Hisilicon HI3798C V200 64-bit ARM Processor Supports HDMI 2.0, 10-bit HEVC, USB 3.0, SATA and More

There have been several Cortex A53 processors announced or released on the market such as Rockchip RK3368, Allwinner A64, or Amlogic S905, but in many cases I can read comments complaining about the lack of high speed interface, incomplete code support, or a weak GPU. Hisilicon Hi3798C V200 offers better features than its competitor, as beside four Cortex A53 cores, it includes a Mali-720 GPU, supports HDMI 2.0 output up to 4K at 60 HZ, 10-bit HEVC / H.265 and VP9 video decoding at 3840×2160 resolution at 60 fps, and integrates SATA and USB 3.0 interfaces.

Hi3798C V200 Demo Platform at IBC 2015 (Click to Enlarge)
Hi3798C V200 Demo Platform with Digital Tuner at IBC 2015 (Click to Enlarge)

Hisilicon Hi3798C V200 key features and specifications:

  • CPU – Quad core Cortex A53 processor (15K DMIPS)
  • GPU – ARM Mali-T720 supporting OpenGL ES 3.1/2.0, OpenVG1.1, EGL, and Imprex 2.0 PQ engine
  • Memory I/F – DDR3 or DDR4
  • Video Engine (VPU)
    • Codecs – HEVC, H.264, VP9, VC1, MPEG2
    • Decoder – 10-bit up to 4Kp60
    • Encoder – H.264 @ 1080p30 or dual 720p30
    • HiVXE 2.0 video engine supporting 4Kp60 H.265 and VP9 decoding, 1080p PiP and video transcoding
    • Dolby Vision & HDR10 for “best-in-class video quality experience”
  • Peripherals:
    • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a TX with HDCP 2.2
    • Connectivity – Dual Gigabit Ethernet
    • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port
    • Storage – SATA and 2x SDIO
    • Transport Stream – 4x TS In + 2x TS In or Out with support for Full-band Capture (FBC) tuner
    • Expansion – PCIe
  • Security – Advanced DRM and CAS, Trustzone, Hardware based video watermarking

The company can provide Android 5.x and Linux SDK for the processor. Hi3798C V200 will target Ultra HD set-top boxes (STBs) for the DVB, IPTV, and OTT markets, and Hisilicon claims it is the “first global Ultra HD STB chipset solution to support Dolby Vision high-dynamic-range (HDR) technology.”

I could not find any details about availability of the processor, nor when TV box based on the solution are to be expected.

Thanks to Ovi for the tip.

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Fan
5 years ago

so what’s difference between this and Intel J1900? much cheaper?

Brett
Brett
5 years ago

Looks like Cloud Media are selling a “Gecko” box using the Hi3798M chip for $89.

More info here: http://www.cloudmedia.com/products/open-hour/open-hour-gecko

Arete
Arete
5 years ago

Hi,bit SATA is native or usb->SATA?
Support multiport?

Gaby
Gaby
5 years ago

@Arete There’s another image on this article that suggests that SATA might be native.
This should have the best video quality.

Hi3798M was good too. They no longer mention 3D and BD-ISO, or I haven’t seen it?

newbie
newbie
5 years ago

…Linux SDK for the processor… still same story, no support for GPU …
better to buy j1900

Marius Cirsta
5 years ago

@newbie
My thoughts exactly… for under $100 you can get a nice Intel SOC which is also 64 bit and quite decent for the task … you can then install Android or Linux or Windows or whatever and also get piece of mind in knowing you’ll be able to update your OS even when the vendor doesn’t care anymore.

Ovi
Ovi
5 years ago

The soc was presented at IBC where I was shooting the photos.
It was strange that except hisilicon ,Marvell , Intel and AMD no other SoC arm or x86 was represented.
Another strange stuff from IBC exhibition was no dream media , no marusys and no Amiko presence.
Everyone is and it was crazy about OTT and IPTV.
I was representing as exhibitor the TBS Chinese company there.

Marius Cirsta
5 years ago


Yeah I guess that’s true but I don’t really give a crap about 4K and even less than that if it’s only for video playback … if it could handle the whole UI at 4K then it would have been mildly interesting but as such it’s totally not ( not to me at least ).

iridiumsat
iridiumsat
5 years ago

4K?
1080P is adequate for general purpose usages. So J1900 is ready to go for every point of view. Availability, Performance, Price, OS supported.

