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Realtek RTD1296 STB/Media NAS SoC Coming Soon with Multiple Ethernet Ports, Dual SATA, HDMI 2.0 Input and Output

June 7th, 2017 No comments

I have reviewed several Realtek RTD1295 TV boxes with NAS and HDMI input functions such as Zidoo X9S and EWEAT R9 Plus, and those were quite capable devices with a rich feature set, but Realtek has been working on a new higher-end RTD1296 SoC for quite some time. It comes with the same CPU and GPU, but has a larger package with more peripheral interfaces.

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I received the screenshot above last December, but the information does not seem to have changed since then. Realtek RTD1296 is equipped with a quad core Cortex A53 processor, an ARM Mali-T820MP3 GPU, and the same H.265/VP9 video engine as RTD1295. However, the new SoC adds one extra RGMII (Gigabit Ethernet) interface, one more USB 3.0 port, one extra SATA interface, and offers higher DDR bandwidth. The PCIe interface would also allow you to use more than just two SATA drives.

Charbax got in touch with the company, and shot a video showcasing their various RTD1296 solutions include and Android TV STB with Voice Assistant (not the Google One yet) which allows you to turn on the box, PIP recording for game streamers on YouTube, Twitch…, and some Synology and QNAP NAS based on RTD129X (exact part not provided).

Via ARMDevices

Boardcon Introduces Rockchip RK3399 PICO3399 CPU Module and EM3399 Baseboard

May 31st, 2017 3 comments

There’s a limited number of boards based on Rockchip RK3399 processor, with the easiest to work with (for non-Chinese readers) probably being Firefly-RK3399. Shenzhen Xunlong is working on their own Orange Pi RK3399 board, 9Tripod released their X3399 SoM and devkit, Boardcon has also launched their own RK3399 SoM (system-on-module) and baseboard solution with respectively PICO3399 CPU module and EM3399 board.

PICO3399 SoM specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3399 hexa core processor with a dual ARM Cortex-A72 core cluster @ up to 2.0 GHz, quad ARM Cortex-A53 cluster, and ARM Mali-T860MP4 GPU
  • System Memory – 4GB LPDDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC flash
  • 314-pin edge connector with 2x USB2.0 Host, 2x USB3.0 or 2x  Type-C, UART, MIPI, GbE, HDMI in&out, Audio, I2C, I2S, PCI-E, SD/MMC/SDIO, GPIO, eDP..
  • Power Supply – 5V
  • Dimensions – 82 x 50mm (8 layers)

The company provides support  for Android6.0.1 and Debian for the module. If the info provided in the website is correct, the Android BSP includes Linux 4.4.36 kernel, U-boot 2014-10, and drivers, while the Debian BSP includes Linux 4.4.41 kernel, U-boot 2016-12-03, and drivers.

You can get started quickly with the CPU module using EM3399 development board with the following specifications:

  • Socket for PICO3399 CPU module
  • External storage – 1x micro SD socket, PCIe connector for SSD
  • Display & Video Output
    • Output – 1x eDP LCD via 40-pin header, 2x MIPI DSI connector, 1x HDMI 1.4/2.0 port
    • Input – HDMI input via TC358749XBG
  • Audio – ALC5651 audio codec; 3.5mm audio jack
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) port, optional 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi & Bluetooth 4.1 (AP6354), SIM card slot, optional 3G/4G mini PCIe card
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host, 1x USB3.0 host, 1x USB Type-C
  • Camera I/F – 2x MIPI CSI with 3D capture support
  • Expansion
    • 1x PCIe x4 slot for graphics card
    • 1x PCIe connector for SSD or 3G module
    • 5 “GPIO” headers for a total of 122 I/Os
  • Debugging – 1x 3-pin UART header
  • Misc – RTC powered by external lithium battery; Recover, Power, Reset buttons;
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A via power barrel
  • Dimensions – 145 x 100 mm

The module is expected to be used in application such as  smart devices, digital signage, all-in-one machines, PoS systems, vehicle control terminals, etc…

The module and board appear to be available now, but price is not public since I understand the company focuses on the B2B market. You’ll find further details on the product page.

Thanks to Theguyuk for the tip.

