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Compact OTT set-top-box runs Linux

Sep 13, 2013  |  Eric Brown

Antik Technology announced a smaller, lower-powered sibling to its Juice Extreme 2 multicast/OTT IP set-top-box. The Juice Nano runs Linux on a 550MHz ST STiH207 processor, delivers video at up to 1080p at 60fps, provides HDMI, TOSLINK digital audio, and USB ports, and offers both Ethernet and WiFi connectivity.

The Juice Nano is a more affordable alternative to the Juice Extreme 2 IPTV set-top box (STB) announced in July by Slovakia-based Antik Technology. Like the Juice Extreme 2, it offers multicast and OTT (over-the-top) streaming, as well as IP media player functionality, but it lacks advanced features such as a DVB tuner, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics, or Android support.



Antik Juice Nano

 

Whereas the Juice Extreme 2 taps ST’s STiH416 (“Orly”) STB processor, a 1.2GHz, dual-core Cortex-A9 SoC with a Mali-400 GPU, the Juice Nano runs Linux 2.6 on ST’s STiH207, a 550MHz processor without an advanced GPU, based on ST’s SH-4-based ST-40 architecture. RAM and flash allotments are considerably lower at 512MB DDR3 and 512MB flash.



STiH207 SoC block diagram
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The Juice Nano is said to offer a lower price and lower power consumption than the Juice Extreme 2, although no details were supplied. Judging from the photo, it’s also much smaller than its 200 x 150 x 40mm (7.9 x 5.9 x 1.6-inch) older brother, about 100mm (3.9 inches) on each side. Like the Extreme 2, the device appears to be aimed primarily at the OEM market.



Rear panel connections
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The Juice Nano is equipped with HDMI 1.4 and a TOSLINK optical A/V interfaces, and with 10/100 Ethernet and WiFi connectivity. There’s only one USB 2.0 port, instead of three, and the device lacks its sibling’s SATA, SD, CVBS/Y, analog audio, or RF I/O connections.



User interface screens
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Juice Nano remote
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Juice Nano specifications are said to include:

  • Processor — STMicrosystems STiH207 (1x ST40/SH-4 RISC core @ 550MHz/1200 DMIPS)
  • Memory — 512MB DDR3 RAM; 256MB or 512MB flash
  • Video:
    • HDMI 1.4
    • 3.5mm jack for optional SCART or RCA adapter
    • Dual H264 HD decoding
    • 3DTV decoding and display
    • MPEG-2 (SD/HD) MP@HL
    • Up to 1080p @ 50/60fps
    • DIVx and MP4pt2 to 1080p@30
    • Scaling of SD to HD and HD to SD
    • Aspect ratio conversion (letterbox, pan/scan, combined, fullscreen)
    • Picture-in-picture (PIP)
    • Parallel decoding of 2x streams (one for output; one for recording)
    • Alfa blending
  • Audio:
    • TOSLINK Digital Audio (optical)
    • MPEG-1/2 (layers 1, 2, 3); PCM; AC-3; AAC
    • Dolby Digital Plus
    • Dual mono mode
    • Stereo down mixing
  • Wireless — 802.11n standard (adapter optional)
  • Networking — 10/100 Ethernet
  • Other I/O — USB 2.0 port; IR/UHF RC input
  • Major STB features — Media player; PVR; timeshift; catch-up TV with archive
  • DRM/CA — Verimatrix; Securemedia; Key Rider
  • Streaming capabilities:
    • MPEG-2 transport stream
    • Multicast or Unicast
    • TS over UDP or RTP
    • HTTP streaming
    • RTSP (with trick play support) for VoD
    • Teletext and subtitles
    • IGMP v2 & v3
    • HLS
    • BitTorrent
    • DLNA
  • Other software:
    • YouTube
    • Opera, Access, Ekioh SVG browsers integrated (optional)
    • Optional Antik middleware or Beenius 3.2 middleware
    • Optional HDCP 1.2 copy protection
  • Other features — remote control; flexible “wake-on”; optional full-sized or compact keyboard; optional Juice TV Anywhere Personal H.D64 Transcoder; optional cables
  • Operating system — Linux 2.6

Antik Technology expects to begin shipping the Juice Nano in November, but did not provide pricing information. A prototype is on display at IBC 2013 in Amsterdam through Sept. 17. More information should eventually appear on Antik’s Juice website.
 

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