Originally Posted by grisly
Sigma Designs SMP8643
16MiB (current firmware is around 16MiB
Wait, what? The ROM is only 16MB in size? I find that _very_ hard to believe, given the issues with space limitations in the last WDTV, plus the total, drop-in chip replacement cost of upgrading that to 128MB is almost negligible, like $0.15 in lots of 1000 (or less), and is a direct pinout drop-in replacement, and doesn't require any different voltages or traces whatsoever. If that 16MB ROM is true, it would be an enormous engineering blunder.
I'm shocked that this thing has been in the wild for several days and there's no concrete information available from the manufacturer. That's really suspect in a place like AVS where almost everyone is significantly more informed than the guy on the street. It's odd for such a developed, multi-national corporation with huge marketing resources to also botch this release so monumentally. The amount of misinformation and speculation contained in this thread alone is astonishing since the product is available on retail store shelves. We simply don't know much at all other than it's a Sigma 8655 (IPTV) chip.
I guess maybe it's possible that these devices aren't supposed to have been available yet, and that WD is, in fact, scrambling to get the pieces in place to support and market the device. However, I'm always dubious of a product that's launched without even a press release and accompanying product page on the mfg's website.
I would think you have hundreds of forum members and lurkers hovering over this thread on a daily basis, just waiting to pull the trigger with the right info and a reliable place to purchase. I know there is a lot of activity associated with threads pertaining to this device and the Asus O!Play on deal websites (who, by the way, have millions of registered users). Time to step it up, WD, and provide real support and engage the community.