Intel and Chinese chip maker Rockchip started working together on processors for low-cost phones, tablets, and other devices. In October we learned that the first chip to come out of that partnership would be the XMM6321 dual-core ARM Cortex-A5 processor with 3G capabilities.
Now Rockchip has announced global availability of the XMM6321 chip, which means that it could start showing up in entry-level Android phones, tablets, and phablets in the coming months.
Rockchip says a Dubai-based manufacturer placed an order for 100,000 units for use in a 7 inch phablet in October. Now that the XMM6321 system-on-a-chip is available in global markets including North America, we could see it in additional devices.
The XMM6321 chip is features an Intel/Infineon AG620 radio for 2G and 3G communications as well as 802.11b/g/n WiFi andBluetooth 4.0. Rockchip says it paves the way for future chips which will support 4G LTE.
The processor has a clock speed of 1 GHz, but it can be overclocked to run at 1.2 GHz, and just to make it clear that it’s aimed at entry-level devices with 3.5 inch to 7 inch screens, the chip supports display resolutions of 854 x 480 or 1024 x 600 pixels.
It can handle 1080p HD video decoding at 30 frames per second, but don’t expect to see phone or tablets with full HD screens using this chip.
Other features include support for 8MP rear and 3MP front cameras, 720P HD video encoding at 24 frames per second, and OpenGL ES 2.0.