Aug 11 AT 8:50 PM Taylor Wimberly 8 Comments

What kind of CPU and GPU will your first Google TV have?

Intel hopes to one day dominate the smartphone market with their Moorestown platform, but their first design win for Android will be the line up of Google TV devices slated to debut this fall. Google hand picked their partners for the Google TV launch and the Intel Atom platform is the brains that will power the first wave of products.

Both Sony Smart TV products and the Logitech Revue will include the new 1.2 GHz Intel Atom CE4100. This 45nm System-on-Chip (SoC) is the latest from Intel which is designed to bring the full power of the Internet to digital TVs, DVD players and advanced set-top boxes. Most Android devices currently run on an ARM-based processors so it will be interesting to see how the performance of Intel’s offering stacks up.

For the graphics processor, Intel has included the PowerVR SGX535 core licensed from Imagination Technologies. Android fans might recognize this name because PowerVR GPUs have also appeared in several of Motorola’s Droid phones (SGX530) and the Samsung Galaxy S (SGX540). We know the PowerVR series can pump out rich OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics, but I’m interested to see how it performs at such high resolutions.

Google TV might be seen as an emerging gaming platform to partners like Logitech, but it sounds more and more like the initial crop of games for Google TV will be Flash-based and not native applications. This makes sense because we already know that Android Market will not be available on Google TV this year.

Adobe has been working closely with Intel to optimize Flash 10.1 for the Atom CE4100 and we also know Google has invested around $150 million in Zynga, who produces social games coded in Flash. I wouldn’t be surprised if we finally see the rumored Google Games announcement drop any day now.

To get an idea of the power of the Atom CE4100, check out the following demo of Sony’s Smart TV experience.

Via: Intel

Source: Intel

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  • Jim Farey

    Absolutely baffling!…

  • http://Website Andrew Steffy

    How is Google TV going to be Flash capable? It will be based on 2.1 and Flash needs 2.2 to run

    • http://Website Daniel

      Why 2.1? I don’t recall that. In fact, I believe that since I/O there’s been speculation that Android 3.0 would improve the experience on larger devices, like Google TV and tablets.

  • http://Website stardev

    i will not buy an other x86 product , Intel chipsets are so much heat and i hate fans, so i will wait for an ARM powered GoogleTV set top box … (such as NVidia T20, Qualcomm QSD8672, omap4440, etc..)

    • http://Website ari-free

      current arm cpu’s don’t meet the demands for googletv. Atom offers some unique TV features so that you can watch TV and use the internet at the same time

  • http://Website ari-free

    hmm I think from your name I think we know what *you* will watch on your googletv…

  • Gomez

    How is this going to work with our Cable Boxes? If all my HD channels work with only the receiver from Comcast. I cant use some of the functions through the receiver like Picture in Picture options or other stuff. If their is a way i havent figured it out. I would still prefer my HD channels over any app on my tv.

    • http://Website Phil

      GoogleTV won’t replace your receiver. For DISH Network I believe they said it will control the receiver. For everybody else for now I believe an IR blaster setup is recommended. I’m sure if it catches on the other companies will race to integrate like the way they have done with their DVR programming apps. What GoogleTV will do is bridge your existing TV programming with the internet. For instance you can search for your favorite show and find both the current programming and episodes on Hulu or the networks site. Its the potential that more exciting than the current integration. But from what I’m seeing it looks like the integration will come and FAST.

      Google however needs to do some better marketing to explain the benefits. Or maybe they are going to leave that to Sony and Logitech.