Sub $70 Bluetimes MX5 and C150 Android Media Player Powered by AMLogic AML8726-MX

There are many Android set-top box based on single core AML8726 processor, but not so many featuring the dual core AML8726-MX (aka AML8726-M6) processor. Tronsmart Prometheus is one of them, it costs just under $100, has the shape of a spaceship, and the recent Android 4.2 firmware supports XBMC pretty well. But if you don’t like boxes with fancy shape, or/and are looking for a cheaper options, Bluetimes now manufactures two Android set-top box based on AML8726-MX that sells for less than $70 including shipping: Bluetimes MX5 for $69.99 Bluetimes C150 for $66.99 Bluetimes MX5 Specifications: SoC – AMLogic 8726 M6 dual Cortex A9 CPU +  Mali-400 GPU System Memory – 1G DDR3 RAM Storage – 4 GB NAND Flash + SD card slot Video Output –  HDMI + Composite Audio Output – Optical Audio Output (S/PDIF) + HDMI + Stereo RCA Video Codecs – M-JPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, Xvid, RealVideo, VP6, Sorenson Spark Audio Formats …

BeagleBone Black Features 1GHz Texas Instruments Sitara SoC, HDMI, and More Memory

We’ve already known that a new, faster and cheaper BeagleBone is on the way for a little while, but very few details were provided at the time. There are now better pictures, the specifications are available, and it looks like the new BeagleBone will be called BeagleBone Black. BeagleBone Black Specifications: SoC – Texas Instruments Sitara AM3359AZCZ100 Cortex A8 @ 1 GHz + PowerVR SGX530 GPU System Memory – 512 MB DDR3L @ 400 MHz Storage – 2GB eMMC + micro SD slot USB – USB0 (client mode) via mini USB, USB1 (host) type A socket Serial Port – UART0 via 3.3V TTL header Ethernet – 10/100, RJ45 Video Output – micro HDMI with EDID support, up to 1280×1024 resolution. Audio Output – Via HDMI Expansion Connectors – Power, McASP0, SPI1, I2C, 65x GPIOs, LCD, GPMC, MMC1/2, 7x AIN (1.8V MAX), 4x timers, 3x serial ports, CAN0, EHRPWM0/2, XDMA interrupt, power button, expansion board ID (Up to 4 can be …

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Cloudsto A20 Media Stick Pictures, Screenshots And Antutu Benchmark

Cloudsto A20 Media Stick, a mini PC based on AllWinner A20, was discovered in March, with shipping expected in early April. One person in Korea (“Eddy Lab”) got hold of the device and took some pictures of this mini PC, as well as screenshots. But before going through this, let’s have a look at the specifications: SoC – Allwinner A20 dual core Cortex A7 + Mali-400MP2 GPU System Memory – 1GB DDR3 Storage – 4GB Flash + micro SD slot (Up to 32 GB) Video Output – HDMI (1080p) Video Containers – RM, RMVB, MPEG1/2/4, MPEG2 Transport Stream, VOB, AVI, ASF, WMV, MKV, MOV, MP4, RMP4, IFO, ISO Audio Codecs – AAC, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, M4A Connectivity – Built-in Wifi 802.11 b/g/n USB – 2x USB host (1x full USB, 1x mini USB) IR Receiver The package contains the A20 Media Stick, a remote control, a power adapter and corresponding USB cable, a short HDMI cable, and a user’s …

Tronsmart T428 Android 4.2.2 mini PC Powered by Rockchip RK3188

There have been many new HDMI TV dongle based on the latest Rockchip RK3188 lately, and I listed some of them in comments in CloudnetGo CR9’s post. The only issue is that you can’t buy most of them, just pre-order. Now it seems at least one of them, Tronsmart T428 is available now, and costs $99 on Geekbuying. This mini PC comes with 2GB RAM, 8 GB Flash, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and for the first time, AFAIK, a mini PC can be used as Miracast display. Here are Tronsmart T428 specifications: SoC –  Rockchip RK3188 quad core Cortex-A9 up to 1.8GHz + quad core Mali-400 MP4 @ 533MHz System Memory – 2GB  DDR3 @ 1333MHz (Hynix) Storage – 8GB NAND Flash +  micro SD slot (Up to32GB) Connectivity: Wi-Fi – 802.11 b/g/n/ac (via Broadcom AP6330) Bluetooth – BT4.0 (via Broadcom AP6330) USB –  1x USB 2.0 host + 1x micro USB for power Video Output – 1x HDMI 1.4 Video …