Ryan
Ryan
5 years ago

We’re hisilicon boxes experts ๐Ÿ™‚
Hisilicon is really the best android media player .this new chipset is great.

Ryan
Ryan
5 years ago

BTW,anyone interested in hisilicon can visit us in HK show airport side at booth 6M36! ๐Ÿ™‚

roel
roel
5 years ago

@iridiumsat
If they only should make a decent pico-itx board at a reasonable price, with some sata ports and everything else to make a small htpc , including hdmi cec. The smallest j1900 board I can find is a thin mini-itx with dc connector. Still to big to my likening.

Marius Cirsta
5 years ago

@roel
Yeah it seems they’re all mini-itx but this was more about TV boxes I suppose. There’s plenty of cheap under $100 Intel ones and that’s what I’d go for if I had a choice …
ARM solutions are OK but you can expect to be left with no support, no bugfixing and all that stuff…. Nothing you can do about since you depend on the vendor … I hate that.

massimo
massimo
5 years ago

Arete :
Hi,bit SATA is native or usb->SATA?
Support multiport?

previus Soc Hi3798 V100 have usb 2->SATA (20-30 MB/s)

Roel
Roel
5 years ago

@Marius Cirsta
Indeed there are some tv-boxes, but I need a solution with a DVD-drive to replace my old XBOX with xbmc. The only one I found was a shuttle barebone pc, but it seems you have to put it in vertical position. Not so good with small children.
I have some arm-boards, but like you said: poor linux support.

Marius Cirsta
5 years ago

@Roel
Maybe get a USB DVD drive and put it under the Intel TV box. Or you can search on Ali for “fanless Intel” and you’ll find some fancy stuff, including i3s , i5s … they seem pretty small.

Btw I’ve seen an fanless Core i5 5257u which can do full 4K ( I think UI included ) for around $300 barebones …. The price is certainly in another category but damn, that’s one hell of a miniPC ๐Ÿ˜€

Roel
Roel
5 years ago

@Marius Cirsta
It’s how I do it now with my rpi, but my wife doesn’t like it…
I have some old NEXCOM cases, these are nice sturdy cases and I wanted to make a htpc/media server with one of these. As I want it to be running 24/24, it would be nice it’s power efficient. A mini-itx should fit, but with a hardrive and dvd-player there only will be little room left and I’m scared for overheating. I would give it a nice finish with those powder coat paint as sold by http://www.electrostaticmagic.co.uk/pages/powders to give it a 50’s look.

massimo
massimo
4 years ago
Mike
4 years ago

First device using this will be announced at CES 2016. As expected, Himedia will be the one to launch it.

Roel
Roel
4 years ago

Uyesee is the company who makes the soundmate WM201: http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/02/20/soundmate-wm201-wi-fi-music-streamer-ezmusic-review/
They should make a dev-board or router similar to the bpi-r1 with this soc, as long as they decent provide linux support of course, not such crappy stuff as allwinner does.

Brent
Brent
4 years ago

Looks like nice Soc but not gonna take market share if can not compete in price.

EddyLab
4 years ago
massimo
massimo
4 years ago

@EddyLab
nice review , do you test h.265 10 bit demo file ?

EddyLab
4 years ago

@massimo

Yes. I did that [email protected] of terrestrial broadcasting recording of korea,
also, satellite broadcasting demo file of japan (ใ‚นใ‚ซใƒ‘4K)
and i tried test of compare with Nvidia Android TV settop.

http://muritzy.tistory.com/1123

massimo
massimo
4 years ago

@EddyLab
result? Q10 pro vs shield?

CompuSor
CompuSor
3 years ago

Hello, Can someone tell me how much GPU “ARM-T720” is there on this processor ? It’s a Quad (4) ARM Cortex 53 processor but there is NO mention on number of GPU … Like … it’s a single GPU unit ? In s812, there was 8 GPU, the s905 is only equiped with 5 GPU (ARM Mali T-450) … and this one ? Even if it’s 200 or 300 % better then T-450, if there only one … it’s NOT more powerfull then other processor (like s812). The speed of a gpu is important but the number of it on… Read more ยป

sam
sam
3 years ago

hi please send me datasheet cpu hi3798cv200

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