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New Amlogic SoC: S905X3, S905Y3, S905D3 (Cortex-A55) Coming Soon

At the beginning of October, we wrote about new chipsets from AmlogicAmlogic S905Y2, S905X2, S922X. Now we have more revelations for you. New Amlogic’s SoCs and new devices with these chipsets should appear on the market shortly. New SoC’s from Amlogic: S905X3, S905Y3 and S905D3 featuring four Arm Cortex-A55 cores with an AI processor.

Amlogic S905X3

For some time on the TV Boxes market, there are many devices available with Amlogic S905X2, S905Y2 while Amlogic has developed upgraded versions of these SoCs. 

New Amlogic SoCs Overview

Amlogic S905X3, S905Y3, and S905D3 SoCs in addition to said at the beginning of the ARM Cortex-A55 CPU and AI processor (used for voice recognition in TV boxes), the new SoCs will have most of the features of previous SoCs, including an Arm Mali-G31 MP2 GPU, HDMI 2.1 up to 4Kp75 resolution and HDR support, 4K H.265, VP9, and AVS2 video decoding, Full HD H.265/H.264 encoding, as well as PCIe and USB 3.0 support.  The Cortex-A55 cores deliver up to twice the performance compared to Cortex-A53 in memory benchmarks, and a more typical 20 to 30% performance improvement for common tasks at the same frequency. Below you will find the Amlogic S905X3 specification.

Amlogic S905X3 specification

Amlogic S905X3 specifications:

