Broadcom has recently announced two new SoCs, namely BCM7250 and BCM72502, respectively targeted at OTT streaming media player form factor and HDMI stick or dongle applications. Both feature Broadcom’s Brahma-B15 ARMv7-A cores, support 10-bit H.265, HDMI 2.0, MHL 2.0, and up to to 4×4 5G WiFi via BCM4366 WiSoC.
Key features listed by Broadcom for both SoCs:
- High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)/H.265 compression
- 6000 DMIPS B15 ARMv7-A CPU
- 1.0 Gpix/s OpenGL ES 3.0 3D GPU
- Supports HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 or MHL 2.0 digital video output
- PCIe connectivity to Broadcom BCM4366 4×4 carrier-grade 5G WiFi
- 480/576p30 transcode
- 1080p60 10-Bit HD HEVC decode and 4Kp60 upscale
- High Performance DDR3/DDR4 system memory interface
- Supports Android, Chromium, DIAL, DLNA CVP2, Miracast protocols
- Supports Broadcom Trellis Multi-Application Framework and DTVKit software stack
The company can also provide reference platforms with 2×2 and 4×4 5G WiFi connectivity options via a high-speed PCIe interface, and announced that BCM7250, BCM72502 and BCM4366 are currently sampling.
Smart Labs is one of the first companies to have designed a products based on the latest Broadcom processors with SML-482 HEVC Hybrid box pictured above featuring BCM7250 processor, and with the following specifications:
- SoC – Broadcom BCM7250 with 3D GPU supporting OpenGL ES 2.0
- System Memory – Options: 512MB DDR3, 1GB DDR3 for Dual HEVC Decode, 1GB DDR3 for Android
- Storage – 256 MB flash (Up to 16GB as option for Android)
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4 with HDCP 1.4 and 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (upscale 1080p60 content to 4k2kp60), CVBS + stereo audio
- Video Codecs – HEVC / H.265, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, VC-1
- Audio Codecs – MPEG1/2, MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, FLAC, OGG vorbis
- Tuner – DVB-C (QAM, ITU-T J.83 Annex A, B, C)
- Connectivity – 10/100Mbit Base-T Ethernet + optional internal 802.11n Wi-Fi or USB WiFi dongle
- USB – 2x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 with internal Wi-Fi (whatever that means)
- Misc – IR Receiver
- Dimensions – 100x100x32 mm
- Weight – 140 grams
The device runs either Linux or Android as option, with Webkit as the browser, and Verimatrix and Securemedia for security / DRM. Smartlabs does not sell to individual, so you may end-up with one, possibly re-branded, via your IPTV provider. More details can be found on Smartlabs SML-482 product page.
I could not find a TV stick with BCM72502, but the one in the top picture might be Broadcom’s reference design.
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.