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SDMC DV8020 & DV8035 Full HD HDR TV Boxes Feature Amlogic S805X Processor

January 22nd, 2018 No comments

Most new Android TV boxes on the market today support 4K resolution at least up to 30 Hz, but Amlogic decided to target the lower end of the market with S805X quad core Cortex A53 processor that supports VP9, H.265 and H.264 up to 1080p60 only.

However, so far I could not find any products based on the new processor, but this has changed this afternoon, as I’ve come across SDMC DV8020 & DV8035 TV boxes powered by Amlogic S805X processor.

SDMC DV8020

Both models share most of the same specifications, with the main differences being an extra S/PDIF output, and the enclosure:

  • SoC  Amlogic S805X quad core Arm Cortex-A53 up to 1.2GHz with penta core Mali-450MP GPU up to 650MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB  eMMC flash (option: 4GB to 64GB), micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0b up to 1080p60 with CEC & HDR support (HDR10 & HLG), AV port
  • Video Decoder – H.265/VP9 10-bit [email protected], H.264 [email protected], AVS+, MPEG1/2/4 , WMV/VC-1, RealVideo8/9/10 etc.
  • Audio Output
    • HDMI, AV
    • DV8035 only: optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 10M/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, optional Bluetooth 4.x
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 OTG port (type A)
  • Misc – IR receiver, Power LED indicator
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Power Consumption – 6W max
  • Dimensions
    • DV8020 –  108 x 98 x 26 mm
    • DV8035 – 100 x 100 x 23.5 mm

The boxes normally ship with a remote control, a user manual, a power adapter, and a HDMI cable. The remote control may also be a Bluetooth voice enabled model for voice commands/searches.

SDMC DV8035

I’ve been told both devices can run Android 6.0, Android 7.1, or Android 8.0 operating systems depending on customer requirements, and support the company’s XMediaTV system providing a complete solution (terminal products+content+OTT platform) to operators with features such as Live TV, VOD, SmartTVAppstore.com app store, as well as integration with third party billing systems, and IPTV solutions such as TMS, SAS, VAS, etc…

SDMC does not sell to individuals, but at least we know Amlogic S805X based TV boxes are currently being offered to operators and distributors. You’ll find more details on the SDMC DV8020 and DV8035 product pages.

CCC Air Stick 4K TV Stick Runs Android TV, Supports HDR10, aptX HD Bluetooth Audio (Japan)

January 19th, 2018 11 comments

It’s been a while since I have seen an Amlogic S912 TV stick, and so far none of them would run Android TV operating system. But CCC Air Stick 4K does, meaning it supports Google Cast like a ChromeCast, as well as Voice Commands through a remote control.

The company also claims support for aptX and aptX HD Bluetooth audio, as well as online services such as Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, and some Japanese specific services, since the TV stick only targets the Japanese market.

Air Stick 4K specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S912J 64-bit octa core Arm Cortex A53 @ up to 1.5GHz with Arm Mali GPU
  • System Memory – 2 GB
  • Storage – 16 GB flash
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR10, CEC support
  • Audio – HDMI audio output, aptX / aptX audio over Bluetooth
  • Connectivity
    • Dual band (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi
    • Bluetooth 4.1
    • Ethernet via power adapter
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 port via power adapter
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
  • Dimensions – 70.0 mm × 30.0 mm × 11.0 mm
  • Weight – 30g

The dongle runs Android TV 7.1.2 Nougat, and should be upgrade to Android 8.x Oreo in the future. It ships with a remote control with a microphone for voice commands, a short HDMI male to female adapter, and an interesting power adapter with Ethernet (RJ45), and a USB type A port. The Ethernet port allows the TV stick to be used as a WiFi hotspot for up to 8 devices.

I had never heard about S912J, and web searches all point to the stick discussed in this post, so either it somehow got inserted by mistake, or there’s somehow a special version of Amlogic S912 processor for Japan, or TV sticks.

CCC Air Stick 4K is sold for 9,800 Yen(or 10,584 Yen with VAT), or the equivalent of $88.6 US on shops such as Rakuten or Yahoo Shopping Japan. More details can be found in the product page (in Japanese)

Via Android Police and thanks to Dave for the tip.

WeTek Unveils Hyperion 4G LTE Set-Top Box & Nix OTT TV Box Running Android TV OS

January 12th, 2018 5 comments

When Geniatech announced Android TV certification for their ATV598Max set-top box with digital TV tuners compliant with DVB-T2, DVB-C, ATSC, or ISDB standards earlier this week, we noticed how few official Android TV STB there was on the market.

