Geniatech is well known in the media player industry for their Amlogic based TV boxes, but in recent years, they’ve also launched some development board from other silicon vendors such as Qualcomm with Developer Board IV and Developer Board 8 powered by respectively Snapdragon 410E and 820E.
The company has now launched the XPI family of single board computers that will allow closely follow Raspberry Pi 3 form factor while offering better performance and features. Geniatech will start with XPI-S905X board powered by an Amlogic S905X quad core Cortex A53 processor @ 1.5 GHz with 4K HDR video playback and output capability.
Geniatech XPI-S905X board preliminary specifications:
- SoC – Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 processor @ up to 1.5 GHz (but they claim 1.6 to 2.0 GHz max…) with penta core ARM Mali-450MP GPU, and Amlogic Video Engine 10
- System Memory – 1GB or 2GB (default) DDR3 RAM
- Storage – Optional 8 or 16GB eMMC flash soldered on board , 1x micro SD Card slot
- Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a port up to 4K @ 60 Hz, AV jack with composite video and stereo analog audio
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
- USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
- Expansion – 40-pin Raspberry Pi header
- Debugging – UART via header for access to the serial console
- Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
- Dimensions – 86 x 56 x 16 mm (Raspberry Pi 3 form factor)
- Weight – 46 grams
The board can run Android 5.1 or Android 7, as well as Linux distributions such as Debian or Ubuntu. Based on the official product page, there’s also an optional M.2 NGFF socket somewhere, and support for dual-channel LVDS displays plus a 10-point capacitive touch interface, but I don’t see how those are feasible based on the photos above taken by NoteBook Italia at the Global Sources 2018 Trade Fair in Hong Kong.
At the end of the video, Geniatechs CEO’s explains they plan on offering more XPI boards based on other Amlogic processors, as well as Rockchip and Realtek SoCs.
Pricing and availability are unknown, and while the company has been launching single board computers for several years, I’ve never seen any for sale for the retail market. So I’m assuming the board are designed for their customers who may want to start evaluation, prototyping and software development on such boards, because moving to custom hardware optimized for the final products. We’ll see if things will change for Geniatech XPI family.