During IBC 2018, among many new items that have been shown, there are also new reference boards with new Amlogic chipsets. At IBC 2018 Amlogic team showed new three reference boards based on new Amlogic S905Y2, Amlogic S905X2, and Amlogic S922 processors. All new SoCs running new Android TV 9.0 P (Pie). Below you will find more information about upcoming S905Y2, S905X2, and S922 SoC.
Amlogic S905X2 Reference Board
The Amlogic S905X2 is an update for Amlogic S905X with a new manufacturing process and a mysterious dual-core Dvalin Mali-G31 MP2 GPU, is equipped with Quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor and supports Advanced HEVC, VP9 decoders; H.264, H.265 encoder, also HDR/ Dolby Vision, HDR10+, supports Ultra low power.
The reference board with Amlogic S905X2 chipset also comes with 2GB RAM, 8 or 16 GB storage, HDMI, USB 2.0 & 3.0 ports, and apparently the same WiFi + Bt 5.0 module. Amlogic S905X2 reference board is designed for 4K OTT TV boxes. With the latest Amlogic S905X2 processor, it support for USB 3.0 and HDMI 2.1 compared with S905X. Users can seamlessly access to what they need from Google play movies. Amlogic S905X2 STB also supporting smart speaker, enables them to enjoy a convenient voice control experience. An interesting fact is that although the S905X2 SoC comes with new Android 9.0 Pie, also the previous S905X SoC after optimization can runs on Android 9.0. The SDMC company during IBC 2018 showed Android TV 9.0 Pie STB device with the Amlogic S905X SoC with only 1GB of DRAM, in this configuration the device also worked smoothly despite the small amount of RAM (OS has been optimized by Amlogic).
As it turns out, the vendors are already introducing new TV Boxes with the new Amlogic S905X2, not with Android 9.0 Pie, but with pure Android 8.1 (not TV version). On Gearbest you can find X96 MAX TV Box powered by Amlogic S905X2, with 4GB RAM DDR4 and 64GB eMMC, now at presale for $64.99 + free shipping.
Amlogic S905Y2 Reference Board
The reference board with new Amlogic S905Y2 has a specification similar to the board with S905X2 SoC, while the reference board is designed for OTT 4K HDMI dongles / HDMI Sticks, and comes with 16GB storage, 2GB RAM, USB 2.0 interface, as well as WiFi 2T2R and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
Amlogic S922X Reference Board
Noteworthy is the reference board with new Amlogic S922X SoC dedicated for 4K OTT TV Boxes, also runs on Android TV 9.0 Pie. The Amlogic S922X SoC is equipped for a six cores including Quad-Core Arm Cortex A73 and Dual-Core Cortex A53, and a Mali-G52 MP4 GPU. The board showcased at IBC 2018 comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, HDMI and MIPI ( camera interface, maybe for gesture-based controls, facial recognition etc.) interfaces, USB 2.0/3.0 port, and WiFi + Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.