Intel DLIA is a PCIe Card Powered by Aria 10 FPGA for Deep Learning Applications

May 29th, 2017 No comments

Intel has just launched their DLIA (Deep Learning Inference Accelerator) PCIe card powered by Intel Aria 10 FPGA, aiming at accelerating CNN (convolutional neural network) workloads such as image recognition and more, and lowering power consumption.

Some of Intel DLIA hardware specifications:

  • FPGA – Intel (previously Altera) Aria 10 FPGA @ 275 MHz delivering up to 1.5 TFLOPS
  • System Memory – 2 banks 4G 64-bit DDR4
  • PCIe – Gen3 x16 host interface; x8 electrical; x16 power & mechanical
  • Form Factor – Full-length, full-height, single wide PCIe card
  • Operating Temperature – 0 to 85 °C
  • TDP – 50-75Watts hence the two cooling fans

The card is supported in CentOS 7.2, and relies on Intel Caffe framework, Math Kernel library for Deep Neural Networks (MKL-DNN), and works with various network topologies (AlexNet, GoogleNet, CaffeNet, LeNet, VGG-16, SqueezeNet…). The FPGA is pre-programmed with Intel Deep Learning Accelerator IP (DLA IP).

Intel DLIA can be used by cloud services providers to filter content, track product photos, for surveillance and security applications for example for face recognition and license plate detection, in the factory to detect defects automatically, and in retail stores to track foot traffic, and monitor inventory.

You’ll find more details including links to get started and the SDK in the product page.

Intel Compute Card Apollo Lake and Kaby Lake SKUs, Block Diagrams, and Specifications

May 29th, 2017 2 comments

Intel Compute cards are the latest ultra-thin CPU cards introduced by Intel at the beginning of the year, with a concept similar to EOMA68 CPU cards, that it to allow  CPU card upgrades or replacements, and interoperability across compatible devices such as smart kiosks, IoT gateways, and so on. But at the time, Intel did not reveal that many details about the different cards, although we know NexDock is working on laptop dock compatible with Intel Compute Cards. But I’ve recently received some block diagrams for Apollo Lake Pentium/Celeron, and Kaby Lake Core M/Core i5 compute cards.There will two SKUs for Apollo Lake compute cards sharing the same specifications, except for the processor:

  • SoC
    • CD1C64GK SKU – Intel Celeron N3450 quad core processor @ 1.1 / 2.2 GHz (base/turbo) with 12EU Intel HD Graphics Gen9; 7.5W TDP
    • CD1P64GK SKU – Intel Pentium N4200 quad core processor @ 1.1 / 2.5 GHz with 18 EU Intel Gen9 HD graphics; 6W TDP
  • System Memory – 4GB dual channel LPDDR3-1866
  • Storage – 64 eMMC flash, SPI flash for BIOS
  • Connectivity – Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (2×2 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2)
  • Compute Card connector:
    • USB type C part with  USB 3.x, USB CC (Configuration Channel), DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 2.0 signals
    • Extended part with USB 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.x, 2x multiplexed SATA & PCIe x1 interfaces
  • Others – PMIC, Embedded Controller, and Crypto Element Device

There will also be two more powerful and expensive Kabe Lake compute card with the following specifications:

  • SoC
    • CD1M3128MK SKU – Intel Core m3-7Y30 dual core / quad thread processor @ 1.0 / 2.6 GHz (base/turbo) with Intel HD Graphics 615; 4.5W TDP
    • CD1IV128MK SKU – Intel Core i5-7Y57 dual core / quad thread processor @ 1.2 / 3.3 GHz with Intel HD Graphics 615; 4.5W TDP; Support Intel vPro
  • System Memory – 4GB dual channel LPDDR3-1866
  • Storage – 128GB PCIe SSD, SPI flash for BIOS
  • Connectivity – Intel Wireless-AC 8265 (2×2 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2)
  • Compute Card connector:
    • USB type C part with  USB 3.x, USB CC (Configuration Channel), DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 2.0 signals
    • Extended part with USB 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.x,  1x multiplex Gigabit Ethernet / PCIe x1, and 1x PCIe x1
  • Others – Voltage regulators (VRs), Embedded Controller, and Crypto Element Device; CD1IV128MK only: TPM

I was not aware of any Core i5 processors with such a low TDP, which can also be tuned up to 7W, and down to just 3.5W. The processor was just launched in January, a few devices are equipped with the processor, but I still managed to find Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 20JB ( $1,450), as well as some benchmarks for reference.

