Allwinner is giving one of its chips for low-priced tablets a bit of a spec bump, and competitor Rockchip is outlining plans for its first quad-core ARM Cortex-A12 chip.
Both chip makers produce low-power, ARM-based processors that are popular with makes of Android tablets, TV boxes, and other gadgets, and both are showing off some of their upcoming goods at the HKTDC show in Hong Kong this week.
Allwinner A23 hits 1.8 GHz
The rest of the specs are pretty much what we expected. It’s a 40nm chip with ARM Mali 400 MP2 graphics and support for 1280 x 800 pixel displays and 1080p HD H.264 video playback.
Rockchip RK32XX coming in early 2014
The 28nm chip features ARM Mali-T624 graphics, supports display resolutions as high as 3840 x 2160 pixels, and has built-in support for 4G LTE networks.
ARM’s Cortex-A12 architecture is basically the little sibling of Cortex-A15. It’s not quite as powerful as what you’d get from a Samsung Exynos 5 or NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip, for instance, but the RK32XX will be faster than any other Rockchip processor on the market.