Cisco Edge 340 Digital Media Player Targets Digital Signage & Business Applications

Most of the time I feature low cost (Chinese) media players in this blog, but today I’ve had a look at a media player at the other side of the market that targets business users with applications such as webcasting and video sharing, digital signage, and business IPTV. Cisco Edge 340 digital media player (DMP) comes in two flavors “Wireless” and “non-wireless”, and boast features such as PoE or RS-232 which are not often found in consumer devices.
Cisco_Edge_340_Digital_Media_PlayerCisco Edge 340 Specifications:

  • SoC – Dual 1.60 GHz processor with integrated GPU @ 400MHz, most probably Intel Atom Z2560. It turns out it could be Intel Atom CE5335 instead.
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 @ 800 MHz
  • Storage – 32GB SSD (70MB/s write speed) and SD card slot
  • Connectivity – 1x Ethernet 10/100/1000-Gbps port with PoE and PoE+ support. Wireless version only: Dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Video Output – 1x HDMI 1.3a, 1x 1 VGA port, dual-display support, single touch and multi-touch screens support.
  • HD Video – MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, H.264, and VC-1 hardware decoding, Up to two simultaneous HD video streams.
  • Audio – 1x audio-in and 1x audio-out port (3.5mm jack)
  • USB – 4x USB ports
  • Misc –  1x RS-232 (DB-9) port, 1x infrared extender port, 1x console port (RJ45), Kensington safety lock, factory mode and power buttons, as well as Bluetooth, HDD, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet LEDs.
  • Power Supply – 12V/3A
  • Power Consumption – Typical: 11W
  • Dimensions – 244 x 186 x 35 mm

Cisco digital signage player runs Fedora 16 with Linux kernel version 3.1, and includes VLC for video playback, as well as Chrome 26.0 and Firefox 18.0 browsers which can support most web content, including video, audio, RSS feeds, text, rolling banners, Adobe Flash animations, and HTML5.

The device can be management via Local CLI (CLISH), a Web GUI, and HTTP API , and the company provides a 200-pages Software Configuration Guide to do so. SNMP is also supported for remote monitoring.

Further information is available on Cisco Edge 340 page.

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