I always thought in the back of my mind that the reason Vizio wouldn't produce the XVT3D55SP that won at last years CES show was because the Google TV hardware was being upgraded. We'll have to wait for confirmation that Vizio is updating hardware at CES next Tuesday. It is an excellent reason to delay the TV. It was a little bit worried it may contain older hardware.
It gives me an incentive to delay the purchase a little bit. I'd like to see Vizio comes out with a 60 inch full array /local dimming. Hopefully they start selling the sets soon.
Marvell 1500 is an entire Sytem on Chip
This little snippet kind of confirms it ...
The new ARM Processor for Google TV
TV makers to show new ARM Powered Google TV boxes at CES 2012 include:
These ARM Powered Google TV boxes thus have the full Live TV integration mode supported. That means the ARM Processors are optimized to playback 1080p in 60fps, evt play 2 1080p video streams at the same time (picture in picture stuff), they support HDMI input and output at the same time, rendering overlay graphics on top of the 1080p video stream, controlling an IR blaster. I expect they also support all video codecs up to 1080p at full bitrates, I expect 1080p USB webcams are supported for HD video conferencing. USB host ports are supported to connect USB NTFS/EXT/FAT32 hard drives and USB sticks. Full Chrome browser web browsing on top of Android with Flash is for sure supported.
The most important factor that will make ARM Powered Google TV a success is the price. Marvell CEO said in his keynote at ARM TechCon 2010 that it only costs $25 to add this type of Internet connected Set-top-box functionality into a HDTV, and that it thus only makes sense that nearly all new HDTVs will quite simply integrate this right inside of them. It will be expected by consumers buying a new HDTV, that Google TV functionality will always be included for free and that it does not increase the price. I think all HDTVs will include an Ethernet port, some might include WiFi or just support it using any WiFi dongle on one of its several USB host ports on the side. As Eric Schmidt has said, by the middle of 2012, expect that most new HDTVs will include Google TV functionality for free. Expect ARM Powered Google TV set-top-boxes for $99 with Live TV integration and $49 without Live TV integration (no HDMI input, no IR blaster).