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[AppleTV2] Clarification on HW - derchris - 2011-01-24 19:01
not using an aTV2 yet, but would like to get some infos about current dev status, and HW limitations.
At the moment, it only outputs 720p, where XBMC can decode 1080p no problem internally. My 1. question would be, do we know that the output is 720p only (by means of HW restrictions).
Or is Apple just blocking 1080p output somehow in Software?
2. questions is in regards to Bluetooth.
I saw an Git update about adding Bluetooth support.
Does that mean the aTV2 has Bluetooth already build in?
I have my PS3 remote currently controlling my Linux XBMC, and would love to re-use it on the aTV as well.
Thanks in advance.
- Numus - 2011-01-24 19:14
derchris Wrote:Hi all,
I am not going to answer 1. because it has been answered multiple times
as for 2. That is more for the iphone from what i can tell..
- davilla - 2011-01-24 20:32
yes, aTV2 has Bluetooth already build in. apple has just not exposed it but other atv2 devs have.
- Numus - 2011-01-24 20:47
davilla Wrote:yes, aTV2 has Bluetooth already build in. apple has just not exposed it but other atv2 devs have.
Bluetooth keyboard support would rock
- derchris - 2011-01-25 00:03
Numus Wrote:I am not going to answer 1. because it has been answered multiple times
Then please show me a thread where this has been answered.
Couldn't find one which has more detailed information about the HDMI HW used on the aTV2, and if it "could" do 1080p.
As we seen with Bluetooth now, there could be something hidden in the HW specs.
- Numus - 2011-01-25 00:28
derchris Wrote:Then please show me a thread where this has been answered.The gpu is basically an INTEL GMA 500... system limitations are going to prevent a 1080p output without frameloss... one of the biggest problems will be avalible ram (256mb)...
Just look at the acer revo... The Ion Platform + 1 gighz ram and it barely played 1080p until the files were optimized better..
If you are really worried about 1080p buy a real HTPC...
- dazex - 2011-01-25 00:50
Never had any issue with my Revo 1GB Ram playing 1080P content yet.
We definitely need the GPU to process any video files played on the ATV2. The CPU isn't gonna be up to snuff. But we'll see what the developer can do with the limitations. They've always found ways to amaze me in the past.
- derchris - 2011-01-25 09:00
No problems playing anything on my Revo.
But then, it has 2 GB memory.
And 1080p is also playing on my iphone, and will be on my new aTV2.
It's just the output. The GPU can/could handle that.
I believe there is a softhack from Apple preventing this.
- Numus - 2011-01-25 14:19
People please read.. you can use 1gb on a revo now, but at the launch of the XBMC linux branch on the revo.. you had to have 2 gb of ram or else it suffered on true 1080p... as i said in the statement, "until the files were optimized better".
We are still talking about a 1.5+ Gighz Atom CPU, with an ION GPU and 1gb+ DDR2 (or ddr3 with the new platform)
Compared to an ARM Cortex A8 1.0 Gighz with barely 256 mb avalible...
derchris Wrote:No problems playing anything on my Revo.
How could the GPU handle it? and there is no way your iphone is outputting 1080p...
Just do the math.. to render the image you are eating at its only avalible memory (there is no dedicated to GPU function only from the spec sheets i can see)... So start calculating how much of the 256 mb is actually avalible...
Also FYI the iphone 4 has 512 MB of ram vs the apple tv at 256...
- davilla - 2011-01-25 16:10
You don't need more than 256MBs of RAM to render 1080p if you watch your resources and don't use brute force solutons.
ATV2 uses a PowerVR 535 for GPU and hw decoder. All PowerVR 535 are not alike so you can't make general comparisons.