Android Set-top Box: Bonux HZ20A / HZ20B – ZiiLABS Processors

Bonux, a Taiwan company founded in July 2009, announced two Android 2.2 set-top boxes based on ZiiLABS processors: The Bonux HZ20A and HZ20B. If you can remember Bonux also showcased a 50 USD Android STB earlier on.

Here are the specs of the two media players:

HZ20A HZ20B
OS Android 2.2
CPU Ziilabs ZMS-08
ARM Cortex A8 @ 800 MHz
Ziilabs ZMS-05
ARM9 @ 400 MHz
RAM 512 MB DDR2 256 MB DDR2
NAND Flash 512MB 256MB
Wifi 802.11 b/g/n (Via optional external USB Dongle)
Adobe Flash Flash 10.1 FlashLite
Video Codecs /Formats MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPG-4(MP4 & MOV)/DivX(4/5)/Motion JPEG/H.264/WMV9/VC1/Real Video (RMVB – VGA Resolution)
Audio Codecs MP3/WAV/WMA/AC3/AAC/OOG
Max Resolution/Bitrate 1080p 40 Mbps
Subtitles SRT/SMI/SUB/SSA
File Systems FAT32 / NTFS(Read-Only)

They are not using the default Android user interface, but their own customize UI, which can be a good thing on a TV. Their user interface has the usual Videos, Music, Pictures and Settings, plus the Browser, Youtube and Applications menu. HZ20A will costs 100 USD and HZ20B 80 USD and will be available next month. The video performance seems very good as you can see in the video below. However, I’m very surprised they do not support NTFS R/W, as their processors should be powerful enough to support NTFS-3G or/and commercial NTFS implementations.

If you want to develop a similar set-top box, you can use Ziilabs development board for ZMS-05 or ZMS-08 with their optimized Android OS. Alternatively you could also get their Digital Media Hub reference design called Zii Sivo, where they provide all you need to start development namely:

  • Schematics
  • Gerbers
  • Design Files
  • Bill of Materials
  • Mechanical drawings
  • 3D CAD model
  • Assembled PCBs
  • Board Support Package
  • Operating System, middleware & CODECs
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haval

hi how can i bay the HZ20A ?