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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 31 May 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Closer Look: XIOS DS
XIOS DS Test Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: XIOS DS

If you're like me, over the years you've collected a huge digital library full of music, pictures, and movies onto your computer. Occasionally, I might watch a video from off my laptop or listen to a song while working at the desktop, but high-definition movies and music are really best enjoyed on a home theater system with larger screen and powerful speakers.

Until recently digital multimedia could only be enjoyed on the computer, and with some extra effort it could be shared onto a portable electronic device. But high-definition movies and music are really best enjoyed on a home theater system, with larger screen and powerful speakers. Now that HDTVs and wireless networking are commonplace an era of attached digital media players has begun, and the Pivos XIOS DS helps make the transition easy.


The Pivos XIOS DS Media Play! is a compact embedded system that sells for $109.99 (Amazon|Newegg). Pronounced Sy-oos, the DS represents the AnDroid System. This digital media player is designed to play high-definition video at up to 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, as well as Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound audio. Pivos Technology Group includes the following items inside the PTGMCXDALU-US kit: XIOS DS Media Play, IR remote control (battery included), HDMI 1.3 digital A/V cable, A/C power adapter, and quick-start instruction guide.


XIOS DS measures only 3.93" (D) x 3.93" (W) x 0.66" (H), and weighs only 6 OZ - making it small and light enough to be mounted beside a monitor/HDTV or nearby wall. Pivos XIOS DS does not feature any integrated function buttons on the device and is controlled entirely through the remote (shown below), which receives signal through the tinted IR window located at the front of XIOS DS. Included with the kit is an ergonomic infrared (IR) remote control. Operation requires relative line of sight between the media player and remote, and can reach the device even when positioned at extreme angles while still offering plenty of range.


XIOS DS' ultra-slim remote fits nicely into the palm of your hand, and operates on a single CR2025 3V lithium coin-cell battery (included). The remote features all the basic buttons needed to control a media center, with labels similar to Android smartphone devices. Soft silicon-rubber buttons require average pressure to make selections, but do not offer any backlighting.


At the heart of Pivos' XIOS DS embedded system is an ARM Cortex A9 processor, which serves as the device CPU. To produce powerful 2D and 3D graphics, the XIOS DS system utilizes an ARM Mali-400 MP multi-core GPU. Scalable from 1 to 4 cores, the Mali-400 GPU supports 2D vector graphics through OpenVG 1.1 and 3D graphics through OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0. Pivos embeds 512 MB of DDR2 system memory, and 2 GB of NAND Flash storage space. Built-in wired and wireless networking is available to Wi-Fi B/G/N and 10/100 Ethernet connections.


The Pivos XIOS DS media player offers several external storage interface options: three High-Speed USB 2.0 ports located at the side and back, combined with a MicroSD/SDHC memory port. You'll also fine find the power adapter input, RJ-45 Ethernet port, HDMI 1.3 digital A/V output, and power button located at the back of the unit. The Pivos XIOS DS uses HDMI as the primary audio output, so users wanting to connect an optical SPDIF digital audio TosLink cable to their receiver or home theater may be disappointed.


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