“SoC vs Media Players: With more and more manufacturers offering System on a Chip (SoC) solutions, what’s the tipping point end users need to consider when planning their solutions?”
For small-scale systems – say a dozen displays or less – there is no reason not to go the SoC route today. The biggest remaining factor for SoC displays these days is the inability to completely take advantage of new operating systems, security and networking features by being able to perform major updates remotely. Consequently, while large-scale systems do offer potential savings and simplicity, you may find yourself with a limited platform should killer apps arrive that you cannot deploy.
The tipping point will be when SoC displays can support major remote upgrades like completely changing from one operating system to another. When that time occurs, there will no longer be any real need to be concerned with dedicated media players.