Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Marvell Debuts Quad-Core ARMADA ARM CPUs for Smart TVs

Marvell unveiled its ARMADA 1500 PRO, a quad-core ARM-based CPU optimized to support Google services for Smart TV along with IP-hybrid service security from Verimatrix.

The ARMADA 1500 PRO features a sophisticated security engine, up to 12K DMIPs applications processor, and a 38GFLOP graphics processor for Smart TV and set-top box implementations, driving the convergence of digital entertainment and gaming applications and paving the way for the next-generation of Smart Home devices.

Marvell said ithe multi-core 1.2 Gigapixel GPU, which is based on Vivante GC4000, enables support for high quality 3D gaming.  It includes Google services for Smart TV reference designs for both TVs and set-top boxes. It includes an complete SDK for rapid deployment of combined Pay TV and Android-based over-the-top services.

The ARMADA 1500 PRO offers multiple connectivity options, including Marvell's Wi-Fi (2x2 11ac) and powerline technologies.  Peripheral support includes SATA, SDIO, USB for operator/consumer apps such as DVR and 10/100/1000 Ethernet MAC with RGMII interface.

"2013 was an exciting and big year for the success of Google services for Smart TV. The successful launch of Google Chromecast is a perfect example. I am extremely proud of the innovation and collaboration among Google, Marvell and our ecosystem partners in bringing those creative and game-changing Smart products to the market," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell. "I believe the new quad-core ARMADA 1500 PRO raises the bar yet again in delivering innovative Smart TV experiences with high performance, robust security and advanced graphics."


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