Review: Amlogic S922X six-core chip

Review:  Amlogic S922X six-core chip

Amlogic S922X SoC Highlights: 64-bit Quad core ARM® Cortex™ A73 CPU and Dual core ARM® Cortex™ A53 CPU

  • ARM MaliTM-G52 MP4 GPU processor
  • HW UHD 4K H.265 75fps 10-bit video decoder & low latency 1080p H.265/H.264 60fps encoder
  • Dolby Vision and HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and PRIME HDR video processing
  • Build in Cortex-M4 core for always on processing
  • TrustZone based security for DRM video streaming
  • WIFI, BT, USB, SD, Ethernet, Analog Audio
  • Power management auxiliary processor

S922X is an advanced application processor designed for hybrid OTT/IP Set Top Box(STB) and high-end media box applications. It integrates a powerful CPU, GPU subsystem, a secured 4K video CODEC engine and a best-in-class HDR image processing pipeline with all major peripherals to form the ultimate high-performance multimedia AP.

The main system CPU is based on Big.Little architecture which integrates a quad-core ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cluster and a dual-core Cortex-A53 cluster with united L2 cache to improve system performance. Each CPU core includes the separate NEON SIMD co- processor to improve software media processing capability.

The graphic subsystem consists of two graphic engines and a flexible video/graphic output pipeline. The ARM MaliTM-G52 MP4 GPU handles all OpenGL ES 3.2 Vulkan 1.0 and OpenCL 2.0 graphic programs, while the 2.5D graphics processor handles additional scaling, alpha, rotation and color space conversion operations. Together, the CPU and GPU handle all operating system, networking, user-interface and gaming related tasks. The video output pipeline includes Dolby Visionoptional HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and PRIME HDR processing, REC709/BT2020 processing, motion adaptive edge enhancing de-interlacing, flexible programmable scalar, and many

picture enhancement filters before passing the enhanced image to the video output ports.

Amlogic Video Engine (AVE-10) offloads the Cortex-A53 CPUs from all video CODEC processing. It includes dedicated hardware video decoder and encoder. AVE-10 is capable of decoding 4Kx2K resolution video at 75fps with complete Trusted Video Path (TVP) for secure applications and supports full formats including MVC, MPEG- 1/2/4, VC-1/WMV, AVS, AVS+, AVS2 RealVideo, MJPEG streams, H.264, H265-10, VP9 and also JPEG pictures with no size limitation. The independent encoder is able to encode in JPEG or H.265/H.264 up to 1080p at 60fps.

S922X integrates all standard audio/video input/output interfaces including a HDMI2.1 transmitter with 3D, Dynamic HDR, CEC and HDCP 2.2 support, stereo audio DAC, a CVBS output, 4-lane MIPI DSI interface, multiple TDM, PCM, I2S and SPDIF digital audio input/output interfaces, 8 channel far-field PDM digital microphone (DMIC) inputs and a DVP camera interface.

S922X also integrates a set of functional blocks for digital TV broadcasting streams. The built-in two demux can process the TV streams from the serial and parallel transport stream input interface, which can connect to external tuner/demodulator.

The processor has rich advanced network and peripheral interfaces, including a 10/100/1000M Ethernet MAC with RGMII, 10/100M Ethernet PHY, one USB XHCI OTG 2.0 port, one USB3.0 and PCIe

2.0 combo interface and multiple SDIO/SD card controllers, UART, I2C, high-speed SPI and PWMs.

Standard development environment utilizing GNU/GCC Android tool chain is supported. Please contact your AMLOGIC sales representative for more information.

