Chip maker Rockchip is showing off a platform for a $10 box that you can plug into a TV to display internet or local video.
I suspect $10 is the factory price rather than the actual retail price, but even with a 200 percent markup, it could allow device makers to ship low-cost smart TV hardware for $20.
The platform is based on a Rockchip RK3036 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor with Mali-400 graphics and support for 1080p HD video playback.
It has just 256MB of RAM and 2GB of flash storage. That’s not enough to offer bleeding edge performance, but it should be enough to let you run one app at a time for streaming videos from the internet. Rockchip says the system is optimized for Android 4.4 KitKat.
The $10 box features WiFi, HDMI, and a USB port and the chip maker is showing off a wireless remote control, although it’s not clear if that would be included in the $10 price or if you’d nee to provide your own remote, keyboard, or gamepad.