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Amazon Fire TV: Questions and Answers



Amazon’s Fire TV video-streaming set-top box fulfilled most observers’ expectationsIt’s hardware that supports Amazon’s existing Prime video service, Netflix and a handful of other streaming options. It plays music and games. There really wasn’t much we didn’t know about the $99 box before Amazon VP Peter Larsen took the stage

But by the time he was done, we had a whole set of new questions. I talked to Larsen at the launch event, and got a few answers for some of our most pressing questions.

Who makes the Amazon Fire TV’s graphics chip?

According to Larsen, it’s a Qualcomm Arduino 320 GPU. That graphics horsepower comes as part of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor, which as Amazon explained during the unveiling, is a Quad Core CPU. Often found in mobile device, the S4 and its graphics GPU support 1080p video, 3D stereo photography, high-speed USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 4.0. Read more…

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