Amlogic S922X CPU Sub-system

  • Quad core ARM Cortex-A73 and dual core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
  • ARMv8-A architecture with Neon and Crypto extensions
  • Unified system L2 cache
  • Build-in Cortex-M4 core for always on processing
  • Advanced TrustZone security system
  • Application based traffic optimization using internal QoS-based switching fabrics

Amlogic S922X 3D Graphics Processing Unit

  • ARM MaliTM-G52 MP4(4ppc) GPU
  • 8-wide warps, 2x dual texture pipe, 6x 8-wide execution engines (EE)
  • Concurrent multi-core processing
  • OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0 and OpenCL 2.0 support

    Amlogic S922X 2.5D Graphics Processor

  • Fast bitblt engine with dual inputs and single output
  • Programmable raster operations (ROP)
  • Programmable polyphase scaling filter
  • Supports multiple video formats 4:2:0, 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 and multiple pixel formats (8/16/24/32 bits graphics layer)
  • Fast color space conversion
  • Advanced anti-flickering filter

Crypto Engine

  • AES/ block cipher with 128/256 bits keys, standard 16 bytes block size and streaming ECB, CBC and CTR modes
  • TDES block cipher with ECB and CBC modes supporting 64 bits key for DES and 192 bits key for 3DES
  • Hardware crypto key-ladder operation and DVB-CSA for transport stream encryption
  • Built-in hardware True Random Number Generator (TRNG), CRC and SHA-1/SHA-2/HMAC SHA engine

Video/Picture CODEC

  • Amlogic Video Engine (AVE) with dedicated hardware decoders and encoders
  • Support multi-video decoder up to [email protected][email protected]
  • Supports multiple “secured” video decoding sessions and simultaneous decoding and encoding
  • Video/Picture Decoding

VP9 Profile-2 up to [email protected]

H.265 HEVC [email protected] up to [email protected] AVS2-P2 Profile up to [email protected]

H.264 AVC [email protected] up to [email protected]

H.264 MVC up to [email protected]

MPEG-4 [email protected] up to [email protected] (ISO-14496)

WMV/VC-1 SP/MP/AP up to [email protected]

AVS-P16(AVS+) /AVS-P2 JiZhun Profile up to [email protected] MPEG-2 MP/HL up to [email protected] (ISO-13818)

MPEG-1 MP/HL up to [email protected] (ISO-11172)

RealVideo 8/9/10 up to [email protected]

Multiple language and multiple format sub-title video support

MJPEG and JPEG unlimited pixel resolution decoding (ISO/IEC-10918)

Supports JPEG thumbnail, scaling, rotation and transition effects

Supports *.mkv,*.wmv,*.mpg, *.mpeg, *.dat, *.avi, *.mov, *.iso,

*.mp4, *.rm and *.jpg file formats

  • Video/Picture Encoding

Independent JPEG and H.265/H.264 encoder with configurable performance/bit-rate

JPEG image encoding

H.265/H.264 video encoding up to [email protected] with low latency

     9th Generation Advanced Amlogic TruLife Image Engine

  • Supports Dolby VisionOptional, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and PRIME HDR processing
  • Motion compensated noise reduction and 3D digital noise reduction for random noise
  • Block noise, mosquito noise, spatial noise, contour noise reduction
  • Motion compensated and motion adaptive de-interlacer
  • Edge interpolation with low angle protection and processing
  • 3:2/2:2 pulldown and Video on Film (VOF) detection and processing
  • Smart sharpness with SuperScaler technology including de- contouring, de-ring, LTI, CTI, de-jaggy, peaking
  • Dynamic non-Linear contrast enhancement
  • 3D LUTs with 17x17x17 nodes, provide 4913 different control points which is competent for matching calibrated displays to a target colorspace
  • High precision HSL color space-based color management with low saturation protection, independent luma/hue/saturation adjustment to achieve blue/green extension, fresh tone correction, and wider gamut for video
  • 2 video planes and 3 graphics planes
  • Independent HDR re-mapping of video and graphic layer

Camera Interface

  • DVP (ITU 601/656) camera interface
  • Supports YUV or RGB camera input formats

Video Output

  • Built-in HDMI 2.1 transmitter including both controller and PHY with CEC, Dynamic HDR and HDCP 2.2, [email protected] max resolution output
  • CVBS 480i/576i standard definition output
  • Supports all standard SD/HD/FHD video output formats: 480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i/p and 4Kx2K
  • 4-lane MIPI DSI interface, resolution up to 1920*1080 with rotation and panel calibration

