Skyworth Announces K100 Smart TV, GS100 and GS300 Set-Top Boxes with “Google services for Smart TV” Powered by Marvell ARMADA 1500 Plus

What do company executives do when a product is not selling as expected? They organize a board meeting, deliberate for hours, and come up with a brilliant idea like “Let’s change the name!”. If I count correctly, this year would have been the release of products based on Google TV 4.0, but the company decided to scrap it, and this year, we have devices with “Google services for Smart TV” thanks to Skyworth K100 Smart TV, as well as GS100 and GS300 set-top boxes, all powered by Marvell ARMADA 1500 Plus SoC.

Marvell published a press release yesterday detailing the news:

Continuing its leadership in the Smart Home ecosystem, Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) today announced a partnership with Skyworth, a global TV maker, to deploy Smart TVs and set-top boxes with Google services for Smart TV. The new offerings are powered by Marvell’s ARMADA® 1500 Plus (88DE3108) system-on-chip (SoC) platform, a full HD media processor designed for a vast array of smart video products

The rest of the press release shows quotes of both companies’ presidents saying how happy they are to wok together, followed by a summary of ARMADA 1500 Plus key features.

That’s all I know for now, and it seems nobody cared as this has not been covered at all in the media, although both Marvell and Skyworth are present at CES 2014.

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Thats really down to being Google’s fault.

No big splash announcement of AndroidTV by Google with a range of boxes to show only a handful of press releases or a demo of units to come like the Netgear AndroidTV stick or Philips TV’s using the OS, all due later in 2014.

Qualcomm announced a 4K set top box chip that support AndroidTV but no products using it.

Sigma Designs have announced an Arm chip the SMP8756 which is a single core A9 and Mali 400 GPU with H.265 and 4K display support. Runs linux or Android but no products using it announced either.

At least Marvell have appeared to get someone to make an AndroidTV box intended for consumers.


[…] to new mobile SoCs announcement. On the media processor front, we’ve had Marvell announces Skyworth Android TV set-top boxes and HDTV based on their ARMADA 1500 Plus SoC, and we’ve got at least two new processors for media […]


Windows when XBMC will get support for Marvell’s ARMADA 1500? Don’t think that it supports OpenMAX IL video decoding API?

XBMC for Android 4.x would probably run on it but don’t think hardware assisted video decoding is working for it yet?


*Wondering, not “windows”, doh! 😛