the same price or even a little more expensive than RK3066. For example, the Wise Tivi Box costs $60, and RK3066 mini PCs can be found at around $45 inc. shipping. Hopefully this will change as more imapx8xx devices come to the market.

  6. 2_kamikaze_2
    December 5th, 2012 at 17:52 | #6

    it would be great if Allwinner a10 tablet makers switch to this new imapx

  7. December 5th, 2012 at 18:55 | #7

    @2_kamikaze_2
    It has started as there are a few iMAPx820 (820) tablets in Aliexpress, but they all cost over $100 inc.shipping.

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