     Amlogic S922X Audio Decoder and Input/Output

  • Supports MP3, AAC, WMA, RM, FLAC, Ogg and programmable with 7.1/5.1 down-mixing
  • Built-in serial digital audio SPDIF/IEC958 input/output and PCM input/output
  • 3 built-in TDM/PCM/I2S ports with TDM/PCM mode up to 384kHz x32bits x 8ch or 96kHz x 32bits x 32ch and I2S mode up to 384kHz x 32bits x 8ch
  • Digital microphone PDM voice input with programmable CIC, LPF & HPF, support up to 8 DMICs
  • Built-in stereo audio DAC
  • Supports concurrent dual audio stereo channel output with combination of analog+PCM or I2S+PCM

     Amlogic S922X Memory and Storage Interface

  • 32-bit DRAM memory interface with dual ranks and max 4GB total address space
  • Compatible with JEDEC standard DDR3-2133 /DDR3L-2133

/DDR4-2666 /LPDDR3-2133 /LPDDR4-3200 SDRAM

  • Supports SLC/MLC/TLC NAND Flash with 60-bit ECC, compatible to Toshiba toggle mode in addition to ONFI 2
  • SDSC/SDHC/SDXC card and SDIO interface with 1-bit and 4-bit data bus width supporting spec version 2.x/3.x/4.x DS/HS modes up to UHS-I SDR104
  • eMMC and MMC card interface with 1/4/8-bit data bus width fully supporting spec version 5.0 HS400
  • Supports serial 1, 2 or 4-bit NOR Flash via SPI interface
  • Built-in 4k bits One-Time-Programming memory for key storage


  • Integrated IEEE 802.3 10/100/1000M Ethernet MAC with RGMII interface
  • Integrate 10Note1/100M Ethernet PHY interface
  • WiFi/IEEE802.11 & Bluetooth supporting via PCIE/SDIO


  • Network interface optimized for mixed WIFI and BT traffic

     Amlogic S922X Digital Television Interface

  • One serial and one parallel Transport stream (TS) input interface with built-in demux processor for connecting to external digital TV tuner/demodulator
  • Built-in PWM, I2C and SPI interfaces to control tuner and demodulator
  • Integrated ISO 7816 smart card controller

     Amlogic S922X Integrated I/O Controllers and Interfaces

  • One USB XHCI OTG 2.0 port
  • One USB SS and PCIe 2.0 combo interface up to 5Gbps, supporting 2 configurations:
    • 1 USB 2.0 Host + 1 PCIe
    • 1 USB3.0 (No PCIe)
  • Multiple PWM, UART, I2C and SPI interface with slave select
  • Programmable IR remote input/output controllers
  • Built-in 10bit SAR ADC with 4 input channels
  • A set of General Purpose IOs with built-in pull up and pull down

     Amlogic S922X System, Peripherals and Misc. Interfaces

  • Integrated general purpose timers, counters, DMA controllers
  • 24 MHz crystal input
  • Embedded debug interface using ICE/JTAG

Power Management

  • Multiple internal power domains controlled by software
  • Multiple sleep modes for CPU, system, DRAM,
  • Multiple internal PLLs for DVFS operation
  • Multi-voltage I/O design for 1.8V and 3V
  • Power management auxiliary processor in a dedicated always-on (AO) power domain for system stand-by


  • Trustzone based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE)
  • Secured boot, encrypted OTP, encrypted DRAM with memory integrity checker, hardware key ladder and internal control buses and storage
  • Separated secure/non-secure Entropy true RNG
  • Pre-region/ID memory security control and electric fence
  • Hardware based Trusted Video Path (TVP), video watermarking and secured contents (needs SecureOS software)
  • Secured IO and secured clock


  • FCBGA, 16.1mmx14.3mm, 0.6mm ball pitch, RoHS compliant

Optional: applicable to special part no. Note1: 10Base-T not support CTS mode

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