Yesterday, I wrote about two upcoming Amlogic S812 Android TV boxes by Eny Technology, namely M8S and M8C, with a production trial run scheduled by the end of this month, but I’ve seen then been informed that CX-S806 TV box with the latest Amlogic quad core processor, 2GB RAM, and 8GB eMMC flash is already shipping for as low as $80, as well as a model with a 2MP front camera called CX-S806S.
CX-S806 / CX-S806S technical specifications:
- SoC – Amlogic S812 quad core cortex A9r4 @ 2.0 GHz with octa-core Mali-450MP6 GPU up to 600+ MHz
- System Memory – 2 GB DDR3
- Storage – 8GB flash. No SD card slot
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6330 wireless module)
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K2K @ 60 Hz (TBC), 3.5mm AV jack (composite + stereo audio)
- Audio Output – HDMI, AV, optical S/PDIF
- Video Codecs – H.265 / HEVC [email protected] up to 4k2k@30fps, H.264 AVC [email protected] up to 4k2k@30fps, MPEG1/2/4 up to 1080p60, AVS up to 1080p60, WMV/VC-1 up to 1080p60, WebM up to VGA resolution, RealVideo 8/9/10 up to 1080p,
- Audio Formats/Codecs – MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AAC, Dolby, DTS, SRS, AC-3
- Camera – 2MP front camera (CX-806S only)
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, including on OTG port.
- Misc – Reset button, recovery button.
- Power Supply – 5V/3A
- Dimensions – 160 x 96 x 31 mm
- Weight – 151 grams
The box runs Android 4.4.2 Kitkat with MediaBox launcher, and comes with an IR remote control, an HDMI cable, a power adapter, and a user’s manual. There’s uncertainty around the HDMI version used, because some sites indicate HDMI 2.0, while others mention HDMI 1.4b. You’ll only be able to add storage via USB, since there’s no (micro) SD card slot, and as with other Amlogic processors, Ethernet is still limited to 10/100M, despite Gigabit Ethernet being part of S812 (and S805) SoC features. So the only advantage over S802(-H) is support for HEVC / H.265 video decoding up to 2160p resolution.
CX-S806 can be purchased on Amazon US ($79.99), as well as GeekBuying for $84.99, and about the same price on Aliexpress. The version with camera, CX-S806S, is selling for $89.99. Make sure to double check the processor is indeed S812, as an earlier version of CX-S806 ships with Amlogic S802 instead. CX-S806 manufacturer appears to be Shenzhen Sunchip Technology.
JmGO G1 is a neat looking Android 4.4 projector powered by Mstar 6A918 quad core Cortex A9 processor with a Mali-450MP4 GPU (same as Mstar 9810?), and featuring a Texas Instruments LED based DLP projector. It comes with USB 2.0 / 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, AV, S/PDIF ports, and four speakers on the periphery.
Tentative hardware specifications:
- SoC – Mstar MSO6A918 Quad core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.5GHz with an ARM Mali-450MP4 GPU.
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 16 GB eMMC + microSD card slot
- Texas Instruments DLP
- RGB LED. Native resolution: 1280 x 800
- 30,000 hours LED life (About 10 years @ 10 hours per day)
- 15″ to 300″ screenI
- Brightness – 450 Lumens
- Video Inputs – HDMI IN, AV IN
- Audio I/Os – Inputs HDMI, AV, coaxial S/PDIF; Output: 4x speakers
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 host port, 1x USB3.0 port
- Power Supply – 19V/4.74A
- Dimensions – 219 mm diameter x 60 mm height
- Weight – 1550 grams
I’m not 100% sure of my specifications, as I assumed all video and audio ports are inputs, but I’d be glad to bring correction from people who can read Chinese… A hook is available under the projector to mount it on a tripod or a wall. A simple yet innovative Wi-Fi remote control lets you adjust the projector focus, control the volume, and comes with Back/Home/Menu/Mouse/OK buttons, as well as a microphone for voice control.
JmGO G1 costs 2399 CNY (~$392),
but I could not find it for sale anywhere, and it’s for sale on Ebay for $566 + shipping. More details and pictures can be found on JmGO G1 product page (Chinese).
The first Amlogic S812 Android TV box I had seen was Xtreamer Wonder which should start shipping for 99 Euros ($140) by the end of the month, but they’ll have some competition as Eny Technology will soon manufacture M8S and M8C Android media players, also based on the same quad core Cortex A9 processor, with 4K UHD video output and HEVC/H.265 hardware video decoding.
