15 responses

  1. adem
    December 18, 2013

    so do you need a satellite for this. so what is this exactly

  2. cnxsoft
    December 18, 2013

    @adem
    You can use this computer with satellite (DVB-S), cable (DVB-C), or terrestrial digital TV (DVB-T or DVB-T2) USB dongle.
    If you don’t care about digital TV, you could also use the device just like the Wandboard, or Compulab Utilite. These last two can also support DVB in theory, but software support may not be as good for now.

    You can see pictures with the Matrix and some of their USB (and PCIe) tuners in their forum:
    http://www.tbsdtv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=156&t=8726

  3. adem
    December 18, 2013

    @cnxsoft
    ok so DVB-s is (Digital Video Broadcasting — Satellite) and
    DVB-C is (Digital Video Broadcasting – Cable) and
    DVB-T is (Digital Video Broadcasting — Terrestrial)
    DVB-T2 is (Digital Video Broadcasting – Second Generation Terrestrial)

    just a quick question DVB-T is that the analog signal that we receive from our antenna and DVB-T2 is the digital signal we receive from our antenna like free to air tv in australia.
    also how would this board be compared to arndale littlebig octa or the snapdragon board when it comes to android or XBMC comparability will have problematic roms and the gpu will i get full hw acceleration on XBMC.
    dosn’t the i.mx6 have 2 or 3 gpu’s one for 3d one for 2d and so on thanks

  4. cnxsoft
    December 18, 2013

    @adem
    DVB-T and DVB-T2 are both digital, not analog. It’s just a different version, but I don’t know the details. Yes, that’s where free-to-air TV comes from.

    XBMC should be the same as with Wandboard and Utilite. Running in Linux with graphics and VPU acceleration. The images are beta, and I haven’t tried myself, so you may want to check with people who gave it a try.

    Freescale does have 3 GPUs as mentioned in one of my older post: 1x 3D GPU and 2x 2D GPUs. But most people seem to only mention Vivante GC2000 (3D), including myself.

  5. adem
    December 18, 2013

    yes i remember it was you that mentioned the 3 gpu’s. at the moment i have xbmc on my mk908 (pcb v5) working 100%
    i think it works better on my mk908 then my corei7 pc using the XBMC-OUYA.apk 12.2 or 12.3 i think. iam going to wait for what charbax was showing last week Geniatech PT115 Pad TV Tuner, add DVB-T to all Android devices
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rr4qJ8C2pkk
    going to try this with my mk908

  6. dhead666
    December 18, 2013

    At first I was amazed, yay, finally a reasonably priced Armv7 board that can be add to a usb 3.0 adapter (e.g. Syba SD-MPE20142, 25$ on Amazon).
    But then I saw the fan, I guess TBS don’t know how to design a board with proper thermal dissipation.

    I think I’ll better wait for Solidrun’s Carrier One/HummingBoard.

  7. adem
    December 20, 2013

    does this device have full hw acceleration when using linux like ubuntu. i think i.mx6 gpu is one of the most linux friendly gpu’s

  8. cnxsoft
    December 20, 2013

    @adem
    Yes, it should be. If you have an ARM platform that runs XBMC Linux, it’s most likely both GPU and VPU acceleration are enabled, as otherwise XBMC is basically unusable.

  9. lex
    December 21, 2013

    @dhead666
    The heatsink is mounted with screwholes, so almost any universal & fanless aftermarket chipset cooler will fit.
    They most likely resorted to a small active fan heatsink since it’s both cheaper and much smaller.

  10. lnxstb
    December 21, 2013

    It does support the kernel version > 3.10?

    What version of Ubuntu it support?

  11. Ian Tester
    December 30, 2013

    This looks interesting. One important question though, is the CEC line connected to the HDMI port? Most i.MX6 boards do not do this. The Utilite boards do.

    http://stephan-rafin.net/blog/2013/09/30/i-mx6-cec/

  12. Ian Tester
    December 30, 2013

    To answer my own question – yes, apparently HDMI-CEC is connected and works:

    http://www.tbsdtv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=156&t=8741

  13. onebir
    December 30, 2013

    @Ian Tester
    Now I know what HDMI-CEC is :p
    http://gigaom.com/2013/07/24/chromecast-hdmi-cec/
    @cnxsoft
    So maybe the Hardkernel board could be used for similar purposes? :)

  14. Ian Tester
    January 4, 2014

    CEC is useful…. until you have your little button-pressing toddler nephew over and he turns on the blu-ray player, which switches the TV over to it :)

  15. Ian Tester
    January 4, 2014

    I’ll add that this could be the best i.MX6 board available at the moment because it has a mini PCIe slot. So you can add your own GigE ports (the built-in Ethernet is limited to 480Mb/s due to an internal bus) or extra SATA ports, or anything else available on a mini PCIe card.

    And the price is pretty good too.

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