Asus Cube Google TV Unboxing and Demo Video

The Asus Qube, featuring Google TV 3.0 supporting, was first unveiled at CES 2013. Since then the device has lost its “Q”, has been renamed to Asus Cube, and is now available for pre-order in the US for $139.99 in Newegg, a bit earlier than initially planned (Q3 2012), but slightly more expensive than the $130 we were told to expect in January. The device will start to ship on 24th of April. First, just a quick reminder of the specs. Asus Cube is based on Marvell Armada 1500 Google TV platform, features HDMI out (for TV), HDMI in (for satellite or cable receiver), 2x USB ports, a IR blaster port and provides both Ethernet and Wi-Fi 802.11n connectivity. The Cube is a cube (duh!) measuring about 12.44 cm on each side. Newegg has uploaded a 21 minutes video discussing about the device with an Asus representative, describing the accessories or the Cube itself, and doing a demo of the …

Texas Instruments Announces Tiva Cortex M4 MCUs and $12.99 LaunchPad Evaluation Kit

Texas Instruments has just announced the Tiva ARM MCU platform, and specifically the Tiva C Series TM4C123x ARM Cortex-M4 MCUs, which are the first Cortex-M MCUs to be built on 65 nanometer flash process technology. The Tiva C Series TM4C123x MCUs, formerly known as Stellaris LM4F MCUs, are available now and target home, building and industrial automation. Key features and benefits of Tiva C Series MCUs: MCU Core – ARM Cortex-M4 floating-point core, operating at up to 80 MHz. Mixed-signal applications with high-performance analog integration – 2×12-bit ADC and 3 comparators.12-bit ADC accuracy is achievable at the full 1 MSPS rating without any hardware averaging. On-chip connectivity options – USB (host, device and On-The-Go), UARTs, I2C, SSI/SPI, CAN, etc.. Non-volatile storage of user interface or configuration parameters to reduce system cost – Thanks to integrated EEPROM. Low power –  Standby currents as low as 1.6 uA. Large choice of MCU RAM and storage sizes – Up to 256KB flash and …

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Actions Semi Announces ATM7023A Dual Core SoC for Tablets

Thanks to Actions Semiconductor ATM7029, you can now purchase quad core Android tablets for less than $100. They were at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair on 12-15 April, 2013, mainly to talk about ATM7029 capabilities such as up 6 simultaneous video playback, Android 4.2.2 support with Miracast, 1.3 GHz CPU clock (to be pushed to 1.5GHz later on), and so on. They also announced ATM7023A, a dual core Cortex processor targeting low costs tablets with the following characteristics: Dual core Cortex A9 family up to 1.2 GHz. 100% compatible with ARMv7 instructions Android 4.2.2 + Linux 3.4 OS. Seamless upgrade 3D GPU Advanced PMU, LPD GEN II architecture integrated, standby power over 1000 hours with a 8000 mAh battery. Display Interface – RGB, LVDS, MIPI support. Resolution up to 2048×1536 Video Decoding – 1080p60 Video Encoding – H.264 1080p30 Six videos playing simultaneously Quick Boot technology – Boots within 10 seconds (to what we don’t know) JPEG baseline, up to …

Android Set-top Boxes With Digital Satellite TV Receiver (DVB-S2)

There are now plenty of Android set-top boxes or HDMI TV sticks, but if you want to watch digital satellite or terrestrial TV, the options are limited. If you already have a satellite receiver at home, you could buy an Android set-top box with an HDMI input such as Huawei MediaQ M310, or use a DVB-S2 USB adapter, but you may need to acquire both the kernel source and DVB driver to compile it for your device. So for now, the last option is currently reserved for ODM/OEM as mentioned on Geniatech store. But today, I’m going to write about an Android set-top boxes that comes with a satellite receiver (DVB-S2). They are all based on AMLogic AML8726-M1/M3, and models include: Geniatech ATV1100B Hybrid DVB Box – Multiple standards STV-502 – DVB-S2 Monolithelec MINGLE – DVB-S2 Geniatech ATV1100B Key Features: SoC – AmLogic AML8726-M1 ARM Cortex A9 @ 800MHz System Memory – 1GB RAM Storage – 2 to 32GB flash …

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