Marvell said on Wednesday that its ARMADA 1500 series chip has been chosen to power Lenovo's two Android-powered flagship HDTVs, the 60 inch K82 and the 60 inch K72. The news arrives after the company said its ARMADA 1500-mini solution powers Google's just-launched Chromecast which allows users to stream video and other content directly to an HDTV.
"I am very pleased to see the successful launch of the new Lenovo flagship Smart TVs. Marvell’s world-class, innovative technologies and our close collaboration with Google and global OEM partners have delivered a breakthrough in bringing smart multimedia experiences to the big screen in our living rooms. I believe this is the beginning of the wide adoption of Smart TVs to the masses, similar to the movement that led to the global adoption of Android smartphones several years ago," said Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder of Marvell.
The ARMADA 1500, aka the 88DE3100, packs two ARMv7 compatible PJ4B CPU cores with symmetric multi-processing and clocked at 1.2 GHz. The chip also has a dedicated security engine, support for USB 2.0 OTG, support for HDMI v1.4, a Vivante GC1000 graphics core, 512 kb of L2 cache, and a Qdeo pipeline. Marvell says it's a high-performance and cost-efficient solution for IP/cable/satellite set-top boxes (STBs), feature-rich connected Blu-ray players, digital media adapters (DMAs), Google TV, and DTV applications with Marvell’s DTV analog front-end companion chip.
"Featuring a superscalar dual-core CPU, with more than 6000 Dhrystone MIPS of computing horsepower, the ARMADA 1500 is able to deliver the full spectrum of rich multimedia entertainment on a single-chip architecture, making it the ideal processor to power tomorrow’s 'smart' entertainment center," the company said.
Lenovo introduced its K-series of Smart TVs back in May 2012. The first models had dual-core Qualcomm SoCs clocked at 1.5 GHz and Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," and included the 55 inch K91 and K81 models and the 42 inch K81 and K71 models. Lenovo's new K82 and K72 60 inch models are now available in China, both of which supposedly were co-developed by Sharp. So far a North American release is unknown, if at all.
In June senior vice-president and general manager of Lenovo's China unit Chen Xudong said that the company expects to sell 1 million Smart TVs online over the next three years. "Demand for smart TVs in China is set to grow this year and Lenovo is a top player in the market due to its edge in the information technology industry," said Chen.