Hisilicon Hi3798M V200 SoC to Allow for Cheaper 4K TV Boxes with Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, and/or USB 3.0
One year after Hisilicon Hi3798C V200 processor was unveiled at IBC 2015, Hisilicon has now introduced a cost down version named Hisilicon Hi3798M V200 at IBC 2016 with a lower-end Mali-450 GPU, only 2 TS input interfaces, one less USB 3.0 interface, and only 1x GMAC (Gigabit Ethernet MAC) or 1x Fast Ethernet PHY, instead of two GMAC interfaces. The processor also adds 1080p30 H.265 video encoding.
Hisilicon Hi3798M V200 key features:
- CPU – Quad core Cortex A53 processor (15K DMIPS)
- GPU – ARM Mali-450 + Hisilicon dual-core GPU
- Memory I/F – 32-bit DDR3/3L/4
- Storage I/F – eMMC/NAND/SPI, 1x SATA 3.0, 2x SDIO
- Video Engine (VPU)
- HiVXE 2.0 video engine supporting 4Kp60 10-bit H.265 and VP9 decoding, 4Kp30 H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC1, VP6/VP8, Real Media 8/9/10
- Encoder – H.264/H.265 @ 1080p30 or dual 720p30
- Imprex 2.0 processing engine with support for HDR10 & HLG high dynamic range, BT.709/BT.2020, etc..
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0a TX with HDCP 2.2 up to 4K @ 60 Hz
- Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet MAC, 1x Fast Ethernet PHY
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 interface (shared with SATA 3.0 and PCIe), 2x USB 2.0 interfaces
- Transport Stream – 2x TS inputs
- Expansion – PCIe (shared with SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0)
- Security – Secure boot, secure storage, DRM, hardware watermark, etc…
The new processor should allow cheaper Android and Linux 4K TV boxes with SATA, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and/or digital tuner compared to what’s available today based on Hisilicon Hi3798C V200 such as Sunhed S3 or Himedia Q10 Pro. The main downside is the slower GPU which would affect gaming, and you’d have to choose between USB 3.0 and SATA, as you can’t have both.
More technical details can be found in Hi3798M V200 product brief.
Thanks to Ovi for the tip.