But more may be coming, as Wetek will showcase two Android TV products at CABSAT in Dubai on January 14-16 with Wetek Hyperion Amlogic S905D 4G LTE set-top box, as well as WeTek Nix OTT box powered by Amlogic S905X processor.

WeTek Hyperion

Specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905D quad core ARM Cortex-A53 SoC up to 1.5 GHz, with penta-core ARM Mali-450 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC 5.0 flash
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a (CEC, HDR, HDCP 1.4/2.2), mini jack analog AV output
  • Connectivity
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • Dual band 802.11 ac/b/g/n WiFi (optional 802.11ac MiMo)
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • 4G LTE modem – LTE-FDD: B2/B4/B5/B12/B13/B17/B25/B26; LTE-TDD: B41; Download up to 150 (Mbps). Upload up to 50 (Mbps)
  • Power Supply –  5V/2A

Hyperion does not appear to come with tuner, so we’ll have to see since S905D processor is well-suited for tuners. I think 4G LTE is popular in the Middle East since that’s how many people get their broadband Internet, so it’s possible this model mostly targets the MENA market. The device is promoted as a “complete home hub capable of providing the best video quality, user’s favorite Android applications and routing all Internet traffic at home”.

The set-top box currently runs Android TV 7.1.2, but Oreo 8.0 will also be supported, and DRM is enabled using ARM TrustZone SecureOS with Google Widevine Level 1 and Microsoft PlayReady 2.5 & 3.0 for secured, premium content playback. It will ship with a power supply, a 1.2m HDMI cable, and an optional one meter IR extender cable.

WeTek Nix

The second device appears to include lots of ventilation holes, and is a more traditional OTT TV box with the following specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905X quad core ARM Cortex-A53 SoC up to 1.5 GHz, with penta-core ARM Mali-450 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC 5.0 flash
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a (CEC, HDR, HDCP 1.4/2.2) up to 4K @ 60 Hz, mini jack analog AV output
  • Connectivity – 100 Mbit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 ac/b/g/n WiFi (optional 8902.11ac MiMo), Bluetooth 4.0
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A

Like Hyperion, Nix support Android TV 7.1.2 / 8.0, as well as Widewine L1 and PlayReady 2.5/3.0, but also adds Verimatrix VCAS for IPTV. The TV box with also ship with a power adapter, HDMI cable, and optional IR extender cable.

Both device seem to be targeted to OEM partners, and it’s unclear whether those models will be sold direct to end users like previous models such as Wetek Hub or WeTek Play 2. We’ll probably find out more in a few days.

Thanks to Ron for the tip

Dune HD Unveils 5 Entry Level to Premium 4K HDR Linux + Android Media Players & Set-Top Boxes

December 29th, 2017 4 comments

Dune HD is known to make high-end digital media players that often costs several hundred dollars such as Sigma Designs based Dune HD SOLO 4K or Dune HD Solo Lite. The company has now sent out an email announcing new models classified into three categories with most models based on Amlogic processors:

  • Neo Series – Entry level
    • Dune HD Neo 4K – 4Kp60 HDR media player + Android Smart TV box
      • Amlogic S905X
      • 1GB RAM, 8GB flash
      • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 100Mbit Ethernet, Bluetooth
    • Dune HD Neo 4K T2 – 4Kp60 HDR media player + Android Smart TV box + DVB-T/T2/C receiver
      • Amlogic S905D
      • 1GB RAM, 8GB flash
      • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 100Mbit Ethernet, Bluetooth
    • Dune HD Neo 4K T2 Plus – 4Kp60 HDR media player + Android Smart TV box + DVB-T/T2/C receiver
      • Amlogic S905D
      • 2GB RAM, 16GB flash
      • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 100Mbit Ethernet, Bluetooth
  • Sky series – Models with satellite receiver
    • Dune HD Sky 4K Plus – 4Kp60 HDR media player + Android Smart TV box + DVB-T/T2/C receiver + DVB-S/S2 receiver
      • Amlogic S905D
      • 2GB RAM, 16GB flash, 2.5″ SATA HDD
      • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 1Gbit Ethernet, Bluetooth, 2.5″ SATA HDD
      • Slot for CI/CI+ Conditional Access Modules to access premium DVB channels
  • Pro series – Premium models with high-end audio/video
    • Dune HD Pro 4K – Premium 4Kp60 HDR media player + Android Smart TV box
      • Realtek RTD1295
      • 2GB RAM, 16GB flash
      • 802.11ac Wi-Fi 2T2R, 1Gbit Ethernet, Bluetooth
      • USB 3.0, SATA HDD port, HDMI input
      • Hi-End video quality, BD3D support, full support for HD audio

