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.
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.
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.
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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.