Consumer Peripherals

Video Teardown: Xiaomi Mi TV Stick

30 September 2022

Streaming has become a huge business across multiple platforms. Along the way, streaming media players have become just as big of a business as consumers use these devices to convert older televisions or other consumer electronics to allow for streaming of media.

As Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Hulu and many more services have emerged, the market for streaming media players, or sticks, has grown simultaneously. The form factor for these devices was initially launched through Amazon but quickly the technology was expanded to other competitors and now numerous options are available to consumers.

These devices are plugged into televisions or other consumer electronics devices and connect to the internet via a local Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection to stream movies and other content from online.

The media streaming player from Xiaomi, called the Mi TV Stick, is the latest device from the China-based company to compete with other consumer electronics manufacturers.

The Mi TV Stick features a processor from Amlogic and main memory from Samsung Electronics as well as multiple electronic components to allow for streaming on multiple devices.

The following is a partial deep dive into the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick conducted by TechInsights.

Summary points

  • No display
  • 1 GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • Quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 multimedia SoC

Target market: Consumer

Released: July 2020

Pricing: $44.99

Availability: Worldwide

The main board of the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is the main processing center for the consumer streaming device including chips from Amlogic and memory from Samsung. Source: TechInsightsThe main board of the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is the main processing center for the consumer streaming device including chips from Amlogic and memory from Samsung. Source: TechInsights

Main board

The main board of the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick contains the processor and core memory to control the functions of the consumer electronics media streaming player. The electronic components include:

  • Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 multimedia system-on-chip from Amlogic
  • Samsung’s DDR4 SDRAM memory and 8GB MLC NAND flash
  • Semtech’s TVS diode array
  • Overvoltage protection from LowPower Semiconductor
  • DC-DC converters and LDO regulators components

(Learn more about memory semiconductors on Globalspec.com)

The Wi-Fi board inside the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is the main point of connectivity for the media streaming player. Source: TechInsightsThe Wi-Fi board inside the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is the main point of connectivity for the media streaming player. Source: TechInsights

Wi-Fi board

The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth IC includes a dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 system-on-chip from Amlogic as well as a diplexer Wi-Fi 2.4/5 GHz semiconductor.

(Learn more about Bluetooth chips on Globalspec.com)

The remote board of the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick contains MEMS and Bluetooth electronic components for operation of media streaming. Source: TechInsightsThe remote board of the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick contains MEMS and Bluetooth electronic components for operation of media streaming. Source: TechInsights

Remote board

The remote board of the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick includes more of the wireless connectivity options of the streaming media player including a single-chip Bluetooth IC from Realtek and a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) microphone.

(Learn more about MEMS on Globalspec.com)

Major components

  • $7.39 — DDR4 SDRAM memory — 512 MB — Samsung (Qty: 1)
  • $5.47 — Quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 multimedia SoC — Amlogic (Qty: 1)
  • $4.72 — Remote subsystem — Xiaomi (Qty: 1)
  • $3.65 — Multichip memory — 8 GB MLC NAND flash — Samsung (Qty: 1)
  • $3.61 — Wi-Fi/BT subsystem — Fn-Link Technology (Qty: 1)
  • $0.44 — Small passive: cap, res, ferrite (Qty: 111)
  • $0.44 — Six-layer conventional FR4/HF (Qty: 1)
  • $0.31 — Small passive: cap, res ferrite (Qty: 77)
  • $0.25 — Heat sink (Qty: 1)

To contact the author of this article, email engineering360editors@globalspec.com


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