Three of Asia’s top chip makers are launching new processors during the week of the Consumer Electronics Show.
Allwinner has a new 64-bit chip priced at just $5. Rockchip is launching its first octa-core processor. And MediaTek has new chips aimed at smart TV devices and at wearables.
Allwinner’s latest chip is a quad-core, ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit processor aimed at low-cost devices. It supports Android 5.0, eMMC 5.0, and Allwinner says the processor also supports 4K H.265 video, but I’ve heard that claim made about other low-cost chips that had iffy performance.
The chip is available for just $5 to system builders, which means we’ll likely see some very affordable tablets with this processor from device makers looking for something a bit more powerful than Allwiner’s older A20 or A31 chips.
MediaTek MT2601 for Android Wear
This system-on-a-chip has a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor with Mali-400 graphics, support for screen resolutions up to 960 x 540, and Bluetooth.
It’s a small, low-cost, low-power chip designed specifically for wearables such as smart watches running Android Wear software.
MediaTek is also introducing a more powerful processor aimed at smart TVs with 4K displays. This chip has a two ARM Cortex-A17 and two lower-power ARM Cortex-A7 processor cores arranged in a big.Little arrangement.
It supports HEVC and VP9 codecs for 4K video playback at 60 frames per seconds.
Rockchip RK3368 octa-core
RockChip’s first octa-core chip features eight ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at up to 1.5 GHz.
Like many of the other chips announced this week, Rockchip says the RK3368 supports 4K video playback and H.265.