Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Amlogic 2016 Roadmap: Amlogic S905X, S912, S905D processors

Amlogic company reveals new roadmap for 2016 and will release three new SoCs: Amlogic S905X, Amlogic S912and also Amlogic S905D. All of the new chips that will appear in Q1 and Q2 2016 will have four to eight ARM Cortex A53 cores and Android 6.0. Below Amlogic 2016 Roadmap.

The new processors are under development but Amlogic reveals many details. Amlogic S905X and Amlogic S912quad and octa core processors will be clocked at 2.0 GHz (instead of just 1.5GHz as previously reported), and Amlogi S905X will support 2-layer PCB, while all other recent Amlogic processors require 4-layer, which promises some very cheap 4K TV boxes with H.265 and VP9 support. Amlogic S912 will apparently not support USB 3.x since the new document only shows 3x USB 2.0 interfaces for the SoC. Amlogic S905D is similar to S905X except it supports Gigabit Ethernet (RGMII), TS video input, which would make it suitable for tuners, and RGB interface meaning it could be found in tablets too:

CPU – Quad core Cortex A53 @ up to 2.0 GHz
GPU – Penta-core ARM Mali-450MP @ up to 750 MHz
Memory I/F – 16/32-bit DDR3/4, LPDDR2/3 up to 2GB, DDR2400
Storage I/F – NAND flash @ BCH60, eMMC 5310, SD, NOR flash
Video Decoder – 4Kp60 10-bit H.265, 4Kp60 VP9 Profile 2, 4Kp30 H.264
Video Encoder – 1080p60 H.264
Ethernet – 10/100/1000 RGMII, 10/100M PHY
Audio – Stereo DACs, I2S, S/PDIF, DMIC
USB – 2x USB 2.0
Video Output – 4Kp60 HDMI 2.0a, CVBS, RGB
Video Input – TS in, DVP
HDR – HDR10, royalty-free Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Package – 15 x 15 mm BGA (S905 is 13 x 13 mm)
PCB – 4-layer
Android 6.0/Linux

S912’s GPU is unknown yet, but at least, Amlogic is talking about a coming MALI generation. It is well known Amlogic graphics and video performace is probably higher than others on the same range as Rockchip or Allwinner. Then, there are good news from this chinese manufacturer.


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