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$91 IPPLI Mars i8 is a Cylinder Shaped STB Based on Rockchip RK3188

November 4th, 2013 2 comments

Most of set-top boxes come with a casing with a rectangular shape. But some designs are more original: spaceship-like, spherical, or even in the shape of a pyramid. We’ve now got another option with IPPLI Mars i8, a media player based on Rockchip RK3188, that comes with a cylindrical enclosure.

IPPLI Mars i8

IPPLI Mars i8

Here are the technical specifications of the device:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3188 quad core Cortex A9 @ 1.6 GHz + Mali-400MP4
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash  + microSD slot (Up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with external Wi-Fi antenna.
    • Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    • 10/100M Ethernet
  • Video Output – HDMI v1.4 up to 1080p
  • Audio Output – HDMI, optical audio, and 3.5mm jack
  • Camera – 2.0MP with microphone
  • USB – 2 x USB 2.0 port, 1 x Mini USB (OTG)
  • Dimensions – 8.5 cm x 8.5 cm x 13.0 cm
  • Weight – 252 g

Mars i8 comes with an AC power adapter, a USB cable (80cm), an HDMI cable (23cm), a user’s manual, an external Wi-Fi antenna, and an infrared remote control. The device runs Android 4.2.2.

IPPLI Mars i8 currently available from DealExtreme for $91.30 including shipping, as well as GeekBuying. It looks very similar to, but cheaper than, Jesurun Q8 (~$105) and MK Z1 (~$117).

Thanks to Connolly for the tip.

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Wizarm PVR MediaBox Features Samsung Exynos 5250 Processor

October 7th, 2013 18 comments

Wizarm is an high-end set-top box / PVR powered by Exynos 5250 dual cortex A15 processor, with 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, lots of I/Os including USB 3.0 and SATA 3 support running Android 4.2, and soon Ubuntu as well. Although its main use is to handle and process media files, the device can be also used as a PC, gaming console, smart TV box, or even a development platform.

wizarm

Here are the specifications of the device:

  • SoC – Samsung Exynos 5250 dual Cortex A15 up to 2GHz with Mali T-604 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC. SDXC card slot, and SATA 3 connector for 2.5″ SSD or HDD
  • I/O ports:
    • SATA 3
    • USB – 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0 host ports
    • Video – HDMI OUT, HDMI IN, DisplayPort
    • Audio – LINE IN, LINE OUT, Optical out
  • Connectivity:
    • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual Wi-Fi antenna)
    •  Gigabit Ethernet
    • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Misc – IR sensor
  • Dimensions – 21cm x 14cm x 5cm

The hardware is somewhat similar to Nuvola NP-1, except it has a slower processor (Exynos 5250 vs Tegra 4), but adds SATA support, and to me the key features is HDMI in, as it allows you to record anything coming out of another HDMI device. If you’re a gamer, you can use this box to record the action from your PS3 or XBOX 360 game console. Recording can be done up to 1440p.

wizarm_ssd

Wizarm board connected to Samsung SSD

The source code for the platform will be available on git.wizard.com (not working at the moment).

Wizarm is still under development, hardware seems mostly done, except certification, Android 4.2 development is nearly complete, and Ubuntu will be added later. The company is now looking for funds to complete development and start mass production via an Indiegogo (flexible) campaign to deliver the product in April 2014. The “earliest wizard” pledge reserved to the first 100 backers will get your the device for $249 including express shipping, after you’ll need to pledge $299 to get the device.

You can also visit Wizarm.com for more details, videos and pictures, access to forums, etc…

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NSZ-GU1, Sony’s Next Google TV Box will be an HDMI TV Stick

August 31st, 2013 6 comments

Since 2010, Sony has been working on Google TV device, and last year they announced Sony NSZ-GS7, a Google TV 2.0 set-top box. This year, nothing have been announced yet, but a few pictures of a new device have shown up in the FCC site. Sony NSZ-GU1 will be some sort of HDMI TV stick that you insert into your TV, except it looks more like a small set-top box has been glued onto an HDMI TV dongle.

