Amlogic S912(-H) TV Box Boards Are Starting to Show Up

Amlogic S912 is one of the most expected processor this year for TV box users, and while there’s still a few months development needed before devices based on the new platform go on sale, some boards have started to surface on the Internet.

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The first board named S912_MBX_REF_Q02_V01 is shown above, and has the following specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S912 or S912-H octo core ARM Cortex A53 processor @ 2.0GHz  with ARM Mali-820MP3 @ 750MHz+
  • System Memory – 2GB  (Optional 1GB)
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash (Optional 8GB) + micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 and AV ports
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Misc – IR receiver, recovery push button (behind AV jack)

As a reminder the -H suffix means Dolby and DTS licenses are paid for, so audio down-mixing will work in all apps.

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The second board is called S92-V01, will likely found its way into MXQ S92 or similarly named products, and specifications are quite similar except the AV is gone, and it features one extra USB port. Both boards also appear to provide easy access to the serial port.

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So whats the difference compared to S905 ?

Paulin ARBOUX
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@Benjamin
At least a last gen GPU : mali 830mp3 vs 450mp3 => we might have double or triple GPU performance πŸ˜€

natsu
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natsu

videostrong had already 2 designs based on S912, KB3 and KB4 with DVB tuners
http://www.videostrong.com/productshow.asp?id=924&sid=248

Harley
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Hope that Amlogic step-up and improve their SDK implementation for Android’s MediaCodec API.

While Amlogic does have among the best codecs for Linux and their own custom implementation for Android, they have among the worst codecs for Android’s MediaCodec API.

Point in fact, the next version of Kodi / XBMC will only support Android’s native MediaCodec API on Android.

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@Paulin ARBOUX

I see. So nothing really noteworthy for video playback.

Fossxplorer
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USB vers. 3 or 2? Could be a good Linux box if Linux is supported afterwards by the community πŸ™‚

blu
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Any idea if the A53s in the S912 implement the AES, SHA and CRC armv8 extensions? I’m asking since the cores in the S902 don’t.

Theguyuk
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Speaking of video strong it is a shame they don’t sell these to the public with Linux support,

http://www.videostrong.com/productshow.asp?id=953&sid=263

natsu
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@Theguyuk
they will very soon

natsu
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@Harley
if there is an android Kodi krypton version at all

Eversor
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Eversor

If this is another single channel, 32-bit DDR3 design, it is not a big improvement over existing hardware.

Theguyuk
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@natsu
And I notice they do 2ghz A9 with SATA jack

http://www.videostrong.com/productshow.asp?id=952&sid=253

Jibril
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Jibril

new SOC with old RAM size… another board with only 2 GB of RAM… boring.

Renw0rp
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Renw0rp

@Jibril

does playing movies require more?!?!

w0rm
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@natsu
Android nighties of Kodi are up for download but like Harley mentioned unless Amlogic steps up with better support for the MediaCodec API or Codesnake from WeTek hacks a way around it’s gonna be ugly for Amlogic devices.

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natsu :
@Theguyuk
they will very soon

Do you know where we can buy those videostrong boards ?
I did try to find a source for their “K1 DVB” board but couldn’t find one.

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w0rm :
@natsu
Android nighties of Kodi are up for download but like Harley mentioned unless Amlogic steps up with better support for the MediaCodec API or Codesnake from WeTek hacks a way around it’s gonna be ugly for Amlogic devices.

Unless Kodi gets an Android code maintainer then a whole bunch of Kodi forks will be the future of Kodi on Android going forward regardless of the Hardware used.
Even large, resource rich, companies like nVIDIA cannot get it right with deinterlacing now broken in Android when using Mediacodec on the Shield.

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I want to know if there is a board with the amlogic S912-H and a M-sata interface and no emmc solded to the board

michael
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michael

sorry with a M2-sata interface