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Marvell, Lenovo Collaborate on Flagship Android Smart TVs

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.

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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.

  • digiex
    How about the UI, an air mouse would be a big disappointment. The UI should mimic the tech use in Iron Man.
  • clonazepam
    I have a Samsung 46" Smart HDTV, model code UN46D6000. I wish this thing worked properly. You can typically only watch one movie, or a couple episodes on Netflix, before having to completely exit out of the software and restart. It's just that bad. It stop working. Not only that, the audio in the Netflix app is horrible. You can never hear voices. You have to crank the volume all the way up to hear it.

    Now that I've ranted, is this "the norm" for most smart tv's, and its Netflix app, or did Samsung just screw the pooch here? Down the road, I want to go bigger, and maybe go back to a 60Hz model, instead of this 120Hz BS, that looks really funky whenever there's fast motion. Example: Horse running across the screen, all the background between its legs and around its body are completely distorted and look like crap. The picture is absolutely beautiful otherwise.
  • somebodyspecial
    Let me know when these come with a decent chip. T4 doesn't cost more than $25 most likely ($30 tops?), so why are we getting weak chips in these? I'd expect at least S600 quad or T4 currently (or heck octa as it wouldn't have heat issues etc in a TV) and max ghz like a T4 1.9ghz just like a top tablet. Any ARM based TV should be potent enough to play all the games on googleplay or what is the point? Wireless for a gamepad (if it's running android it should work with xbox360/ps3 gamepads) and support for mouse/keyboard so I can browse from the couch if desired. Again, otherwise what is the point?

    The cache seems to be half of others, dual core still 1.2ghz, crap graphics, what is this supposed to do that my bluray/roku etc doesn't already do? This won't power "tomorrows" smart center applications...LOL. In a unit this big (meaning this isn't a tablet), I expect top end quad with a great gpu for the kids for gaming with a gamepad.