I’m shopping for set top boxes and I was wondering if there is a more detailed list of specifications for the Vero 4k+ (or the previous one for that matter). I know about this basic list of specs, from the main website:
- SoC: AMLogic S905D Quad Core 1.6GHz 64-bit ARMv4
- Memory: 2GB DDR3 ram
- Gigabit ethernet (Realtek RTL8211F)
- Wifi 802.11ac 433Mbps (AP6255)
- Bluetooth 4.2 (AP6255)
- IR receiver (external)
- RF receiver (internal)
- 16GB microSD (UHS-1 SDR at 104Mhz, possibly up to 128GB, source, KLMAG2GE4a-A001controller?)
- 2xUSB 2.0
- Power: 5V, 2A (10W? source)
- 9 x 9 x 2cm / 3.5 x 3.5 x 0.75 inches, 140 grams / 5 oz
But there are virtually no details on any of those components. What is the SoC used? Which processor architecture? I assume it’s an ARM processor, but which one? What’s the latency on that RAM? How about the wifi, BT or IR/RF chipsets?
Which bootloader is used? u-boot? I know OSMC is a Debian derivative which is great, but how much does it derive? Are there plans to bring those contributions back into Debian upstream?
(Some preliminary answers here:
- Linux kernel: 3.14, binary blobs for mali. mainline boots and Mali can run with GBM (WIP: only 2 channel out and HDMI 1.4)
- custom uboot, will be mainlined?
How open is the Vero? are the hardware designs freely available? How much of it is under NDA?
It would be great to see more details on those specs for us free software enthusiasts looking at using the device as a more generic platform. I’m particularly interested to hear if it would be possible to run a mainline Linux kernel and a standard Debian distribution on this machine.
I’ll update this post with details from reply as we go along.