There have been several Cortex A53 processors announced or released on the market such as Rockchip RK3368, Allwinner A64, or Amlogic S905, but in many cases I can read comments complaining about the lack of high speed interface, incomplete code support, or a weak GPU. Hisilicon Hi3798C V200 offers better features than its competitor, as beside four Cortex A53 cores, it includes a Mali-720 GPU, supports HDMI 2.0 output up to 4K at 60 HZ, 10-bit HEVC / H.265 and VP9 video decoding at 3840×2160 resolution at 60 fps, and integrates SATA and USB 3.0 interfaces.
Hisilicon Hi3798C V200 key features and specifications:
- CPU – Quad core Cortex A53 processor (15K DMIPS)
- GPU – ARM Mali-T720 supporting OpenGL ES 3.1/2.0, OpenVG1.1, EGL, and Imprex 2.0 PQ engine
- Memory I/F – DDR3 or DDR4
- Video Engine (VPU)
- Codecs – HEVC, H.264, VP9, VC1, MPEG2
- Decoder – 10-bit up to 4Kp60
- Encoder – H.264 @ 1080p30 or dual 720p30
- HiVXE 2.0 video engine supporting 4Kp60 H.265 and VP9 decoding, 1080p PiP and video transcoding
- Dolby Vision & HDR10 for “best-in-class video quality experience”
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0a TX with HDCP 2.2
- Connectivity – Dual Gigabit Ethernet
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port
- Storage – SATA and 2x SDIO
- Transport Stream – 4x TS In + 2x TS In or Out with support for Full-band Capture (FBC) tuner
- Expansion – PCIe
- Security – Advanced DRM and CAS, Trustzone, Hardware based video watermarking
The company can provide Android 5.x and Linux SDK for the processor. Hi3798C V200 will target Ultra HD set-top boxes (STBs) for the DVB, IPTV, and OTT markets, and Hisilicon claims it is the “first global Ultra HD STB chipset solution to support Dolby Vision high-dynamic-range (HDR) technology.”
I could not find any details about availability of the processor, nor when TV box based on the solution are to be expected.
Thanks to Ovi for the tip.