Marvell ARMADA 1500 Mini SoC Powers Google's Chromecast Streaming Dongle
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2013 - 03:12 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Marvell 88DE3005, Marvell, chromecast, armada 1500 mini
Last month Google launched its $35 Chromecast streaming stick. Marvell Technology Group Ltd. recently revealed that the Chromecast dongle is powered by a Marvell Armada 1500-Mini 88DE3005 SoC.
The company has not released the full specifications on the SoC, but it is essentially a cut down version of the existing Armada 1500 which features two Marvell SMP cores clocked at 1.2GHz, a GC1000 GPU, Qdeo video decoding, audio engine, and security engine that supports DRM such as Widevine (used by Dish Anywhere and other video streaming sites) and Playready.
The Armada 1500-Mini SoC is a single core variant of that chip. It supports the same security engine and has supports having USB, Ethernet, HDMI 1.4a, and SATA connectors on devices it powers. The Armada 1500-Mini supports 1080p video and the audio post processing engine supports Dolby and DTS surround sound.
Marvell is releasing a streaming stick of its own using the new SoC in addition to making the chip itself available to other companies to use in their own devices.
For more information, check out the Marvell product page for the Armada 1500 Mini.