Marvell has just revealed that ChromeCast 2.0 & Audio featured their ARMADA 1500 Mini Plus (88DE3006) processor with two ARM Cortex A7 cores, coupled with 512 MB RAM, and Avastar 88W8887 wireless solution with WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and FM radio. But a comment on Anandtech lead me to a development kit based on 88DE3006 I missed while I was away: Kinoma HD.
- SoC – Marvell ARMADA 1500 Mini Plus (88DE3006) dual core Cortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz with 3D GPU supporting OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0, Qdeo video engine
- System Memory – 256 MB RAM
- Storage – TBD
- Video Output – HDMI output of 1080p/720p
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi g/n/ac
- Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
Apart for the lower memory capacity (256MB vs 512MB), Kinoma HD hardware looks pretty similar to ChromeCast 2.0. But the main difference is in the software, as while ChromeCast 2.0 / Audio is a consumer device, Kinoma HD is a “scriptable stick for developers who want to display visually rich content on biggest displays” running Linux, that targets “embedded and Internet of Things (IoT) product prototyping”.
Both Kinoma Element and Kinoma HD can be reserved on Kinoma’s “Buy” page, for respectively $19.95 and $24.95, and are expected to ship sometimes in Q4 2015.