All models listed above support HDMI 2.0a, 4Kp60 with HDR and BT.2020, and run the original Linux based Dune HD software and Android OS simultaneously. You can also run Android apps while Dune HD media center is playing music or a video in the background. Widevine Level 1 DRM is also enabled for premium online video services such as Hulu+, Netflix, and others.

The devices are said to support various various TV-optimized applications, plugins, extensions, GUI skins, collection management solutions, as well as integrations with home automation systems via the official Dune Store, 3-party vendors, or the one-million+ user’s community.

You’ll find more details on Dune HD website, including price information (MSRP):

  • Dune HD Neo 4K – $99.90
  • Dune HD Neo 4K T2 – $124.90
  • Dune HD Neo 4K T2 Plus – $149.90
  • Dune HD Sky 4K Plus – $209.90
  • Dune HD Pro 4K – $199.99

So you’d still pay a premium compared to equivalent Android TV boxes on the market due to software support, and features like Widevine L1 DRM. Dune HD boxes are usually sold through distributors, and I could not find the new model for sale online, and very few of the older models.

 

 

VESA Introduces DisplayHDR Specifications for PC Monitors and Laptop Displays

December 13th, 2017 No comments

HDR (High Dynamic Range) used to be a feature specific to cameras, but recently HDR got into phones and televisions with solutions like HLG, HDR10 or Dolby Vision. The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has now announced DisplayHDR open standard specifying high dynamic range (HDR) quality for PC monitors and laptop displays that use liquid crystal display (LCD) panels.

DisplayHDR version 1.0 specifies three levels of HDR system performance (DisplayHDR 400, 600 and 1,000) with different white luminance, black level, and bit-depth “performance”.  An automated testing tool will be available for the users to perform their own testing if required.

HDR display in PC will mostly be useful while watching movies, gaming, and creating photo and/or video content. The requirements for DisplayHDR 400, DisplayHDR 600, and DisplayHDR 1000 are listed in details in the table below from DisplayHDR.org website.

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Eventually DisplayHDR will also support the less common OLED display, and a list of certified products will be posted on the website. The DisplayHDR test tool will be available in Q1 2018, but you can already download the DisplayHDR CTS (Compliance Test Specification) v1.0 for the full details.

Categories: Hardware Tags: hdr

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa Core Kryo 385 SoC to Power Premium Smartphones, XR Headsets, Windows Laptops

December 7th, 2017 9 comments

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor was expected since May 2017 with four custom Cortex A75 cores, four Cortex A53 cores, Adreno 630 GPU, and X20 LTE modem. with the launch planned for Q1 2018. At least, that what the leaks said.

Qualcomm has now formally launched Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform and rumors were mostly right, as the the octa-core processor comes with four Kryo 385 Gold cores (custom Cortex A75), four Kryo 385 Silver cores (custom Cortex A55) leveraging DynamIQ technology, an Adreno 630 “Visual Processing System”, and Snapdragon X20 modem supporting LTE Cat18/13.

The processor is said to use more advanced artificial intelligence (AI) allowing what the company calls “extended reality (XR)” applications, and will soon be found in flagship smartphones, XR headsets, mobile PCs, and more.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (SDM845) specifications:

  • Processor
    • 4x Kryo 385 Gold performance cores @ up to 2.80 GHz (custom ARM Cortex A75 cores)
    • 4x Kryo 385 Silver efficiency cores @ up to 1.80 GHz (custom ARM Cortex A55 cores)
    • DynamIQ technology
  • GPU (Visual Processing Subsystem) – Adreno 630 supporting OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 2.0,Vulkan 1.x, DxNext
  • DSP
    • Hexagon 685 with 3rd Gen Vector Extensions, Qualcomm All-Ways Aware Sensor Hub.
    • Supports Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE) SDK, Caffe, Caffe2, and Tensorflow
  • Memory I/F – LPDDR4x, 4×16 bit up to 1866MHz, 8GB RAM
  • Storage I/F – TBD (Likely UFS 2.1, but maybe UFS 3.0?)
  • Display
    • Up to 4K Ultra HD, 60 FPS, or dual 2400×2400 @ 120 FPS (VR); 10-bit color depth
    • DisplayPort and USB Type-C support
  • Audio
    • Qualcomm Aqstic audio codec and speaker amplifier
    • Qualcomm aptX audio playback with support for aptX Classic and HD
    • Native DSD support, PCM up to 384kHz/32bit
  • Camera
    • Spectra 280 ISP with dual 14-bit ISPs
    • Up to 16 MP dual camera, up to 32 MP single camera
    • Support for 16MP image sensor operating up to 60 frames per second
    • Hybrid Autofocus, Zero Shutter Lag, Multi-frame Noise Reduction (MFNR)
    • Video Capture – Up to 4K @ 60fps HDR (H.265), up to 720p @ 480fps (slow motion)
  • Connectivity
    • Cellular Modem – Snapdragon X20 with peak download speed: 1.2 Gbps (LTE Cat 18), peak upload speed: 150 Mbps (LTE Cat 13)
    • Qualcomm Wi-Fi 802.11ad Multi-gigabit, integrated 802.11ac 2×2 with MU-MIMO, 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 60 GHz
    • Qualcomm TrueWireless Bluetooth 5
  • Location – Support for 6 satellite systems: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS; low power geofencing and tracking, sensor-assisted navigation
  • Security – Qualcomm Secure Processing Unit (SPU), Qualcomm Processor Security, Qualcomm Mobile Security, Qualcomm Content Protection
  • Charging – Qualcomm Quick Charge 4/4+ technology
  • Process – 10nm LPP

The company will provide support for Android and Windows operating systems. eXtended Reality (XR) is enabled with features such as room-scale 6DoF with simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), advanced visual inertial odometry (VIO), and Adreno Foveation. Maybe I don’t follow the phone market closely enough, but I can’t remember seeing odometry implemented in any other phones, and Adreon Foveation is not quite self-explaining, so the company explains it combines graphics rendering with eye tracking, and directs the highest graphics resources to where you’re physically looking, while using less resources for rendering other areas. This improves the experience, performance, and lower power consumption.

 

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Compared to Snapdragon 835, the new processor is said to be around 25 to 30% faster, the Spectra camera and Adreno graphics architectures are claimed to boost power efficiency by up to 30 percent, and the LTE modem is a bit faster (1.2 Gbps/150Mbps vs 1.0 Gbps/150Mbps). Quick Charge 4+ technology should deliver up  to 50 percent charge in 15 minutes. Earlier this year when SD835 was officially launched, there was virtually no mention of artificial intelligence support in mobile APs, but now NNA (Neural Network Accelerator) or NPE (Neural Processing Engine) are part of most high-end mobile processors, which in SD845 appears to be done though the Hexagon 685 DSP. High Dynamic Range (HDR) for video playback and capture is also a novelty in the new Snapdragon processor.

One of the first device powered by Snapdragon 845 will be Xiaomi Mi 7 smartphone, and according to leaks it will come with a 6.1″ display, up to 8GB RAM, dual camera, 3D facial recognition, and more. Further details about the phone are expected for Mobile World Congress 2018. Considering the first Windows 10 laptop based on Snapdragon 835 processor are expected in H1 2018, we may have to wait until the second part of the year for the launch of Snapdragon 845 mobile PCs.

More details may be found on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform product page.

Libre Computer Renegade SBC Features Rockchip RK3328 Processor with up to 4GB DDR4 RAM (Crowdfunding)

December 5th, 2017 39 comments

After Amlogic S905X based Le Potato board, and the on-going Kickstarter campaign for  Tritium Allwinner H2+/H3 boards, Libre Computer has now launched an Indiegogo campaign for their Renegade SBC (Single Board Computer) powered by Rockchip RK3328 SoC.

The board follows Raspberry Pi 3 form factor like the two previous models, and three versions of the board are offered with 1, 2 or 4GB RAM, making Renegade SBC a direct competitor to Pine64 ROCK64 board.