Sony_NSZ-GU1

Here are the specifications derived from the FCC fillings and pictures:

  • SoC- Marvel 88DE3108-A1 dual core processor (Marvell Armada 1500).
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash (Toshiba THGBM5G5, If I’ve read correctly)
  • Video I/O – HDMI output (MHL) 720p/60, micro HDMI input  720p/60
  • Connectivity – 802.11b/g/n WiFi (AzureWave AW-NH390), Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB – 1x micro USB port (for power only?)
  • Misc – IR Blaster
  • Power – 5V via MHL or USB port
  • Dimensions – 109 mm × 42 mm × 22.5 mm
  • Weight – 70 grams

The device will come with NSG-MR9U remote control, 2 AA batteries, a Micro HDMI cable, a Micro USB cable, an IR Blaster cable, a quick start guide, a reference guide (PDF), and a warranty card. This appears to be based on an heavily modified and simplified reference design from Marvell.

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Sony NSZ-GU1 PCB (Bottom) – Click to Enlarge

Sony NSZ-GU1 PCB (Top) - Click to Enlarge

Sony NSZ-GU1 PCB (Top) – Click to Enlarge

One the software side, the box is expect to run Google TV, and provides access to and search your EPG, watch Internet video, or run TV apps from the Google Play Store. The HDMI input and IR blaster can be used to watch the video from, and control your cable or satellite box from Google TV.

Via Liliputing

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MK823 Android Set-Top Box Features AllWinner A31s SoC

August 25th, 2013 3 comments

AllWinner A31s is a cost down version of AllWinner A31 quad core Cortex A7 processor that is designed for phablets, with support for lower LCD and camera resolutions. This means A31s may actually be better choice than A31 for media players since few make use of LCD and/or camera interfaces. MK823 is the first media player I’ve heard of that use A31s processor.

MK823

Here are the specifications of the device:

  • SoC- Allwinner A31S quad-core Cortex A7 @ 1.0 GHz with PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash + SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4
  • Connectivity:
    • 10/100M Ethernet
    • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 Host port (including one OTG)
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A
  • Weight – N/A

This 4.2.2 Android TB box comes with a 5V/2A power adapter, an HDMI cable, a USB cable, and a user’s manual. The device sells for about $70 including shipping on Aliexpress, and I could also find it on Ebay for $89 including shipping. The price is quite competitive compared to low cost RK3188 Android TV Boxes such as K-R42-1 or Jesurun K8. The Cortex A7 used in AllWinner A31s has much lower performance than the Cortex A9 used in RK3188, but in Android the GPU is just has important, and the PowerVR-544 MP2 in A31s will in many cases outperform Mali-400 MP4 in RK3188. MK823 has less RAM than the other two devices, but unless you run many application simultaneously, it should not affect performance that much. If you intend to use the device as a cheap Ouya with a Bluetooth game controller, gaming performance should be pretty good.

In case you wonder about Linux support, there’s some work going on AllWinner A31, but development is pretty slow compared to AllWinner A20, and companies doing development boards based on Chinese SoCs such as Olimex or CubieTech, appears to focus their development efforts on RK3188 instead of A31(s) for their upcoming quad core boards. That means for Linux support platforms based on AllWinner A31 / A31s may not be the best choice.

I have also tried to find the manufacturer but without success. But if you want to buy in quantities, Cozyswan (Shenzhen Realtime M&C) is selling the device in Alibaba, and some companies mention the model name is either “KG-161″ or “KG-158″.

Via Minipute

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$48 Ninss Tech BBA22 Android STB Powered by AllWinner A20

August 20th, 2013 23 comments

Ninss Tech BBA22 is an ultra cheap AllWinner A20 dual core Cortex A7 Android 4.2 media player with 1GB RAM, 4GB Flash, Wi-Fi and Ethernet. It lacks SATA, but if you don’t absolutely need this particular feature, it’s amazingly about 30 to 40 USD cheaper that competing products such as Jesurun A19 or Mele M5.

Ninss_Tech_BBA22_Android_STB

Here’s  an attempt at the specifications:

  • SoC  – AllWinner A20 dual core Cortex A7 @ 1.2GHz with ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 (256*8*4)
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash (Optionally: 8 or 16 GB) + micro SD card slot
  • Video output – HDMI, CVBS
  • Audio output – HDMI, CVBS, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – WI-FI 802.11 b/g/n (USB RTL8188) + 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB -  3x USB 2.0 Host + 1x micro USB OTG
  • Misc – IR Sensor,  reset button, function key (for USB), power and status LEDs
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions - 148mm x 148mm x 26mm.