HiSilicon Hi3796M V200 UHD DVB + H.265 STB SoC Showcased at Broadcast Asia 2017

May 25th, 2017 6 comments

Broadcast Asia international digital multimedia & entertaiment technology exhibition & conference is taking place in Singapore on May 23 – 25, and I’ve been informed that Hisilicon showcased their latest Hi3796M V200 Set-top box SoC with support for 4K DVB, H.265, and high dynamic range technology such as HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision.

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Key features and specifications of Hi3796M V200 processor:

  • CPU – Quad core ARM Cortex A53
  • GPU – ARM Mali-450MP
  • Memory – DDR3, DDR3L, DDR4
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI 2.0a Tx with HDCP 2.2
  • Video format – HEVC, H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC1, VP9, AVS 2.0
  • HDR – HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR and SDR conversion
  • HiVXE 2.0 VPU – Decoder – 4K60 10-bit; Encoder – HEVC/H.264 1080p30 or 2x 720p30
  • Ethernet – 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x Fast Ethernet
  • USB 2.0 – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • SATA & PCIe & USB 3.0 – USB 3.0, SATA 3.0, PCIe 2.0 host interface (optional); cnxsoft’s note: all ports are likely multiplexed, so only one is usable.
  • Transport Stream I/F – 2x TS In + 2x TS In or Out + 1x Cable IF in
  • SDIO – 2x SDIO 3.0
  • Security – Advanced DRM, and CAS (NOCS3.X), and hardware video watermark. TrustZone

The company can provide Android 7.0 and Linux SDKs with middleware and RDK for the processor and development board. HiVXE 2.0 is also said to support PiP and video transcoding. Hardware video watermark ability allows the processor to meet MovieLabs UHD premium service delivery requirements.

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It appears the company will also offer a user-friendly way to watch VR videos / 360° videos on the TV by using a mobile app or remote control to navigate in all directions while the video is playing.

I could not find any information at all on the web about Hi3796M V200 processor, so thanks to Ovi for sending pictures directly from the Broadcast Asia exhibition, and allowing us to discover this new multimedia processor.

Allwinner H6 Processor for 4K HDR Set-Top Boxes Supports USB 3.0, PCIe, and Smart Card Interfaces

April 1st, 2017 39 comments

Allwinner H6 is a new quad core Cortex A53 processor designed for 4K set-top boxes. It will support “6K” video decoding for 10-bit HEVC, VP9, and H.264, integrate HDR10 and HLG video processing, support high speed interfaces like USB 3.0 and PCIe, as well as security features like two ISO7816 smart card interfaces and DRM solutions.

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Allwinner H6 specifications:

