ARM Based Android Set-Top Boxes at China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition

The 19th China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition (CCBN 2011) took place on March 23 – 25 2011 at the  China International Exhibition Center in Beijing.

During this event, numerous Android STB were showcased with processors from several vendors.

Trident Microsystems PNX8400

Trident Microsystems demonstrated their Cortex-A9 Apollo/Shiner SoC family, the PNX8400, which included all the major building blocks needed to develop Next Generation Broadcasting (NGB) solutions.  NGB is a government initiative for smart tv in China. On 24th of March 2011, Trident Microsystems also announced that its STB SOCs were selected for the first trial deployments of NGB in China.

LG (LG Smart Box) and Cycle Century demonstrated their Android based cable STB using Trident Microsystems NXP8400. This stb supports DVB, Conditional Access, 1080p video streaming, a browser with an Apps store, 3D gaming and VoIP.

To see more about Trident Microsystems Android STB have a look at the video below recorded at CES 2011.

HiSilicon Hi37xx

HiSilicon had several partners showcasing their latest STB Soc Hi3716 @ 1GHz (Cortex-A9).

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(Left) Coship Smart Box based on Hi3716 (Android 2.2); (Right) Using remote mouse to play Angry Birds on Coship Smart Box.

Coship showcased their hybrid Cable Android 2.2 STB with their wii-like remote and Skyworth demonstrated their triple play box (Broadcast, Broadband and VOIP video conferencing) using HiSilicon Hi3716.

Attached ImageHiSilicon Android reference platform

HiSilicon was on the same stand as Huawei (Hisilicon is a subsidary of Huawei) where several Hi37xx solutions were on display from home control to basic and advanced High Definition STBs with internet TV.

Amlogic AML8726-M

NDS also demoed their Infinite TV Over The Top (OTT) Platform for Connected TV and companion devices based on Amlogic AML8726-M (Cortex–A9 + Mali-400). I’m not quite sure NDS InfiniteTV runs Android, but I have seen a Chinese company (Shenzhen Amidia Electronics) run Android on the AMLogic Cortex A9 platform.

You can see a short demo of the platform below

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