M8S and M8C have the same technical specifications except that the former comes with 2GB RAM, and the latter with 1GB RAM:
- SoC – Amlogic S812-H quad core cortex A9r4 @ 2 GHz with octa-core Mali-450MP6 GPU @ 600+ MHz
- System Memory – 1GB (M8C) or 2 GB (M8S) DDR3
- Storage – 8GB NAND flash + micro SD card reader
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K2K @ 30 Hz, AV port
- Audio Output – HDMI, AV, optical S/PDIF
- Video Codecs – 4k2k H.264, H.265 UHD, HD MPEG1/2/4, AVC/VC-1, RM/RMVB, Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6, RealVideo8/9/10,
- Audio Formats/Codecs – MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, APE, AC3, AAC etc… Dolby, TrueHD, DTS, SRS, AC-3
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- Power Supply – 5V/2A
- Dimensions – N/A
- Weight – N/A
Eny “M9″ Board (Click to Enlarge)
These Android STBs will run Android 4.4, and come pre-loaded with XBMC/Kodi 14.x, hopefully with H.265 support. Amlogic S812 is supposed to support Gigabit Ethernet, but Amlogic must have problems with their GMAC IP or drivers,m because none of the products based on S805 / S812 feature a Gigabit Ethernet port.
Eny Technology informed me they’ll manufacture a small batch at the end of the month, so hopefully they’ll be up for sale at the retail level in November or December. The company was not ready to release pricing information publicly yet, but the Chinese SoC little fairy told me that Amlogic S805 costs about $5, S802 about $10.5, and S812 about $11.5, with further discounts available in large quantities, so products based on Amlogic S812 based products may not be that much more expensive than Amlogic S802 based products using similar components.
Forlinx, an embedded systems design and manufacturing company based in Hebei province in China, has announced OK335xD industrial (temperature) single board computer powered by Texas Instruments Sitara AM335X processor, and which appears to be a high-end version of their OK335xS-II SBC with more ports. Potential applications include communication devices, medical equipment, automotive computers, control panels, data acquisition devices, industrial control, industrial automation equipment, and more.
OK335xD single board computer is composed of a CPU module (FET335xD), and a baseboard simply called “OK335xD Base Board”.
Listed specifications for FET335xD computer-on-module:
- SoC – Texas Instruments Sitara AM3354 Cortex A8 processor @ 800MHz with PowerVR SGX530 GPU
- System Memory – 512MB DDR3
- Storage – 256MB SLC NAND Flash
- Interfaces available via CoM connector:
- 1x USB 2.0 Host; 1x USB2.0 OTG
- Ethernet Dual Gigabit Ethernet
- 3x MMC
- 3x I2C, 2x SPI, 6x UART / IrDA
- Various GPIO pins
- 8x ADC
- 2x CAN
- LCD Interface
- Misc – Watchdog (SP706SEN)
- Power Supply – 5V; PMU – TPS65217C
- Dimension – 46mm x 70mm
- Temperature Range – -40℃~+85℃ (Operating)
Features listed for OK335xD baseboard:
- Processor/Memory/Storage – Via FET335xD CoM
- External Storage – 1x SD/SDHC card slot up to 32GB
- LCD interface with optional 4.3″, 5″, 7″, 8″, 10.4″ resistive or capacitive displays with various resolutions (480×272, 800×480, 800×600).
- VGA is supported via an optional LCD to VGA board
- Audio – 1x headphone jack, 1x MIC jack, 1x Line IN
- Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet, connector for external SDIO Wi-Fi module
- USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB device port
- Serial Ports
- 3x Serial Port (2x RS232, 1x TTL)
- 1x RS485 (Horizontal connectors with isolation protection)
- 1x CAN (Horizontal connectors with isolation protection)
- Other Expansion Headers
- “BUS” header with 12-Bit address bus, 16-bit data bus
- “I2C” header with 2x I2C
- “SPI” header with 1x SPI, 1x PWM?
- “AD” header with 8x ADC (4 for resistive touching, and 4 for user),
- Debugging – JTAG connector
- Misc – 4x LED, 6x user keys, 1x reset switch, 1x power switch, 1x boot switch (SD or NAND boot), on-board RTC
- Power Supply – 5V
- Power Consumption – 1.35W in standalone mode; 3.5 W to 5W with 7″ LCD in various scenario.
- Dimensions – 190 x 130 mm
- Temperature Range – -40℃~+85℃ (Operating), except the RTC chip.
The company provides BSPs for Android 4.2, Linux 3.2, and WinCE 6.0 / 7.0 with several drivers for each operating systems, but the Linux BSP appears to come with some extra command line and graphical test tools. The documentation and source code are available online, and must be included on a CD/DVD with the kit.
