promwad STB design

STB

The set-top box (STB) prototype based on Amlogic chips and Android OS 

 

Among the traditional video content delivering services, the new class Over-The-Top services are quickly evolving. Most notable OTT providers are Netflix, Youtube, Vimeo. Other significant players in the STB world are Google TV and Apple TV services. 

Now, the user demands a full-fledged PC, not just a media player, from a set-top box. All that forces STB manufacturers to use far more efficient processors. Promwad studied STB prototype based on Amlogic SoC that runs OS Android, and offered a competitive solution.

Amlogic SoC highlights

Amlogic designs chips specifically for STB 

  • Hardware decoding of the popular video compression codecs;
  • High performance application CPU based on ARM Cortex A9 core
  • High performance GPU with 2D/3D acceleration of FullHD graphics
  • Up to three HDMI1.4 (with 3D support) ports
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...and Smart TV markets

  • TS port for connection of external DVB demodulator
  • Hardware acceleration of crypto algorithms for scrambled broadcasting decryption
  • Rich set of integrated periphery: USB OTG, SATA, MMC/SD, ITU 656
  • Support of Android OS

Amlogic-based STB devices

Thereby one Amlogic SoC with minimum of external components can form a solid STB state of the art solution. Also not a minor reason to go with Amlogic is their quite competitive prices. Here are some instances of Amlogic based STB devices:

Consulting

G-Box Dyno

Hardware and software development

HDMI Internet TV Box

Design of a custom-made enclosure

HDMI Dongle with Wi-Fi

Manufacture of samples

Development of diagnostic and test tools

What we offer

Promwad specialists have developed a prototype of the similar set-top box, tested and modified software supplied by Amlogic. Therefore, we have a ready hardware and software solution for STB lineup with support of popular multimedia features. Read more about our set-top box hardware & software developement serices here.

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Our tech stack

DTV technologies

DVB-T/T2/C/S/S2, ATSC (1.0–3.0), ARIB, IPTV / OTT, TR-069/135/181, Multicast, HLS, MPEG-DASH, EPG, Teletext, PVR, Timeshift, HbbTV, OIPF, Webkit, Blink, CAS/DRM, CEA-2014, Blu-ray, 8K

Software Platforms

Linux kernel 2.6*–5*, Android 4–9, Q, HiSilicon, Linux / Android SDK, AMLogic, Broadcom Nexus SDK, MStar Linux SDK, Realtek Android SDK, U-Boot bootloader, Qt, Webkit, Blink, D-Bus, DirectFB, FFmpeg, Gstreamer, OPIF, Opera TV SDK, Roku

DTV codecs

MPEG-2, H.264, 4K HEVC (H.265), LPCM, ACS, AAC, HE-AAC, DTS + VVC, XVC, AV1, MIPI, Camera Link

DTV interfaces

I2C, SPI, RS-232/UART, DMA, NAND, USB, SATA, PCI, Ethernet, WiFi, 3G, HDMI, CVBS, Analog Stereo audio, Digital S/PDIF, HDMI IN with HDCP, CI, CI+

Vendors

Allwinner, Sigma Designs, Realtek, Broadcom, HiSilicon, Amlogic, MStar, Ali, Silicon Labs, MaxLinear

CAS & DRM

NAGRA Conas Contego, Verimatrix Ultra, CISCO, WIDEVINE, Microsoft PlayReady

Multimedia interfaces

Ethernet, Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, MMC

TVs

Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, TCL, Hisense

Our case-studies in Digital TV & Online Video

Smart TV app We've developed an IPTV application with the TimeShifting, EPG, PVR, and pause/rewind features

STB UI customization We've created a software framework that allows the customer to change the user interface with minimal efforts

TI DM3730 SoM We've designed the CPU module based on the TI DM3730, which helps cut the time, costs, and risks of designing new products

AI application for set-top box: searching and buying products from video streaming

AI for STBs We've developed and installed on STBs the first AI application for searching and buying clothes directly from the video stream

we have developed a digital TV set-top box (STB) with support for DVB-T (MPEG-2/4) and terrestrial digital broadcasting

Locus DVB-T STBWe have developed a digital TV set-top box (STB) with support for DVB-T (MPEG-2/4) and terrestrial digital broadcasting

promwad have designed a digital IPTV STB with DVB-T and DVB-S/S2 support, based on the SMP8654 processor by SigmaDesigns

IPTV STB with DVB-T/S/S2We have designed a digital IPTV STB with DVB-T and DVB-S/S2 support, based on the SMP8654 processor by SigmaDesigns

IPTV STB design for SmartLabs
SmartLabs IPTV set-top box We have developed a range of IPTV set-top boxes, ensured license coverage for all the proprietary coding standards for audio and video
Smart home multimedia controller

Smart house controller We have designed the HDMI-CEC controller to manage a home multimedia complex: cinema, tuner, VCR and other devices

Do you want to use our STB prototype based on Android OS and Amlogic chips in your project?

Drop us a line about your project! We will contact you today or the next business day. All submitted information will be kept confidential.