The sites (Aliexpress and Alibaba) all list incomplete specifications, so I used the pictures to “reverse-engineer” the specs. The problem is that they mixed pictures for different devices in one page, but I’ve used the board picture below to double check. Based on that picture, the actual shape of the device should be a rectangle, but the device shown with a squared enclosure in many pictures and the specs…

The device runs Android 4.2, and according to one Aliexpress seller, comes with an HDMI cable, an AV cable, a Wi-Fi antenna (highly unlikely based on the pic below), an “heating sink holder” (what is that?), a micro USB power cable, a power adapter, a remote control, and a CD.

BBA22 Board (Click to Enlarge)

BBA22 Board (Click to Enlarge)

Sellers on Aliexpress do not mention BBA22 model name at all, but the board picture is available with the marking “Ninss BBA22-VL10″, which means Ninss Tech is probably the actual manufacturer, or at least the PCB designer.  There are five unpopulated connectors, including 4 USB connector, one of which (UART-DBG) is certainly to access the serial console. I’m not sure what FOR12 connector is for… Any ideas?

This media player, and possible variations with Wi-Fi antenna, is available for $48 to $50 on Aliexpress including shipping. You can also buy in quantity directly from Ninss Tech on Alibaba for $33 to $36 per unit depending on order quantity.

Thanks to Gabe for the tip, links to Aliexpress sellers, to the manufacturer and PCB picture :)

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Kaiboer Q7 Android 4.2 STB Features Dual Wi-Fi Antennas, Internal 3.5″ Hard Drive Bay

August 19th, 2013 No comments

Kaiboer Q7 is an upcoming Android 4.2 media player, a bit larger than usual, based on a dual core Cortex A7 SoC, probably AllWinner A20, that features two Wi-Fi antennas, a front panel with LCD display and buttons, and a bay for a 3.5″ SATA hard drive.
Kaiboer_Q7_HDD

AndroidPC.es reports the company did not provide the full specifications, but we still know the processor is based on a dual core Cortex A7 processor, and includes 4 USB ports, HDMI, composite and component video outputs, coaxial and optical SPDIF audio outputs, an RJ45 network connector, and on-off button. It’s quite nice to have a device with an internal 3.5″ hard drive, but one downside is the addition of an small fan to keep the device and hard drive cool.

Kaiboer_Q7_Rear_Panel

The device will run Android 4.2 with a custom interface called KIUI6.0. Price and availability are unknown at this point.

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Huawei MediaQ M310 Is Now Available For Purchase

August 9th, 2013 7 comments

Huawei MediaQ M310 is a media player based on Hisilicon K3V2 quad core SoC, the company unveiled at CES 2013. The company expected the product to be released in Q3 2013 (about now), and the good news is that it has started to pop-up on Aliexpress for $109 including shipping. The bad news is that the only seller has no feedback at all, so you take an extra risk if you buy right now, and I’m sure it will show up in more places in the days or weeks ahead.

Huawei MediaQ M310

Let’s remind us of the specifications:

  • SoC – Hisilicon K3V2 Quad-core Cortex A9 processor with Vivante GC4000 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB Flash + microSD card slot
  • Video I/O – 1x HDMI In,1x HDMI Out
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, SPDIF, 3.5mm stereo jack, Mic mono
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 (1 extension from Y cable) + 1x micro USB
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n 2.4G/5G 2×2MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dimensions (L×W×H) – 65mm × 65mm × 14mm
  • Power supply – 1x Micro USB for power DC 5V 2A

The operating system is a customized version of Android. Storage and memory sizes are a bit on the low side by today’s standard, but it should still be usable. HDMI In is quite a rare feature, and allows you to connect another receiver (DVB, Cable, Satellite) to your device to easily switch between the two devices. The good thing with buying a device from a larger company is that software support is likely to be better, and if you want to see how the device “can make your life rich and colorful…” works and its features, watch the promo video below. Advertised features include display mirroring, Huawei Cloud storage, video chat, gaming, voice control, and more.

You may also want to visit Huawei MediaQ M3 page for further details.

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