OK335xD single board computer will be available next month for $259 (reference price, subject to change), and FET335xD computer-on-module for $112. You can find a little more information and/or contact the company for details on Forlinx OK335xD product page.
Nagrace NT-V6 TV Box is powered by Rockchip RK3288 processor, and in my review I found the hardware to be pretty good, although some progress had to be done on the firmware. The company is still focus on perfecting Android firmware for NT-V6 and Firefly-RK3288 development board, but in meantime, they’ve released a dual boot image capable of running either Android 4.4 or Ubuntu (14.04?).
To give it a try download HPH-RK3288-Android-Ubuntu_20140924.rar. I haven’t been able to try it myself, because Google Drive download is extremely slow today. Once the download is complete, you’ll probably need to flash the firmware using Rockchip AndroidTools (windows) or upgrade_tool command line utility (Linux).
The dual boot firmware is based on Android firmware 1.3.9 released on September 30, plus an Ubuntu root file system. It’s not overly convenient to use Ubuntu, because you need to enter recovery mode by inserting a sharp oject (e.g. a toothpick) into the recovery pinhole on the side of the device, and keep pressing for a few seconds as you power it up, or reboot from Android. Switching from Ubuntu to Android is much easier, as you simply need to click on a button called “boot android” located on the home screen.
It’s highly unlikely this image support 2D/3D graphics acceleration and/or hardware video decoding in Linux, but since the eMMC flash has very good performance, overall user experience should be pretty decent in Ubuntu, and most videos (up to 720p or 1080p depending on video codec/bitrate) can probably be played relatively smoothly using software decoding. The company also warns users that the Linux image is likely to have many bugs, and fixing them will be done after they’ve handled Android bugs.
If you have some other RK3288 TV boxes (Orion R28, Beelink R89…), you can also try some instructions provided in Linuxium in Mini PC Google+ community.
Most computers-on-a-stick come with an HDMI port, and a few USB ports, but Inverse Path’s dongle is quite different. USB Armory is a flash drive sized computer powered by Freescale i.MX53 Cortex A8 processor with only a USB port and a micro SD slot, that targets security applications such as mass storage devices with automatic encryption, virus scanning, host authentication and data self-destruct, VPN routers, electronic wallets, password managers, portable penetration testing platforms, and so on.
USB Armory specifications:
- SoC – Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex-A8 @ 800Mhz with ARM TrustZone
- System Memory – 512MB DDR3 RAM
- Storage – microSD card slot
- USB – 1x USB host port. USB device emulation: CDC Ethernet, mass storage, HID, etc.
- Expansion Header – 5-pin breakout header with GPIOs and UART
- Misc – customizable LED, including secure mode detection
- Power – 5V via USB (<500 mA power consumption)
- Dimensions – 65 x 19 x 6 mm
The board is said to run Android, Debian, Ubuntu, and FreeBSD. USB Armory is open source hardware and software, and you can already find the Kicad schematics and PCB layout files for the alpha version, distributed under a GPL v2 license, on github. Some software documentation can be found on the project’s Wiki, with firmware images coming later. Security features are achieved through ARM Trustzone which allows for secure and normal zones, and you may want to read a Trustzone on i.MX53 article on Genode OS framework project for more technical details.
USB armory is still under development, but you can register your interest on Crowdsupply where it should sell for less than 100 Euros later this year. Some more information is also available on Inverse Path’s USB Armory page.
Categories: Android, Debian, Freescale i.MX, Hardware, Linux, Ubuntu
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Yet again, sellers are trying to get rid off their old stock, and today Rikomagic MK02 IIIS HDMI TV Stick powered by Rockchip RK3066 sells for
$14.40 on Aliexpress for the next four hours, but if you miss it, you can also buy from another seller for $17.99. Both prices include worldwide shipping, and the sellers have good feedback.
MK802 IIIS specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3066 dual core Cortex A9 @ 1.6Ghz + Mali-400MP4 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB RAM
- Storage – 8 GB NAND flash + micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 3.0
- Video Output – HDMI (male)
- USB – 1x USB Host 2.0, 2x micro USB for power and OTG port
The package includes the mini PC, a USB cable for power, an OTG adapter, a short male to female HDMI cable, and user’s manual. It’s said to run running Android 4.1.1, but it could actually be Android 4.2, and Rikomagic released firmware on November 2013 with Android 4.2. Two versions of MK802IIIS are listed on Rikomagic firmware page, so I’m not sure which one it is. This dongle also supports PicUntu I/O if you want to run a Linux desktop distribution.
Thanks to Gabe for the tip.