Marvell Announces Quad Core ARMADA 1500 PRO 4K STB SoC with HEVC 10-Bit Support

Marvell has just announced a new member of its ARMADA 1500 family of multimedia processors with ARMADA 1500 PRO 4K (88DE3214), a quad-core ARM processor (12K DMIPS), with a Vivante GC3000 GPU, and Qdeo video processor supporting 4K (UHD) output and HEVC 10-bit codec. These processors will be used in smart TVs, set-top boxes (STB), over-the-top (OTT) boxes, thin-client devices, etc..

Block Diagram for Older ARMADA 1500 PRO SoC (no 4K)
Block Diagram for Older ARMADA 1500 PRO SoC (no 4K)

Details are scarce, but ARMADA 1500 PRO 4K could be an evolution of the ARMADA 1500 PRO processors with four Cortex A9 cores as shown above, but with a different GPU, 4K and HEVC support, and possibly some extra features for DRM. The key features mentioned by the company are as follows:

  • 3840×2160 (UHD) at 60 frames per second 10 bit HEVC Video Decode
  • Up to 12K DMIPs Quad Core ARM CPU
  • Multi-core GPU, 8 shader Vivante GC3000 GPU
  • Robust Security EngineSecurity features include Trusted Rendering Path and full TrustZone integration, which ensures the protection of premium content on the Android platform.

The company will provide Android and RDK SDKs. More information should eventually show up on Marvell ARMADA 1500 PRO 4K product page. Further details may also surface at  IBC, on September 12-16 in Amsterdam, where Marvell will showcase their latest solutions.

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