ARMADA 1500 Ultra Product Brief

Marvell ARMADA 1500 Ultra
Ultra High-definition Media Processor System-on-chip with Quad-core CPU
smart tv
The Marvell® ARMADA® 1500 Ultra (88DE3218) ultra high-definition secure media processor is a system-on-chip (SoC) delivering
multi-core CPU/GPU performance, Ultra HD video, and carrier-grade security to PayTV set-top box (STB), and retail over-the-top
(OTT) box markets. State-of-the art power management techniques and an enhanced Qdeo® Video (2160p60 HEVC/VP9)
processor enable a highly immersive 4K TV entertainment experience to be delivered in a cost effective, small form factor CE
device. In addition, Marvell’s latest video SoC integrates 14K (1.5GHz) DMIPs Quad Core A53 ARM CPU for supporting the wide
range of Smart TV services. The 64-bit CPU architecture drives unification between mobile and TV application developer
ecosystems. The ARMADA 1500 Ultra includes a powerful 8 core 51 GFLOP Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) (Vivante GC7000XS)
further underscoring Marvell’s value proposition of enabling operators to deliver gaming services. The GPU integrates hardware
tessellation and geometry shaders that support new gaming features in Android L AEP (Android Extension Pack). This innovative
architecture brings impressive processing power to the digital entertainment market, unifying the user experience between the
small screens in our homes (mobile, tablet) and the large ones (TV, cable boxes). The video/audio codec subsystem supports
decode of up to 2160p60 H.265, H.264, VC-1, MPEG2, AVS, VP9 and several other formats, and supports audio formats such as
Dolby MS11, HE-AACv2, DTS-HD®, SRS®. ARMADA 1500 Ultra security architecture includes secure boot, Trusted Rendering Path,
video watermarking and full TrustZone® enabling operators to bring together the best OTT + PayTV experience with the highest
level of content protection. The device integrates both HDMI v2.0 output as well as multiple transport stream inputs, analog video
(composite,component) output to minimize the video/audio components required in the system and save on bill-of-materials
(BOM). Peripheral connectivity includes Gigabit Ethernet (RGMII), Fast Ethernet with integrated PHY, 1 x SATA 3.0 host port, USB
3.0 and USB 2.0 host ports, 2 x SDIO 3.0 controllers, smart card, and PCIe. System performance is enhanced with 64-bit unified
asymmetric DDR3/4 100 Gbps memory controller and still maintains very small footprint with 15mm x 15mm FCBGA packing. The
ARMADA 1500 Ultra is the ideal SoC platform solution for the next generation of STBs that service operators (Telco, Cable,
Satellite) are deploying enabling new Ultra HD, Smart TV, and IoT services.
64bit DDR3/DDR4/LPDDR3-2133
(max 4GB)
eMMC 5.0/NAND Flash
Smart Card x 1
Secure Boot
Quad ARM
Core A53
SPI x 1
SDIO 3.0 x 2
UART x 2
32K I/D
L1 Cache
32K I/D
L1 Cache
32K I/D
L1 Cache
32K I/D
L1 Cache
Graphics Cores
1MB L2 Cache
SATA 3.0 x 1
Fast Ethernet
10/100T GigE
PCIe 2.0 x 1
Secure Boot,
HW watermarking
TS Processor
Video Post
Stereo Mic/
PDM Input
HDMI v2.0 Tx (6
GHz) w/ HDCP 2.2
4 Video DACs
TWSI x 1
Security Engine
Serial Transport
Input X4
Stereo I2S Out
and S/PDIF Tx
H.265 HEVC, V9
H.264 AVC/MVC,
H.263, VP6/8,
AVS, ... Decode
H.264, VP8, JPEG
Stereo Audio
Audio DSP
Fig 1. MarvellSupport
ARMADA 1500 PRO Block Diagram
PID Section Filter
Front Panel Controller and
Power Management with System Controller
JTAG Debug Port
w/ARM CoreSight
USB 3.0 Host
Fig 1. Marvell ARMADA 1500 Ultra Block Diagram
Marvell ARMADA 1500 Ultra
•• Up to 14000 DMIPs Quad Core ARM
CA53 CPU with 1MB L2 Cache
•• Enabling rich media/web-based TV applications and Android TV services in single SoC,
64-bit CPU enables unification of application development with mobile ecosystem.
Power efficient: 0.05 mW/DMIPS
•• 3840x2160 (UHD) at 60 frames per
second 10-bit HEVC Decode + PiP
+1080p60 Transcode concurrent
•• Decodes highest resolution video, a critical feature that consumers will demand with
the mass installation of 4K TVs over the next several years
•• Encode/Decode for multi-screen and video calling applications
•• Includes patented noise reduction, scaling, format conversion and enhancement
•• 8-core, 51 GFLOP GPU (Vivante
GC7000XS) w/ HW tessellation and
geometry shaders
•• OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0/3/.1, OpenCL 1.2 and DirectFB
•• HW Tessellation and Geometry Shaders, optimized for Android L (AEP) gaming
•• Dedicated Robust Security Engine
including secure boot, Trusted Rendering
Path, full TrustZone®, video watermarking
•• Offers premium content support with multiple DRM/CAS options: Verimatrix® Ultra,
Widevine®, Playready®, DTCP-IP
•• Trusted Path certified by Service Operators and Content Owners Worldwide
•• Hybrid Architecture
•• Quad TS inputs supports PayTV Operator STB requiring both broadcast (DVB-T,C,S)
and IP content for deployment of a compelling unified OTT and PayTV entertainment
•• Full suite of peripherals
•• SATA, SDIO, USB 3.0 for operator/consumer apps such as DVR
•• 10/100/1000 Ethernet MAC with RGMII interface for robust IP connectivity
•• PCIe for additional connectivity options for 4x4 Wi-Fi, cable modem
•• Smartcard interfaces
•• Android TV and RDK SDK support
•• Full Integration and complete SDK for Fast time to deployment of Unified PayTV and
OTT services
•• Complete platforms with multiple connectivity options including Marvell Wi-Fi (2x2 or
4x411ac), LTE, ZigBee® and Powerline ( technologies
•• Advanced power management
•• Eliminates need for expensive thermal management hardware
•• Enables Small form factors down to 75mm x 75mm
The ARMADA 1500 Ultra delivers the ideal SoC solution for Ultra HD set top boxes with Smart TV services. Marvell is delivering a
strong portfolio of SDKs in the ARMADA 1500 Ultra platform including both Android TV and RDK. Service Operators are depending
on new open standards SW platforms with proven ecosystems to enable this content and application convergence across all the
screens. To shorten system manufacturers’ design cycles and accelerate time to market, Marvell provides complete ARMADA 1500
Ultra development platforms and reference designs with device drivers, schematics, layout files and other documentation.
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engineers collaborate closely with end customers to develop and deliver new leading-edge products for quick time-to-market. Marvell utilizes
world-leading semiconductor foundry and packaging services to reliably deliver high-volume and low-cost total solutions.
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