Most set-top boxes running XBMC, are actually Android devices running XBMC as an app, and I don’t know of other media players that are sold with XBMC Linux pre-installed. Until today, as an XBMC Linux STB called The Little Black Box has been officially announced today. This XBMC device is powered by AMLogic AML8726-M3 @ 1 GHz, and comes with 1GB RAM, 4GB Flash, HDMI and AV output and more.
Little Black Box hardware specifications:
- SoC – AMLogic AML8726-M3 ARM Cortex A9 @ 1GHz + Mali-400 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB RAM
- Storage – 4GB NAND Flash
- Video Output – HDMI (1080p) and composite
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet + 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- USB – 2x USB host ports
- Weight – 500 g
- Dimensions – 10 x 10 x 3 cm
The package will come with the box, a dual sided RF remote with a qwerty keyboard and standard remote buttons (pictured on the right), an HDMI cable, a power supply, and a quick start guide.
The device was initially scheduled for the 1st of May, but following some delays it should now be available at the end of May. It can be pre-ordered for 99.99 Euros including free shipping to Europe and US which is still reasonable considering you get an RF remote, and price includes VAT. Shipping to Asia, Thailand at least, costs about 30 Euros.
Correction: So as per Peter comment, there will be two versions TLBB, specific to this set-top box, and a community build. The source code of both version is available via github. The exact source code used in the device will not be made completely available. There will be a TLBB version (closed source) shipped with the product, as well as a community build (See j1nx) which will be fully open source.
You watch watch the teaser video below.
Further information and link to pre-order are available on The Little Black Box site.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.