Renegade SBC specifications:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3328 quad core Cortex A53 processor with ARM Mali-450MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1, 2, or 4 GB DDR4
  • Storage – eMMC 5.x flash module socket (8 to 128 GB) + micro SD card slot
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDR10 and HLG support, 3.5mm AV port (composite video + stereo audio)
  • Video Codec – 4K VP9, H.265 and H.264, 1080p VC-1, MPEG-1/2/4, VP6/8
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Expansion Headers
    • 40-pin (mostly) Raspberry Pi compatible GPIO header with PWM, I2C, SPI, GPIOs
    • 3-pin ADC Header with 2x analog inputs, GND
  • Debugging – UART header pins
  • Misc – IR receiver; button
  • Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port
  • Dimensions –  85 x 56 mm

The specifications are very close to the ones of ROCK64, but one important difference is that the Libre Computer board uses DDR4 memory instead of LPDDR3, so some 4K HDR videos may play better on the latter (TBC). However, based on the information provided in the product page, Renegade appears to be missing the 128Mbit SPI flash (mostly useful for network boot), comes with less I/O pins, and uses a micro USB port for power instead of a power barrel jack, so you’d have to make sure you use a low resistance USB cable to avoid any power issues.

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The board will run Linux distributions and Android 7.1 Nougat, but images for this board are not available for download yet. Support is provided via LoveRpi forums, and the Linux source code for all Libre Computer boards will be found on Github (now only for Amlogic AFAIK).

A pledge of $35 should get you Renegade 1GB board, $50 Renegade 2GB, and $70 Renegade 4GB. The company also offers rewards with various accessories including heatsink, active cooling case, 5V/2.5A power supply, and a micro SD card (8 or 32GB). Shipping adds $7 to $10 to the US depending on the perk, and $9 to $14 to the rest of the world. Delivery is planned for January 2018. For reference, ROCK64 board sells for $24.95, $34.95 or $44.95 with respectively 1, 2 or 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM, to which you add around $12 shipping.

HDMI 2.1 Features Overview

November 29th, 2017 No comments

HDMI 2.1 was announced last January with support for up to 10K @ 120 Hz while using Display Stream Compression (DSC) and new 48Gbps cables, as well as other improvements. The HDMI Forum has now released version 2.1 of the HDMI specifications.

The detailed specifications are only available to HDMI adopters, but an overview of the specifications can be downloaded by simple mortals.

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From the table above, we can see HDMI 2.1 adds 7 new features compared to HDMI 2.0b:

  1. Dynamic HDR (HDR dynamic metadata) – HDR data (depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and color gamuts) can now be optimized on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis
  2. Enhanced audio return channel (eARC) – eARC supports high-bitrate home theater audio formats, object-based audio, uncompressed 5.1 and 7.1, and 32-channel uncompressed audio thanks to up to 37 Mbps audio bandwidth.

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  3. Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) – Syncs up source and display with continually changing refresh rate, up to a frame-by-frame basis. The frames are transmitted as soon as they are rendered in order to reduce or eliminate interaction lag, stutter, and tearing.
  4. Quick Media Switching (QMS) – A source device can instantly switch the resolution or frame rate of its content without any display blackout, for example when switching from 60 Hz to 24 Hz to watch a movie. A QMS-capable display will be able to seamlessly vary refresh rate, switch resolution, and select the correct viewing mode.
  5. Quick Frame Transport (QFT) – Each video frame travels faster from the source even though the source does not increase its frame rate and results in deceasing latency. This reduces lag for gaming, real-time interactive virtual reality, and enables more responsive karaoke.
  6. Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) – Allows the ideal latency setting to automatically be established for various entertainment applications. For example, movies and videos can be viewed with some latency and it will not affect the user experience, but ALLM will switch to low latency mode for gaming, real-time VR, etc…
  7. Display Stream Compression (DSC) – 48 Gbps bandwidth is still not sufficient for some of the resolution and frame rate supported by HDMI 2.1, so DSC compressions must be used in for resolution/color depth/frame rate combination where Ultra is shown in red in the table below (10/12-bit 5K @ 100/120 Hz, 8K @ 100/120Hz, and most 10K options)

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HDMI 2.1 also introduces the “Ultra High Speed HDMI cable” necessary to handle up to 48 Gbps data for higher resolution and frame rate. The previous “High Speed HDMI cable” limited to 18 Gbps was suitable for all HDMI versions up to 2.0, and the new UHS cable is backward compatible for older versions. That means you’ll be to purchase a Ultra High Speed HDMI cable for all resolutions above where Premium/High Speed, or Standard cables are not suitable.

Categories: Audio, Hardware, Video Tags: 10k, 8k, hdmi, hdr