Hisilicon Hi3798M V200 SoC to Allow for Cheaper 4K TV Boxes with Gigabit Ethernet, SATA, and/or USB 3.0

One year after Hisilicon Hi3798C V200 processor was unveiled at IBC 2015, Hisilicon has now introduced a cost down version named Hisilicon Hi3798M V200 at IBC 2016 with a lower-end Mali-450 GPU, only 2 TS input interfaces, one less USB 3.0 interface, and only 1x GMAC (Gigabit Ethernet MAC) or 1x Fast Ethernet PHY, instead of two GMAC interfaces. The processor also adds 1080p30 H.265 video encoding.

Hi3798M V200 Block Diagram - Click to Enlarge
Hi3798M V200 Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

Hisilicon Hi3798M V200 key features:

  • CPU – Quad core Cortex A53 processor (15K DMIPS)
  • GPU – ARM Mali-450 + Hisilicon dual-core GPU
  • Memory I/F – 32-bit DDR3/3L/4
  • Storage I/F – eMMC/NAND/SPI, 1x SATA 3.0, 2x SDIO
  • Video Engine (VPU)
    • HiVXE 2.0 video engine supporting 4Kp60 10-bit H.265 and VP9 decoding, 4Kp30 H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC1, VP6/VP8, Real Media 8/9/10
    • Encoder – H.264/H.265 @ 1080p30 or dual 720p30
    • Imprex 2.0 processing engine with support for HDR10 & HLG high dynamic range, BT.709/BT.2020, etc..
  • Peripherals:
    • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a TX with HDCP 2.2 up to 4K @ 60 Hz
    • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet MAC, 1x Fast Ethernet PHY
    • USB – 1x USB 3.0 interface (shared with SATA 3.0 and PCIe), 2x USB 2.0 interfaces
    • Transport Stream – 2x TS inputs
    • Expansion – PCIe (shared with SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0)
  • Security – Secure boot, secure storage, DRM, hardware watermark, etc…

The new processor should allow cheaper Android and Linux 4K TV boxes with SATA, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and/or digital tuner compared to what’s available today based on Hisilicon Hi3798C V200 such as Sunhed S3 or Himedia Q10 Pro. The main downside is the slower GPU which would affect gaming, and you’d have to choose between USB 3.0 and SATA, as you can’t have both.

More technical details can be found in Hi3798M V200 product brief.

Thanks to Ovi for the tip.

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JotaMG
JotaMG
3 years ago

I think it is 2x USB 2.0 port ?

Oren
3 years ago

Seems that the open hour gecko box already carries this SOC.. and for a while.

Memeka
Memeka
3 years ago

Mali T720, Mali 450 same performance

mdel
mdel
3 years ago

haven’t seen cheap (as in s905 / H3 cheap) Hisilicon boxes around, not sure that soc will make a difference.

Although if the USB3 actually performs really well on that soc, a USB3 hub for multiple disks could be nice.
It would probably still out perform two USB2 host ports, and that would be worth a little more money.

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

@cnx-software I do wonder how s905 etc are so cheap. Yet A15/A17 core soc so expensive. The Mali 450 competing with more recent GPU makes you wonder if those GPU just add compatibility features like the person commented of the other thread, With native hardware features such as 10-bit YUV support, the Mali-T820 & Mali-T830 are an ideal accompaniment to the Mali-DP550 and Mali-V550 in addressing the requirements of an increasingly 4K DTV and STB market. Native 10-bit YUV support enables high fidelity 4K display without the need to perform intermediate conversions in software, thus ensuring the multimedia system delivers… Read more »

looun
looun
3 years ago

mdel :
haven’t seen cheap (as in s905 / H3 cheap) Hisilicon boxes around, not sure that soc will make a difference.
Although if the USB3 actually performs really well on that soc, a USB3 hub for multiple disks could be nice.
It would probably still out perform two USB2 host ports, and that would be worth a little more money.

there are lot of cheap Hisilicon boxes, but only for chinese market: himedia Q1 Q3 M6 and also huawei box

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
3 years ago

@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) Thank you as always for your thorough expanation ☺ I cannot recal where but I read a well designed A15/A17 soc can out perform A53/A57. I own a Advent Tegra Note tablet ( screen cracks to easy, charge port wears to easy ) 1GB ram, Android 5.1 It is Nvidia Tegra4 based, hammers 3Dmark ( maxed out ). Does a lower Resolution though. Also has a feedback to Nvidia option in Android system settings, ( other makers take note!). Have often thought this chipset with HD 1080 or 4K support would make a brilliant 2GB TV box.… Read more »

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