  • CPU –  Quad-core ARM Cortex A53 with NEON, hardware Java acceleration, and FPU
  • 3D GPU – Dual shader ARM Mali-T720 with support for OpenGL ES3.1/3.0/2.0/1.1, OpenCL 1.1/RenderScript, Microsoft DirectX 11 FL9_3
  • Memory I/F – DDR4/DDR3/DDR3L interface
  • Storage I/F – 1x eMMC 5.0 flash interface, 1x NAND Flash interface for SLC/MLC/TLC flash memory with up to 80-bit error-correcting code (ECC), 1x SPI NOR Flash interface, 1x SD Card 2.0
  • Multimedia via Allwinner Phoenix 3.0 VE Engine
    • Video Decoder
      • H265/HEVC Main/Main10 [email protected] High-tier ;[email protected], up to [email protected]
      • H264/AVC [email protected], MVC, [email protected]
      • VP9,Profile 0/2, [email protected]
      • VP6/VP8, [email protected]
      • MPEG1/MPEG2 [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
      • MPEG4 [email protected] 0~3, [email protected] 0~5, GMC, short header format, [email protected]
      • AVS+/AVS JIZHUN [email protected] 6.0, [email protected]
      • VC-1 [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] 0~3, [email protected]
      • Supports Frame Buffer Compression(FBC)
      • Output pixel format configurable,YUV420/YV12/NV12
    • JPEG hardware decoder up to 65536 x 65536 resolution
    • Video and Image Encoder
      • H264 [email protected] 4.2 video encoding,up to [email protected]
      • MJPEG video encoding,up to [email protected]
      • JPEG image encoding- maximum resolution up to 8Kx8K
      • Supports [email protected][email protected][email protected] simultaneous encoding
  • Audio Encoding/Decoding
    • MPEG-1,MPEG-2(L1/L2/L3), MP3, AAC-LC, HE AAC V1/V2, APE, FLAC, OGG, AMR-NB, AMR-WB,G.711(u/a) decoding
      • G.711(u/a), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC-LC encoding
      • Karaoke sound effects, supports automatic gain control, voice enhancement and echo/reverberation.
      • 3~5m far field sound acquisition, supports speech enhancement, acoustic echo cancellation and direction of speaker estimation.
      • Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus decoding (option)
      • Dolby DMA2.0 audio effect (option)
      • DTS-HD decoding(option)
      • Dolby Digital/DTS transparent transmission
  • TS Demultiplexing/PVR
    • 4x TS inputs supporting 32 PID each
    • DVB-CSA/AES/DES descrambling
    • PVR,recording of scrambled and non-scrambled streams
  • Security/ DRM
    • Full Disk Encryption(FDE) with support for AES-ECB/CBC
    • 4K bits Efuse (OTP)
    • Protection for JTAG and other debugging port
    • HDCP 2.2/1.4 protection for HDMI outputs
    • Trusted execution environment(TEE)
    • Digital rights management(DRM)
    • Mainstream advanced CA
    • Secure boot, Secure Storage, Secure upgrade
  • Display Processing ((Smartcolor 3.0 DE Engine)
    • HDR10 and HLG HDR processing
    • HDR conversion between SDR
    • Dual independent display support
    • 16 layers, video and UI input layers to overlay
    • 3D video processing and display
  • Audio/Video Interfaces
    • Video Output
      • 1x HDMI 2.0a TX with HDCP 2.2 output
      • 1x CVBS interface , supports PAL/NTSC mode
      • 1x RGB interface up to1920x1080
    • Video Input – CSI camera (DVP)
    • Audio Interfaces
      • Analog audio input/output
      • Digital MIC interface
      • 2x I2S supporting 7.1 channel
      • S/PDIF audio interface
  • Other Interfaces
    • USB – 1x USB 3.0 host port, 1x USB2.0 OTG port, 1x USB 2.0 host port
    • 1x PCIe 2.0 interface
    • 1x SDIO 3.0
    • Ethernet – 1x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet with PHY, 1x Gigabit Ethernet MAC
    • 5x UART, 5x TWI/I2C, GPIOs
    • 2x ISO7816 Smart Card interfaces
    • IR receiver and keypad control interface
  • Misc
    • USB, SD card and flash boot supported
    • Adaptive voltage scaling (AVS)
    • Dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS)
  • Package – 15 x 15 mm BGA451 package

The CPU is not that important in TV boxes and set-top boxes, so there are no changes here except potentially a higher frequency (TBC). The dual shader Mali-T720 GPU should provide 3D performance in the same range as other competing solutions based on Mali-450MP and Mali-T820MP GPU, and includes OpenCL support for GPU compute applications. AFAIK it’s the first Allwinner processor to support HDR, so the company is mostly catching with competitors on the multimedia front. The video decoder supports 4K H.265 and VP9 at up to 60 fps, and 4K H.264 up to 30 fps, as well as 6K up to 30 fps. The processor can also support HD audio formats (as an option), while the transport stream (TS) interfaces to connect one or more more tuners, and Smart Card interfaces make it ideal for set-top box with free or premium content. The addition of USB 3.0 and PCIe will allow for fast storage options, with external PCIe to SATA chips potentially providing better performance than the SATA IP found in Allwinner R40, especially when it comes to write speed.

I found all this information in Allwinner H6 product brief published on linux-sunxi website. There’s no information anywhere else about H6 processor, even on Alibaba, so it will likely take many more months before products and boards are launched with the new SoC.

