Geniatech announced an upcoming Android Set-Top Box called ATV1800 featuring a quad core AMLogic Quad-Core A9 processor, more memory, and running Android 4.2, and that will support XBMC. They also expect the device to be available in May for 20 to 24 USD more than the dual core version. There are not enough details about the device itself, so I won’t cover it now, but I had never heard about quad core processor from AMLogic. I’ve finally been told it was AML8726-M8 without much details, except it should be available in Q3 2013, which does not seem match May target for Geniatech’s STB. Luckily, a Google search helped a lot, so we already know some of the key features for this new SoC:
- Quad-Core A9 @ 2.0 GHz (20,000 DMIPS)
- Eight Core “Next-Gen” Mali GPU with 3,000 MPixel/s fill rate, 110MT/s, and 45GFLOPS. The GPU is said to achieve 44fps in Taiji 720p benchmark. It’d take a guess it’s an ARM Mali-450 GPU (
Mali-450MP8 [Update: it should be Mali -450 MP6, see comments]). If so, it’s the first time I’ve ever seen this GPU used in an actual SoC.
- Dual Channel DDR3, LPDDR2, 128-bit memory interface, 64-Bit ECC
- 4K2K video decoding
- Dual 1080p video decoding
- 1080p video encoding
- Dolby DD, DD+, DS1, and DTS
- Single and dual channel LVDS
- MIPI, ISP interface
- HDMI 1.4b with 3D, HDCP, and CEC
- 4K2K Video Output
- 28nm process at TMSC
Pretty impressive, probably the most powerful quad core Cortex A9 out there.