Marvell is one of the leading companies in the world when it comes to microprocessor architecture that’s been in the business since 1995. The company has just recently announced its successor to last year’s ARMADA 1500, a System on Chip (SoC) which is used by Google TV. The ARMADA 1500 Plus (88DE3108) is the latest SoC of the company that’s designed to be used on Smart TVs as well as video products running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell, said in a press release that “I believe this is the beginning of the new era of Smart TV, high quality multi-screen experience on a global scale to the masses. I am very pleased to see the leadership of Google and the progress and effort in achieving this major milestone for the development of Smart TVs with Google services. Marvell is proud to team up with Google and ecosystem partners in driving the latest version of Smart TV. Today, the level of smartness of the mobile devices can now be experienced on the big screen at home. Our mission and passion are to lead this great innovation and technology for the digital lifestyle to make the world a better place through high-performance and affordable solutions to better peoples’ lives.”
The ARMADA 1500 Plus provides improved graphics since it uses an OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible graphics engine. It also comes with a Full HD 1080p video encode capability to make the platform function as a multi-screen device. Other new features include an improved security engine, Qdeo video processing for HD and 3D video, an integrated HDMI receiver, and GbE support.
Two years ago Google partnered with Marvell to build the Google TV and the release of this latest SoC is a confirmation that the partnership still exists. Google TV has been struggling to gain a foothold in the market since its concept is somewhat ahead of its time. It is also facing competition from set-top boxes and modern consoles that offers more features.
Vincent Dureau, Head of TV Technology, Google said that “Working closely with Marvell has been a key part of bringing Google services to consumers through TV. We look forward to Marvell partners like Hisense launching new devices with Google services built-in.”