Jan 05 AT 5:37 PM Taylor Wimberly 27 Comments

Google arms up for second wave of Google TV devices


Today chipmaker Marvell announced that their new Foresight Platform, powered by the Marvell Armada 1500 HD Media system-on-a-chip (SoC), has been designed into the next generation of Google TVs expected to debut at CES 2012. Google was widely expected to reveal the second generation of Google TV devices at last year’s CES, but they decided to pull the plug and reboot Google TV.

This is a significant change for Google TV devices, since the first wave of products from Logitech and Sony were powered by Intel’s Atom processor. The move to the ARM-based Marvell processor should help reduce the initial cost of the new TVs and set top boxes that will be announced.

Companies expected to announce new Google TV devices include LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio. Samsung recently released a teaser video for their new Smart TVs that you can see below.

We don’t know a whole lot about the Armada 1500 SoC, so it will be interesting to see how it performs. Ganesh TS of Anandtech does a pretty good job of breaking down the technical details of the Armada 1500, which includes a dual-core 1.2 GHz PJ4B CPU core (similar performance to ARM Cortex-A9) and a Vivante GC1000 GPU core. Vivante currently produces two sets of GPU cores: one targeted at mobile devices (like the Ainovo Novo7) and one for home entertainment devices.

Marvell says their Foresite Platform is designed to “deliver superior 3D video, impressively rich audio, striking 3D graphics and TV-friendly Web content.” The original Intel Atom processor did a pretty good job with most of these tasks, but I found that web browsing and 3D graphics performance were lacking.

Google’s Eric Schmidt recently said that the majority of new TVs will have Google TV embedded by the summer, which was a pretty bold prediction. With a new low-cost ARM platform and LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio on board, it looks like Google has a good chance to make that come true.

I’ve been the owner of the Logitech Revue since it launched a couple years ago, and even though it flopped I was happy with my purchase. The recent software update to Android 3.2 that added the Android Market greatly enhanced the user experience and the apps are slowing starting to trickle in. Google says there are already more than 150 apps optimized for Google TV and we should see that number expand as these new products hit the market.

We expect to see most of these new Google TV devices next week at CES, so check back for some hands-on reports.

Via: Google TV Blog

Source: Marvell

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  • enoch161

    Keep it up Google


    this is what i am waiting for before i invest in gtv…

    • BiGMERF

      very interested in what Vizio puts out.. quality stuff at great prices.. Hope to see a good and decently riced set top from them. with ics on board

      • LukeT32

        $99 for a revue is not an investment. :D Its a good night/weekend out on the town. Easy to justify the purchse IMO.

        That is if you don’t already have a web enabled TV. I don’t know how many times I have been sitting around watching TV with some buddies and someone brings up a youtube clip or a sports clip that someone else hasn’t seen. I reach over grab the keyboard and fire it up. Nothing like watching a replay in 1080p of off youtube. :D

        • Shadowlore

          I’m actually curious how one of the revue’s compare to a Roku. Since Roku has added additional channel and app support, I’ve reconsidered buying a Revue.

          At $99 and with Tax refunds coming soon, I find myself wondering if it’s worth the purchase.. just to have another alternative to the Roku.

          Would be interested in hearing from people who own both the strengths and weaknesses of the Revue.

  • oddball

    f they merge Google Tv with android especially ICS given that it can handle all form factors. Google TV becomes much more interesting. I long ago snipped the cable cord and having access to the internet and other sources would be a deciding factor in a television purchase

  • zyphbear

    I’m glad they are committed to the platform. Maybe this will encourage more people to try it out and more devs to make more apps.

  • Ironzey Lewis

    I really like google TV, I can’t wait to see what is coming next.

  • damambt

    I Love my Sony NSX46GT, especially since the app store brought a few apps and now that more devs will be taking interest into the web tv platforms. Things are only gonna get better.
    FU Logitech for giving up.

  • Michael Mayhew

    I’ve been happy with my Logitech Revue. It didn’t revolutionize TV watching for me but it’s very nice to have Netflix, browser with flash, Google music and Media Streaming without investing in a gaming console.

    • Baller

      How did u get flash on it? I can’t find it in the market. Did u side load it or something?

      • txbluesman

        Flash is built into the Chrome Browser.

    • flamesbladeflcl

      The revue isn’t perfect no but I still think it is great, I like the switch to arm though as that will hopefully mean it won’t leave a fan running whenever it is on (which is always when it is plugged in)

  • Jeff Pan

    Capture the market before Apple storms in! Google Powered world. Yah!

  • lokidokie

    Awesome. I really like the idea of a Google TV.
    Just bring it to Australia!!!!

  • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jes

    Bought one for my dad for Christmas. Totally blown away by how well it worked, especially since the last I heard, cable companies cut off access to it. And now Schmidt says GTV will come included in most TVs? Things will only get better now.

  • droilfade

    Google will track what kind of content I’m watching on my Google TV and then show me only those channels :p I’m kidding…I love Google :)

  • auronblue

    This will be the year I get a new TV. Awesome that Google TV will be built in

  • Adam Snyder

    Thank you GTV for committing

  • ainen

    My friend has a Google TV and it makes me jealous every time I go over. I can’t wait until I can get one.

  • stenzor

    I may just get one of these to replace my XBMC

  • T1392

    Google Tv I’m ready for ya, now to see what tv stands out more & pricing but anyway I’m all in now, can’t wait.

  • supercaliber64

    Glad I bought my Revue for $99. It’s going to be in the spare room by years end.
    That being said, before the update, of the TV I watch 80% was from DirecTV. Now 40% is from DirecTV and the rest is via a GoogleTV app of some sort, paid, subscription, or free.

  • aconner22

    I love my Revue but I’d be willing to part with it for a sexy update.

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Like the author, I purchased the Revue when released at full price. I too have been happy with my purchase, happier since the update. Looking forward to Round 2 enhancements.

  • txbluesman

    I love my google tv and it seems that it is just gonna get better. Bring it Google! Thanks for the article Taylor.