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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.

  1. Harley
    January 23rd, 2014 at 17:39 | #1

    Estimated retail cost and ETA? Will it run XBMC too if it runs VLC?

    My guess it that it is Intel CE5300 SoC series based platform.

    I’m almost certen that it used Intel “Berryville” (32 nm).

    If so it uses PowerVR SGX545 from Imagination Technologies.

    PowerVR is infamous for closed source drivers and few updates.

  2. Harley
    January 23rd, 2014 at 17:43 | #2

    Same spec. as Prodrive Multimedia Intel CE5300 mini-ITX platform and STB5300 Dev Kit

  3. Harley
    January 23rd, 2014 at 17:47 | #3

    More on Prodrive Multimedia Intel CE5300 mini-ITX platform

  4. Harley
    January 23rd, 2014 at 17:59 | #4

    Intel CE5335 looks to be the specific model of this 1.6GHz SoC

    Cocom sells CE5300 and CE5100 “Cameron” reference design with SDK for developers

    Videon also distribute Intel CE5300 Development Platforms for Reference Design

  5. January 23rd, 2014 at 19:38 | #5

    Thanks. I’ve updated the post. I thought Intel left this business, and stopped Intel CExxxx processor.

  6. Harley
    January 23rd, 2014 at 22:57 | #6

    cnxsoft :
    I thought Intel left this business, and stopped Intel CExxxx processor.

    Intel only sold the software / application assist side of “Intel Media” to Verizon, not the hardware side.

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