AMlogic’s new roadmap SoC is completed with new Quad Core Chips for the successful mid-range of this manufacturer. Now we have details of two of its new chips have appeared, on the one hand the S905X2 of which we already had news while on the other hand we have the new S905D2 premiere, both variants of the extended SoC S905X. This new Chips with very similar characteristics seem to make the leap to the manufacturing process of 14nm with which in addition to achieving improvements in the frequencies of the CPU cores, we will also have lower consumption and temperatures. These new SoC also incorporate support for USB 3.0 and HDMI 2.1 (in theory capable of supporting up to 10K resolutions) while the operating system installed by default will be Android 8.1 Oreo, has support for Fuchsia OS, support for DRM and certificate option of DD or DTS audio.
This is a Quad Core SoC, heir to the popular S905X, with ARM Cortex-A53 processors capable of theoretically reaching up to 2.0Ghz and integrates a new ARM MALI-G31mp2 GPU that includes support for OpenGL ES 3.2 API, Vulkan 1.0 and OpenCL 2.0, which is naturally capable of decoding video at 4K@60fps. A GPU that allows us to play games of last generation something that can not be done with the current S905X with a Mali-450MP.
A variant of the S905X2 with the same hardware configuration but nevertheless the S905D2 by its nomenclature could have native support for TDT, satellite and Cable tuners. With the new process at 14nm this type of TV-Box will have a more controlled temperature, something that is appreciated since they tend to be products that get very hot.
We may see this new SoC in products such as the next Xiaomi Mi Box, we can also have surprise in the next Google I/O in two weeks and see a new TV-Box Nexus with this hardware although it is unlikely, what we know is that it is already in tests on development boards such as Khadas Vim or ODROID. For now, the one that seems to be missing is the new high-end S922, of which we have not had any news. With HDMI 2.1 support in this new range we can see variants of this SoC for SmartTV since the benefits of this new protocol for the sector are very interesting. We hope soon to have more news and a first model to test in our hands.