MQMaker Koala is a Features-Packed Development Board Powered by Rockchip RK3288 Processor

March 31st, 2017 5 comments

MQMaker launched MiQi board based on Rockchip RK3288 quad core Cortex A17 processor last year with the hardware aimed at hobbyists and makers, but the company has been developing a higher-end board – named Koala – based on the same processor, featuring many more ports and features, and geared towards the enterprise market.

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Koala board preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip 3288 quad core ARM Cortex A17 up to 1.8 GHz with Mali-T764 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 /3.0, and OpenCL 1.1
  • System Memory –  2GB DDR3 (default)
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC flash (default) + micro SD slot
  • Video Output / Display Interface – HDMI 2.0, header for eDP, MIPI, LVDS, LCD backlight header, touch panel header
  • Audio – HDMI out, optical S/PDIF, 3.5mm analog stereo audio jack, microphone header, audio L/R header
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi or WiFi + Bluetooth module, mini PCIe slot for 3G/4G card + SIM card slot
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 type A host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port, 3x USB 2.0 headers
  • Camera – CIF connector, MIPI CSI connector
  • Debugging – Serial console header
  • Expansion Headers – I2C header, 4x UART headers, SPI header, SAR ADC header, GPIO header
  • Misc – Power switch, user button, IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 12 V DC via power barrel or header
  • Dimensions – TBD

The board will run Android 5.1 and Debian Linux, with only Linux source code provided, i.e. no Android SDK. Applications for the board include digital signage, gaming and entertainment.

The board is supposed to be available unless there has been some unexpected delays since December, but pricing has not been publicly disclosed, and currently the product page has very limited information.

Thanks to Jernej for the tip.

Tiny Intrinsyc Open-Q 820 SoM Features Snapdragon 820 Processor, WiFi and Bluetooth

January 3rd, 2017 2 comments

Intrinsyc has unveiled a new smaller version of their Snapdragon 820 based Open-Q 820 system-on-module, simply called Open-Q 820 µSOM bringing the module size from 82 x 42mm to 50 x 25mm, while keeping many of the features of the large SoM with 3GB LPDDR4, 32GB UFS 2.0 flash, 802.11ac WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.1. It competes with other small Snapdragon 820 modules such as Inforce 6601 micro SoM.

qualcomm-snapdragon-820-somOpen-Q 820 µSOM specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad core Kryo cores with 2x cores @ up to 2.2GHz, and 2x cores @ up to 1.6GHz, Adreno 530 GPU,  Hexagon 680 DSP
  • System Memory – 3 GB LPDDR4 @ 1866 MHz
  • Storage – 32 GB UFS 2.0 1-lane gear3 flash
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2×2 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 4.1, Qualcomm IZat Gen 8C GPS
  • 3x board-to-board connectors with the following interfaces:
    • Display
      • 2x MIPI-DSI 4-lane, 60fps, up to 2560×1600 (single port), 4096×2160 (dual port)
      • 1x HDMI 2.0 up to 4096×2160, 60fps
    • Audio – 3x I2S, 1x PCM, 6x Analog in, 6x Analog out, 3x Digital mic
    • Camera – 3x MIPI-CSI  4-lane, dual ISP, up to 28MP
    • USB – USB 3.0 client or host, 1x USB 2.0 host
    • 2x PCIe v2.1
    • 8x BLSP 4-pin port configurable as I2C, SPI, UART or GPIO
    • 1x SDIO
  • Power Supply – 3.6V to 4.2V
  • Dimension – 50 x 25mm
  • Temperature Range – -10°C to +70°C

The company provide Android 7.x Nougat support for the module, as well as Open-Q µ820 Development Kit with the module and a baseboard to get started.

open-q-%c2%b5820-development-kitThe baseboard exposes two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, a display connector, a mini PCIe slot+ SIM card slot, a PCIe 1x slot, three camera connectors, audio in and out headers, digital I/O expansion headers, a micro SD card and more.

Intrinsyc Open-Q 820 µSOM will sell for $239, Open-Q µ820 Development Kit for $579, and become available late February 2017. You’ll more more details on the company’s Open-Q 820 µSOM and Open-Q 820 µSOM Development Kit product pages.

Via HackerBoards