Realtek RTD1295 processor is found in mid to high end 4K HDR TV boxes with interfaces like SATA, USB 3.0, as well as HDMI input used for PiP or video recording features. Devices equipped with the processor that come to mind include Zidoo X9S or EWEAT R9 Plus TV Box + NAS, both of which are full featured and fairly large devices, running Android 6.0 and OpenWrt.
Shenzhen Tomato has unveiled another type of device based on RTD1295 processor: X2 HDMI TV dongle that features both HDMI output & HDMI input ports, and runs Android 6.0 (but not OpenWrt).
- SoC – Realtek RTD1295 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.40 GHz with ARM Mali-T820MP3 GPU
- System Memory – 1 or 2GB DDR4
- Storage – 8 or 16GB eMMC flash + micro SD slot
- Video & Audio I/O – HDMI 2.0a output, and HDMI 1.4 input
- Video Codec – 10-bit HEVC/H.265 up to 4K @ 60fps, H.264 up to 4K @ 24 fps, VP9 up to 4K @ 60 fps (30 fps in my experience)
- Connectivity – WiFi
- USB – 1x USB 2.0 port
- Misc – IR receiver, UART pins (3.3V/Tx/Rx/GND) on PCB
- Power Supply – 5V/2A via micro USB port
- Dimensions – TBD
Interestingly, the company was unable to provide exact dimensions, nor details about the supported WiFi module(s), but the confirmed HDMI input can be used for picture-in-picture (PiP), and recording video to USB mass storage. Network broadcasting may be supported too (TBC).
Shenzhen Tomato also mentioned they do not have a case for now, and could not provide sample / MOQ pricing information. Nevertheless, the company is still looking for OEM/ODM partners that may be interested in the solution, and you can get more details on the product page. We’ll probably find this TV dongle show up in various places once it starts selling at the retail level.
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.