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Gocal Europe Android Digital Signage Players Based on AMLogic AML8726

April 9th, 2012 4 comments

Gocal Europe is a dutch company with offices in Shenzhen and Hong Kong providing OEM/ODM high tech solutions such as digital signage and Android TV solutions including players as well as software solutions via HelloTV.

The company has 2 digital signage players running Android 4.0 (ICS):

  • UFO-TV

This player is based on AMLogic AML8726M3 and features 1GB RAM, 4GB flash, HDMI IN and HMDI OUT.

ARM Cortex A8 UFO TV

Gocal UFO TV Digital Signage

Here are the device specifications:

  • CPU – AMLogic AM8726 M3 (ARM Cortex A9) @ 1GHz with Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 1 GB
  • Flash – 4 GB
  • Video Container Formats – avi, mpeg, vob,mkv, ts, m2ts, wmv and rm
  • Video Codecs –  MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MPEG2-HD and VC-1.
  • Audio Formats – MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, OGG, AC3, DTS, ACC and APE
  • External Storage – SD, SDHC and MMC cards.
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 Host ports
  • Connectivity – Ethernet 10/100 Mbps, WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Video I/F – HDMI 1.3 OUT up to 1080p and HDMI 1.3 IN up to 1080p
  • Audio I/F – Optical (SPDIF)
  • Dimension – 200 x 200 x 32 mm
  • Power – 12V / 1.5 A
  • GOCAL ANDROID HDMI- Dongle
AMLogic AM8725 Digital Signage HDMI Dongle

Gocal Digital Signage HDMI Dongle

The second digital signage player has an HDMI dongle form factor which is becoming more and more common. The hardware also appears to be based on AMLogic processor. Here are the key features for this digital signage dongle:

  • ARM Cortex A9 1GHz processor with Mali 400 GPU
  • Wi-Fi connection (802.11b/g/n)
  • Full HD 1080p playback via HDMI
  • 1x Mini USB port for power (so no MHL support here)
  • 1x USB host port for peripherals such as external HDD
  • 1x Micro SD card slot
  • IR receiver port

Both devices run a rooted Android stock version so that their customers can easily install which ever applications they require.

Both devices could also be used as an Android TV device (and later Google TV).

As mentioned above HelloTV is the content management software used with Gocal hardware players. The system is web based and by looking at the screenshots it seems to work in a fashion somewhat similar to Xibo Dashboard.

You can find further information on Gocal Android TV page and HelloTV website.

ARM Based Android Set-Top Boxes at China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition

April 25th, 2011 No comments

The 19th China Content Broadcasting Network Exhibition (CCBN 2011) took place on March 23 – 25 2011 at the  China International Exhibition Center in Beijing.

During this event, numerous Android STB were showcased with processors from several vendors.

Trident Microsystems PNX8400

Trident Microsystems demonstrated their Cortex-A9 Apollo/Shiner SoC family, the PNX8400, which included all the major building blocks needed to develop Next Generation Broadcasting (NGB) solutions.  NGB is a government initiative for smart tv in China. On 24th of March 2011, Trident Microsystems also announced that its STB SOCs were selected for the first trial deployments of NGB in China.

LG (LG Smart Box) and Cycle Century demonstrated their Android based cable STB using Trident Microsystems NXP8400. This stb supports DVB, Conditional Access, 1080p video streaming, a browser with an Apps store, 3D gaming and VoIP.

To see more about Trident Microsystems Android STB have a look at the video below recorded at CES 2011.

HiSilicon Hi37xx

HiSilicon had several partners showcasing their latest STB Soc Hi3716 @ 1GHz (Cortex-A9).

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(Left) Coship Smart Box based on Hi3716 (Android 2.2); (Right) Using remote mouse to play Angry Birds on Coship Smart Box.

Coship showcased their hybrid Cable Android 2.2 STB with their wii-like remote and Skyworth demonstrated their triple play box (Broadcast, Broadband and VOIP video conferencing) using HiSilicon Hi3716.

Attached ImageHiSilicon Android reference platform

HiSilicon was on the same stand as Huawei (Hisilicon is a subsidary of Huawei) where several Hi37xx solutions were on display from home control to basic and advanced High Definition STBs with internet TV.

Amlogic AML8726-M

NDS also demoed their Infinite TV Over The Top (OTT) Platform for Connected TV and companion devices based on Amlogic AML8726-M (Cortex–A9 + Mali-400). I’m not quite sure NDS InfiniteTV runs Android, but I have seen a Chinese company (Shenzhen Amidia Electronics) run Android on the AMLogic Cortex A9 platform.

You can see a short demo of the platform below

Blog entry adapted from http://blogs.arm.com/multimedia/450-arm-partners-everywhere-at-ccbn/