Google TV switching to ARM Platform

While most won’t care, and some will even say why bother, Google TV is moving away from the x86 platform and migrating towards the ARM processing platform. As part of that move Marvell has been selected as the processor of choice with its Armada 1500 dual core processor as the new heart of the Google TV platform. 

The Armada 1500 dual core system will get you 3D BD hardware acceleration, Video encoding and decoding, all while using very little power. While this all sounds great without real world bench mark testing, only time will tell if this is a good move or not.

After all the rumors including word that Intel was backing away from its Atom CE4100 CPU it’s finally official: Google TV is moving from x86 to ARM, and Marvell is letting everyone know its Foresight platform has been selected to power the next generation of Google TV hardware. The Armada 1500 dual-core CPU at its heart promises PC-like performance with cellphone-like power management and support for Blu-ray 3D, video encoding / decoding and upscaling. enabling fanless smart TV products built on the package like this demo box seen above. Marvell Co-founder Weili Dai considers this as an opportunity to fundamentally change the relationship between content producers and consumers, a lofty goal for the second round of products after a lackluster market response to the initial effort.

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