  • CPU Sub-system
    • Quad core Arm Cortex-A55 CPU with Armv8-A Neon and Crypto extension, 8-stage in-order full dual issue pipeline, unified system L3 cache
    • Arm Cortex-M3 core for system control processing
    • Optional Arm Cortex-M4 core for always-on processing
    • TrustZone
    • Internal QoS based switching fabrics
  • Optional Neural Network Accelerator – 1.2 TOPS NN inference accelerator supporting TensorFlow and Caffe
  • 3D Graphics Processing Unit – Arm Mali G31MP2 GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0 and OpenCL 2.0 support
  • 2.5D Graphics Processor
    • Fast bitblt engine with dual inputs and single output
    • Programmable raster operations (ROP)
    • Programmable polyphase scaling filter
    • Support for 4:2:0, 4:2:2, and 4:4:4 video formats, and multiple pixel formats (8/16/24/32 bits graphic layer)
    • Fast color space conversion
    • Advanced anti-flickering filter
  • Crypto Engine
    • AES block cipher with 128/265 bits keys
    • TDES block cipher with ECB and CDC modes
    • SM4 block cipher with ECB, CBC, CTR modes
    • Hardware crypto key-ladder operation and DVB-CSA for transport stream encryption
    • TRNG, CRC and SHA-1/SHA-2/HMAC SHA engine
  • Video/Picture CODEC
    • Amlogic Video Engine (AVE) with dedicated hardware decoders and encoders
    • Support multi-video decoder up to 4x 1080p60
    • Support multiple secured video decoding sessions and simultaneous decoding and encoding
    • Video/Picture Decoding
      • VP9 Profile-2 up to 4Kx2K @ 60 fps
      • H.265 HEVC MP-10 @ L5.1 up to 4Kx2K @ 60 fps
      • AVS2-P2 Profile up to 4Kx2K @ 60 fps
      • H.264 AVC HP @ L5.1 up to 4Kx2K @ 30 fps
      • MPEG-4 ASP @ L5, WMV/VC-1, AVS-R16/AVS-R2 JiZhun Profile, MPEG-2, MPEG-1, and RealVideo 8/9/10 up to 1080p60
      • Multiple language and multiple format sub-title video support
      • MJPEG and JPEG unlimited pixel resolution decoding (ISO/IEC-10918)
      • Support JPEG thumbnail, scaling, rotation and transition effects
      • Supports mkv, wmv, mpg, mpeg, dat, avi, mov, iso, mp4, rm, and jpg file formats
    • Video/Picture Encoding
      • Independent JPEG and H.264 encoder with configurable performance/bitrate
      • JPEG image encoding
      • H.265/H.264 video encoding up to 1080p60 with low latency
  • 8th Generation Advanced Amlogic TruLife Image Engine
    • Supports Dolby Vision (optional), HDR10+, HDR10, HLD and Technicolor HDR processing
    • Motion compensated noise reduction, and 3D digital noise reduction for random noise
    • Block noise, mosquito noise, spatial noise, contour noise reduction
    • Motion compensated and motion adaptive de-interlacer
    • Edge interpolation with low angle protection and processing
    • Smart sharpness with Superscalar technology including de-contouring, de-ring, LTI, CTI, de-jaggy, peaking
    • Dynamic non-linear contrast enhancement
    • All dimension multiple regions smart color management including blue/green extension, flesh-tone correction, wider gamut for video
    • 2 video planes and 3 graphics planes hardware composer
    • Independent HDR re-mapping of video and graphic layer
  • Video Input/Output Interface
    • Built-in HDMI 2.1 transmitter including both controller and PHY supporting CEC, Dynamic HDR and HDCP 2.2, 4Kx2K @ 60 Hz max resolution output, ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
    • CVBS 480i/576i standard definition output
    • Support all standard video output formats: 480i/p, 576i/p,. 720p, 1080i/p, 4Kx2K
  • Audio Decoder and Input/Output
    • Supports MP3, AAC, WMA, RM, FLAC, Ogg and programmable with 7.1/5.1 down-mixing
    • Low-power VAD (Voice Activity Detection)
    • Built-in serial digital audio SPDIF/IEC958 input/output and PCM input/output
    • 3x TDM/PCM/I2S ports with TDM/PCM mode up to 384 KHz x 32 bits x 16ch or 96 KHz x 32 bits x 32 ch, and I2S mode up to 384 KHz x 32 bits x 16 ch
    • Digital microphone PDM input with programmable CIC, LPF & HPF, support up to 8 DMICs
    • Built-in Stereo audio DAC
    • Supports concurrent dual audio stereo channel output with combination of analog+PCM or I2S + PCM
  • Memory & Storage Interface
    • 32-bit DRAM memory interface with dual ranks and max 4GB total address space
    • Compatible with JEDEC standard DDR3-2133 / DDR3L-2133 / DDR4-3200 / LPDDR3-2133 / LPDDR4-3200 SDRAM
    • Support SLC/LMC/TLC NAND flash with 60-bit ECC
    • SDSC/SDHC/SDXC card and SDIO interface with 1-bit and 4-bit data bus width supporting up to UHS-I SDR104 mode
    • eMMC and MMC card interface with 1/4/8-bit data bus width supporting spec version 5.0 HS400
    • Support serial 1, 2 or 4-bit NOR flash via SPI
    • Built-in 4k bits One-Time-Programming memory for key storage
  • Network
    • Integrated 10/100/1000M Ethernet MAC with RGMII interface
    • Integrated 10/100M Ethernet PHY interface
    • WiFi & Bluetooth supported via PCIe, SDIO, USB, UART, or PCM
    • Network interface optimized for mixed WiFi and Bluetooth traffic
  • Digital Television Interface
    • One serial and one parallel Transport Stream (TS) input interface with built-in demux processor for connecting to external digital TV tuner/demodulator
    • Built-in PWM, I2C and SPI interfaces to control tuner and demodulator
    • Integrated ISO7816 smart card controller
  • Integrated I/O controllers and interfaces
    • 1x USB XHCI OTG 2.0 port
    • One USB SS and PCIe 2.0 combo port up to 5 Gbps configurable with either:
      • 1x USB 2.0 host port + PCIe
      • 1x USB 3.0 without PCIe
    • Multiple PWM, UART, I2C and SPI interfaces with slave select
    • Programmable IR remote input/output controllers
    • Built-in 10-bit SAR ADC with 4 input channels
    • GPIOs with built-in pull up and pull down
  • System, Peripherals and Misc. Interfaces
    • Integrated general purpose timers, counters, DMA controllers
    • 24 MHz crystal input
    • Embedded debug interface using ICE/JTAG
    • Integrated Power On Reset (POR) module
  • Power Management
    • Multiple internal power domains controlled by software
    • Multiple sleep modes for CPU, system, DRAM, etc..
    • Multiple internal PLLs for DVFS operation
    • Multi-voltage I/O design for 1.8V and 3.3V
    • Power management auxiliary processor in a dedicated always-on (AO) power domain that communicate with an external PMIC
  • Security
    • TrustZone based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE)
    • Secured boot, encrypted OTP, encrypted DRAM with memory integrity checker, hardware key ladder and internal control buses and storage
    • Separated secure/non-secure Entropy true RNG
    • Pre-region/ID memory security control and electric fence
    • Hardware based Trusted Video Path (TVP), video watermarking and secured contents (needs SecureOS software)
    • Secured IO and secured clock
  • Package – FCBGA, 14 x 14mm, RoHS compliant

Soon on the market will also appear TV Box powered by new Amlogic S905X3 called Elebao X3, shown at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2019 Shenzhen Elebao Technology Co., Ltd.

Amlogic S905Y3

Amlogic S905Y3 has a specification similar to the S905X3 SoC, while is designed for OTT 4K HDMI dongles / HDMI Sticks,

Amlogic S905D3

The S905D3 is a variant of the S905X3 and probably will support an internal DVB-T2, Satellite and Cable tuners.

Source: CNXSoft, Notebook Italia