Chinese chip maker Allwinner sells more ARM-based chips for Android tablets than just about anyone, but the company is starting to look beyond the Android space.
At the HKTDC show in Hong Kong, Allwinner is showing off products based on its A31 quad-core and upcoming A80 octa-core processors — both of which the company says will be able to handle Windows RT, among other operating systems.
The company is still working with Microsoft, but says we could see Windows RT tablets with Allwinner chips by the end of the year.
Windows RT isn’t as exciting these days as it was when Microsoft first announced it was bringing Windows to ARM chips a few years ago. Intel’s done a great job of developing low-power, moderate performance Bay Trail processors which allow device makers to builds inexpensive tablets that run the full version of Windows 8.1.
Allwinner has risen to prominence in the Chinese tablet due to its very cheap processors… but with Intel promising that $99 tablets are on the way, and Chinese device maker Emdoor promising even cheaper Windows tablets, it’s not entirely clear if there’s much demand for cheap ARM-based Windows RT devices.
Of course, Allwinner’s not putting all its eggs in one basket. The company is continuing to show demo systems running Android software, and an Allwinner representative tells ARMDevices the team is also working on support for Chrome OS, Firefox OS, and Ubuntu.
ARMDevices also discovered that two of the first companies to request Allwinner A80 Optimus Board development systems are the makers of PCDuino and Cubieboard, which means future versions of those open source computer systems could be powered by Allwinner’s CPU with 4 ARM Cortex-A15 cores, 4 ARM Cortex-A7 cores, and PowerVR G6230 graphics.